National Jazz Museum in Harlem August 2012 Schedule

This August, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem continues to offer a wide range of top quality free programming and affordable concerts from jazz’s most celebrated musicians, educators and historians.

Harlem Speaks, our flagship public program of oral histories, will feature two acclaimed drummers and educators, Nasheet Waits and Ralph Peterson, Jr.

Artistic Advisor and bassist Christian McBride will be hosting a month of jazz in the movies, from the 1950s to the modern era for this month’s Jazz For Curious Listeners.

NJMH’s Jonathan Batiste adds another program to his activities here, initiating Spontaneous Combustion, a new performance series that incorporates new talent on a weekly basis. We’ll be doing these downtown, at the hipper than hip Rockwood Music Hall. Make Tuesday nights your NJMH night this month, starting at the Visitors Center with Christian McBride, and then continuing the party with Jonathan downtown.

Trumpeter Brian Lynch and pianist Emmet Cohen will appear at Harlem in The Himalayas, a collaborative performance program with The Rubin Museum of Art.

Our commitment to presenting the best in Latin Jazz continues with Papo Vasquez and the NJMH Latin Jazz All Stars, appearing outdoors at Orchard Beach.

So, as you can see, it’s an action packed month for us, as usual. We hope to see you, your family and friends at as many of our events as you can make during this exciting month at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. You’re bound to meet other similarly exciting, interesting and vital people – like yourselves!
 
Friday, August 3, 2012
Harlem in the Himalayas                                                                         
Brian Lynch
7:00pm
Location: Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street)
$20/Door $18/Advance | For more information: rmanyc.org
 
A vital force and emergent legend within both the hardcore straight ahead and Latin Jazz communities, Grammy Award Winner Brian Lynch is as comfortable negotiating the complexities of clave with Afro-Caribbean pioneer Eddie Palmieri as he is swinging through advanced harmony with bebop maestro Phil Woods. A honored graduate of two of the jazz world’s most distinguished academies, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he has been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson; Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and pop luminaries such as Prince. As a bandleader and recording artist he has released 19 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his distinctive composing and arranging, and toured the world with various ensembles reflecting the wide sweep of his music. He currently is Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Frost School Of Music, University of Miami as well as conducting clinics, residencies and workshops at prestigious institutions of learning the world over. His talents have been recognized by top placing in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls (#3 Trumpet 2011 Critics Poll); highly rated reviews for his work in Downbeat, Jazziz and Jazz Times; 2005 and 2007 Grammy award nominations, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Meet The Composer.
 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Jazz for Curious Listeners
A Month With Christian McBride
Jazz In The Movies: The 50s
7:00 – 8:30pm   
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 4D)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300                                                                                
 
Join Grammy Award winner, jazz bassist/composer/bandleader and NJMH stalwart Christian McBride as he shares jazz written expressively for the movies during the Truman/Eisenhower era. These sessions are interactive, with lots of back and forth with the audience and Christian, who is famously charismatic and also very funny, and oh yes, one of the greatest musicians on the planet. His take on how Hollywood used jazz as a subject and as music is original and challenging. Please don’t miss this special series. We love it when Christian’s here, and you will too.
 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Spontaneous Combustion!
Hosted by Jonathan Batiste
9:30 – 10:30pm
Location: Rockwood Music Hall
(196 Allen Street between E. Houston St. & Stanton St.)
$10 Cover | For more information: 212-348-8300                                                                                
 
Jonathan Batiste recently kicked off the TED Conference in Scotland to great acclaim (in the midst of his band’s European tour) and returns home to the NJMH and new York at a new venue: Rockwood Music Hall, where he will inaugurate Spontaneous Combustion!, featuring his band joined by young artists of all genres, some of which will be well known, and many of which you will be hearing about for the first time. All of Jonathan’s NJMH programs (including Jazz Is:Now!, which returns next month) are packed to the gills with curious people who share in an intensely personal experience. Make Tuesday nights your NJMH night this month, starting at the Visitors Center with Christian McBride, and then continuing the party with Jonathan downtown.
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Jazz for Curious Listeners
A Month With Christian McBride
Jazz In The Movies: The 60s
7:00 – 8:30pm   
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 4D)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300                                                                                
 
Join Grammy Award winner, jazz bassist/composer/bandleader and NJMH stalwart Christian McBride as he shares jazz written expressively for the movies during the Kennedy/Johnson era. These sessions are interactive, with lots of back and forth with the audience and Christian, who is famously charismatic and also very funny, and oh yes, one of the greatest musicians on the planet. His take on how Hollywood used jazz as a subject and as music is original and challenging. Please don’t miss this special series. We love it when Christian’s here, and you will too.
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Spontaneous Combustion!
Hosted by Jonathan Batiste
9:30 – 10:30pm
Location: Rockwood Music Hall
(196 Allen Street between E. Houston St. & Stanton St.)
$10 Cover | For more information: 212-348-8300                                                                                
 
Jonathan Batiste recently kicked off the TED Conference to great acclaim (in the midst of his band’s European tour) and returns home to the NJMH and new York at a new venue: Rockwood Music Hall, where he will inaugurate Spontaneous Combustion!, featuring his band joined by young artists of all genres, some of which will be well known, and many of which you will be hearing about for the first time. All of Jonathan’s NJMH programs (including Jazz Is:Now!, which returns next month) are packed to the gills with curious people who share in an intensely personal experience. Make Tuesday nights your NJMH night this month, starting at the Visitors Center with Christian McBride, and then continuing the party with Jonathan downtown.
 
 
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Harlem Speaks
Nasheet Waits, Drummer
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 4D)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
 
Nasheet Waits, drummer/music educator, is a New York native. His interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist, Frederick Waits. Over the course of his career, Freddie Waits played with such legendary artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and countless others. Nasheet has been a member of Andrew Hill's various bands, Jason Moran's Bandwagon, and Fred Hersch's trio. As an originating member of pianist Jason Moran's Bandwagon, Jason, bassist Tarus Mateen, and Nasheet have been deemed, "the most exciting rhythm section in jazz" by JazzTimes, The 2001 recording "Black Stars" with the Bandwagon, featuring Sam Rivers was named the "Best CD of 2001" in (Jazz Times, Jan 2002) and "The New York Times".Nasheet's recording and performing discography is a veritable who's who in Jazz, boasting stints with jazz notables such as Geri Allen, Mario Bauza, Hamiett Bluiett, Abraham Burton, Ron Carter, Marc Cary, Steve Coleman, Stanley Cowell, Orrin Evans, Stefon Harris, Andrew Hill, Bill Lee, Jackie McLean, The Mingus Big Band, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Greg Osby, Joshua Redman, Vanessa Rubin, Antoine Roney, Wallace Roney, Jacky Terrason, Bunky Green, and Mark Turner. Waits has recorded and toured extensively in Africa, Europe, Japan, Canada, South America and the United States.
 
Friday, August 17, 2012
Harlem in the Himalayas                                                                         
Emmet Cohen
7:00pm
Location: Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street)
$20/Door $18/Advance | For more information: rmanyc.org
 
At 22, jazz piano prodigy Emmet Cohen plays with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned veteran. With astonishing technique and an innovative harmonic palate, Emmet engenders a deep musical bond with his audience. He has shared the bandstand with a plethora of Jazz luminaries, including Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, Carmen Bradford, Billy Hart, and many others. Emmet recently finished his debut album, “In the Element” featuring Joe Sanders and Rodney Green, receiving many positive reviews. Emmet is currently pursuing a music degree at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, studying with the esteemed pianist and educator, Shelly Berg and Martin Bejerano. Emmet is also an accomplished Hammond B3 organ player, and performs regularly in the NY/NJ and Miami areas, as both a leader and a sideman.
 
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Jazz for Curious Listeners
A Month With Christian McBride
Jazz In The Movies: The 70s
7:00 – 8:30pm   
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 4D)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300                                                                                
 
Join Grammy Award winner, jazz bassist/composer/bandleader and NJMH stalwart Christian McBride as he shares jazz written expressively for the movies during the Nixon/Ford/Carter era. These sessions are interactive, with lots of back and forth with the audience and Christian, who is famously charismatic and also very funny, and oh yes, one of the greatest musicians on the planet. His take on how Hollywood used jazz as a subject and as music is original and challenging. Please don’t miss this special series. We love it when Christian’s here, and you will too.
 
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Spontaneous Combustion!
Hosted by Jonathan Batiste
9:30 – 10:30pm
Location: Rockwood Music Hall
(196 Allen Street between E. Houston St. & Stanton St.)
$10 Cover | For more information: 212-348-8300
                                                                                 
Jonathan Batiste recently kicked off the TED Conference to great acclaim (in the midst of his band’s European tour) and returns home to the NJMH and new York at a new venue: Rockwood Music Hall, where he will inaugurate Spontaneous Combustion!, featuring his band joined by young artists of all genres, some of which will be well known, and many of which you will be hearing about for the first time. All of Jonathan’s NJMH programs (including Jazz Is:Now!, which returns next month) are packed to the gills with curious people who share in an intensely personal experience. Make Tuesday nights your NJMH night this month, starting at the Visitors Center with Christian McBride, and then continuing the party with Jonathan downtown.
 
 
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Harlem Speaks
Ralph Peterson, Jr., Drummer
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 4D)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
 
Master drummer, respected composer-bandleader and talent scout extrordinaire Ralph Peterson has carried on in the tradition of his mentor and idol Art Blakey, who was renowned for his hard-driving approach to the kit and his uncanny knack for discovering new talent. The list of jazz greats who passed through the ranks of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers reads like a Who’s Who in Jazz. Similarly, Peterson helped launch the careers of several promising young players in various bands over the years, including trumpeters Sean Jones and Jeremy Pelt, saxophonists Steve Wilson, Ralph Bowen and Tia Fuller, vibist Bryan Carrot and pianist Orrin Evans. Peterson emerged on the jazz scene in the mid ‘80s with Out of the Blue, a band of young lions put together by Blue Note Records. He subsequently worked through the ‘80s and ‘90s in bands led by Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Jack Walrath, Steve Coleman, Stanley Cowell and Better Carter. Peterson is currently a full-professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
 
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Jazz At Orchard Beach
Papo Vasquez and the NJMH AllStars
12:00pm
Location: The Orchard Beach Stage
(Orchard Beach Pavilion, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300                                                                                
 
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Jazz for Curious Listeners
A Month With Christian McBride
Jazz In The Movies: The “Modern” Era
7:00 – 8:30pm   
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 4D)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300                                                                                
 
Join Grammy Award winner, jazz bassist/composer/bandleader and NJMH stalwart Christian McBride as he shares jazz written expressively for the movies in recent years. Hollywood made greater use of jazz composers than ever before, many of whom Christian has played with. These sessions are interactive, with lots of back and forth with the audience and Christian, who is famously charismatic and also very funny, and oh yes, one of the greatest musicians on the planet. His take on how Hollywood used jazz as a subject and as music is original and challenging. Please don’t miss this special series. We love it when Christian’s here, and you will too.
 
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Spontaneous Combustion!
Hosted by Jonathan Batiste
9:30 – 10:30pm
Location: Rockwood Music Hall
(196 Allen Street between E. Houston St. & Stanton St.)
$10 Cover | For more information: 212-348-8300                                                                                
 
Jonathan Batiste recently kicked off the TED Conference to great acclaim (in the midst of his band’s European tour) and returns home to the NJMH and new York at a new venue: Rockwood Music Hall, where he will inaugurate Spontaneous Combustion!, featuring his band joined by young artists of all genres, some of which will be well known, and many of which you will be hearing about for the first time. All of Jonathan’s NJMH programs (including Jazz Is:Now!, which returns next month) are packed to the gills with curious people who share in an intensely personal experience. Make Tuesday nights your NJMH night this month, starting at the Visitors Center with Christian McBride, and then continuing the party with Jonathan downtown.

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