The word ‘jazz’ is more often than not synonymous with the neighborhood of Harlem. No community outside New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, has embraced it like Harlem has. Legends like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and many more found their muse in Harlem and by rooting deep into the community, changed the face of music around the world. Jazz is so engrained in Harlem’s culture, that you can see it in the people, the art, the literature, and even in the buildings.
Many of the structures that housed some of the first jazz legends, like The Apollo Theater, Minton’s Playhouse and Lenox Lounge, still stand in Harlem today. Starting last year, these great Harlem and jazz institutions came together to celebrate the roots of jazz in Harlem’s first Jazz Shrines Festival. The festival is back this year, and it’s even bigger than before thanks to new venues and more talent. Expect to hear not only jazz greats but also up-and-coming talented musicians that are molding the modern world of jazz.
Most importantly, we’re proud to say that Ginny’s Supper Club will also be partaking in the festivities by featuring late night jazz sessions with various performers from the festival, too. From Wednesday, May 9th to Saturday, May 12th, Ginny’s Supper Club will come alive with jazz’s melodic tunes as we host jazz icons like Dave Gibson, TK Blue, Cecil Bridgewater, Jeremy Pelt, and Winard Harper. Each night, performers will gather for show-stopping late night jam sessions that speak of the real spirit of jazz. Tickets are just $10 per person each night and shows start at 11:00pm and last until 1:30am.
This event (not to mention our opening night with Fred Ho) will mark Ginny’s Supper Club’s welcome into Harlem’s jazz community and we’d love for you to join us. You don’t often get the chance for an up-close experience with the talent that lives and breathes jazz, so come and be a part of what makes Harlem unique in its own right.
Tickets are only available at the door so come early! Ginny’s Supper Club is located downstairs from Red Rooster Harlem at 310 Lenox Avenue. Until then, here’s a song from one of our performers, Jeremy Pelt…
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