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Sweet Spot Festival Jamaican Indepen-DANCE!

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Ring The Alarm!!! Your favorite sound is playin!!

Celebrate all things Caribbean at The Sweet Spot Festival

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 2nd

Pack your picnic blanket, cooler & solo cups & join us for Jamaican Indepen-DANCE

Featuring music by resident Herbert Holler & NYC Champion Sound RICE &PEAS: DJ Gravy, Max Glazer, Orijahnal Vibez & Micro Don

The Sweet Spot Pop-Up Market returns with an array of food, vintage and craft vendors.

Performance by Nardo Ranks
Free Dance Hall Moves session by Tanisha Scott
Plus Free kids art workshops by The Laundromat Project

This celebration of life is made possible by LMCC, & Presented by Summer on the Hudson in partnership with NYC Parks and Riverside Park Conservancy #SOH #SweetSpotFestival #WHPP

Ginny’s Supper Club Presents An Evening With Rachel Brown

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An Evening with Rachel Brown, Thursday, December 12th, 8:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m., $10.00
Rachel Brown is a self-taught artist, born and raised in New York City with Ethiopian and Bermudian heritage. She plays with a band of African and Caribbean musicians, making for a worldly sound that fuses hip-hop, pop, and island. The recent Harvard graduate is a regular performer on the NYC nightlife scene where her audiences have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay-Z, Beyonce, John Stamos, Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese, and she has opened for numerous acts, including Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke and John Legend. Upon releasing her EP, Building Castles, Brown has caught the attention of many, including Wyclef Jean, Jaden Smith, Perez Hilton and Glamour.

Tickets cost $10.00, and are available here (8:00 p.m.) and here (10:00 p.m.)
Tickets without a dinner reservation are standing room only. To make a dinner reservation during the show, call Ginny’s Supper Club at 212-421-3821.

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Ginny’s Supper Club
310 Lenox Avenue (at 125th St)
Harlem, NY 10027

Sunday Jazz Corner with Lalah Hathaway

Lalah Hathaway at Variety Playhouse

The apple does not fall far from the tree.  A few weeks ago we featured the legendary Donny Hathaway on our Sunday Jazz Corner and in it we briefly mentioned his daughter Lalah.  This week it is all about Lalah Hathaway, daughter of the jazz and R&B great Donny Hathaway.  Though she may be under the radar to some, if you do not already know about Lalah, you will know about her soon as she continues to rise at a rapid pace amongst her peers.

Born as Eulaulah Donyll Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway is referred to as the First Daughter of Soul.  She is considered a contemporary R&B and jazz singer.  In a sea of high pitched soprano female pop culture singers, it is so refreshing to hear Lalah Hathaway in the mix.  There is something about her texture and tone in the same context as Sade or Sarah Vaughan and other infectious swooners that just makes you feel good inside.  When you think of pop culture singers these days, you emmediatialy think Beyonce, Rihanna, pop, Hip Hop, soul etc.  But with the Esmaralda Spalding’s and Janelle Monae’s and other newbies quietly making themselves heard, please take note of Lalah Hathaway and check out her music on iTunes.

The first video you will listen to below is  ”Something” by Snarky Puppy featuring Lalah Hathaway.  I was referred to it by a friend and watched blindly, and unprepared.  I started off listening, watching calmly, inquisitively, maybe slightly judgmental, sitting in my chair… watching, waiting… and as it continued I started getting this feeling, this emotion inside of me.  I sat up straight in my chair and tuned everything else out around me.  Now, in one hundred percent concentration mode listening and watching this video in front of me, completely committed with Lalah and her performance I begin talking to my computer screen… next, I am standing, now I’m yelling at my computer, clapping, cheering!!  Alone in my apartment, goose bumps running all through my body up and down my spine I sit back down.  Of course because I’m a man, I did not cry.  Maybe just one tiny tear but I fixed that real quick and like I said, I was alone and nobody was there to see a thing.

I think jazz, gospel, good soul, rock whatever, is supposed to make you, make us feel this way, right?  Sometimes rarely, music can take you there to this place and so when you do feel it and are a part of the art and why music exists in the first place, it is such a great experience.  So ya, that’s kind of what my experience with Lalah was like.  And just remember, nobody cried here!

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People, fellow bloggers, friends, advisors keep telling me to keep these Sunday Jazz Corner Series short and sweet and to the point.  I promise that I will do that next week but I still have more to say today.  What strikes me so internally with Lalah is in her texture and tone and purity similar to the richness of her fathers voice, that just pulls you in.  The first video below (that I was referring to earlier) if you watch you will notice everyone in the studio (the video) reacting in a genuine response of surprise, wonderment, like they are really part of something.  This is Jazz.   This is raw talent.   To be in the presence of god given talent such as this I think is a moment that is rare to capture, for all of us to see and enjoy and experience together is a blessing.  So, the daughter of Donny Hathaway.  I think it is a safe consumption to confirm she may be a little talented.  What did we expect?

Here are two videos below one Live in Harlem with Robert Glasper at Marcus Garvey Park, and  the first one is by Snarky Puppy “Something” featuring a live recording of Lalah Hathaway.  I could have posted 20 more like this but I kept it down to two.  While writing this piece and listening to this music all I could think of was all of the music that we still can look forward to with future recordings of Lalah Hathaway.

P.S. At the 6:12 minute mark of this song does she sing a chord?  I think she sang a chord!!  And I love the drummers reaction, he literally got out of his seat as if to say, what just happened.

Singing with Robert Glasper in Harlem, Live at Marcus Garvey Park in August 2012, a classic Nirvana rock song “Smells Like Teen Spirit ” with a jazz twist. Brilliant.

To see more Sunday Jazz Corner Archives (Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Sarah Vayghan, Cag Calloway and more…)

Minton’s and Cecil Two New Joints in Harlem with Old Appeal Coming this Fall

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These new long awaited restaurants will take Harlem up several notches this fall.  Cecil is opening in September and Minton’s Jazz Club will open in October.  Minton’s as many may remember goes way way back to the 30′s in Harlem.  It has been restored and updated and definitely will play a part in bringing Harlem back!  We have been waiting for both of these for a long time and are very happy that they are just weeks away from opening.  We will be there for both Grand openings and look forward to this addition to classic Harlem.

In the meantime you can follow both on facebook and twitter (see below).  Stay tuned for upcoming dates and more information.

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