National Jazz Museum in Harlem January Schedule

Swing into the New Year with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem! From live performances in downtown New York to intriguing discussions with authors, impresarios, artists and a legendary choreographer, we'll match your taste for cultural enrichment.

Our flagship series, Harlem Speaks, features conversations with pianist Connie Crothers, known for her association with Lennie Tristano, and Jack Kleinsinger, producer of the longest running jazz series in New York, Highlights in Jazz. Author and WBGO jazz radio host Sheila Anderson is our guest for Jazz for Curious Readers.

Visionary bassist Reggie Workman leads an evening Saturday panel and pre-screens a film presentation of a TRIO 3 performance. Workman will also partake in a discussion with choreographer Lar Lubovitch, whose masterful dance creations grounded and inspired by jazz music is the focus of three weeks of Jazz for Curious Listeners.

If you love the music, nothing is more important than supporting live jazz. Nurture yourself with the scintillating salsa jazz of Bobby Sanabria at Harlem in the Himalayas and the classic American Song Book sounds of Broadway interpreted jazz style at our new series, Jazz at the Players!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Jazz for Curious Readers

7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300 or register online

As host-producer of a TV and a radio program on jazz in the New York City area, Anderson, author of The Quotable Musician: From Bach to Tupac, has met and interviewed musicians, composers, and other music industry professionals from all genres, classical to jazz. For her latest book, How to Grow as a Musician, she put her connections to good use and culled the wisdom and personal experiences of 30 prominent musicians, including Grammy Award-winning performer Al Jarreau; Paula Kimper, a composer of opera, theater, film, and dance music; and Eric Reed, a jazz pianist who has played with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Joe Henderson, Cassandra Wilson, and a multitude of other masters. Anderson weaves together a comprehensive guide that reveals the fundamentals necessary for living a creative and successful life in music, with insights on getting started, developing as an artist, composing, recording, songwriting, preparing for performance, working with a manager, and signing contracts. She shares musicians' candid and poignant advice on triumph and failure, self-evaluation, ego checks, and personal growth.

In our discussion with this leading lady of jazz radio (nicknamed "The Queen of Hang"), expect not only musician quotes and advice on surviving a career in music, but loads of hilarious anecdotes from her decades of first-hand observation on the front lines of jazz music.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Saturday Panels

An Evening with the Visionary Reggie Workman and Friends

7:30 – 9:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Pre-screening of the film, "Reggie Workman's Sculptured Sounds presents ... TRIO 3: At This Time”

Produced by the legendary bassist Reggie Workman, Reggie Workman's Sculptured Sounds Presents TRIO 3: At This Time” is a film documenting the celebrated 2009 performance of TRIO 3 (jazz legends Oliver Lake/Reggie Workman/Andrew Cyrille) plus noted pianist, Geri Allen, at the Birdland jazz venue. Experience interviews with these legendary artists, and commentary from noted jazz writers and artist colleagues. Watch this high octane collaboration on a journey through jazz to the edge and beyond!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Rhythm, Rhythm: Jazz and the World of Lar Lubovitch

7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300 or register online

Witness a discussion with Lar Lubovitch, Dr. Billy Taylor, and other guests as they pursue jazz culture and history as it intersects with choreography across jazz and ballet dance communities. Mr. Lubovitch will present excerpts of his work on film.

One of America's most versatile, popular and highly acclaimed choreographers, Lar Lubovitch founded the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company over 40 years ago. In the years since, he has choreographed more than 100 dances for his New York-based company, which has performed in nearly all 50 American states as well as in more than 30 foreign countries.

Lar's dances are renowned for their musicality, rhapsodic style and sophisticated formal structures. His radiant, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice have been acclaimed throughout the world. Lar Lubovitch has been hailed by The New York Times as "one of the ten best choreographers in the world," and the company has been called a "national treasure" by Variety.

Born in Chicago, Lar Lubovitch was educated at the University of Iowa and the Juilliard School in New York. His teachers at Juilliard included Antony Tudor, Jose Limon, Anna Sokolow and Martha Graham. He danced in numerous modern, ballet, jazz and ethnic companies before forming the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 1968.

Lubovitch made his Broadway debut in 1987 with the musical staging for the Stephen Sondheim/ James Lapine musical, Into the Woods, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. In 1993 he choreographed the highly-praised dance sequences for the Broadway show The Red Shoes. The final ballet from that show joined the repertories of American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Canada. For his work on that show, he received the 1993-94 Astaire Award from the Theater Development Fund. In 1996 he created the musical staging (and two new dances) for the Tony-Award-winning Broadway revival of The King and I. Most recently he devised the musical staging for Walt Disney's stage version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin. In 2004 he was honored with the Elan Award for his outstanding choreography.

In 2007, to supplement the activities (creating, performing and teaching) of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, he founded the Chicago Dancing Company, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to present a wide variety of excellent dance and build dance audiences in his native Chicago. Initiated by Chicago-born Lubovitch (and  Chicago-based dancer Jay Franke), the Chicago Dancing Festival (CDF) was launched in cooperation with Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the City of Chicago. The official premiere of the festival was a free one-night-only dance concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. More than 8,000 people attended the performance, which featured dancers from seven leading American companies. For 2008, CDF will be expanded to include three days of programming. For his visionary risk-taking in establishing the Festival, Lubovitch was named a "2007 Chicagoan of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jazz at the Players

'S Wonderful: Jazz meets Broadway


Location: The Players

16 Gramercy Park South, NYC

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem AllStars, featuring vocalist Champian Fulton, play the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Fats Waller, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington for the very first Jazz at the Players event.

Born in 1985, Champian Fulton grew up in Norman, Oklahoma with her two loving parents, Stephen and Susan. Influenced at an early age by her father Stephen, a jazz trumpeter, she fell in love with the music. Surrounded by her father's musician friends, including Clark Terry and Major Holley, Champian learned the language of jazz firsthand. She began to study piano with her grandmother at age 5, and, as singing became more and more important to her, Champian began to play jazz piano to accompany herself at home.

Champian's family moved to LeMars, Iowa in 1994, when her father became the director of the Clark Terry Institute for Jazz Studies. She formed her first band at this time—"Little Jazz Quintet"—all of whose members were under the age of 10, except for the trumpeter - the elder of the group - who was 12 years old. The "Little Jazz Quintet" performed at many events in LeMars, including Clark Terry's 75th birthday party.

After a short move to New York, Champian and her family returned to Norman Oklahoma in 1998. Her full attention turned to jazz at this time, and by 1999 Champian was performing with her new band all around the region. 1999 included appearances at the Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Festival, the Corpus Christi Jazz Festival, and the Jazz in June Festival held in Norman, Oklahoma.

2001 marked the beginning of Champian's stint at Maker's Cigar & Piano Bar in Oklahoma City. The owner of Maker's, Clinton Greehaw, was very supportive of Champian as she grew musically as a professional performer. The Champian Fulton Trio would continue to perform at Maker's nearly every weekend through 2003, when she graduated from Norman North High School as valedictorian and made her move to NYC to attend SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory.

Since then, Champian has become a part of the jazz scene in the Big Apple. Besides leading her own gigs, Champian has been able to play with some world-class musicians, such as Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, and Lou Donaldson. You can catch her and her trio/quartet at a number of different venues in Manhattan, including Birdland, where Champian has held a steady gig for the past 3 years.

A perpetual student of jazz piano and jazz singing, Champian mentions Erroll Garner, Bud Powell, Sonny Clark, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughan as some of her main influences.

Champian graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor of Music Degree in May of 2006. Her new CD "Sometimes I'm Happy" was released in September 2008 on Venus Records. She currently resides in NYC and performs with her trio.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Harlem Speaks

Connie Crothers, Pianist

6:30 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Connie Crothers is known for her association with Lennie Tristano, yet she is also recognized for her uncompromising spontaneous improvisation, originality, virtuosity and wide range of expression.

She leads a quartet, with alto saxophonist Richard Tabnik, drummer Roger Mancuso and bassists Ken Filiano or Adam Lane. In January 2007, this quartet released a CD, Music is a Place, on New Artists. It was chosen by Stuart Broomer for his list of the top ten recordings of the year, published on the website; the recording also received an honorable mention for best CDs of the year in All About Jazz/New York.

Crothers has performed extensively as a soloist. She appeared solo in the 2008 Vision Festival, and was presented in a solo capacity by the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall in 2006, where she also performed a duet with Roscoe Mitchell. Lennie Tristano produced her three solo concerts in Carnegie Recital Hall. John Sutherland chose her solo recording, “Music from Everyday Life,” for his list of the best ten recordings of the year in Coda.

Her most recent CD—Conversations—is a duet recording with clarinetist Bill Payne.

Crothers has recorded duo with Max Roach—"Swish"—and performed in a duo with Mr. Roach in Tokyo, Bologna, New Orleans and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Roach and Crothers were honored by Harvard University as Visiting Jazz Artists; during the ceremony they performed with the Harvard University Band and tap dancer Diane Walker. For this concert, Anthony Braxton wrote a composition for them.

She co-led an engagement at the Village Vanguard with Warne Marsh, in a quartet featuring drummer Peter Scattaretico and bassist Eddie Gomez, a recent guest of Harlem Speaks. Crothers performed with Marsh, with Roger Mancuso and bassist Joe Solomon in Carnegie Recital Hall.

When her first record, Perception, originally on SteepleChase, was reissued in 1983 on Inner City, it was selected as one of the ten best records of the year by Mark Weber in Coda.

Crothers has had the honor of being a guest on Marian McPartland’s radio show “Piano Jazz,” where the two ladies swung mightily. She is very proud of being selected in the list of the most important and influential musicians in the last twenty-five years of the 20th century in the centennial issue of Cadence magazine.

Crothers teaches jazz improvisation in her studio in Brooklyn, passing on a legacy of intellect and musicality that she inherited as a member of the Tristano school.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Rhythm, Rhythm: Lar Lubovitch and His Jazz Works

7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300 or register online

Lar Lubovitch and company present a lecture demonstration of excerpts of pieces from his latest jazz trilogy, which includes music by Kurt Elling, Dave Brubeck, and John Coltrane. Mr. Lubovitch will discuss how the music has informed his movements, and how he has collaborated with musicians (jazz and non jazz alike).

The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will present a two-week season at The Joyce Theater, February 23–March 7, 2010. The jam-packed season is comprised of three programs, each featuring new and recent works by Lar Lubovitch, one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile choreographers.

Lubovitch’s recently completed jazz trilogy reimagines the choreographic possibilities of jazz. The program features the world premiere of Coltrane’s Favorite Things, set to an iconic 1963 recording of John Coltrane’s interpretation of the classic Richard Rodgers song My Favorite Things. The backdrop for the dance is a reproduction of Jackson Pollock’s landmark painting Autumn Rhythm. With this dance, Lubovitch creates a vibrant choreographic counterpart to the artistic impulsiveness of these two 20th century giants. Lubovitch’s jazz trilogy also contains the wildly popular Elemental Brubeck (2005), and Kurt Elling: Nature Boy, Lubovitch’s latest incarnation of 2005’s Love’s Stories, an unabashedly passionate work set to unique renditions of jazz standards by the Kurt Elling Ensemble.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Harlem in the Himalayas

Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache'


Location: Rubin Museum of Art

(150 West 17th Street)

$18 in advance | $20 at door |

Box Office: 212-620-5000 ext. 344

Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache'

Peter Brainin - tenor, soprano sax, flute, percussion, vocals

Alex Hernandez - acoustic bass, percussion, vocals

Enrique Haneine - piano, percussion, vocals

Bobby Sanabria - musical director

Grammy-nominated on multiple occasions as a leader as well as on other projects as a sideman, Bobby Sanabria (drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, film-maker, bandleader, and multi-cultural warrior) has performed and recorded with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaría, Paquito D’Rivera, Ray Barretto, Candido, Henry Threadgill, Larry Harlow, and Afro-Cuban jazz Godfather, Mario Bauzá. His first big band recording, Live & in Clave!!! was nominated for a mainstream Grammy in 2001. In 2003 he was nominated for a Latin Grammy for "50 Years of Mambo," A Tribute to Damaso Perez Prado. DRUM! Magazine named him Percussionist of the Year in 2005.

His latest recording is the 2008 Grammy nominated Big Band Urban Folktales, with his 19 piece big band, on the Jazzheads label. This South Bronx native of Puerto Rican parentage is a 2006 inductee into the Bronx Walk of Fame, and has a street named after him in his borough of birth.

He holds a BM from the Berklee College of Music, and is on the faculty of the New School and the Manhattan School of Music, where he conducts Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Bands. He is associate producer of “The Palladium: Where Mambo Was King,” a documentary shown on BRAVO, and winner of the IMAGINE award for best TV documentary of 2003. He served in the same capacity for “From Mambo to Hip Hop,” winner of the ALMA award for best documentary for TV shown on PBS in 2007. He is the author of the acclaimed video series, Getting Started on Congas and he is a featured performer on the DVD, Modern Drummer Festival 2006, from Hudson Music. Mr. Sanabria was featured in the documentary, LATIN MUSIC USA, which aired on PBS in October 2009.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Rhythm, Rhythm: Lar Lubovitch and the Music of John Coltrane

7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: The New School

66 W. 13TH St, 5th floor

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300 or register online

In this final JCL for the month of January 2010, Lar Lubovitch will discuss his choreographic interpretation and inspiration of John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” with jazz bass legend and New School faculty member Reggie Workman. Workman played on the Copenhagen recording of “My Favorite Things,” the very same recording Lar is  using for his new dance premiering at The Joyce Theater in February 2010. The Lubovitch Dance Company will be there to demonstrate excerpts of this piece as various sections of the music are discussed.

The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company was founded by Lar Lubovitch in 1968 and is now celebrating its 40th anniversary with a national tour as well as a fall season at the New York City Center. Over the years, the company has gained a reputation as one of the world’s foremost modern dance companies, having performed in virtually every state of the US and in more than 30 foreign countries. Lar Lubovitch has been cited by The New York Times as “one of the ten best choreographers in the world.”

Based in New York, the company is internationally renowned, having toured extensively throughout America (virtually all 50 states) and the rest of the world (more than 30 countries). The company has been seen in live performances by more than a million people. On television it has been seen by millions more. In recognition of its work, the company has received many awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and numerous foundations, including the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Harlem Speaks

Jack Kleinsinger, Impresario

6:30 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Jack Kleinsinger is the Producer/Director of HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ, New York City's longest-running jazz concert series, formerly performed at Theatre De LYS, Astor Place Theatre, Hunter College, NYU, Pace University, and currently at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan.

For over 35 years he has produced and hosted each year's series of 8 jazz programs--researching, selecting and contracting the 75 or more artists in each year's 8 concerts.  In addition, Mr. Kleinsinger designs and structures each of the programs, coordinating publicity, public relations, technical assistance and fund-raising, and is solely responsible for its smooth operation.

In addition to HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ, Jack Kleinsinger has also produced many concerts in New York City schools, colleges and prisons; he has co-produced programs for the Newport and the New York Jazz festivals; stage managed the Jazz Festival in Nice, France, and has taught Jazz courses at New York University.  He also volunteered his services as an instructor at the International Center in New York City.

He has served as a talent consultant and assistant for the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and produced children's jazz programs for the Boston Globe Festival in Massachusetts and the Sarasota, Fl. Jazz Society.

Mr. Kleinsinger is an attorney, a former candidate for public office, a teacher and lecturer.  In August, 1991, he retired from his position as Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York.

On June 26, 1997, the JVC Jazz Festival presented a concert entitled "Thanks to Jack Kleinsinger for 25 years of HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ" at the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City.

On February 5, 1998, the Manhattan Borough President issued a Proclamation designating that date "JACK KLEINSINGER DAY" in the Borough.  This was in recognition of Jack Kleinsinger's contribution to the cultural life of New York City.

On September 6, 1998 Mr. Kleinsinger received the CHARLIE PARKER MEMORIAL AWARD at the 52nd Street Americana Festival.

On June 18, 2008, the JVC Jazz Festival presented a concert entitled "A CELEBRATION OF 35 YEARS OF HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ HONORING JACK KLEINSINGER" at New York Society for Ethical Culture. Tonight, we're honored to sit down with Mr. Kleinsinger, a pillar producer of jazz in its capital.

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