The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem The National Jazz Museum in Harlem preserves, promotes, and presents jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and celebration of jazz locally, nationally, and internationally.
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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a thriving center for jazz that stimulates hearts and minds, and reaches out to diverse audiences to enjoy this quintessential American music. The Museum was founded in 1997 by Leonard Garment, Counsel to two U.S. Presidents, and an accomplished jazz saxophonist, Abraham D. Sofaer, a former U.S. District Judge who gave the initial gift in honor of his brother-in-law Richard J. Scheuer, Jr., and matching funds from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Our mission is to preserve, promote and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and the celebration of jazz locally, nationally and internationally. The Museum is committed to keeping jazz present and exciting in the lives of a broad range of audiences: young and old, novice and scholar, artist and patron, enthusiast and curious listener. From its new location in the center of Harlem, the Museum serves the local community and welcomes visitors from across the U.S. and internationally. Each year, the Museum produces and presents more than 80 free programs in New York City, engaging hundreds of professional jazz artists and reaching nearly 20,000 people from around the world. The Museum is a hub for live performances, exhibitions and educational programs. It is also home to our widely acclaimed Savory Collection, which includes more than 100 hours of live recordings of jazz legends made from New York City radio broadcasts aired between 1935 and 1941. In 2013, an exciting new era began for the Museum. We created and implemented a new strategic plan that made education central to our mission. The Museum now offers year-round educational programs for students of all ages. We also developed a new membership program with exclusive content and benefits to reach out to the worldwide jazz community. In 2015, after 15 years at our East Harlem location, we moved to 58 West 129th Street in Central Harlem. Our new space is designed to give our visitors an immersive jazz experience, in the heart of what has become Harlem’s new cultural and entertainment district. Our ultimate, long-term goal is to secure a permanent home in Harlem with space large enough to showcase Harlem’s vast contributions to jazz, American music and world culture.

Mission: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem preserves, promotes, and presents jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and celebration of jazz locally, nationally, and internationally.

Operating as usual

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
11/24/2020

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

#musicandthebrain with @sung_helen and Dr. Katie Insel from @zuckermanbrain Today at 2pm EST on both our FB and YouTube channels .

#musicandthebrain with @sung_helen and Dr. Katie Insel from @zuckermanbrain Today at 2pm EST on both our FB and YouTube ...
11/24/2020

#musicandthebrain with @sung_helen and Dr. Katie Insel from @zuckermanbrain Today at 2pm EST on both our FB and YouTube channels .

Right now over on @twitch check out @louievega hosting the #cribcollective afterparty!
11/18/2020

Right now over on @twitch check out @louievega hosting the #cribcollective afterparty!

Our virtual auction is up and running so you can start your holiday shopping and support jazz musicians at the same time...
11/17/2020

Our virtual auction is up and running so you can start your holiday shopping and support jazz musicians at the same time! We have wearable art, trips, sports memorabilia, classic jazz photography and more! Jmih.org/auction or link in bio.

Tonight!!  Come check out the Dynamic Duo of @artistryofjazzhorn and @kbrokeys for our first live show from the museum s...
11/17/2020

Tonight!! Come check out the Dynamic Duo of @artistryofjazzhorn and @kbrokeys for our first live show from the museum since March (and maybe our last for a while 😢😷😢). We will also feature a performance from the VI Jazz Collective at @unitedjazzfoundation . Don’t forget the afterparty with @louievega over on @twitch AND and amazing virtual auction Jmih.org/auction

11/15/2020

Choreographer/dancer Mercedes Ellington remembers her friend Ray Carman (1935-2020), former President of The Duke Ellington Society. Ms. Ellington explains how much Ray Carman understood and carried on the legacy of her grandfather's music and life.

11/11/2020
Jazz and Gender in the Era of Black Lives Matter

Gender equity has been a critical component of recent conversations generated through the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movement. This panel will feature Dr. Tammy Kernodle, pianist Samora Pinderhughes, and bassist Mimi Jones. The panel will reflect on the ways in which discussion around gender justice has been informed by these movements as well as the valuable work that continues to take shape in order to create a more equitable landscape in jazz. Please join us for an intergenerational discussion on the current and past strategies that Black women in jazz have used to fight towards racial and gender justice.

Our In the Era of Black Lives Matter series is curated and hosted by poet, writer, and feminist Naomi Extra and drummer, educator, and bandleader Jerome Jennings.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
11/10/2020

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Tonight is part three of our series “In the Era Of Black Lives Matter.” This session will focus on Jazz and Gender with guests @samorapinderhughes @mimijonesmusic and Dr. Tammy Kernodle. As always, this series is curated and hosted by @iamjeromejennings and @naomisoextra tune in on the Museum FB or YouTube.

Tonight is part three of our series “In the Era Of Black Lives Matter.” This session will focus on Jazz and Gender with ...
11/10/2020

Tonight is part three of our series “In the Era Of Black Lives Matter.” This session will focus on Jazz and Gender with guests @samorapinderhughes @mimijonesmusic and Dr. Tammy Kernodle. As always, this series is curated and hosted by @iamjeromejennings and @naomisoextra tune in on the Museum FB or YouTube.

11/10/2020
Jazz and Gender in the Era of Black Lives Matter

Gender equity has been a critical component of recent conversations generated through the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movement. This panel will feature Dr. Tammy Kernodle, pianist Samora Pinderhughes, and bassist Mimi Jones. The panel will reflect on the ways in which discussion around gender justice has been informed by these movements as well as the valuable work that continues to take shape in order to create a more equitable landscape in jazz. Please join us for an intergenerational discussion on the current and past strategies that Black women in jazz have used to fight towards racial and gender justice.

Our In the Era of Black Lives Matter series is curated and hosted by poet, writer, and feminist Naomi Extra and drummer, educator, and bandleader Jerome Jennings.

11/06/2020
Jazz and Social Justice: Post-Election Reflections with Gerald Clayton and special guests

On Thursday, Nov. 5, we may or may not know who our next president is. We will still be living with an unprecedented pandemic. How will jazz musicians move forward, and help urge the rest of us on with purpose and grace?

For this special edition of “Jazz and Social Justice,” Gerald Clayton, one of jazz’s most distinctive pianists, will perform a brief set. Following the music, he’ll join series host Larry Blumenfeld, clarinetist Evan Christopher and vocalist Fay Victor for a conversation about this moment, in arts and in life, and the road ahead.



Jazz and Social Justice

This ongoing series connects the music we love with the social and political issues that matter to us all. Each salon blends live performance with conversation between artists, activists, and experts. Curated and hosted by journalist Larry Blumenfeld, whose NJMIH programs during the past dozen years have considered Afro-Cuban influence within New York’s jazz scene and contemporary New Orleans.

10/27/2020

Join curator and host Ted Panken for an in-depth Desert Island Discs listening party with saxophonist and jazz legend, Gary Bartz. This program is part of our year-long Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration and Bartz will share his thoughts and perspectives on Parker.

DESERT ISLAND DISCS:
In the fall of 2015, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem debuted its version of Desert Island Discs. It’s modeled on an iconic BBC radio show, extant since 1942, which invites eminences from various walks of life to choose—and discuss—the eight records they would bring for a stay on the apocryphal desert island. For the Jazz Museum’s expanded version curated and hosted by esteemed journalist Ted Panken, the presenters are jazz musicians, who will present a cohort of music, of any genre, that was essential in the formation and evolution of their musical personality.

Join @sung_helen and Prachi Patel for some brain science and music now!  Presented with @zuckermanbrain
10/20/2020

Join @sung_helen and Prachi Patel for some brain science and music now! Presented with @zuckermanbrain

10/14/2020
Redefining Jazz & Social Justice in the Era of Black Lives Matter

From slavery to civil rights to Black Power, music has been a vital force in American protest history. This panel will explore the sonic landscape of jazz music in the era of Black Lives Matter. In this panel we invite critical discussion that looks towards the rich history of activism in jazz music to reflect on this moment.

Panelists:
JD Allen (We Insist! Collective member, saxophonist)
Dr. Shana Redmond (Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA)
Bertha Hope (pianist. composer)
Russell Hall (The Blacksmiths member, bassist)

Our In the Era of Black Lives Matter series is curated and hosted by poet, writer and feminist Naomi Extra and drummer, educator and bandleader Jerome Jennings.

Postponed until Wednesday 10/14.  We apologize for the late notice but we promise this one is worth the wait!
10/13/2020

Postponed until Wednesday 10/14. We apologize for the late notice but we promise this one is worth the wait!

10/10/2020

Hello everyone, unfortunately our collaboration that was scheduled for today (10/10) with Endea Owens and the Community Cookout needed to be postponed. Please stay tuned for the new date!

10/01/2020

Nabaté Isles Trio Live at The National Arts Club

09/30/2020
Jazz Education in the Era of Black Lives Matter Pt. 2

Part 2 of our Jazz Education in the Era of Black Lives Matter will feature a performance by flutist, composer and educator Nicole Mitchell a conversation between Mitchell and drummer, bandleader and educator Jerome Jennings.

This series is curated by Naomi Extra and Jerome Jennings.



About Nicole Mitchell:

Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African American culture. She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and she composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression.

The former first woman president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mitchell celebrates endless possibility by “creating visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar with the unknown.” Some of her newest work with Black Earth Ensemble explores intercultural collaborations; Bamako*Chicago, featuring Malian kora master, Ballake Sissoko, made its American debut at Chicago’s Hyde Park Jazz Festival in September 2017, and Mandorla Awakening with Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi) and Tatsu Aoki (taiko, bass, shamisen), was just recently released on FPE records (Chicago) last spring. Recently she celebrated a compositional premiere with Procession Time, a suite inspired by the work of Harlem Renaissance artist Norman Lewis, that was performed by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and conducted by Steve Schick in October 2017. Mitchell has also recently been interested in multidisciplinary work, through the incorporation of original video art with her music (Mandorla Awakening I and II, Interdimensional Interplay for Solo Disklavier and Prerecorded Flute).

In January 2018, Mitchell was recently the Artist in Residence at New York’s Winter Jazz Fest, where she performed four suites of her compositions, including Art and Anthem (for poet Gwendolyn Brooks), Maroon Cloud (inspired by her writing “What Was Feared Lost” from Arcana VIII edited by John Zorn), Pteradatyl, a new trio with vocalist Sara Serpa and Liberty Ellman, and her latest Afrofuturist suite, Mandorla Awakening, which was cited as a top jazz recording in the New York Times and the LA Times for 2017.

As a composer, Mitchell has been commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, the Stone, the French American Jazz Exchange, Chamber Music America (New Works), the Chicago Jazz Festival, ICE, and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Mitchell has performed with creative music luminaries including Craig Taborn, Roscoe Mitchell, Joelle Leandre, Anthony Braxton, Geri Allen, George Lewis, Mark Dresser, Steve Coleman, Anthony Davis, Myra Melford, Bill Dixon, Muhal Richard Abrams, Ed Wilkerson, Rob Mazurek, and Billy Childs, and Hamid Drake. She is a recipient of the Herb Alpert Award (2011), the Chicago 3Arts Award (2011) and the Doris Duke Artist Award (2012). Mitchell was a Professor of Music at University of California, Irvine, teaching composition and improvisation in the graduate program of Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology for several years. Now, she is the new director of jazz studies in the University of Pittsburgh’s Deitrich School.

09/29/2020
Jazz and Social Justice: Regina Carter: Swing States, and Getting Out the Vote

With her latest release, “Swing States: Harmony in the Battleground,” the celebrated violinist and composer Regina Carter leads a stellar band through interpretations of familiar songs associated with what we call “swing states”—“Swanee River” (Florida), “Rocky Mountain High” (Colorado), “Georgia on My Mind”. In doing so, she means to highlight the joys and the power of voting, as well the challenges along the road to voting rights. She sees the democratic process as something that can unite us instead of simply dividing us.

For this virtual event, she and Grammy winning trumpeter, composer and arranger John Daversa will share music from the new release and talk about its creation. Following that, she’ll join series host Larry Blumenfeld, along with Crystal Joseph, VP, League of Women Voters NYC, and Checo Yancy, Policy Director, Voters Organized to Educate, for a discussion about what our votes mean to each of us, and for all of us.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem's cover photo
09/29/2020

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem's cover photo

9/29 7pm- A little pre-debate music and conversation around voting rights and getting out to vote with @regina_carter_vi...
09/28/2020

9/29 7pm- A little pre-debate music and conversation around voting rights and getting out to vote with @regina_carter_violin @johndaversa Crystal Joseph, Checo Yancy and hosted by Larry Blumenfeld.

Come hang out with us Tuesday afternoon   on FB love for some live music and neuroscience with @sung_helen and @najabam ...
09/28/2020

Come hang out with us Tuesday afternoon on FB love for some live music and neuroscience with @sung_helen and @najabam presented in partnership with our neighbors @zuckermanbrain

09/27/2020

Kelly Green solo live from J’s on the Bay.

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58 W 129th St
New York, NY
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Monday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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