Category Archives: music

Study cello with member of famous Ahn Trio, audition at Harlem School of the Arts May 5-9


A reader from Bozeman, Montana/Jakarta, Indonesia sent in a unique story tip to share. The cellist from the famous Ahn Trio, three Julliard-trained sisters (Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin, and Maria on the cello) who have “earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music,” is offering an opportunity to train with her for FREE! How does a musician get to study with Maria from Ahn Trio? If you are between the ages of 12-18, you will need to audition during the Harlem School of the Arts Prep Auditions, which will take place May 5-9. The individual(s) chosen will be able to study-tuition free with Maria for a whole year!

The Harlem School of the Arts Prep Auditions is an annual event, which covers other instruments, theater, dance and visual arts! Check out HSA website to learn more. And learn more about Ahn Trio by going here.

Want a Harlem t-shirt? Keep Harlem, Harlem tees now available

On this Harlem blog, I use tees to feature the subject matter, ie Harlem. Sometimes readers ask, where can I buy a unique tee with the name Harlem on it? Here’s an option. One of my favorite Harlem sites, Harlem NYC, is now offering Harlem tees to purchase. The t-shirt says “Keep Harlem, Harlem.” Pretty cool…huh? If you’re interested in purchasing this Harlem tee, go here! And to check out Harlem NYC like I do, click here.


Attend Brownstone Live November 9, a live show and art gallery a Harlem brownstone

On Saturday November 9th, The Davidson Family will open up their home once again for, Brownstone Live, a live show and art gallery in The Davidson Family Harlem brownstone. Musician, artist, and yogini Tamara Davidson started the salon series to showcase emerging, innovative young musicians and visual artists in an intimate, open, and loving environment. The series began the summer of 2012 and has been a cultural highlight for the New York community since.

This year performers include The Javier Santiago Trio, Bae Bro, vhvl, and Tamara. Visual artists include Sonia Louise Davis and Ivan Forde. All are invited to attend. Tickets are $10. Purchase tickets here or RSVP to


Say goodbye to summer at The Corner Social in Harlem

This coming Saturday, September 14, The Corner Social in Harlem is saying “adios” to summer. Yes, it’s that time of year where another summer will pass, however, let’s send it off in style by celebrating at The Corner Social on 126th Street and Lenox Ave.

The Corner Social in Harlem is offering a $25 Prix Fixe Brunch, Complimentary Belvedere Cocktails & Music by DJ GETLIVE as part of their send off to summer.


Mark your calendar: The Cecil to open in Harlem September 23, Minton’s in October

OMG, HarlemGal Inc has the latest information on Richard Parsons’ involvement around The Cecil in Harlem and Minton’s, formerly known as the famed jazz club Minton’s Playhouse. According to his peeps, The Cecil will open September 23 and Minton’s plans to open the second week of October. So mark your calendar!

Richard Parsons has been trying to revive this space in Harlem, ie 118th Street and St. Nicholas, for quite sometime. Looks like this well-known businessman is making it happen in Harlem. With opening dates set, Parsons’ is about to deliver on what he’s been talking about for a few years, which is to revive this old-time Harlem jazz spot.

According to the information provided to HarlemGal Inc., “Minton’s is the revival of the 1930s/40s jazz club Minton’s Playhouse and will operate as a speak easy feel with a nightly house band. The Cecil will incorporate worldly music for a social dining experience. The Cecil’s menu will incorporate an Afro-Asian-America Brasserie style and Minton’s southern revival cooking with low country notes.”

Below are additional details on The Cecil and Minton’s!

The Cecil
Address: 210 West 118th Street (St. Nicholas & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd)
Telephone number: 212.866.1262
Cuisine: Afro-Asian-American Brasserie as conceptualized by Executive chef and partner, Alexander Smalls, integrating culinary traditions of the African Diaspora.
Team: Richard Parsons – Restaurateur, Alexander Smalls – Executive Chef, Joseph Johnson – Chef de Cuisine

Opening Date: Second week of October 2013
Address: 206 West 118th Street (St. Nicholas & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd)
Telephone number: 212.243.2222
Cuisine: Southern Revival Cooking with Low Country Notes
Team: Richard Parsons – Restaurateur, Alexander Smalls – Executive Chef, Banks White – Chef de Cuisine


Notice in Harlem, John Legend plays Red Rooster, beer and wine at Frederick Cafe Bistro

Has anyone noticed there’s is a big beer and wine sign hanging at Frederick Cafe Bistro in Harlem? Walk by 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd and you will see it. I guess this means if patrons want more than coffee, they can now have beer and/or wine?

And did anyone notice that John Legend performed in Harlem last night? According to Marcus Samuelsson’s twitter account, he did. Legend apparently gave a private performance at Red Rooster in Harlem. Nice.

Legend has performed in Harlem before. A few years back he played at the Apollo!

Ahh…the things we notice happening in Harlem! It’s endless.


Things to do with kids in Harlem: Free children’s jazz concert in Harlem today, August 12

Democracy Prep Public Schools is hosting a children’s jazz concert today in Harlem starting at 6 pm. It is free and open to the 13200_574603289218386_867223293_npublic! The concert is presented by Gucci®, The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. The event will be a musical cultural exchange between talented Chinese high school jazz musicians and American musicians. Below are the details:

WHAT: Free children’s jazz concert
WHO: Democracy Prep Endurance / PS 154
WHERE: 250 West 127th Street, Between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Blvd
WHEN: Monday August 12, 2013
TIME: 6:00pm

Things to do with kids in Harlem: Gymboree Play & Music classes available


Gymboree Play & Music, the global leader in classes for kids, is now available in Harlem at the Red Balloon Day Care Center, 560 Riverside Dr, Harlem, NY 10027. The summer semester runs from July 20 to August 31. $199 gets you unlimited classes for the semester!

Interested? Below is the schedule and email contact!


Summer Schedule:
9:45 AM – Family Play & Learn (for ages mobile – 5 years)
10:45 AM – Family Music (for ages 6 months – 5 years)
11:45 AM – Open Gym (mobile – 5 years)

9:45 AM – Family Play & Learn (for ages mobile – 5 years)
10:45 AM – Family Music (for ages 6 months – 5 years)
11:45 AM – Open Gym (mobile – 5 years)

About The Classes:
Play & Learn – Our most popular class! Encourage development through play and learning with our multi-level program designed to support your child’s growth at his or her own individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch the body and mind. Music – Enhance your child’s development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. With an array of styles, our music classes help children explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat while nurturing key physical, social and intellectual skills.

About Gymboree Play & Music:
Gymboree programs are specially designed to help young children learn and develop as they play. Our classes also help you learn about your child-how to participate in and encourage his or her development-while enjoying the simple pleasure of playing together.

Make Music New York happening at Harlem’s Frederick Douglass Circle June 21

There are several Harlem establishments participating in the seventh annual Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham,” tomorrow June 21, such as Harlem Food Bar, bier international, The Winery and more. There is a new addition to this global musical event. Frederick Douglass Circle will be participating in Make Music New York starting at 5 pm at 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd where Frederick Douglass Circle is located! See details below!


Motown: The Broadway Musical has obvious ties to Harlem

One can’t swing a bat without hitting the word Harlem. I say that all the time and it’s how I feel again when reading about the upcoming Broadway musical called Motown. I just came across a write-up in Vanity Fair and all I thought about is how this musical has a connection to Harlem.

Based on what I have read so far, Motown: The Broadway Musical will be very good. I will probably go see it. However, I can’t help but repeat myself on how the show obviously has a strong historical connection to Harlem. Most of the music and the artists that will be featured in the new musical, which opens in April, made their debut at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater, such as The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and more.

I am guessing there will be one scene or at least a mention of Harlem in the show. We’ll find out soon since previews of Motown: The Broadway Musical begins March 11 and opening night is April 14.

See below the two stars of Motown: The Broadway Musical perform inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle or check out the musical on Instagram. They have very cool photos posted.