Upcoming Events in Marcus Garvey Park, Jazzmobile, SummerStage, El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival, Lena Horne at 100, Dance Harlem, Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, Imagenation Film Festival


Central Park Conservancy Film Festival in Marcus Garvey Park 

Bring a blanket and find a spot on the Northwest lawn. Enter at Fifth Avenue and 124th Street or West 124th Street between Fifth Avenue and Mount Morris Park West.

DJ from  6:30 pm until movies start at 8 pm

Tuesday August 22, The Wiz, 1978


Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

3 Days in Marcus Garvey Park

Thursday, August 24, 7 pm – 9 pm

 Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed –


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

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

Anat Cohen

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.

Louis Hayes

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.

Charenee Wade

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.

Marcus Garvey Park Farmers Market, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and every Saturday through Thanksgiving – 

An outdoor market on the extended sidewalk along the perimeter of Marcus Garvey Park. Corner of Mount Morris Park West and 124th Street

The Marcus Garvey Park Farmers Market is organized by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance creating a lively neighborhood market with 10+ vendors offering fresh food options and artisanal products made in Harlem. New vendors are being added weekly with Harlem made and Artisanal  products. You can find us on the extended sidewalk area along the perimeter of Marcus Garvey Park near the corner of Mount Morris Park West (Fifth Avenue) and 124th Street

Poets on the lawn                                                         Wednesday August 30, 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Northeast lawn, enter at East 124th Street between Fifth and Madison,                  Bring a blanket.  Spoken word performances Curated by Paul McIntosh 

Def Poetry Jam Alum Kraal “Kayo” Charles

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Featuring Iyabo Ibo Mandingo and Elisabet Velasquez with performances by a new generation of poets, Parlay and vocalist Victoria Awogbemi 

Kraal “Kayo” Charles, a Brooklyn native, is a performer, playwright, and producer. He has traveled extensively around the globe to be featured on stage, television, radio, and film. Kayo began his career on New York City’s poetry slam scene, becoming the youngest Grand Slam Champion at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café in 1998. His success translated to the masses as he was the first poet ever to present to audiences of millions at the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square.  He is one of the original performers of Russell Simmons’ presents Def Poetry Jam on HBO and has performed in over two hundred learning and cultural institutions across the nation.

IYABA IBO MANDINGO – painter, poet, writer, actor and playwright – is a native of Antigua, West Indies, who came to the United States in 1980 as a young boy.  His earliest exposure to the arts were through his mother, a trained singer, and his grandparents, a tailor and a seamstress who first introduced him to colors and patterns, paving a path to the many ways of expression; drawing, painting, sculpting, writing and performing.  Iyaba studied fine arts at Southern Connecticut State University and today teaches in and around the tri-state area as a Master Teaching Artist.

Iyaba has appeared regularly as a performance poet in venues across the United States and abroad, including Nuyorican Poetry Café, Brooklyn Moon, and Next Door Café among others in the NY area and was the keynote performer at the 2011 Westchester, NY Poetry Festival. In 2015 he embarked on his first African tour bringing his 1Man play “unFRAMED”, his first novel “Sins of My Fathers” and his poetry to South Africa and Nigeria.

Elisabet Velasquez is a Puerto Rican writer from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her work has been nominated for Best Of The Net. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including NBC, Huffington Post, Muzzle, Latina, Now This and Vibe Magazine among others. She is a 2017 Poets House Fellow VONA alum and the author of the chapbook PTSD. You can find her online at ElisabetVelasquez.com

Parlay is a New York based Spoken Word Artist who has performed extensively throughout New York City including the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe.

Victoria Awogbemi, An African American teenager from Nigeria who loves to compose her own music. Victoria will perform two original songs: Show me love and Black lives matter.

This event is organized by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in celebration of the extension of the Reading Circle program to include 3 little free libraries. Come see the new library designed by Harlem based artist Susan Stair . Susan created mosaics depicting scenes from Marcus Garvey Park including the Drummers Circle and the Fire Watchtower on the outside panels of the new library. Clay impressions were taken of trees in the park and will adorn the post that supports the library. The new library is installed on the East side of the park near the East 124th Street entrance. Special thanks to Urban Innovations and the AHRC Fischer Center our community partners, helping us keep our Little Free Libraries in Marcus Garvey Park filled with books year round. If you have a book that you think a neighbor would enjoy reading we are accepting donations of new and gently used books for children and adults. Book donations in small amounts can be deposited in the libraries at any time. For large donations please email marcusgarveyparkalliance@gmail.com.


Imagenation Outdoors – Sunday September 9th – Black Girl Magic! Music Natasha Digs, Film The Fits

Celebrating the Super flyness of Black Women & Girls


The Fits

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)

Natasha Digs

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, 

The Marcus Garvey Alliance presents an extended series of public art installations and cultural performances celebrating the creative culture that Harlem is famous for.

Thursday September 14 – Lena Horne at 100 Birthday Celebration in collaboration with Jazzmobile and Musa Jackson Productions.


Friday September 15 – Main Stage concert

Mambo Legends 22 piece Orchestra in collaboration with Jazzmobile and the El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival



East Harlem at Play: A Mural in White Park, 2017 Giannina  Gutierrez, Ralph Serrano and Jeremy Vega

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Presented by NYC Parks Art in the Parks and the Public Art Initiative a program created by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance. This  mural installation is produced in partnership with Friends of White Park and Friends of Art Park Alliance with funding provided by the Fund for Public Health NYC on behalf of the Department of Health

The artists will be on site for two weeks in the beginning of September painting the mural and invite you to pass by and watch the progress. White Park is located on East 106th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue.

Atlas: The Third Millennium, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 2017

On View September 2017 to August 2018 Marcus Garvey Park 

Atlas is a monumental Steel sculpture standing 14′ tall.  The installation was created to symbolically represent the magnificent multiplicity of Harlem, the cross-section through time of stellar individuals who have called Harlem their home and those who continue to live, work and contribute to its cultural vibrancy. It symbolizes a “universe” of stars that celebrates actors, writers, composers, musicians, painters, sculptors, educators, historians, activists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. They are among many who have emerged from this community and serve as vital inspiration to resolve present day challenges through their commonalities in history and purpose for the benefit of its neighbors and our city at large. Atlas pays homage to and revitalizes the resilience and endowment of all daughters and sons of Harlem.

Presented by NYC Parks Art in the Parks and the Public Art Initiative a program created by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance 

Friday September 22 – Dance Harlem – Produced by Valerie Bradley

The Pelham Fritz Recreation Center is bringing the indoors out and the outdoors in.

9.9.17 PF Family and Friends Reunion

Saturday September 23, 5 pm – 8 pm

9 23 17 MG Night of Jazz and Swing


Sunday, September 24th 2017 noon – 6pm, The Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park



Saturday October 7, 5 pm – 9 pm

10 7 17 ACF Dance the Night Away Swing Pelham Fritz

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Spring 2017


Words don’t seem necessary


Cherry Blossom walkway near the Fifth Avenue and 124th Street entrance to Marcus Garvey Park.


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Thank you to all of the volunteers

331 bags of leaves! 40 Volunteers


On Sunday December 4, 2016 volunteer members of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, New York Road Runners and the Central Park Conservancy filled 331 large garbage bags with leaves. The Central Park Conservancy is a very generous partner of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance sharing with us best practices for maintaining the park. Besides sharing their expertise they also provided all of the tools required for this project, hot chocolate and snacks.

To become a volunteer member of the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance click  here

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We believe in celebrating and preserving the creative culture that Harlem is famous for. In 2016 the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance sponsored in part or in full 27 public art installations with the funds going directly to the artists and institutions that reflect the community.


The musical heritage of Harlem is undeniable and this past year we expanded programming in the amphitheater to include the main stage concert of the Latin Jazz Festival featuring Tito Puente Jr.


We also believe that keeping children reading throughout the summer months when school is out will help them come fall. The Summer of 2016 was the third year of the Reading Circle program which brought out authors, librarians, community volunteers and of course Sammy and Tudie to read to an average of 75 children each week in July and August.


With help from our community partners, Urban Innovations we were able to give away 7,500 books to children through the Little Free Libraries.

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Books are free for Kids in Marcus Garvey Park.

We would be honored if you chose to give a donation to the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance on Giving Tuesday. Large or small we would be grateful.


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Art & Community

Public Art Initiative 2016


Artist Lady K Fever and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance President Connie Lee doing a final walk through of the installation  All Along The Watchtower a day before the opening reception.


The Public Art Initiative is an ongoing program created by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance to support artists and cultural organizations who would like to exhibit in public spaces in neighborhoods throughout Harlem and Northern Manhattan. In 2016 the Public Art Initiative contributed funding to 27 public art installations in East and Central Harlem with funding provided in part by the Harlem Community Development Corporation. The sites included 5 NYC parks, Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem Art Park, Morningside Park, St. Nicholas Park, Jackie Robinson Park, and 3 meridians along Lenox Avenue and 2 meridians on East 106th Street also known as East Harlem’s Cultural Corridor.

Currently on view



inHarlem, Simone Leigh. August 25, 2016 to July 25, 2017. Presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC Parks and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.                                                                  Marcus Garvey Park


inHarlem, Kevin Beasley.  August 25,2016 to July 25, 2017. Presented by the Studio Museum In Harlem in partnership with NYC Parks and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance    Morningside Park


inHarlem, Kori Newkirk, August 25, 2016 to July 25, 2017. Presented by the Studio Museum in Harlem in partnership with NYC Parks and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.                                 St. Nicholas Park


inHarlem, Rudy Shepherd. August 25, 2016 to July 25, 2017. Presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem in partnership with NYC Parks and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance.                Jackie Robinson Park


Hummingbird, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 1987 Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in partnership with the artist and the Department of Transportation’s Art Program.                  On View June 9, 2016 to May 9, 2017                                                                                                     Lenox Avenue at 119th Street


Birdhouse,  Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 1987 Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, the artist and the Department of Transportation’s Art Program.                                                               On view June 9, 2016 to May 9, 2017                                                                                                                East 106th Street at Lexington Avenue


Fish Spine, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 1987  Presented by the Marcus Garvey Alliance in partnership with the artist and the Department of Transportation’s Art Program.                      On view June 9,2016 to May 9, 2017                                                                                                                     Lenox Avenue at 123rd Street


Palenque, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 1987 Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in partnership with the artist and the Department of Transportation’s Art Program. On view June 9, 2016 to May 9, 2017 East 106th Street at Third Avenue


Liturgy for Lenox Lounge, Michael Kelley Williams 2016. Presented by Flux Art Fair in Partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and the Department of Transportation’s Art Program. On view May 3, 2016 to April 3, 2017 The artist is pictured with artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez. Lenox Avenue at 124th Street


Iris, Naomi Lawrence, May 3, 2016 to April 3, 2017 Presented by Flux Art Fair in Partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and NYC Parks


Focus, Jose Soto, 2016 Presented by Flux Art Fair in partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and NYC Parks. Special thanks to Friends of Art Park Alliance.                                       On view May 3, 2016 to November 1, 2016                                                                                          Harlem Art Park East 120th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue.

Images: Public Art Initiative 2016 Art Installations

A few photos of  installations from earlier this year. All installations pictured were funded in part by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance as part of the Public Art Initiative with funding  provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation.

DNA Totem, Suprina, 2016, March 26, 2016 to September 30, 2016

DNA Totem, Suprina, 2016, March 26, 2016 to September 30, 2016.  Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in partnership with the artist and NYC Parks.  The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance received funding from Tahl Propp Equities which was donated to the artist for this installation.


DNA Totem Close Up


All Along The Watchtower, Lady K Fever, August 1, 2016 to August 30, 2016. Presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance in partnership with the artist and NYC Parks.


Outdoor/Indoor, Tiffany Smith, May 3, 2016 to August 1, 2016 Presented by Flux Art Fair in Partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and NYC Parks.


Golem, Jordan Baker Caldwell, May3, 2013 to September 15, 2016. Presented by Flux Art Fair in partnership with the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and NYC Parks. Golem is currently on view at Harlem Hospital.



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Closing Reception Sunday September 25,2016

DNA Totem, Suprina,  2016

On view March 26, 2016 – September 30, 2016

The DNA Totem a public sculpture by the artist Suprina

The DNA Totem a public sculpture by the artist Suprina

Join the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and Harlem based artist Suprina at the site of the DNA Totem in Marcus Garvey Park for a final view of the DNA Totem before it moves to the Rye Art Center. Sunday September 25, 2016 5 to 7 pm. Special Guest performance, Improvisational Theater,  Jeremiah Drake and Company.

DNA Totem Close Up

DNA Totem Close Up

The DNA Totem Sunrise

The DNA Totem Sunrise

Sunday September 25, 2016 5 to 7 pm.  Enter the Park at Fifth Avenue and 120th Street. The DNA Totem is at the stop of the stairs just West of the park entrance.


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El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival

 September 15, 2016  to September 25, 2016


FREE Concert!    Everyone is invited!     Everyone is encouraged to Dance!


The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance is thrilled to host the 1st Annual El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater. Thank you to the festival organizers for collaborating with us and all of the venues in the festival. Latin Jazz Performances will take place in venues throughout East Harlem and on Lenox Avenue September 15, 2016 to September 25, 2016 For more information visit El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival


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