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Where to listen to Make Music New York in Harlem, June 21

  
Mark your calendar! June 21 is when Make Music New York happens and there are plenty of options to experience the rhythm right here in Harlem! Below is a complete list of Harlem businesses participating, along with the talented artists/musicians! Check it out!

Central Harlem
Billie’s Black

271 W 119th St

7:00 PM Core Band with Margeaux Davis

8:00 PM Core Band with Darrius Booker

8:30 PM Gloria Ryann

 Corner Social

321 Lenox Ave at W 126th St

11:00 AM Gensis Neil and the Rhythm Wheels, original groove-feel jazz

2:00 PM Claire Rodriguez, sultry vocals over rhythmic guitar

3:00 PM Katt Rockell, blends R&B, soul & hip-hop

4:30 PM SuperBlack Band, the superhero within you

6:30 PM Marquise Ruffin, grandson of Motown legend David Ruffin

Drastadub Studios

31 W 127th St

7:00 PM Num & Nu Afrika, roots reggae

Grandma’s Place’s

84 W 120th St

11:00 AM – 2:00 Street Studio: Harlem, one of 12 small mobile recording studios on sidewalks throughout NYC, for the spontaneous, collaborative production of original music. Stop by and contribute to a track! See sidebar for details

3:00 PM Gina, prolific singer

Harlem Food Bar

2100 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 114th St

all day DJ Stormin’ Norman “Sundae Sermon”

Harlem Haberdashery

245 Lenox Ave at W 122nd St

11:00 AM Gina, prolific singer

2:00 PM Daryl Stewart, singer & performing artist

Harlem Tavern

2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 116th St

5:00 PM Marquise Ruffin, grandson of Motown legend David Ruffin

6:45 PM Claire Rodriguez, sultry vocals over rhythmic guitar

7:15 PM Rachel Arac, mixes dance beats with sultry & soulful vocals

Harris Garden

St. Nicholas Ave & W 153rd St

12:45 PM4 Unity, gospel duo

3:00 PM Donna Dixon, encourager of the soul who shares all

4:15 PM Division X, spoken word artist from the Bronx

5:45 PM Vett Stunna, recording artist from Baltimore

Jackie Robinson Amphitheater

Bradhurst Ave & W 146th St

12:15 PM N’YCE, positive & inspirational blind rapper

12:30 PM Roquois, new breed of pop music

12:45 PM Shawnee Jay, modern singer/songwriter with an old soul

1:00 PM Mel Smoove, new generation of music

1:30 PM Bukonla Bello, R&B/pop artist signed to Melodream Records

1:45 PM Juanita Wynn, releasing her solo single, “Be Who You Are”

2:15 PM Israyl, reggae performer of positive & inspirational music

2:30 PM Cush I Kushanti “reggaelutionary” artist who motivates the masses

3:15 PM Conceptz, conceptual rap duo from Orange County, NY

3:30 PM Chase “Bakeman Global” Baker energy built upon an empowering force

Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden

219 W 122nd St

5:00 PM Kenny Butler and Friends,  oldies, R&B, jazz & blues

7:00 PM The Goddess Lakshmi Band named for goddess of abundance

Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater

Mt Morris Park & W 122nd St

4:00 PM Lyshae from Chicago, performing pop/dance

5:00 PM Roquois, new breed of pop

6:45 PM Chellz, hip hop

Nabe Harlem Underground Lounge

2367 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 127th St

11:00 AM – 9:00 Dennis Davis, John Cooksey, Stare Case, Gregory Bastien, DJ Zubetei Xzz, Sophia L. Coffee hosting musicians from Stevie Wonder’s drummer to the best DJ in NY

 NiLu

191 Lenox Ave at W 119th St

6:30 PM Kojo Stone, neo-soul singer

Saint Nicholas Miracle Garden

St Nicholas Ave & W 126th St

1:00 PM Brotherhood Experience positive choice for urban gospel

1:30 PM Phantm Phuego, hip hop

2:00 PM 8waves and the Weathermen bare minimum soul clashing

2:30 PM Motivation, mash-up of hip hop, pop, gospel

3:00 PM The Phryg prog rock jam, spread thick on a toast of funk

3:30 PM Malcolm Rhymer, iconoclastic hip hop

4:00 PM SuperBlack Band, the superhero within you

4:30 PM Just-One,  last of the real lyricists

 Settepani

196 Lenox Ave at W 120th St

6:00 PM Carolyn & Jay Leonhart, father-daughter jazz duo

St Nicholas Park

St Nicholas Ave & W 135th St

Presented by the Harlem Arts & Culture Initiative, in collaboration with the Harlem Arts Alliance

2:00 PM Judith Insell violist with Stephanie Berry (recitation) and Yuri Lemeshev (accordion): “Journey: Black Lives Matter”

3:00 PM Kelvyn Bell, the roots of American acoustic guitar

4:00 PM Steff Reed Grammy-nominated R&B

5:00 PM Warren Smith jazz percussionist, freedom songs for 21st Century Harlem

West Harlem Piers Park

Hudson River & W 125th St

12:00 PM Elgin Giles, R&B singer and actor

William B. Washington Community Garden

327 W 126th St

1:15 PM Ian Bamberger, melodic guitar, abundant harmonies

2:00 PM Red Sahara, quartet influenced by everything

2:45 PM Jordan Chude, hip-hop and poetry

3:30 PM Status IV riveting a cappella

4:15 PM Jim Joustra Band blues & jazz

5:15 PM Michael Persall, combines classic soul with modern pop

 East Harlem

103rd Street Garden

Park Ave & E 103rd St

12:30 PM Just-One, last of the real lyricists

El Catano Community Garden

171 E 110th St

3:00 PM Dabumrushkrew against the commercialization of hip hop

3:45 PM MakerzMark, embracing jazz standards

4:45 PM Just Another Folk Singer ballads of life, liberty & the pursuit of music

5:45 PM Just-One, last of the real lyricists

Emery Rose Salon

1888 Park Ave at E 128th St

12:00 PM Maggie Anderson, catchy rhythms & great hooks

1:30 PM Kama Linden MMNY, veteran who has travelled the globe

Family Garden sponsored by Tiffany

431 E 114th St

11:00 AM Carrie Lane NYC’s “Pop Princess”

 H&M Art and Home Decor

17 E 125th St

5:00 PM Elgin Giles R&B singer and actor

Target East Harlem Community Garden

415 E 117th St

11:00 AM Lamayah pop vocals, moves & tunes

3:00 PM Marcela mixes Latin rhythms with funk & pop

4:15 PM Hunter College Haitian Drumming Workshop

Thomas Jefferson Park

First Ave & E 114 St

11:00 AM El Taller Latino Americano performs with East Harlem schools

1:00 PM Harlem Samba Brazilian percussion ensemble

Urban Garden Center

1640 Park Ave at E 116th St

11:30 AM Unigen one-man band with an electro-jetpack instrument

2:00 PM MakerzMark embracing jazz standards

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

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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.

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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 shashamusic9@gmail.com.

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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.

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

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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

Minton’s
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

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

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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.

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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

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!

Contact: manhattan@gymboreeclasses.com

Summer Schedule:
Saturdays:
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)

Sundays:
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!

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