Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Jazzmeia Horn: A Social Call

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert - Jazzmeia Horn

December 7, 2017 |7:30pm – 9:30pm

Vocalist, Jazzmeia Horn is winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. The Dallas native burst onto the New York scene, performing with such jazz luminaries as Frank Wess, Junior Mance, and Ellis Marsalis Jr. She has also appeared at some of the city’s preeminent jazz clubs with her ensemble The Artistry of Jazz Horn, showcasing her vocals with saxophone, piano, bass, drums, and a poet and dancer. Dedicated to educating young people, Horn is a teaching artist with the NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program.

Cost: Free

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

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Carla Cook Quartet – Harlem Jazz Series

November 14, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm

CARLA%20COOK%2019Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully — but she doesn’t stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you’d never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This native Detroiter, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you’ll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist or snob. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style. In 1999, Cook recorded her debut album, It’s All About Love. The CD enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. In 2000, Cook recorded her second album, Dem Bones and in 2002, she recorded Simply Natural, both for MAXJAZZ. Her albums continue to receive critical acclaim.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11am

Price: $15

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Plena Libre

November 3, 2017 | 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Plena Libre performanImageGen2.jpgces are thrilling showcases, with hand drummers pounding out mesmerizing beats, raucous horns raising the roof, and swirling and soaring three-part vocal harmonies. Masters of the traditional Puerto Rican plena and bomba styles, Plena Libre fuses these traditions with modern Afro-Caribbean influences to put a new and always electrifying spin on this scintillating music. The Boston Herald described Plena Libre’s performances as “a mad weave of polyrhythms that simply sizzle.” Come and experience the heat.

Cost: FREE!

Bronx Museum of Arts 
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
Bronx NY 10456
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Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: The George Gee Swing Orchestra at Flushing Town Hall

ImageGenOctober 13, 2017 | 8 PM

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” goes the eternal lyric. The George Gee Swing Orchestra’s brand of big-band music delivers plenty of swing, rocking rhythms, and razor sharp musicianship to set pulses racing. Bandleader Gee honors the great swing tradition immortalized by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and (of course) Duke Ellington, but puts his own stamp on the music. The band’s latest album is called Swing Makes You Happy—just hear them and you will smile.

Free

Flushing Town Hall
Main Theater
137-35 Northern Boulevard | Queens

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Jay Rodriguez – Harlem Jazz Series

October 24, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy-nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer and Arranger. He studied under a full scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, co-founded by Arnie Lawrence, who said, “Mr. Rodriguez is … a visionary… and a true light to hear and see.” Jay is the consummate artist; his resume reads like a Who’s Who of the music world. He has performed, produced recorded and/or arranged for a variety of artists and taught/lectured all over the world. Jay co-founded the NYC phenomenon, the Groove Collective, which influenced many modern hip hop and dance music bands.  Today’s performance is Soul Inflections – featuring new compositions for clarinet, flute and saxophones.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11am

Price: $15

Rituals of Peace – Elektra Kurtis and The Ensemble Elektra

Elektra KurtisSeptember 19, 2017 7:30pm – 9:15pm

In September 2017, violinist/composer Elektra Kurtis joins her Ensemble Elektra to bring their Rituals for Peace concert series to New York City, for performances that showcase the violinist’s unique blending of musical and cultural styles. Kurtis, whose music is described as “profound yearning, ecstatic wailing and an aching beauty” ( All About Jazz ), brings a sonic language that reflects her Greek origins, musical upbringing in Poland, and further studies in Finland.

Rituals for Peace will be performed at NYC’s Cornelia Street Cafe on September 5, and at Symphony Space on September 19 . The concert series, which culminates at the Symphony Space event, explores the intersections of classical and jazz traditions, equally drawing from music of Polish, Greek and Arabic origins.

The events will feature world premiere performances of Kurtis’ works Wholetone
Games and Hera. In addition to building bridges through music, the performers will invite audience members to participate in live communal “rituals for peace.” Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Lefteris Bournias, clarinet;  Bradley Jones, bass;  Reggie Nicholson, drums

Cost: $27; $30 Day of Show; Seniors, Students, Children $15. 

Symphony Space – Leonard Nimoy Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York NY 10025 US

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Boricua Legends

boricualegends.jpgSeptember 3, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Salsa Dura/Bailable

Boricua Legends, created by world-renowned percussionist and producer, Pedro “Pocholo” Segundo, is comprised of world-class musicians and singers that cater to an audience that enjoys dancing to the rhythms of salsa dura.

Sundays, June 18, 2017 – September 3, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)

FREE

The 24th annual Harlem Meer Performance Festival brings the best local talent in music and dance to Central Park! Enjoy jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music while admiring the lakeside views. All ages are welcome.