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Harlem Arts Festival 2014 This Weekend! June 27-29

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The third annual Harlem Arts Festival will take place from Friday, June 27th through Sunday June 29, 2014.

Looking to build on the success of the last two years and increase opportunities for local artists and businesses, the multi-disciplinary festival has added an opening night event at MIST Harlem; providing yet another stage for artists to showcase their talents.

Other changes include a new partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Goldman Sachs.

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A Festival Grows in Harlem: The 3rd Annual Harlem Arts Fest Kicks Off June 27th NEW YORK, NY – The third annual Harlem Arts Festival will take place from Friday, June 27th through Sunday June 29, 2014.

Looking to build on the success of the last two years and increase opportunities for local artists and businesses, the multi-disciplinary festival has added an opening night event at MIST Harlem; providing yet another stage for artists to showcase their talents.

The heart of the festival will remain in Marcus Garvey Park with a record 41 artists showcasing their work during the festival on the main stage in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, at the second stage near the northwest entrance of the park, and displaying their visual artwork on the HAF Gallery Walk. “The Harlem Arts Festival is becoming an annual destination for not only local residents, but for people from all over the city,” said Neal Ludevig, executive director of the Harlem Arts Festival. “It’s been amazing to watch the festival and the HAF family grow exponentially year after year.”

What’s New at the Harlem Arts Festival?

• The festival program has expanded to a three-day event with the addition of an opening night party for the community and artists at MIST Harlem. Three up-and-coming artists will perform on the MIST stage, followed by a dance party with DJ Raydar;

• In a new collaboration, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Harlem Arts Festival will present a culminating celebration of their Jazz for Young People on Tour: Let Freedom Swing program on the main stage of the festival this year;

• The festival has partnered with Harlem Eats to host the Harlem Food Truck Rally at Marcus Garvey Park on Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th; • Festival sponsors this year include: Whole Foods, JetBlue, Healthfirst, Harlem Community Development Corporation, the Herban Farmer’s Market, and KIND Healthy Snacks;

• KIND will work with a Harlem-based florist to erect a “KIND Wall” of flowers to encourage people to commit random acts of kindness at the festival; -next page- Page 1 of 2Page 2 of 22 What’s New at the Harlem Arts Festival?

• The festival received a grant from Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks, a global volunteer initiative that allows GS employees to take a day off to volunteer with local nonprofits. Goldman Sachs is providing 50 volunteers for the festival;

• And lastly, the festival will introduce a HAF Card that gives every visitor a chance to win prizes that include downloadable digital prints and songs by festival artists, HAF apparel and tote bags and free flights from JetBlue.

Festival attendees can get their HAF card stamped at each performance and activity area for a chance to win. Visit HarlemArtsFestival.com for the full festival schedule and list of performers and follow @HarlemArtsFest on Twitter and Instagram or you can follow the #HAF2014 hashtag for live updates leading up to- and during the festival weekend.

About The Harlem Arts Festival:

The Harlem Arts Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that presents a free annual multi- disciplinary event that showcases local performers and visual artists that inspire and nourish the artistic community in Harlem. The festival aims to promote arts education and literacy by implementing arts- related discussion forums, educational workshops, performance opportunities and activities for youth and family.

This project is part of Harlem’s addition to the larger, citywide commitment to provide free art in the public parks during the Spring and Summer months.

This year’s festival will take place from June 27th through June 29th at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park at 124th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues.

To learn more about the festival visit harlemartsfestival.com. 

Sunday Jazz Corner with Lalah Hathaway

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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…)

Tribute to Sekou Sundiata in Marcus Garvey Park tomorrow night

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Jazzmobile in Harlem tonight – Buyu Ambroise in Marcus Garvey Park

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