Theo Croker & Big Brother

April 25, 2020 9:00pm

Dynamic trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Theo Crokerleads a new big-band project, featuring some of the most important contemporary musicians in jazz. His acclaimed albums Escape Velocity, AfroPhysicist, and his 2019 release Star People Nation form the basis of this program, along with fresh interpretations of works from jazz masters past and present.

Tickets: $39 to $49

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

Harlem Chamber Players and Talea Ensemble Celebrate Julius Eastman

April 18, 2020 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Considered one of the most controversial and progressive composers of the 1970s and 80s, Julius Eastman’s music bonds minimalism, jazz, and pop to create a joyous mesmerizing experience. Building on the traditions of his minimalist contemporaries, such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass, his music has drive and propulsion, but is considered to be more influenced by organic harmonic changes than strict structures. Tragically, his music was nearly completely lost after he was evicted from his New York apartment in the late 1980s and his scores and music mostly lived on only with those who knew him after he died, alone, in 1990, and was nearly forgotten forever. Those who knew him as a strong vocal African-American queer artist say he left a deep impression on New York and that this late revitalization of his work will become a pillar in the development of contemporary music.

In this performance of Eastman’s Femenine, the Harlem Chamber Players and Talea Ensemble pay tribute to Eastman’s work as an important statement to the community and commitment to solidifying Eastman’s place in the canon.

Tickets: $25

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

James Carter

March 17, 2020 7:00pm

Known for stretching the boundaries on just about the entire saxophone and woodwind family, James Carter — as effective when erupting with volcanic extravagance on up-tempo stomps as in conveying the boudoir tenor saxophone function — mixes stormy romanticism and hard-boiled swagger channels the sound and sensibility of such ‘40s sax icons as Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and Earl Bostic, all personal heroes. In this evening’s edition of Desert Island Discs, Carter will present his all-time favorite tracks and discuss them in encyclopedic detail.

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 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.

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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