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April 24, 2014

Uptown Open


Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5pm

Our monthly open mic series, presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC is a safe, uncensored space for poets, spoken word artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. Uptown Open is run for youth by youth, with youth DJ’s, youth hosts and a monthly featured poet.


FREE for youth 18 and under; $5 adults and youth 18+

Event Type:

Date: 04/24/2014
Venue: Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Ave, New York, NY, 10031
Cost: $5.00

April 28, 2014

Harlem Stage Gala


Join Us for an Evening Celebrating Genius
Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:00PM

It’s the Harlem Stage Gala. A night to remember!

Honoring the legacies of Billie Holiday and James Baldwin.

Honorees: Jason Moran, Simon & Stefany Bergson and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation

Hosted by Dulé Hill

Performances by José James, Stew, Jason Moran and Nona Hendryx


Gala Committee

Gala Co-Chairs: Roland Augustine, Karen Lerner, Debra L. Lee

Ronald K. Alexander
Rose Marie and Burnside Anderson
Frieda Arth
Laurie Beckelman
Fred and Angela Blackwell
Patricia Blanchet
Holly Block
Valerie S. Brown / AllianceBernstein
JoAnn K. Chase
Michelle Coffey
Kinshasha Holman Conwill
Patricia Cruz*
Milly Hawk Daniel
Dan Epstein
Neil Fox and Ellen Rudley
Trevor Gale*
Jon Gilman
Maxine Griffith*
Carol and Ira Hall
Leon Henderson, Jr.*
Sylvia Shepard and Willy Holtzman*
A.C. Hudgins*
Jenette Kahn* and Al Williams
Michael A. Kenny*
Glenn Ligon
Harriet Michel
S. Epatha Merkerson
Daniel J. Osheyack*
Estelle Parsons and Peter Zimroth
Marquita Pool-Eckert and Knut Eckert
Gloria Reuben
Marsha and Jay Seeman
Michael Sennott
Ronald Simons*
Marianne Spraggins*
Connie and Jack Tilton*
Tamara Tunie*
Michael A. Young*

*Harlem Stage Board Member / List in Formation

Event Type:

Date: 04/28/2014
Venue: Harlem Stage Gatehouse
Phone: 2122819240
150 Convent Ave, New York, New York, 10031
Cost: $1000

May 7, 2014

Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival: Latin Double Bill – Aruán Ortiz and Manuel Valera

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tickets $10

Aruán Ortiz, Music and Architecture

Piano Frontal -aruan ortiz

Aruán Ortiz’s amazing work is an instrumental re-interpretation of concepts and motifs inspired from iconic architectural works. These extraordinary artists push their creativity beyond sonic limits as they musically explore masterpieces like Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia replete with its arabesque spires and presence of alchemy.

Video – “Alameda” by Aruán Ortiz

Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express
Jose Marti en Nueva York
Featuring vocalist, Sofia Re

MV promo pic maxjazz PHoto by Jimmy Ryan

Grammy nominated New Cuban Express sextet interprets the poems of Jose Marti’s Versos Sencillos, written in New York in the late 1800s by this Cuban national hero, revolutionary philosopher and poet. Through contemporary jazz and Afro-Cuban music, the arrangements interweave contemporary post bop harmony, ancient percussion of the African batá drums, chamber music-like sections, chants, call-and-response techniques originating in Africa.

Martí en Nueva York by Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2013 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Video – “Poly” by Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express

Video – “Upwards” by Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express

Cabaret seating with food and drink for sale.

Dig Deeper - To extend the Harlem Stage experience, join us for a post performance discussion with the artists.

Purchase by February 21st and Save 50% Off 2nd Ticket with code SP1450


Event Type:

Date: 05/07/2014
Venue: Harlem Stage Gatehouse
Phone: 212-281-9240
150 Convent Ave, New York, NY, 10031
Cost: $10

May 8, 2014

Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival: Christian aTunde Adjuah Double Quartet – Stretch Music

Christian Scott general 4_credit Delphine Diallo

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Tickets $10

Closing the distance between acoustic and electric sounds in jazz, Christian aTunde Adjuah premieres his double quartet  and their approach to jazz entitled Stretch Music. Introducing three completely new brass instruments in addition to new hybrids of West African drums including the DjemBass and recreations of instruments such as the Straight Alto Saxophone, Christian aTunde Adjuah and his double quartet stretch jazz’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a multitude of musical forms, languages and cultures with several new compositions.

Presented in a cabaret setting with food & drink for purchase and followed by a Q & A with the artists.

Video – Angola, LA & The 13th Amendment” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Purchase by February 21st and Save 50% Off 2nd Ticket with code SP1450


Event Type:

Date: 05/08/2014
Venue: Harlem Stage Gatehouse
Phone: 212-281-9240
150 Convent Ave, New York, NY, 10031
Cost: $10

May 9, 2014

Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival: Vijay Iyer Trio


Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7:30pm
Marian Anderson Theater at Aaron Davis Hall across from the Harlem Stage Gatehouse

Presented in collaboration with Carnegie’s Neighborhood Concert Series, a program of the Weill Music Institute.

Hailed as one of “the best bands in jazz,” Grammy-nominated composer and MacArthur award winning pianist Vijay Iyer leads an evening of complex and rhythmically exciting original compositions as well as re-invented versions of classics with his highly celebrated and award-winning trio featuring Stephan Crump (bass) and Marcus Gilmore (drums).

The Vijay Iyer Trio, with two highly acclaimed albums including, Accelerando (2012) and the multiple award winning Historicity (2009), PopMatters recently described Vijay Iyer Trio as “the best band in jazz.” Accelerando was voted #1 Jazz Album of the Year for 2012.


Video – ‘Actions Speak’ by Vijay Iyer Trio


Event Type:

Date: 05/09/2014
Venue: Aaron Davis Hall
Phone: 212-281-9240
Convent Ave, New York, NY, 10031
Cost: Free

May 23, 2014

Kyle Abraham’s Counterculture

Kyle Abraham

Friday, May 23, 2014, 7:00PM
Harlem Stage Gatehouse. Tickets $20

Purchase by February 21st and Save 50% Off 2nd Ticket with code SP1450

Choreographer, dancer and 2013 MacArthur Genius Award winner, Kyle Abraham presents an exciting evening of music and dance with Counterculture – a prideful celebration of diversity within today’s rising street counterculture featuring performances by Le1f.

Opening set and closing dance party by DJ Ed Um.

This performance is standing room only.


Event Type:

Date: 05/23/2014
Venue: Harlem Stage Gatehouse
Phone: 212-281-9240
150 Convent Ave, New York, NY, 10031
Cost: $20