Apollo Music Cafe featuring Alicia Olatuja

May 4, 2019 10:00pm

Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage”, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals,artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless (2014). Over the past year, Alicia’s own band has been steadily in demand, and they have performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Jazz Standard, Vermont Jazz Center, Rockport Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Monty Alexander Jazz Fest, and the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, to name a few. Alicia was a featured vocalist on Gregory Porter’s 2017 Grammy-winning “Take Me To The Alley”.

Now focusing on the rich contributions of a diverse selection of female composers, Alicia is set to release her sophomore album, Intuition: From the Minds of Women in 2019 on the Resilience Music Alliance label. The album celebrates the achievements of a long list of esteemed female composers, while offering a musical perspective unique to Olatuja. She is joined by Kamau Kenyatta and Ulysses Owens Jr. as producers and the material includes songs of Brenda Russell, Sade, Tracy Chapman, Kate Bush, Angela Bofill and Linda Creed.

Standard Ticket: $22

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Location
Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US

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Ain’t Misbehavin’: How Louis Armstrong Conquered New York

April 29, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

To celebrate International Jazz Day, revisit Louis Armstrong’s meteoric rise to stardom during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s with jazz historian Ricky Riccardi of the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Afterwards, join us for a special live performance by the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.

This event is part of Core Conversations, a series featuring the city’s most original thinkers as they engage with topics related to our New York at Its Core exhibition. To view all the programs in the series, click here.

About the Speaker and Performers: 

Ricky Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years (Vintage, 2012). He runs the online blog, “The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong,” and has given lectures on Armstrong at venues around the world. 

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band has been performing since 1980, inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and their colleagues. They have a weekly engagement at  Birdland and have performed at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer’s Night Swing and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

$20 for Adults | $15 for Seniors, Students & Educators (with ID)
$10 for Museum of the City of New York and Louis Armstrong House Museum Members
Includes Museum admission. Note: All galleries close at 6:00 pm.

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Location
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

Stretch Music & Jazz Then and Now: Steve Turre Quintet

April 11, 2019 7:30pm – 11:00pm

Jazz Then and Now is a conversation series, presented as part of the Stretch Music Residency that brings together innovative thought leaders in the field in dialogue on the history, the present and the future of jazz. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah will be in conversation with composer and trombonist Steve Turre on improvisation, technology, collaboration, the importance of the historical lineage and more. The conversation will be preceded by a live performance with the Steve Turre Quintet.

Tickets: $15

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Location
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031 US

Stretch Music Festival

April 12, 2019 7:30pm – 11:00pm

This work was supported by a building Demand for the Arts implementation grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Grammy nominated Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah curates and performs his final Stretch Music Festival under his three year residency with Harlem Stage.

[Decolonializing Sound] The 3rd year of the Stretch Music Residency is focused on liberating sound from antiquated belief systems that inhibit our ability to truly hear one another. I have always felt the best way to communicate is to truly listen. So this year we’re intent on breaking down value distinctions surrounding how we hear and interpret composition, dispelling long held and completely false notions that cultures that prioritize melody & harmony are more valid then cultures that prioritize rhythm. Ending this notion is essential to truly hearing one another.

I feel strongly that the path we are embarking on will not only impact the artistic community by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, but also the general community by working fervently to create a broader scope of what this art has to offer by improving access and engagement through inclusion, sonically and literally.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Tickets: $25 Adult, $35 VIP

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Location
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031 US

Uptown Nights: Manhattan Sings!

April 5, 2019 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Presented in collaboration with Manhattan School of Music

Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz Orchestra and growing vocal program, led by conductor and arranger Jim McNeely, celebrate the longstanding vocal tradition in jazz music.

Tickets: $25 Adult, $35 VIP

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Location
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031 US

Stretch Music Intensive

April 9, 2019 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah returns to MSM to lead a FREE masterclass on his genre blind Stretch Music. All music students, musicians and lovers of the jazz idiom and all its variabilities are welcomed to join this immersive workshop centered on improvisation, technique and thriving as a working artist today. Hosted by Manhattan School of Music.

For more information contact kmartin@harlemstage.org

Tickets: RSVP

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Location
Bossi-Comelli Studio 
Manhattan School of Music
120 Claremont Avenue at 122nd St and Broadway
New York NY 10027 US

Playdate! Free Day 10am -5pm

March 17, 2019 10:00am – 5:00pm

Join us for a FREE fun-filled family day (10am-5pm) of art-making and performances celebrating Women’s History Month 

10am – 1pm – Art-making workshop in the Living Room

1pm – 2pm – Story Hour with Flor Bromley 

2pm – 3pm – Art Making workshop with Artist-in-residence Damien Davis

3pm – 4:30pm -Musical magic featuring Bertha Hope

A professional pianist for more than six decades, Bertha Hope has toured globally with artists like Nat Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie and Eddie Henderson, while being a respected educator and bandleader in her own right. In 2018 she won the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s Legends of Jazz Award. 

Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Location
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling
898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street
New York NY 10032 US