Sheila Jordan on Bird

May 6, 2020, 7:00pm

The heartbeat of bebop lives in the singing of Sheila Jordan, a master musician who, at 91, sustains a global performing and teaching schedule.  Originally Sheila Jeannette Dawson, Jordan (who took her surname in 1952 after marrying Duke Jordan, Charlie Parker’s band pianist during 1947 and 1947), first met Parker in Detroit in 1947. They subsequently became close friends. On this evening’s edition of Desert Island, Jordan will present her Desert Island Parker recordings, accompanied by the first-hand commentary of someone who was there.

Free.

More Info: http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org/events/sheila-jordan-bird/ 

Location

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem 

58 West 129th Street

New York NY 10027 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

Vol. 9: Kassa Overall – Sound Mind: The Gift, Curse, and Challenge of Mental Illness

March 10, 2020 7:00pm

Kassa Overall belongs to a rare class of musicians naturally fluent in both jazz performance and hip-hop production. As a jazz drummer, MC, singer and producer, he innovates with the force and ingenuity of his former employer, pianist Geri Allen. On his new release, I Think I’m Good, Overall collaborates with both standard-bearers such as pianists Vijay Iyer and rising stars (vibist Joel Ross, singer J Hoard, among others) to address a range of contemporary issues, including mental illness, which he considers from personal experience and in terms of society at large.

For this event, Overall will perform music from the new album. Following the performance, in discussion with series host Larry Blumenfeld and guest panelists, Overall will consider taboos and policy issues related to mental health, and its connections to creativity.

$0-$10 suggested donation

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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.

More Info:

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

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