2020 Women’s Jazz Festival Week 1: A Ballad for Hazel Scott

March 2, 2020 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Join the Schomburg every Monday in March for this annual tradition during Women’s History Month featuring some of the best known and unsung performers in jazz today. Throughout the month, we will explore sounds from Haiti to a celebration of jazz pianist Hazel Scott’s centennial birthday. 

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A BALLAD FOR HAZEL SCOTT
An evening dedicated to the work and life of jazz and classical pianist, and actress Hazel Scott. Join us as we celebrate her centennial birthday. We kick off the festival with a musical tribute from two piano virtuosos coupled with a conversation with Karen Chilton, author of Hazel Scott:The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, from Café Society to Hollywood to HUAC.

Tickets:
MARCH 2ND ONLY
General Admission $15
Schomburg Society Member* $15

ALL OTHER DAYS
General Admission $35
Schomburg Society Member* $25

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Location
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US

Monday Night Jam

February 24, 2020 6:30pm

The Jazz Foundation helps keep the spirit of the music alive by hosting a jam session at the musicians’ union in midtown Manhattan. The event, organized and funded by JFA, is free and open to the public.

Monday Night Jam offers seasoned veterans a place to meet, perform, and network. It also presents up-and-comers with the opportunity to find mentors and learn from the originals.

It has become a fixture in the jazz community as an informal gathering spot for artists and fans alike.

The jam showcases the living tradition of the music—on any given night, you could see four generations of musicians, from former members of the Count Basie band to teenage prodigies, all sharing the stage together. There’s really nothing else like it in New York.

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

Chick Webb @ 115

February 13, 2020 7:00pm

Chick Webb was the first great virtuoso jazz drummer/bandleader. Please join us to celebrate his 115th birthday anniversary with live music and discussion, courtesy of jazz biographer Stephanie Crease (currently at work on book about Webb), NJMH Senior Scholar Loren Schoenberg, and Grammy Award-winning drummer/educator/bandleader Ulysses Owens, Jr.

Free.

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

Monday Night Jam

February 10, 2020 6:30pm

The Jazz Foundation helps keep the spirit of the music alive by hosting a jam session at the musicians’ union in midtown Manhattan. The event, organized and funded by JFA, is free and open to the public.

Monday Night Jam offers seasoned veterans a place to meet, perform, and network. It also presents up-and-comers with the opportunity to find mentors and learn from the originals.

It has become a fixture in the jazz community as an informal gathering spot for artists and fans alike.

The jam showcases the living tradition of the music—on any given night, you could see four generations of musicians, from former members of the Count Basie band to teenage prodigies, all sharing the stage together. There’s really nothing else like it in New York.

More Info:

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

Bria Skonberg, Trumpet and Vocals

February 14, 2020 9:00pm

New York–based singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (The Wall Street Journal). Praised for “shaking up the jazz world” and recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat, Skonberg has been a dynamic force with her bold horn playing, smoky vocals, and superb original tunes, as well as her extraordinary command of a range of styles and standards.

Tickets: $39 to $49

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Location
Carnegie Hall
154 West 54th Street
New York NY 10020 US

Intergenerational Jam Session

January 12, 2020 2:00pm

Jazz Power Initiative’s Intergenerational Jazz Jam brings together singers, musicians, dancers, spoken word artists and audiences of all ages to experience the power of jazz, community, and swing. Jams take place on the second Sunday of each month from 2-5 PM at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem located at 58 West 129th Street in Manhattan.

Pianist and master educator Eli Yamin has a way of bringing people together through jazz. He’s a blues evangelist who partners an infectious love for the music with a passion for sharing it in ways that everyone can understand. His musical workshops, full of clapping, singing, dance and play, invite listeners to feel the music deep in their bones.

Here, Yamin and friends kick off the afternoon with a romping set of blues and jazz, followed by an all-ages jam session open to musicians, singers, and dancers of every stripe.

Tickets: RSVP

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris and Harlem Nightsongs

December 31, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him. From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, into the confrontational expressionism of the ‘60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word. He has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of progressive jazz’s most important figures and his own projects display both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression. It is those two qualities that have dominated Craig’s forty years of activity, bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, music curator, and artistic director. Craig, who comes from a tradition of art as a cultural facilitation to help promote change, has employed his musical voice to comment on social injustice with projects including God’s Trombones, based on James Weldon Johnson’s book of sermons; Souls Within the Veil commemorating the centennial of W.E.B. DuBois’s seminal work; TriHarlenium, a sound portrait and 30-year musical time capsule of Harlem; and Brown Butterfly, a tribute to the exquisite movements of Muhammad Ali. 

Featuring: Craig Harris – trombone

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break);
Second set: 1pm-1:45pm 

Cost: $15

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Location
Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027 US