The Year in Jazz: A Critics Roundtable

December 10, 2019 7:00pm

Three leading music critics representing a range of perspectives and publications will converge in this annual critics’ roundtable, hosted and moderated by Nate Chinen, author, former music critic at The New York Times and current Director of Editorial Content at WBGO. The panel will discuss the music, the artists, and the moments that shaped jazz in 2019.

This year’s panel:

Martin Johnson
Since 1984, New York City-based writer Martin Johnson has contributed articles on music to a wide variety of publications, including Vogue, Rolling Stone, New York, The New York Times, Newsday, numerous other outlets and four books. He also writes about sports, craft beer, gender and age issues. You can usually find him in the back of the jazz club, either smiling on the inside or grinning outwardly.

Shannon J. Effinger
Shannon J. Effinger has been a freelance arts journalist for over a decade. Her writing on all things jazz and music regularly appears in Downbeat, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Bandcamp, EBONY, JazzTimes and Jazziz, among others. She’s also written playbills for HarlemStage and Carnegie Hall. Recently she was interviewed for the documentary UNIVERSE, the rediscovered orchestral suite by Wayne Shorter written more than fifty years ago for Miles Davis, and left unrecorded and largely untouched until now by Davis’ protégé, trumpeter Wallace Roney. She lives and works in Harlem.

Will Layman
Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician living in the Washington, DC area. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and WNYC’s “Soundcheck” as a jazz critic. He plays rock, funk, and jazz in the bars and clubs in and near the nation’s capital. His fiction and humor appear in print and online.

Free with RSVP.

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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

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

The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian feat. Valerie Simpson

Jazz For Curious ListenersThe Lowdown: Conversations with Christian

December 6, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Valerie Simpson, one half of the beloved and legendary songwriter/producers and performers Ashford & Simpson, will join Jazz Museum Co-Artistic Director Christian McBride for a live taping of his SiriusXM radio show The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian.

The evening will feature a mix of duo performance, conversation, and a healthy dose of McBride humor.

Tickets: $20

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Location Details
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

The Year in Jazz: A Critics Roundtable

Jazz For Curious Listeners

December 5, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Four leading music critics representing a range of perspectives and publications will converge in this annual critics’ roundtable, hosted and moderated by Nate Chinen, author, former music critic at The New York Times and current Director of Editorial Content at WBGO. The panel will discuss the music, the artists, and the moments that shaped jazz in 2018.

This year’s panel will include:

Kira Grunenberg – Downbeat / No Depression / Off  Your Radar
Kira Grunenberg is a freelance music journalist with a love for brick and mortar record shops. She’s contributed writing to the likes of DownBeat, No Depression, Off Your Radar Newsletter, and many a music start-up.

Ethan Iverson – New Yorker / Do The Math
Ethan Iverson is best known as a founding member of the Bad Plus, a group he left at the end of 2017. He has written extensively about jazz on his blog Do the Math; in the last two years Iverson has also published several pieces at the New Yorker Culture desk. In 2018 Iverson has continued long term relationships with Billy Hart, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and released a duo album with Mark Turner for the ECM label.

Matthew Kassel – New York Times Magazine / WSJ / JazzTimes 
Matthew Kassel is a freelance writer whose work has been published by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, JazzTimes, DownBeat and Slate.

John Murph – DownBeat / JazzTimes / AARP 
John Murph is a Washington, D.C.-based music journalist and DJ. His writing has been featured regularly in Down Beat, JazzTimes, and JazzWise magazines; The Washington Post and The Washington City Paper newspapers; and on NPR Music. He contributed the essay, “Exploring the Queer Overtones of Sun Ra’s Outer Spaceways” for the Jazz Institut, Darmstadt’s 2016 scholarly collection, Gender and Identity in Jazz; and wrote essays on jazz and the Black Lives Matter Movement and Tyshawn Sorey, respectively for the Berlin Jazz Festival’s program books in 2016 and 2017.

Tickets: $0 – $10

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The National Jazz Museum
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

“Great Day in Harlem” @ 60 w/ Benny Golson and Jonathan Kane

December 4, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the famous Art Kane photograph “Great Day in Harlem”, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem will host Kane’s son, Jonathan Kane, and one of the last living musicians from the photo, NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, for a night of conversation and celebration of the new book Art Kane: Harlem 1958 released in November.

Art Kane: Harlem 1958 is a visual history of an iconic image including, for the first time, virtually every single frame from the historic shoot. With original text by Art Kane, forewords by Quincy Jones, the legendary Benny Golson, who appears in the photo, and an introduction by Kane’s son, musician and photographer Jonathan Kane, the 168-page hardback volume is the story behind the shot.

In 1958 fledgling photographer Art Kane pitched the idea to Esquire – invite the musicians of New York’s jazz community to come together for one photo. Esquire agreed and Kane sent requests via agents, record labels, managers, clubs, anywhere he could spread the word.

“There was going to be an unusual shooting of a photograph for Esquire Magazine and I was being invited to be a part of it. I couldn’t believe it! Nobody really knew me that early in my career. But zippo, I was there on the intended date. When I arrived, there were all of my heroes.” Benny Golson

57 jazz musicians, from the unknown to the world famous, duly assembled at the unlikely hour of 10am at 7 East 126th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues. The group would include Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie – whose hat was repeatedly stolen by local kids until Kane surrendered and put them in the shot, too.

“Black and white: two colors forbidden to be in close proximity, yet captured so beautifully within a single black and white frame. The importance of this photo transcends time and location, leaving it to become not only a symbolic piece of art, but a piece of history. During a time in which segregation was very much still a part of our everyday lives, and in a world that often pointed out our differences instead of celebrating our similarities, there was something so special and pure about gathering 57 individuals together, in the name of jazz.” Quincy Jones

Tickets: Free

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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US