Archive of Past Events

Caribbean Connections: The Black Roots of Salsa

October 5, 2018
New York Public Library

From countless hours of footage, director Christian Liebich, takes viewers on a vivid journey of the Afro- Cuban roots and history of salsa, covering potentially controversial issues of Cuba’s culture. Cuba/Documentary/2016/99 min

2nd Annual Louis Armstrong Continuum Concert

October 11, 2018
Miller Theatre - Columbia University

The Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies and The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation present the 2nd Annual Louis Armstrong Continuum Concert with performances by the Louis Armstrong All Stars featuring Herlin Riley, Sullivan Fortner, Ronell Johnson, Kevin Louis, Roderick Paulin, and Ben Wolf.

Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation 9th Annual SATCHMO Award & Swing Dance Party

October 12, 2018
Alhambra Ballroom

The Satchmo Award was created by The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. and represents a tribute to the life and legacy of Louis Armstrong, whose art and generosity of spirit inspired people all over the world.

Talks at the Schomburg: Home to Harlem Talks - Gwendolyn Bennett

October 17, 2018
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

An artist, writer and journalist during the Harlem Renaissance and a political activist in the late 1930s and 1940s, Bennett was a leading voice in shaping the Harlem Renaissance and in advancing Black women’s rights.

Close Conversation: Langston Hughes, Harlem, and the Sacred with Wallace Best

October 17, 2018
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

Close Conversations, sponsored by the Cathedral’s Congregation of Saint Saviour, invite you to join a series of discussions on contemporary society, culture and spirituality.

Duke Ellington's Portraits and Self-Portraits

October 18, 2018
Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University

Join us for a live music and illustrated presentation highlighting Duke Ellington's musical self-portraits and his portraits of people he admired--many of whom were black women. With Robert O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English, Columbia University And Lisle Atkinson, bass; Leroy Williams, drums, and Richard Wyands, piano.

National Association of Negro Musicians Presents - Swingin with Dinah, Bessie & Fats!

October 20, 2018
Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church

Starring Joy Brown, Barbara D. Mills, & James Edward Alexander. Featuring Harlem Hot Steps, Legendary Saxophonist Bill Easley and Trumpet Dynamo Ed Horne.

Urban Stomp: A Journey From Swing to Mambo

October 20, 2018
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center

Enter a world where the rhythmic sounds of congas and horns permeate the streets of New York City. More than a class, this is an experience where we learn through music, dance, fashion and film.

Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

October 24, 2018–February 10, 2019
Wallach Art Gallery

This exhibition explores the changing modes of representation of the black figure as central to the development of modern art. The models' interactions with and influences on painters, sculptors and photographers are highlighted through archival photographs, correspondence and films. The artists featured in the exhibition depicted black subjects in a manner counter to typical representations of the period. The works included highlight the little-known, multiracial aspect of each artist’s milieu.

Urban Stomp: A Renaissance Re-Imagined -Youth Dance/Music Workshop From Swing to Mambo

October 27, 2018
National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Join us in Harlem as we explore the deep roots of jazz music and vernacular jazz dances-styles that gave lindy hop, mambo and even salsa a distinct New York cool.

Descendants: Afro-Rican Heritage Featuring Wison " Chembo" Comiel

November 2, 2018
Aaron Davis Hall | City College Center for the Arts

An evening of diverse musical expressions from the Island Culture.

Schomburg Open House: Passport to Black History

November 10, 2018
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Visit our renovated divisions, learn how to conduct your own research using the Schomburg’s collections, get tips on creating a personal archive, visit the current exhibitions, and attend programs in the Langston Hughes Auditorium

Open Archive: Charles White's Harlem

November 14, 2018
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Schomburg Center librarians and archivists will display and discuss selected items from our collection of materials highlighting the people, places, and organizations artist Charles White encountered during his years in New York between the 1940s and early 1950s.

Talks at the Schomburg: Charles White Amongst Friends

November 14, 2018
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

White’s far-reaching vision of a socially committed practice attracted promising young artists, including many artists of color, and he became one of the 20th century’s most important and dedicated teachers.

2018 Langston Hughes Festival & Award Ceremony

November 15, 2018
Aaron Davis Hall | City College Center for the Arts

The City College Langston Hughes Festival will award Hilton Als, writer and theater critic, the 2018 Langston Hughes Medal on November 15, 2018. The day-long festival will include a symposium, film screening, and award ceremony including musical guest and conversation with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Hilton Als

Tarek Yamani in Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic

November 16, 2018
Aaron Davis Hall | City College Center for the Arts

Tarek ingeniously bridges the boundaries between two eclectic cultures and musical heritages creating a sound and style unlike any other.

Urban Stomp From Swing to Mambo

November 17, 2018
Abyssinian Baptist Church

An interactive hands-on music, dance history, arts education workshop for young people 14 - 21, sharing the important artistic cultural, and historic connections between these two genres to help strengthen relationships between our communities.

The Urban Stomp: Bienvenidos to New York

November 17, 2018
Abyssinian Baptist Church

We’ll have all-level, mini dance workshops, music lessons, all-ages art-making and performances with Gaby Cook and Wild Rhythm, mambo dancer Franck Muhel, Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, Rhythm Stompers, Dancing Classrooms, and more!

Close Conversation: Race, Inequality, and Education with Carla Shedd and L'Heareux Lewish-McCoy

December 12, 2018
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

The changing national and international landscape necessitate deeper, more sustainable, and meaningful engagement conversations and research. Through his writing, speaking, and commentary his work analyzes some of the most pressing issues facing the African Diaspora. With specializations in race and ethnic relations, his research and activism grapple with the areas of education, youth culture, and public policy.

Harlem Renaissance 100 - A Community Celebration Open House Preview Launch

October 19, 2018
The City College of New York - Shepard Hall

Over 20 cultural institutions and community-based organizations including the Apollo, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Harlem Stage, Jazz Museum of Harlem, Museum of the City of New York and more will introduce their venues and public programs and tourism products for 2018/19. Displays of art, music and interactive sessions followed by neighborhood tours will channel the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance period.

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

October 17, 2018–March 3, 2019
New York Historical Society

Opening to mark the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the exhibition is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I and highlights the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights. It also examines the depth and breadth of opposition to black advancement

Sugar Hill Songbook: Select Work by Faith Ringgold

October 18, 2018–March 31, 2019
Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling

The exhibition showcases work attesting to Ringgold’s relationship with jazz, while also framing her longstanding commitment to social and political activism.

It's Another Uptown Saturday Night Swing Dance

November 10, 2018
National Black Theatre

It's Another Uptown Saturday Night Swing Dance Dance and Delight Uptown (Harlem)

W.C. Handy and the Birth of the Blues

November 14, 2018
Merkin Concert Hall

An exploration of the music and world of W. C. Handy, often referred to as the ‘Father of the Blues,’ and his vast influence as a prominent African-American composer and publisher in the early 20th century

100 Anniversary Observance of the Armistice and Harlem Hellfighter, Dorrance Brooks Honored by Community Group

November 10, 2018
Dorrance Brooks Square

Dorrance Brooks Square honors Harlem Hellfighter Private First Class Dorrance Brooks, an African-American soldier, native of A 100th Anniversary Observance of the armistice ending the First World War has been set for Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11 am at Dorrance Brooks Square Park on Edgecombe Avenue in Harlem. Harlem and the son of a Civil War veteran, who fought and died in France in 1918, a few days before the armistice was signed. The New York Times reported at the time that Dorrance Brooks Square was dedicated, that it was the first public square to be named after an African-American soldier.

Book Discussion Group Black Men Read: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

November 17, 2018
Countee Cullen Branch The New York Public Library

Join Countee Cullen Library as we introduce our new book club - Black Men Read - a series highlighting Black, Male Authors and engaging in conversation with Black Men about books and the communities in which we live

Scott Joplin's Ragtime: Tyehimba Jess and Reginald R. Robinson

December 13, 2018
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Join us for an evening of music and conversation as Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess, and musician and composer Reginald R. Robinson explore the music of Scott Joplin, ragtime traditions, and contemporary influences.

Conversations in Black Freedom Studies Black Politics & the Struggle for Justice in Sports

December 6, 2018
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Three writers will examine the role Black male and female athletes have played in the long struggle against racism and injustice and the barriers and criticism they have faced for their politics

Uptown Saturday Night @ The National Black Theatre - Swing, Blues, R&B and Soul - Bring your dancing shoes!

December 8, 2018
National Black Theatre

Join the movement to reconnect with our /Harlem's dance legacy! (Not to mention the great health benefits!) Inter-generational, no partners necessary -- just your enthusiasm and love of dance form and movement! Or, just because... Dance lesson before social dance set.

Book Signing: Color Me In(n)! Harlem Renaissance Fashion, Beauty, and Jazz 1920's Coloring Book

December 20, 2018
Sister's Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center

Tami Tyree's book, "Color Me In(n)! Harlem Renaissance Fashion, Beauty, and Jazz 1920's Coloring Book" revives hairstyles and beauty techniques of the day through her original sketches; welcoming you to get your own crayons to bring the drawings to life.

Celebrating 100 Years of the Harlem Renaissance Preview - Mwenso & the Shakes & Special Guests

December 29, 2018
Ginny ' s Supper Club @ The Red Rooster

Taking from the stylings ofFats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and many other American musical legends - Michael Mwenso leads an electrifying show the New York Times calls “intense, prowling, and ebullient.”

Sherry Turner DeCarava Speaks on " The Sweet Flypaper of Life "

January 11, 2019
Revolution Books

Sherry Turner DeCarava speaking on The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes This magnificent photographic-literary work was published to great acclaim in 1955. It is a story of people, peril, and promise in Harlem that is unique in the canon of visual literature. Out of print for over 35 years, a new edition has just been published.

Paris on the Brink: Mary McAuliffe with Laura Hughes

January 16, 2019
New York Public Library

Spiritual Sing with Alice Parker

January 20, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

African American Spirituals were the life-blood of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s movement. "We are an army that will sing but not slay," he wrote. All are welcome to experience the power of these wonderful songs under the leadership of Melodious Accord's Alice Parker and Pamela Warrick Smith.

Close Conversation: Interpreting James Baldwin Today

January 22, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

Nicholas Boggs and Gabrielle Bellot join Elizabeth Howard in conversation about the novel If Beale Street Could Talk, recently released as a movie and directed by Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins, and Little Man, Little Man by James Baldwin with illustrations by Yoran Cazac

George Gee Big Band Tribute to Frank Foster

January 27, 2019
Birdland Jazz Club

BIG BAND TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT NEA JAZZMASTER and LEGENDARY BASIE COMPOSER/ARRANGER FRANK FOSTER

Opening of The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls

February 14, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

Join us for the opening of The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, the next in a series of Cathedral-wide initiatives focused on the intersections between spirituality, contemporary social issues, and human rights and dignity.

Exhibition: Betye Saar - Keepin' It Clean

January 12–May 27, 2019
New York Historical Society

Contemporary artist Betye Saar has shaped the development of assemblage art in the United States, particularly as a device to illuminate social and political concerns. A key figure in the Black Arts Movement and the feminist art movement of the 1960-70s, Saar’s distinct vision harmonizes the personal and the political. Over the years, Saar has transformed the representation of African Americans in American culture by recycling and reclaiming derogatory images such as Aunt Jemimas, Uncle Toms, sambos, and mammies to confront the continued racism in American society and create representations of strength and perseverance.

Discussion: Fashioning the New Negro with Harvard Professor, Dr. Jonathan M. Square

January 20, 2019
New York Historical Society

How did African Americans use fashion to fight for equality? Join us as Harvard professor Dr. Jonathan M. Square, founder of Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom, explores African American fashions as a radical form self-determination on a special tour of our exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.

Docent Led Gallery Tour - Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

January 23–February 20, 2019
New York Historical Society

How did African Americans organize to overcome the hardships of Jim Crow? On this docent-led tour, witness the experiences and events that shaped life for African Americans in the 50 years following the Civil War, and learn about the central role African Americans played in advocating for their rights.

Ragtime to Jazz: Harlem's Black and Jewish Music Culture, 1890 - 1930

February 20, 2019
New York Historical Society

Through sheet music, recordings, and other documents, Reddick illustrates the cultural links between Harlem's turn-of-the-century African American composers (James Reese Europe, H.T. Burleigh) and its Jewish composers (George Gershwin, Richard Rogers) and the back-and-forth influence they had on jazz and popular music. Join us to explore how African American and Jewish musicians expressed their outsider feelings in society through their art.

Exhibition: Augusta Savage - Renaissance Woman

May 3–July 28, 2019
New York Historical Society

Artist Augusta Savage (1892–1962) overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of America’s most influential 20th-century artists. Her sculptures celebrate African American culture, and her work as an arts educator, activist, and Harlem Renaissance leader catalyzed social change

Harlem Chamber Players 11th Annual Black History Month Celebration

February 28, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Our 11th Annual Black History Month Celebration will feature two world premieres by the noted African American composer Adolphus Hailstork.

Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

February 2–June 8, 2019
Harlem Streets & Boulevards

The migration of southern African Americans to Harlem fostered a direct dialogue with immigrant African descendants from the Caribbean and the broader diaspora. At this time, Harlem was also the city’s second largest Jewish community. This walking tour will focus on those points of interaction—theaters, religious institutions and cultural venues—that shaped that dialogue.

Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon

February 14, 2019
Columbia University in the City of New York

In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his “solo” turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present. Reading like a jazz composition, the blend of research, anecdote, and a selection of Dexter’s personal letters reflects his colorful life and legendary times. It is clear why the celebrated trumpet genius Dizzy Gillespie said to Dexter, “Man, you ought to leave your karma to science.”

Harlem Classical Music Celebration - A 4-Day Tribute to the Spiritual

February 7–9, 2019
Convent Avenue Baptist Church

“Tribute to the African American Spiritual” on February 7, 8, 9,and 10. There will be a master class, choral workshops and a concert. This year we are also celebrating the 100th year of the Harlem Renaissance featuring the music of composer – arranger Hall Johnson who influenced a generation of arrangers and composers who followed him.

An Afternoon of Spirituals from the Symposium

February 10, 2019
Saint Philip's Episcopal Church

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are an African American a cappella student ensemble at Fisk University in Nashville. The first group of nine students (later enlarged to 11) was organized in 1871 to tour and raise funds for the college, introducing slave songs to the world.

Mathis Picard: A Story of Light - From Joplin to Johnson

January 31, 2019
National Jazz Museum in Harlem

French / Malagasy pianists Mathis Picard celebrates the old school traditions of the Harlem Stride pianists by telling stories accompanied by a carefully crafted set of piano gems

Langston Hughes Birthday Bash

February 1, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Join us as we celebrate Langston Hughes’s birthday at the Schomburg Center with an exclusive VIP reception, special preview of our latest exhibition, a performance celebration, a special “Langston Hughes” Birthday Edition of First Fridays, and much more

Uptown Nights: Guthrie Ramsey's MusiQology Presents Hide/Melt/Ghost

March 9, 2019
Harlem Stage

This multi-media concert explores how enslaved African Americans used music as proof of their humanity, as a soundtrack for paranormal events like spirit possession and as a melting pot in which diverse African cultural groups became an African American people

Uptown Nights: Wepa! Movement, Culture and Music - The Curtis Brothers and Circa '95

March 23, 2019
Harlem Stage

Harlem Stage and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) present a two part series of music and conversation celebrating the courageous and resilient Caribbean immigrants who traveled across land and sea and arrived in El Barrio, aka Spanish Harlem, seeking a bright future.

Stretch Music & Jazz Then and Now: Steve Turre Quintet

April 11, 2019
Harlem Stage

Jazz Then and Now is a conversation series, presented as part of the Stretch Music Residency that brings together innovative thought leaders in the field in dialogue on the history, the present and the future of jazz.

Spring Gala - #Disrupters: Then and Now in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

May 20, 2019
Harlem Stage

Our Annual Gala will build on the theme established last year, #DISRUPTERS: Then and Now in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, a creative reaction to the countless racial and social crises currently plaguing our nation, and a moment to acknowledge the artists who refuse to take a back seat during these momentous times.

The Neighborhood as Sanctuary: The Role of Black Muslims and Making of Upper Manhattan

February 27, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

It is commonly said that we fear what we don’t understand. Living up to our American ideals requires us to understand our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends despite our diverse backgrounds. Yet in recent years, Muslims in America have rarely been portrayed as nuanced and complex human beings, and most Americans say they don’t know a Muslim.

Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna: An Evening with Alessandra Belloni

March 19, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

Building on her years of study and performance, Belloni’s book opens a portal into the mysterious Black Madonna and the figure’s cultural significance in Southern Italy, France, Spain, and Brazil.

The Sacred as Sanctuary: Spirituality, Culture, and the Human Experience

March 30, 2019
Cathedral of St John the Divine, The

A Conversation with Elaine Pagels, Siddhartha Mukherjee and Jonathan Rose Followed by a performance by Jog Blues

Living History: Founding Black Harlem

February 2–3, 2019
New York Historical Society

Learn about Walker’s life as a successful businesswoman selling hair products and creating hair styles (she became a millionaire from it!) and explore the life of Vertner W. Tandy, who served with the Harlem Hellfighters and became New York’s first black registered architect!

Nerdy Thursdays: Black Citizenship Historic Remix Night

February 21, 2019
New York Historical Society

Listen to music, hear from experts, tour our exhibitions Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow and Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, and explore how history is a process—that sometimes needs a remix.

In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body

April 16, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

This one-day event examines the movement of the Black bodies in America and the impact that movement has had in the quest for liberation. Utilizing the archives of the Schomburg Center and using multidisciplinary performance and community dialogue, NBT will commission new pieces by theater-makers of African descent to examine the works of James Baldwin, Harriet Powers, Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, and Jacob Lawrence to seek to understand the complexities Black people have faced migrating in America.

Film Screening: Men of Bronze & Panel Discussion in Commemoration of the 369th Regiment, Harlem Hellfighters

February 23, 2019
PS 197 John B Russwurm

Film Screening and panel discussion with Colonel Gregory E. Collins, David Levering Lewis, and Eric V. Tait, Jr.

Celebrate Black History Month 2019 - Tribute to Claudia Jones: Trailblazing Marxist, Feminist and Black Liberationist

February 23, 2019
Freedom Hall

The passionate crusading of Trinidad-born Claudia Jones led to her arrest for “un-American activities,” imprisonment and deportation. She was a pioneer in identifying the essential leadership role of Black women workers and in linking race, gender and class. Join the discussion on how Jones’ ideas can help guide today’s activists.

Zac Carson and FutureShift

March 1, 2019
Shrine Bar & Lounge World Music Venue... Harlem's Hottest!

Bandleader, Zac Carson has developed a modern playing style that draws from the jazz tradition, incorporating many influences from rock, classical, and folk.

An Evening with Mary Schmidt Campbell, Author of New Release, An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden

February 22, 2019
Revolution Books

Ms Schmidt Campbell discusses her new publication on Romare Bearden.

2019 Women's Jazz Festival Week 2: A Salute to Women in Bebop

March 11, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center’s Annual Women's Jazz Festival, in honor of Women’s History Month, features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today.

Live Wire - Fierce and Feminist in Harlem: Women and the Life of a Community

March 13, 2019
Apollo Theater

From the numbers racket, to the Harlem Renaissance, to involvement in the Communist Party, the Black Panther Party, and the Young Lords, Fierce and Feminist will consider the extraordinary influence women have had within the Harlem community and beyond and will honor women who were at the intersection of art, politics, and social change, such as pianist Hazel Scott, anthropologist Eslanda Goode Robeson, writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston and activist Yuri Kochiyama

School Day Live: Tapology: Embracing the Legacy

April 5, 2019
Apollo Theater

Tapology, pays tribute to the art of tap dancing with a show highlighting technique, style and history.

School Day Live: Rhythm & Blues Revue with the Michael-David Band

May 3, 2019
Apollo Theater

From the 1960s to the 21st century, Rhythm & Blues has reflected the political and cultural changes of the times and influenced the sounds of contemporary music such as funk, soul, and hip-hop. Join the Michael David Band as they highlight the contributions of early Rhythm & Blues pioneers such as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton and innovators like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and many others who performed at the Apollo Theater.

Keep the Music Playing: Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month, Duke Ellington's Birthday, Louis Armstrong and More!

February 27–April 29, 2019
First Corinthian Baptist Church

AS WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH, DUKE ELLINGTON'S BIRTHDAY, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, AND MORE!

2019 Women's Jazz Festival Week 3: Lakecia Benjamin

March 18, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Join us for a special evening with saxophonist and bandleader Lakecia Benjamin presenting "A Woman’s Perspective, We March On" as a part of her A Women's Perspective series, paying special tribute to Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson and Nina Simone

2019 Women's Jazz Festival Week 4: Closing Night!

March 25, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Closing night will be a celebration of the iconic "Great Day in Harlem" photo captured by Art Kane in 1958. The image featured jazz icons from Count Bassie to Sonny Rollins. Of the many women in the field, only three are present in the photo, band lead…

Carnegie Hall Presents- Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

March 30, 2019
Carnegie Hall

Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran draw upon their own family lore and the historical record of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the south, to assemble tableaux that explore a continuum of music from rhythm and blues to gospel, classical to Broadway and work songs to rock ‘n’ roll.

Music of the Great Migration Concert: Gospel, Spirituals, Blues & Jazz

March 31, 2019
Convent Avenue Baptist Church

This sojourn is widely known as The Great Migration; which greatly improved upon the African-American way of life and America's prosperity as a whole. Migration music includes a riveting blend of Negro Spirituals, gospel, blues, and jazz as Dr. Hopkins leads a talented ensemble of professional vocalists from the area.

Walking Tour - East Harlem - El Barrio: Where Art, Culture & Community Intersect

March 1–July 26, 2019
Harlem Streets & Boulevards

East Harlem – El Barrio is characterized by its murals, community gardens, casitas, and botanicas – a conglomeration of Puerto Rican, Mexican and Dominican influences of mostly working-class immigrants.

James Van Der Zee: Photographs 1920 -1950

March 7–April 27, 2019
Howard Greenberg Gallery

Spanning the 1920s through the 1950s, James Van Der Zee: Studio marks the photographer’s first exhibition in New York in over 15 years, providing a window into his legendary studio and the vast archive he created of Harlem’s cultural history.

Harlem Chamber Players Joint Concert with Opus 118 Harlem School of Music

March 23, 2019
Saint Mary's Episcopal Church

Film Screening : I Am Not Your Negro

March 27, 2019
Maison Francaise Columbia University

Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck's brilliant documentary on racism in America is an essential work for our era, drawing a clear line from the Civil Rights struggle to today's Black Lives Matter movement via the thought of James Baldwin, one of the most lucid, fearless American thinkers on race (and many other matters).

Black Divas: Josephine Baker & Mary Lou Williams - Q&A Follows Screening

March 31, 2019
Teachers College - Columbia University

This month we're celebrating women behind the camera with our selection of films playing from Friday, March 29, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019. From showing off films by African Women directors Zara M. Yacoub & Khady Sylla to documentaries chronicling the lives of iconic musicians Josephine Baker and Mary Lou Williams, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

Harlem Nights 2019 - Harlem Rotary & Active Plus Gala

May 10, 2019
National Black Theatre

Walking Tour - Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

May 11–June 8, 2019
Harlem Streets & Boulevards

The migration of southern African Americans to Harlem fostered a direct dialogue with immigrant African descendants from the Caribbean and the broader diaspora. At this time, Harlem was also the city’s second largest Jewish community. This proximity fostered black engagement with the area’s immigrant Eastern European/Russian Jews.

Performance: 125th & FREEdom Conceived, Choreographed & Directed by Ebony Noelle Golden

June 1–30, 2019
National Black Theatre

125th & FREEdom is a site-specific dance performance that takes the whole corridor of 125th street as a theatrical stage and explores the question: "If Harriet Tubman was alive today, how would she free black people?” 125th & FREEdom is comprised of 10 choreo-poetic rituals from the East River to the Hudson River

James Allen, Photographer of the Harlem Renaissance with Dr. Camara Holloway

April 16, 2019
Harlem School of the Arts

During the Harlem Renaissance, James Allen photographed Harlem’s luminaries and enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning artist. When the story of the Renaissance was later written, though, his name was virtually forgotten.

Author Yuval Taylor - Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal

April 17, 2019
Revolution Books

Both writers were leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance. Taylor's new book is a gripping account of their relationship, and the vibrant intellectual-literary scene in Harlem: the journals established, the apartments where writers and artists met, the patrons who supported (and at times tried to control) their work, the incredible explosion of creativity.

Frankie Manning Tribute Dance - A Harlem Lindy Hop Day Celebration

May 26, 2019
Alhambra Ballroom

A Harlem Lindy Hop Day Celebration Celebrating the Life and Legacy of the Ambassador of Swing Frankie Manning

Exhibition - Crusader: Martin Luther King, Jr.

March 26–June 1, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. presents an intimate travelogue of King’s pilgrimage to India, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance in Oslo, Norway, and his work as a non-violent crusader for civil rights captured by select photographers of the day.

Duke's Keys: The James P. Continuum

April 9, 2019
National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Without James P. Johnson, we don't get Duke Ellington. Without Duke, we don't get Julius Rodriguez and Micah Thomas. Join us for a night of solo piano exploring this continuum.

Opera and Spirituals are Hot at the FireHouse! Uncovering African-American Composers

April 13, 2019
Faison Firehouse Theatre

Harlem Opera Theater in partnership with the Faison Firehouse Theater, George Faision, Artistic Director will present an exciting presentation of opera and spiritual arrangements by African-American Composers: Scott Joplin, Harry Lawrence Freeman, William Grant Still and Nkeiru Okoye.

Harlem Renaissance 100: An Afternoon with Mary Lou Williams - The Lady Who Swings the Band

May 4, 2019
Our Lady of Lourdes School

Join us for an exciting evening celebrating Mary Lou Williams' prolific legacy

Sarah Crewe: A New Musical

May 17–19, 2019
Harlem School of the Arts Theater | HSA Theatre Alliance

Set in Sugar Hill Harlem 1929, Sarah Crewe is a new musical by John Carden and Andrew Sotomayor based on the characters from the original book The Little Princess written by Frances H. Burnett.

Flathead Ellington Project

May 10, 2019
National Jazz Museum in Harlem

All the way from the mountains of northwest Montana, Groovetrail's Flathead Ellington Project is and all-star ensemble of high school students who have been chosen to study the music of the great Duke Ellington.

Harlem 100: Wilkins' Europe - Immanuel Wilkins, Saxophonist Reimagines Music of James Reese Europe

May 14, 2019
National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Please join us as the brilliant young saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins re-imagines the music of a true American icon, James Reese Europe. The night will include listening to original Europe 78 rpm recordings on our 100 year old phonograph.

The Harlem Chamber Players Season Finale Gala Concert

May 1–June 30, 2019
Miller Theatre - Columbia University

We will close our 11th Anniversary Season with a Gala orchestral concert, featuring Met Opera soprano Janinah Burnett, violinist Ashley Horne, and violist Amadi Azikiwe in an evening of music, which will include the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Adolphus Hailstork's Two Romances for Viola and Chamber Orchestra, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's Sinfonietta No. 1, and Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Maestro Ariel Rudiakov will conduct.

Exhibition: A Ballad for Harlem

May 2–July 31, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

A Ballad for Harlem contains recent key acquisitions and specific collection highlights related to the Schomburg Center's broader Home to Harlem initiative, we examine several strands of the wide world that is Harlem. Foundational figures like Langston Hughes serve as a guide across the century that the Schomburg Center has borne witness to Harlem’s changing same.

Tap Family Reunion 2019: Celebrating Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

May 23–26, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Check out the second annual Tap Family Reunion, a four-day celebration of National Tap Dance Day, including Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's Birthday. Events include performances, gatherings, workshops and so much more!

James Reese Europe Returns to Harlem: The 369th Experience Tribute Band Memorial Day Weekend Concert

May 25, 2019
Marcus Garvey Park - Richard Rodgers Amphitheater

A Special Concert. Please join us in remembrance of the Harlem Hell Fighters and the bravery of these men who were awarded the prestigious Croix de Guerre by the French army, and their triumphant return at the end of World War I and the march along Fifth Avenue into Harlem, Feb. 1919.

Ain't Misbehavin' The Fats Waller Musical Show

May 29, 2019
Cotton Club

29th Annual Mount Morris Park House Tour

June 9, 2019
Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association

This period, extending from the 1920's thru the 1940's, was expressed through every cultural medium - visual art, dance, music, theatre, literature, poetry, history and politics. We will focus on the times during the HARLEM Renaissance when legendary artists like Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday and others lived, performed or partied in brownstones in the Harlem community. We will showcase these homes, past and present, and the people that currently live in them

Selected Shorts: A Celebration of James Baldwin

June 12, 2019
Symphony Space

WeBop Summer Term: Exploring Jazz Styles

June 4–30, 2019
Jazz at Lincoln Center

Don't miss your chance to add more cultural activities to your child's summer! Over the course of this dynamic 4-week curriculum, you and your child will shuffle along with Kansas City Swing, explore Latin jazz rhythms, dance in a New Orleans second line parade, and much more!

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 13, 2019
Jackie Robinson Park

Metropolitan Opera rising stars Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg and Joseph Lim perform a program of favorite opera arias and duets.

LET ' S FACE THE MUSIC: A 'dance inspired ' art exhibition

June 18–30, 2019
El Barrio's Artspace PS 109

Through the lens of dance and the imagination of visual artists, this exhibition will highlight dance through space, shared culture and movement. Featuring dance-inspired paintings, prints, and photographs ranging from realistic to abstract art, “Let’s Face the Music” will highlight the legacy of Clark Center and may also address the impact dance has had on creators’ lives, work -- or the world.

West Harlem Arts & Jazz Fest

June 23, 2019
Outdoors West Harlem Streets and Avenues

“This event is part of the Harlem One Stop/Harlem Cultural Collaborative Harlem Renaissance Centennial Community Celebration" and NYC DOT Weekend Walks Community Partnership.

Harlem 100: Mwenso and the Shakes I Brianna Thomas I Vuyo Sotashe Special Guest Fred Wesley I Jazzmobile Presents: Winard Harper & Jeli Posse

August 23, 2019
Marcus Garvey Park

Harlem 100 is a multi-media show, created in collaboration with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, celebrating the landmark 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

Celebrating The National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) - 100 Years!

June 15, 2019
Saint Peter's Church

Presented by The Thomas Music Study Club. Annual recital featuring members of TMSC.

Summerfest55: A "Jammin' on the Hudson" Event

August 12, 2019
Riverbank State Park

Come Swing with us for an afternoon of great music, dance and family fun with liver performances that will have you dancing in the park.

The Journey of the African American Classical Singer

July 27, 2019
Faison Firehouse Theatre

This performance will feature Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition first place winner, Carami Hilaire, soprano and Antonio Watts, baritone with Artistic Director, Gregory Hopkins on piano. A conversation about The Journey of the African American Classical Singer will follow the Concert.

Melvis Santa Ashedi Presents Jazz Meets Rumba

August 30, 2019
National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Melvis Santa curates and hosts this evening that begins with a workshop to celebrate the historic cultural exchange between Jazz and Afro-Latin communities, and the growing legacy of this vibrant and ongoing collaboration.

A Harlem-Renaissance Read-in: An Inter-generational Back to School Reading Jamboree

September 28, 2019
Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center

Year of Upheaval: 1919 and Its Legacies

November 7, 2019
Museum of the City of New York

The year 1919 witnessed some of the most violent and far-reaching developments in modern U.S. history. A massive wave of labor strikes mobilized a quarter of all American workers that spring, but signalled an end to union gains for at least the next decade. At the same time, a string of bloody race riots involving black veterans, migrants, and homeowners in the North and South contributed to the growth of a second KKK and 1920s nativism.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: An Evening at Langston's - Celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

August 22, 2019
Langston Hughes House

Enjoy a night in Harlem at The Langston Hughes House with a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance. This session will feature a workshop by Ryan Maloney from the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and a performance by vocalist Candice Hoyes accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Joel Ross. FREE with RSVP to events@itooarts.com

HSA The Spirit of Harlem - In Celebration of Harlem Renaissance 100

August 26, 2019
Harlem School of the Arts

The Spirit of Harlem concert will take the audience on a musical journey through Harlem’s most iconic jazz venues, recreating the community’s vibes and rich musical past through pit stops on Ellington’s A Train to Minton’s Playhouse, the Lafayette Theater, the Savoy Ballroom and beyond. Iconic artists such as James P. Johnson, Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker are reimagined by this extraordinary ensemble performance, narrated by spoken word artist and poet Orlando Watson.

Weekend Walks - West Harlem Arts & Jazz Fest: Hamilton Heights - Sugar Hill on Amsterdam Avenue

September 8, 2019
Outdoors West Harlem Streets and Avenues

Harlem Stop invites you to the last of our 2019 outdoor event on Sunday, September 9th between 12 Noon and 6:30 pm. It is summer's end but we continue to celebrate community and the richness of Harlem's legacy and the Harlem Renaissance Centennial.

Harlem Fashion Week: Season 7

September 15, 2019
Museum of the City of New York

Harlem Fashion Week, is the premiere NYFW event in Harlem.On September 15, 2019 the Museum of the City of New York will be transformed into the Harlem Fashion Week Experience.

Global Impact of Hip Hop Culture and Music

October 17, 2019
Harlem Stage

Grammy nominated artist and global hip hop ambassador, MuMu Fresh, and Jason 'Timbuktu' Diakité, one of Sweden's top Hip Hop performers and a Harlem Stage WaterWorks artist, discuss the impact of hip hop culture and music on the world

The Renaissance EP: A Theatrical Mixtape

November 21–22, 2019
Harlem Stage

As part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance, Harlem Stage presents two magical evenings of music, theater, dance and the creative sound effects of a live radio play. Don’t miss The Renaissance EP: A Theatrical Mixtape, Thursday, November 21 and Friday November 22 @ 7:30p

Check Your Invite! A Renaissance Rent Party Remix

December 7, 2019
Harlem Stage

As part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance, Harlem Stage presents an old school rent party experience with “special guests,” storytelling, games, music, dancing, and more.

The Armstrong Continuum: A Symposium & Concert

October 16, 2019
Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University

Armstrong’s wide influence, both in music as such and in a life that provided a model of positive community action. Musicians, scholars, activists will discuss the impact Armstrong had on the world.

The Armstrong Continuum: A Symposium & Concert

October 17, 2019
Manhattan School of Music

The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong™ All Stars is presented as part of the Louis Armstrong Continuum, in collaboration with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. and the Manhattan School of Music.

Conversation: Organized Labor - Author, Eric K. Washington, "Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal"

October 29, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Eric K. Washington is a New York City-based independent historian and author. In his latest book, he uncovers the nearly forgotten life of James H. Williams (1878–1948), the chief porter of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps―a multitude of Harlem-based black men whom he organized into the essential labor force of America’s most august railroad station

Conversation: Sculptor Augusta Savage
with Jeffreen Hayes and Niama Sandy

November 13, 2019
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Dr. Jeffreen Hayes and independent curator and writer, Niama Sandy, will discuss artistic vision and impact of Harlem Renaissance sculptor, Augusta Savage.

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