Classical Theatre of Harlem, In the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater – July 7th through July 30th
It‘s all for one and one for all as D’Artagnan and the Musketeers fight to protect the ones they love from the revolting exploits of Cardinal Richelieu. A story of double crossings, kidnappings, and carefully guarded secrets, complete with lavish fights and sweeping romance, The Three Musketeers reminds us that through strength, courage and unity, you can always defend what you believe in.
JAZZMOBILE SUMMERFEST 2017 in the Amphitheater
Friday July 7, 7 pm – 8:15 pm Wycliff Gordon Quintet
July 10 – Imagenation Outdoors Films and Music – DJ and Live Music begin at 6 pm, Film begins at dusk
In Get Out, a speculative thriller from the mind of Jordan Peele, a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, and becomes ensnared in the more sinister real reason for the invitation.
MUSIC: Hip-hop, House & Soul by DJ Brittofied
LIVE BAND: V Ferg presents Creative Public Offering
About DJ Brittofied
Visual Artist and DJ Michael Paul Britto graduated with a BA from the City College of New York. Michael’s works range from videos to digital photography, sculpture, collage, and performance. Britto has had residencies at the New Museum in New York as well as Smack Mellon, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and LMCC. Michael has been featured in shows at El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, The Kitchen and the Victoria and Albert Museum in England. Britto has been written about in “The New York Times, Art In America and the Brooklyn Rail.
About V Ferg
V Ferg is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, performer, and humanitarian whose music unlocks the power to make audiences sing, dance, and even think. By night, you can typically find him hosting lively underground New York City jams as part of his Creative Public Offering collective, performing to packed crowds at hot spots like SOBs, and recording endless amounts of music. During the day, he works as an “Illuminator,” educating sixth and seventh graders on matters of Social Justice. This ethos is reflected in his later album Higher Level Music. He’s jammed alongside the likes of Erykah Badu and shared stages with Girl Talk, MC Hammer, and many more. Playing bass, guitar, keys, and more, he bobs and weaves between rock, hip-hop, and R&B, landing a knockout each time he takes the stage.
JAZZMOBILE – SUMMERFEST- 2017
Friday July 14, 7 pm – 8:15 pm Lezlie Harrison
Lezlie Harrison is her own personal renaissance. Her constant state of evolution and growth brings with it, gifts for those those paying attention. As a vocalist both bold and subtle, her vulnerability attends to the fragile matters of our collective human affairs while her optimistic momentum inspires us to rise above any tribulation to rejoice. Be it Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Soul ,The American Song Form, original compositions or any song in ANY form, Ms. Harrison will imbue it her distinctive stamp and make a very personal delivery. On the planet’s premier Jazz radio station ; WBGO, her voice as a regular curator and presenter reveals the love and pride with which she regards America’s classical music. Hyper-active on the New York and global Jazz scenes, Lezlie is also along with the late Dale Fitzgerald and trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a member of the triumvirate responsible for launching New York’s world renowned JAZZ GALLERY. On occasion Lezlie lends her regal presence to the stage as an actress, bringing to those endeavors, the same sense of organic elegance that she brought to the runways and photo studios of Paris some years ago. By way of her childhood in New York and North Carolina or her maturation in New York, Boston or on stages throughout Asia, Russia, Europe and elsewhere, Ms Lezlie Harrison shows aesthetic evidence that she is a recipient of the lessons of dignity, integrity and grace bestowed upon her by her elders and fine tuned by her own history. Pay Attention! Listen: https://youtu.be/ecK1yTwKH6Y website: http://www.lezlieharrison.net/
JAZZMOBILE – SUMMERFEST- 2017
Friday July 21, 7 pm – 8:15 pm – Dr. Billy Taylor Birthday Celebration
Imagenation Outdoors – Annual Soul Train Tribute Saturday August 12, DJ Stormin Norman 6 pm Film at dusk
Directed by Ava DuVernay, 100 min., USA
This 2017 Academy Award nominated documentary takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
The Soul Train Tribute — arguably the hottest Jam in the park for six consecutive years — celebrates the soundtrack of American social movements with a tribute to Freedom Songs from the Soul Train Era! With Music spun by DJ Stormin’ Norman of Sundae Sermon, this tribute will feature music from Soul Train artists: James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and others interpreted by an all-star cast of independent artists including: Aiyana Smash, Abiah, Asa Lovechild, Bruce “Big Daddy” Wayne, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Petawayne, Lorinda Robinson, Shelly Nicole and others!
MUSIC: House Music by DJ Stormin Norman of Sundae Sermon and live Soul Train tribute curated by InJoy Enterprises
About Stormin’ Norman
Dj Stormin’ Norman originally hails from East London, UK and is now a resident of Harlem, USA. In the 90’s, he was part of a groundbreaking DJ collective who brought the Thunderstorm Mix on WBLS 107.5FM NYC, introducing live mixing to daytime radio previously reserved for weekend nights broadcasted from night-clubs, setting a new precedent in national radio. For over 20 years, he’s played major New York clubs, exclusive downtown spots, elite private events and world touring. Currently dj & produces the most anticipated event of the Summer Season in New York City Sundae Sermon, bringing over thousands of attendees per event together in Harlem parks termed by many “the Woodstock of Harlem”. Continuing his brand Dj Stormin’ Norman Host his own show entitled Sundae Sermon Radio on WHCR 90.3fm, a record label Sundae Sermon Recordings and for 2015 the non-for-profit Sundae Sermon Foundation. Dj Stormin’ Norman is also the DJ resident of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster in Harlem.
SummerStage, City Parks Foundation
All Performances are FREE non-ticketed events and take place in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park,
Stew and The Negro Problem – Tuesday August 15, 2017 7pm – 9pm
An irreverent homage to the “original black-punk-novelist” James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Song is a spirited “rock and roll song-cycle” from the creators of the Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange, Stew and his longtime collaborator Heidi Rodewald.
Fronting his genre-bending band, The Negro Problem, in their Canadian debut, Stew narrates a highly personal and provocative account of Baldwin’s lasting influence with wild humor and an irresistible mix of psychedelic soul, art-damaged-pop and twisted jazz.
Stew and The Negro Problem are Stew, Heidi Rodewald, Dana Lyn, Art Terry and Marty Beller
Lighting Design by KJ Hardy
Video Concepts by Stew
Video Design by Joan Grossman
Bilal – Wednesday August 16, 7 pm – 10 pm
Philadelphia born, Soul Singer, Bilal is one of the most dynamic artist of our time. Bilal is an eclectic–drawing from gospel, jazz, soul, blues, and hip-hop. Bilal made his major label debut with 2001’s First Born Second. The cd sold over 300,000 copies and announced that Bilal was an artist to watch. Bilal’s sophomore recording Love For Sale leaked to the internet before its official release and would enjoy over half a million downloads. 2010 saw Air Tights’ Revenge, which yielded the Grammy nominated “Little Ones”. In Feb 2013 Bilal released A Love Surreal, which has already garnered critical acclaim being named as one of “People Magazines” top ten albums of the year.” And in 2015 he released his most celebrated project of his career, “In Another Life” produced entirely by retro soul producer Adrian Young. Followed by the him earning he first Grammy Award for his participation on the critically acclaimed, “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar
Step Afrika! – Thursday August 17, 7 pm – 9 pm
Watch the world’s first professional company dedicated to high energy percussive stepping
Featuring 7pm Step Afrika Dance Workshop
The Step Afrika! dance squad has reinvented the concept of dance performance, with a revitalized program that truly steps things up. Showcasing a proud breed of styles, that are a composite of traditional African dance and percussive African-American stepping, they command the stage with blistering energy and vitality. Their live shows incorporate singing, tale-weaving, comedic interactions and immensely crowd-pleasing segments of audience participation. Created in 1994, initially as an exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, Step Afrika! is now an internationally renowned touring company that brings positive dance education to young people around the globe. With strikingly vibrant costumes, amazing technical bravura and an exciting collective stage presence, this crew inspires as it wows. As one of the top ten African American dance companies in the US, Step Afrika! reaches over 50,000 people annually as they bound across ten different countries. Having performed at the White House for President Obama, and with inclusion in the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African-American History & Culture (featuring the world’s first stepping interactive), these bold, beautiful and generous artists are thoroughly breathtaking to witness in person.
Jim Jones – Saturday August 20, 5 pm
Harlem-raised Dipset member and recent Roc Nation signee who’s best known for We Fly High and rockstar style
Joseph Guillermo Jones II is undoubtedly one of the hardest working people in hip-hop. Better known as Jim Jones, this Bronx-born, Harlem-bred star has never stopped hustling since his 2004 release On My Way to Church (a reference to his days coming up in uptown New York). The hometown hero of Puerto Rican and Aruban descent would crank out another hit-maker the following year, Harlem: Diary of a Summer. In just one short year later, he dropped the album Hustler’s P.O.M.E. (Product Of My Environment), which supplied “We Fly High,” a platinum-certified, #5smash on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was at this time that the industrious Jones also formed the band ByrdGand (and label of the same name), as they promptly released M.O.B.: The Album. Subsequent records would produce the undisputed hits “Pop Champagne” and “Perfect Day.” Utilizing his innate business savviness, Jones has successfully branded himself for television purposes, forged a clothing line (Vampire Life – to accompany his latest series of popular tracks), and even cultivated a beverage, stemming from his other vampire-themed products, Vamp Berry Soda. Magnanimous with his achievements, Jones contributes to humanitarian efforts and gives back to the inner city youth culture from which he was spawned.
Def Poets: A Reunion Sunday, 4 pm
Def Poetry Jam brought urban poetry and the poetry slam movement to the national stage. Presented by Russell Simmons, Def Poetry Jam was a spoken word poetry television series hosted by Mos Def, which aired on HBO between 2002 and 2007. The series featured performances by established and up-and-coming spoken word poets. Performances also included special appearances by well-known actors and musicians, as well as occasional performances by Mos Def himself. Co-created by Bruce George, Danny Simmons, Deborah Pointer, Stan Lathan, and Russell Simmons, the show was a spin-off of the popular Def Comedy Jam which began airing on HBO in the ’90s. As with Def Comedy, Simmons appears at the end of every episode to thank the audience. Currently, the Def Poetry Jam touring roster includes a veritable who’s who of modern urban poets, including Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, muMs, Steve Colman, Vanessa Hidary, Bonafide Rojas and Toni Blackman. With limitless social and political commentary, DPJ eloquently touches upon all relevant issues of today, with echoes of powerful poets past.
With performances by Vanessa Hidary, Ursula Rucker, Jessica Care Moore, Mums, Steve Colman, Bonafide Rojas and Toni Blackman. Hosted by Asha Bandele
Featuring 4pm poetry workshop with Ursula Rucker and Derrik Cross
Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed – Thursday, August 24, 7 pm – 9 pm
NYC-bred Emmy winning tap dance virtuoso & choreographer as part of The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Featuring: Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick K. Grant
Jason Samuels Smith is New York City’s very own Emmy-winning, tap dance authority. A highly commended choreographer, performer and humanitarian, Smith has been dancing and spreading joy his whole life. He has accumulated a long list of honors and dance distinctions, including awards from Dance Magazine, American Choreography, and the highly respected Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award. He’s choreographed for television and other media outlets, such as Outkast’s Idlewild, and thehugely popular shows So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. Smith has razzle-dazzled Broadway audiences with his rapid-fire footwork in Bring in Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk, and starred in another major all-tap revue, Imagine Tap!, as well as played the leading role in Debbie Allen’s breathtaking film Soul Possessed and Dean Hargrove’s award-winning short Tap Heat. JSS continues to astound and amaze spectators all over the world with his solo performances, as well as those with his skilled company. A truly altruistic individual, Smith uses his tap talent and celebrity to actively support many charitable organizations, including Dancers Responding to Aids, Tied to Greatness, Career Transitions for Dancers, Tap Into A Cure, Groove with Me, Move the World and more.
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival – Anat Cohen Tentet – Friday, August 25, 7 pm – 9 pm
World-renowned clarinet player leads troupe of jazz artists through multiple sounds as a part of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
There are very few connoisseurs of the clarinet in this world, and Anat Cohen surely reigns supreme amongst these select woodwindists. With a wonderful outpouring of vigorously harmonious tunes, the Tel-Aviv born Cohen leads her gifted team of ten on a jazzy voyage through multiple forms (with tinges of Brazilian, Eastern European, New York and New Orleans traditions). Her band’s blend of jazz and folk truly melds musical rituals from all over the world. Unanimously proclaimed as clarinet queen (the New York Times unequivocally states that she is a “Master”), top Jazz critics and publications rave about her sound. “With the clarinet she becomes a singer, a dancer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing — musically — with the sheer delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus,” according to JazzTimes. Time and again, she is awarded the “Clarinetist of the Year” distinction from DownBeat, JazzTimes and the Jazz Journalists Association. With six solo albums so far, and eight collaborative records, Cohen simply loves to create and play. And one more thing, she’s also an expert saxophonist.
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival – Lee Konitz Quartet/ Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science – Saturday, August 26, 3 pm – 7 pm
Jazz veterans & rising stars pay tribute to innovator and Bebop master, Charlie “Bird” Parker
Lee Konitz Quartet
The Lee Konitz Quartet is comprised of four of the most skillful jazz veterans working today. Under the leadership of Lee Konitz, the group has been thrilling audiences for quite a long time. Konitz, a premiere alto saxophonist, started out in Chicago, where he put a lot of hours into learning his craft. His early work saw him playing with Claude Thornhill Orchestra (arranged by Gil Evans), Stan Kenton’s Orchestra, pianist Lennie Tristano, and the Miles Davis Capitol Orchestra. He would then break out on his own, amassing a staggering list of essential jazz credentials. Adding a touch of international flare to the group is Dan Tepfer, their Paris-born pianist/composer. An improviser at heart, this talented musician has tickled the ivories alongside jazz behemoths of all natures, and has released several hit solo albums. With a keen interest in astrophysics, Tepfer has utilized his computer-science knowledge in conjunction with improvisational techniques to formulate a revolutionary jazz-centric algorithm. The Lee Konitz Quartet’s bassist is Jeremy Stratton, a local jazz hero from New York, who has played over the decades with a multitude of famed ensembles. Rounding out this colossal crew is George Schuller on drums. Schuller is well known in the jazz milieu, with numerous side bands under his belt, including the hit big band from the ‘80s, Orange Than Blue.
Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science
For Terri Lyne Carrington, it’s not just about sounding sweet. Along with her band Social Science, the princess of percussion has been melding her uncannily sophisticated drumming and composing abilities with impactful, relevant statements on the pressing social issues of today. With a lush composition of jazz, indie rock, contemporary classical and R&B, all reconfigured under the sweeping swath of freeform improvisation, Carrington is not afraid to mix things up. A revered mainstay in the business, she has a four-decade long career and three Grammy wins to her credit, but is not even remotely content to just coast on by. An activist, educator and warrior for freedom and racial & sex equality, Carrington is nothing shy of remarkable. She began in music as an undeniable drumming prodigy, receiving accolades from People magazine, EBONY and Modern Drummer, at just ten years of age. With oodles of television performances and alliances with humongous names in music, she has wowed audiences all over the world. With eight full length albums out, Carrington perennially brings her passion to the studio as well. Her latest release is a can’t-miss collaboration with a star-studded cadre of top female artists, The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL.
Born in Motown, Louis Sedell Hayes came up virtually ensconced in authentic Detroit music stylings. At a young age he discovered the piano, but when his father presented him with a set of drums, his true passion was ignited. Coming up in 1950’s Detroit, surrounded by jazz giants Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell and Doug Watkins (to name a few), Hayes was mentored by the legendary Papa Joe Jones. At only eighteen years old, he moved to NYC and joined the Horace Silver Quintet, skyrocketing him into the critical public eye, with his full drumming talents on display. In the 60’s Hayes became a part of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, further cementing his name into the catalogue of storied jazz percussionists. He would later be asked to play alongside star piano man Oscar Peterson, in a group where Hayes and bassist Sam Jones would become known as the “dynamic duo” of rhythm. As Hayes’ career progressed, he would lead several incarnations of bands under his own name, playing with jazz greats Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Junior Cooke, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon and eventually McCoy Tyner. His shows still explode with energy, as Hayes bangs away with perfect precision.
The wonderfully outspoken Charenee Wade is a brave new voice on the modern jazz frontier, intent on using her art form to exact social change. This exquisite improvisational jazz vocalist, composer and arranger is just getting started, too. Her numerous accolades include being named the First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition and being invited to perform her original songs with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her debut album Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson is a stirring tribute to socially-conscious musician/poet Scott-Heron, which also forecasts Wade’s own desire to rise up against the many forms of injustice still plaguing the world of today. Notable tracks include “Song of the Wind,” a heartfelt appreciation of the peace-seeking efforts of her mentors, “A Toast to the People,” a nuanced example of Wade’s deftness at storytelling through vocal dexterity, and “Home Is Where the Hatred Is,” a rousingly powerful jazz number where her dynamic talents are on full display. In addition to providing the gift of her voice to the world, Charenee passes along her love of music as a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College.
Jazz Mobile will take place Friday evenings in July and August Full Schedule will be added soon
Imagenation Outdoors – Sunday September 9th – Black Girl Magic! Music Natasha Digs, Film The Fits
Celebrating the Super flyness of Black Women & Girls
Director by Anna Rose Holmer, 72 min., USA
A dreamy exploration of girlhood, The Fits follows An 11-year-old tomboy as she tries to fit in with her peers after joining an all-girl dance team.
MUSIC: Natasha Diggs (DJ)
About Natasha Diggs
For well over a decade NATASHA DIGGS has been digging deeper to provide the soundscape for parties across the globe in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Prague, Los Angeles and Berlin. As resident of New York City’s premiere all-vinyl 45 party, Mobile Mondays!, Diggs has become a force to be reckoned with and one of the most sought-after DJs in the world. Whether she’s playing all vinyl or Serato, Natasha’s deep knowledge of music has enabled her to rock diverse crowds around the globe and on any given night her sets might dip into hip hop, soul, funk, latin, rock, house, reggae, afro-brazilian, disco, and beyond. Natasha has played alongside or opened for artists such as Erykah Badu, Mark Ronson, Grandmaster Flash, Just Blaze, Dam Funk, The Pharcyde, Rakim, Slum Village, Foreign Exchange, Kenny Dope, 45 King, Cut Chemist, Spinderella, DJ Scratch, Prince Paul, DJ Spinna, DJ Muro, and many more.
Live Performances: The film is preceded by performances by deejay Natasha Diggs, the Uptown Dance Academy, as well as live music programmed by Injoy Enterprises, featuring an all female band led by drummer extraordinaire Camille Gainer Jones with performances from independent artists Abby Dobson, Claudia Hayden, Toni Ann Semple, Vivian Sessoms, Aiyana Smash and more!
Coming in September, El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival, Lena Horne at 100 and Dance Harlem
DRUM USA DAY PEOPLES JAM
September 24th 2017 noon – 6pm, The oval lawn, Madison Avenue and 123rd.