National Jazz Museum in Harlem March 8-15 2013 Schedule

Article Contributed by Eigo | Published on Thursday, March 7, 2013

We’re jam packed with first-rate programming this month – we hope you can join us! And please note that our VISITORS CENTER has reopened, and you are welcome Monday thru Friday, 10AM – 4PM to spend some time getting…jazzed!  March 8, 2013Harlem in the HimalayasSteve Lehman Trio7:00pmLocation: Rubin Museum of Art(150 West 17th Street)$18 in advance | $20 at door |For tickets: RMA Box Office or call 212-620-5000 ext. 344Described as "one of the transforming figures of early 21st century jazz," by The Guardian(UK) and as "a quietly dazzling saxophonist," by The New York Times, Steve Lehman (b. New York City, 1978) is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. Lehman's pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the JACK Quartet, and the Talea Ensemble. His recent recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi 2009), was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times.March 12, 2013Jazz for Curious ListenersApollo Stomp: An Evening of Dance on Film with Jacquie Tajah Murdock7:00 – 8:30pmLocation: Maysles Cinema(343 Lenox Avenue between 127th & 128th)Donation Suggested | For more information: 212-348-8300 Harlem dance legend (and recent Lanvin model) octogenarian Jaquie Tajah Murdock hosts an evening of film and memories celebrating Harlem dance legends, from Alvin Ailey to Sammy Davis to Honi Coles and Gregory Hines. March 13, 2013Harlem in the HimalayasBen Wendel/ Dan Tepfer Duo7:00pmLocation: Rubin Museum of Art(150 West 17th Street)$18 in advance | $20 at door |For tickets: RMA Box Office or call 212-620-5000 ext. 344Ben Wendel, SaxophoneDan Tepher, Piano NYC musicians Dan Tepfer and Ben Wendel will be playing the Rubin Museum for the release of their first duo album together, Small Constructions, out March 12th on Sunnyside Records. Pianist/composer Tepfer, a frequent collaborator of jazz great Lee Konitz's, has been described by the New York Times as "a player of exceptional poise who is drawn to the deeper currents of melody". The LA Times has praised saxophonist / bassoonist Wendel, a founding member of the Grammy-nominated band Kneebody, as "a composer with a restless ear". On Small Constructions, Wendel and Tepfer range from kaleidoscopic Monk and a remodeled standard to classical variations and melody-rich originals, creating a set of songs that expresses their mutual love of jazz, classical, pop and more. "A summit meeting of two steadily rising talents." -LA Times. & March 13, 2013Jazz Is: Now!Hosted by Jonathan Batiste and the STAY HUMAN band with SPECIAL GUEST!7:00 – 8:30pmLocation: TBAFREE | For more information: 212-348-8300Jazz Is: Now has evolved into a tremendously successful and totally original program headed by NJMH Associate Artistic Director Jonathan Batiste. Audience members participate throughout the evening, playing/singing/dancing/organizing the music (yes!), and having their endorphin levels raised at the same time. If this sounds too good to be true, then make sure you join us for this rousing celebration of the joy of music. March 14, 2013Harlem SpeaksJack Walrath, Trumpet6:30 – 8:30pmLocation: Flushing Town Hall(137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY | get directions)FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300Grammy-nominated trumpeter and arranger Jack Walrath has worked with Charles Mingus, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Quincey Jones, Elvis Costello, and Gunther Schuller to name a few. He has written compositions and arrangements for Charles Mingus, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, Cecil Brooks III, the Brooklyn Symphone Orchestra and the Charli Persip Superband amongst many others.Jack has written soundtracks as well as liner notes and articles for Downbeat and the Music Review. In addition to leading his own jazz groups, The Jack Walrath Group, Wholly Trinity, Hard Corps, The Masters of Suspense, and a quintet, he was also the leader of the Mingus Dynasty and The Charles Mingus Big Band.In addition to conducting seminars all around the world and teaching master classes in NewYork City, Jack continues to record as a sideman and leader and is currently writing a book on his experiences with Mingus, influential recordings, and the music business. March 15, 2013Harlem in the HimalayasDave Eggar + Fred Hersch7:00pmLocation: Rubin Museum of Art(150 West 17th Street)$18 in advance | $20 at door |For tickets: RMA Box Office or call 212-620-5000 ext. 344Dave Eggar, Cello Fred Hersch, Piano A musical prodigy as a child, Dave Eggar began playing the cello and piano at age three. By the age of seven Eggar had performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera. He had his debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of fifteen. Eggar is a graduate of Harvard University and the Julliard School's Doctoral Program. His mission to "not just cross over, but to cross through" multiple genres of music is apparent in all of his releases. Whether it's classical, reggae, bluegrass, jazz, pop, or world music, Eggar finds a common voice within his musical vocabulary and introduces it with his own unique imaginative vision.Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has earned his place among the foremost jazz artists and creative musicians in the world today. He is widely recognized for his ability to steadfastly create a unique body of original works while reinventing the standard jazz repertoire--investing time-tested classics with keen insight, fresh ideas, and extraordinary technique.Hersch's many accomplishments include two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance and one for Best Instrumental Composition, and a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition."Hersch's work has developed an intensity of intelligence and emotional directness unparalleled among his peers." - Steve Futterman, The New Yorker