Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival 2013

The third annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival returns May 6 – 11, 2013.  The Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage, and Jazzmobile once again partner to celebrate of “the prestige of the past…the pulse of the present” with concerts by renowned and emerging artists in famed Harlem music venues.  Columbia University collaborates with panel discussions and films highlighting the cultural significance of Harlem and its Jazz scene.

Lezlie Harrison, Harlem Jazz Shrines

Lezlie Harrison Photo: Facebook/HarlemJazzShrinesFestival

Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage explains, “The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival provides an essential forum for us to claim and uphold the great musical traditions that were born and nurtured in Harlem and continue to thrive through the talent of both emerging and established artists. It enables the community and visitors to celebrate this dynamic art form and the institutions that have supported this music.”

Intended for a diverse audience of Harlemites, New Yorkers, and visitors, tickets are $10 and up, while several events are free of charge.

Highlights of the 2013 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival include:

Monday, May 6, 2013

  • 5:00pm – Columbia University presents Harlem Jazz Shrine Dialogues: Cotton Club in Black & White and Ann Petry: The Street – Harlem in the 1940s. Cowin Theater at Teachers College. Free.
  • 9:45pm – Jazzmobile presents Monday Night Jam Session. Musicians welcome. Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster Harlem.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • 7:30pm – Jazzmobile presents Minton’s Playhouse: Legends on the Bandstand, featuring Paul West Trio and Rashaan Carter Trio. Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster Harlem.
  • 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad. Limited seating.  Standing room available.  Two drink minimum per set/per person.  Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.
Minton's Playhouse

Minton’s Playhouse Photo:Facebook/HarlemJazzShrinesFestival

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • 7:30pm – Jazzmobile presents Minton’s Playhouse: Legends on the Bandstand, featuring Junior Mance Trio and Christian Sands Trio.  Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster Harlem.
  • 7:30pm – Harlem Stage presents Celebrating the Sugar Cane Club of Yesteryear, featuring ERIMAJ and Fabian Almazan. Harlem Stage Gatehouse.
  • 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Bill Easley. Limited seating.  Standing room available.  Two drink minimum per set/per person.  Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

  • 10:00am – Jazzmobile presents Jazz in the First Person: Fun with “The Duke” – Lecture, Lunch, Swing. Jazz historian/author/musician Loren Schoenberg hosts this performance, talk and interactive session for youth. Free. For Middle School students by invitation.  The Alhambra Ballroom.
  • 12:00pm – Jazzmobile presents Swingin’ Seniors. Lunch and performance hosted by Loren Schoenberg. Free. For Senior Citizens by invitation. The Alhambra Ballroom.
  • Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival

    Jimmy Heath & Antonio Hart at Ginnys Supper Club

    6:30pm – Apollo Theater presents Live Wire: Harlem’s Music Legacy, a discussion hosted by John Reddick. Free with registration. Apollo Theater.

  • 7:30pm – Harlem Stage, paying tribute to Clark Monroe’s Uptown House, presents Marc Cary Celebrates Abbey Lincoln with “Moseka House: The House That Abbey Built.” Abbey Lincoln’s former pianist Marc Cary interprets Lincoln’s compositions in solo and with his Focus Trio. Harlem Stage Gatehouse.
  • 8:00pm – Jazzmobile presents A Night of Swinging with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, a Big Band Dance Party. Cash Bar/ Food Available for purchase. The Alhambra Ballroom.
  • 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30pm  – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Quartet. Limited seating.  Standing room available.  Two drink minimum per set/per person.  Free soul food appetizers are available.  Showman’s Jazz Club.

Friday, May 10, 2013

  • 7:30pm – Harlem Stage, presents Marc Cary Celebrates Abbey Lincoln with “Moseka House: The House That Abbey Built.” Abbey Lincoln’s former pianist Marc Cary accompanies vocalists Keith Ailer, Maggie Brown, Pyeng Threadgill, and Imani Uzuri as they pay homage to Ms. Lincoln.  Harlem Stage Gatehouse.
  • 9:00 & 11:00pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Doris Spears. Limited seating.  Standing room available.  Two drink minimum per set/per person.  Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.
  • 10:00pm – Apollo Theater presents Tribute to The Baby Grand. Grand Café served up some of the hottest stars of Jazz, including Ruth Brown, Jimmy Scott, Dakota Staton, Jimmy Smith, Etta James, Horace Silver, Charlie Mingus and was the go-to-late-night hot spot. This tribute concert features vocalist Lezlie Harrison. Apollo Music Café.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

  • 11:00am – Apollo Theater presents Family Showtime: The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan featuring Rosena Hill Jackson, Jason Jackson and the Jack & Hill Trio.  Apollo Theater.
  • 3:00 & 8:00pm – Apollo Theater presents Geri Allen & Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo. The performance celebrates the legacy of Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and others.  Staged by S. Epatha Merkerson, narrative by Farah Jasmin Griffin with Deejay Val Jeanty, the show features Geri Allen & Timeline Tap Quartet, Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright, Tia Fuller, Karen Malina White, Marvin Sewell, Dormeshia and Afro Blue.  Apollo Theater.
  • 9:00 & 11:00pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Mel Davis. Limited seating.  Standing room available.  Two drink minimum per set/per person.  Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

For tickets, information and the complete calendar visit the Harlem Jazz Shrines’  website.

Apollo Theater, Harlem

The Apollo Theater Photo: Author