Back from holiday vacation and going through gazillion emails on Harlem. The big Harlem story that happened over the holidays was the continuing saga on Harlem’s Lenox Lounge. Several news outlets reported recently on how the Lenox Lounge brand will continue by moving a few blocks up on Lenox Avenue in Harlem-333 Lenox Ave to be exact. Stories were generated due to Alvin Reed’s peeps releasing a statement on January 3. This blog did receive the full statement Jan 3 while on vacation and wanted to share it in its entity.
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Tagged 333 Lenox Avenue, Alvin Reed, Harlem, Lenox Avenue, Lenox Lounge, Notar Jazz Club, Richie Notar
The days are numbered for Harlem’s famous Lenox Lounge. Grub Street.com double confirms today what Black Enterprise reported yesterday, which was the commercial space will now be rented out to Richie Notar. Also, the NYMag blog reports Robert De Niro is involved. See story below.
That’s it for Lenox Lounge in Harlem. It’s done. Over. Finished. Go there by December 31st to say your goodbyes. That’s the last day Lenox Lounge will be open! May it rest in peace.
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Tagged Black Enterprise, BlackEnterprise, Grub Street, Harlem, Lenox Lounge, Richie Notar, Robert De Niro
According to The New York Times, our beloved Apollo Theater plans to take a trip back in time or better yet, is going back to its core. The Apollo Theater plans to transform our famous venue on 125th Street “into an old-fashioned nightclub for a new revue evoking the Harlem music clubs of the 1930s and 1940s”
In its heyday, the Apollo Theater was a venue that featured a “variety programs, such as big bands, singers, dancers, female impersonators, acrobats and comedians.” The Apollo aims to recapture that era and offer it up to consumers who are interested in experiencing this particular part of the Apollo’s history. The article states “seats will be removed from the orchestra level and the audience will sit at cafe tables, tended by waiters and waitresses.”
Go back in time in Harlem at the Apollo Theater in February 2013 with three nights of shows: Feb. 18, Feb. 22 and Feb 23. Tickets go on sale on Nov. 19.
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Tagged 125th street, Apollo Theater, big bands, cafe tables, Entertainment, Harlem, orchestra level, The Apollo Theater., variety programs
I went to see jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding Friday night (Oct 26) at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. It was fantastic. This was my first time seeing her perform. There is no question in my mind Esperanza Spalding, the Grammy award winner, is the full package: extremely talented, unique and so gorgeous. Hopefully these pictures give you a sense of that! Enjoy.
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Tagged Apollo Theater, Esperanza Spalding, Harlem, jazz, music
Bassist, vocalist, composer and award winner Esperanza Spalding is coming to Harlem and she will be performing…where else, but the famous Apollo Theater, located on 125th Street between FDB and ACP Blvd. She is performing in Harlem October 26 and tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow, Friday, June 8. The presale is happening now for Amex cardholders and members of the Apollo Theater Foundation.
“Esperanza Spalding is an American multi-instrumentalist best known as a jazz bassist and singer.” Her latest release is Radio Music Society. Listen below to Black Gold from her new CD.
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Tagged 125th street, amex cardholders, Apollo Theater, Entertainment, Esperanza Spalding, Harlem, jazz bassist, music
Mekia Denby, the founder of Kidberry in Harlem, has given us the heads up that M.Shanghai String Band, one of the best string bands in New York City, will be performing live this Friday, May 4 at Kidberry from 5:30 to 8 pm. The cost of entrance is $20 per family. Kidberry is located at 2046 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
If you would like to attend, RSVP in advance to email@example.com.
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Tagged Entertainment, Harlem, Kidberry, M.Shanghai String Band, music, rsvp, string band
Time Out New York recently released a ranked list of 100 songs dealing with the subject of New York City and several Harlem themed or named songs top the list, such as Take the A Train by Duke Ellington, Across 110th Street by Bobby Womack, Harlem Blues by Nat King Cole, Harlem Shuffle by Bob&Earl, Angel of Harlem by U2 and more. The list of 100 covers 50 years of tributes to the city that is known all over the world for inspiring artists across every musical genre.
In addition to the tracks, videos and commentary, Time Out New York is offering a Spotify playlist, so that readers can follow and stream the ranked songs on their own devices. Users will also be able to rerank the top 25 selections on the list by voting their choices up or down in the Readers’ Poll.
The Top NYC Song List can be seen at Time Out New York or go directly to Spotify, if you have an account.
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Tagged Across 100th Street by Bobby Womack, Alicia Keys, Angel of Harlem by U2, Beastie Boys, bobby womack, Duke Ellington, Entertainment, Harlem, harlem blues, Harlem Blues by Nat King Cole, harlem shuffle, Harlem Shuffle by Bob&Earl, Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, music, music history, nat king cole, Take the A Train by Duke Ellington, THE 100 BEST SONGS ABOUT NEW YORK CITY, Time Out New York
If your were wondering when the second annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival will take place this year, we know the dates. According to a news release, the same organizations who put on the first Festival have joined forces once again. The Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile will present a series of concerts and events, May 7-13, 2012, to celebrate the rich legacy of jazz in the uptown community.
The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival plans to bring both established and emerging artists to Harlem venues and will pay tribute to Club Harlem, Clark Monroe’s Uptown House, Havana San Juan Club, Small’s Paradise, Minton’s Playhouse, Showman’s Café, Park Palace, Lenox Lounge and the Apollo Theater.
In addition to concerts at jazz shrines, other Festival events will take place at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, Columbia University and a variety of locations throughout the Harlem area. So mark your calendars to May 7-13!
Tickets for many of the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival events are available now. For tickets and more information on the Festival and its partners, visit the Harlem Jazz Shrines’ website at www.Harlemjazzshrines.org.
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Tagged Harlem, Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, Harlem Stage, jazz, jazzmobile, music, The Apollo Theater.