Make Your Way to Harlem For Some of Jazz's Greatest Treasures

Make Your Way to Harlem For Some of Jazz's Greatest Treasures

 

 

Randy Weston and Reggie Workman (©Richard Conde Photography)


 

Calling all jazz lovers! Did you know there is a National Jazz Museum in Harlem? This Smithsonian Affiliate is a thriving center for jazz and the beautiful history behind the music.  I was invited to the museum last month where I was treated to a special duo performance by jazz legends Randy Weston on piano and Reggie Workman on bass. Their musical chemistry is flawless and the depth of their musical prowess is incredible. I honored to be in the room to witness it. The evening ended with a performance by pianist and composer Marc Cary leading a band comprising of drummer Ronnie Burrage, saxophonist Ron Blake and bassist, Curtis Lundy.  

 

These are the kinds of events that The National Jazz Museum in Harlem strives to bring to new and diverse audiences so they can enjoy this quintessentially American music. The Museum produces and presents more than 80 free programs in New York City, engaging hundreds of professional jazz artists. It is a hub for live performances, exhibitions and educational programs.

 

 


In 2010, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem made national news when it acquired a historic archive, jazz’s greatest hidden treasure the historic Savory Collection. Created by engineer and music lover Bill Savory, he compiled more than 100 hours of recordings from the jazz legends he loved performing live on the radio between 1935 and 1941. I could sit for hours listening to these gems. Though you can listen to this collection on itunes, there’s nothing like listening to the music on-site then walking the halls of the jazz museum and learning about these musical geniuses firsthand.

 

The National Jazz Museum is committed to keeping jazz present and exciting in the lives of a broad range of audiences: young and old, novice and scholar, artist and patron, enthusiast and curious listener. So head Uptown for some rich American music history and support this great organization and their quest to keep jazz music alive. Open Thurs.– Mon. 11 am-5 pm.

 

>>The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 W. 129th St., 212.348.8300

 
 

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