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Arturo O’Farrill’s Cuban Takeover at Ginny’s

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | June 18, 2012

Photo: David Navas

Photo: David Navas

Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra takes over Ginny’s on Tuesday, June 19th, and Food Republic writer (and Cubaphile) Judy Cantor-Navas took some time to meet the man whose talent stretches far beyond music. The son of legendary composer and bandleader Chico O’Farrill, Arturo grew up dining with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Jon Hendricks in his home. Before heading up to Ginny’s to hear him premiere his newest suite, The Offense of the Drum, read what this Grammy award-winning musician has to say about making a mess in the kitchen. Click here to read the story on Food Republic.

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The Splendor of Jazz Shines at Ginny’s Supper Club

By admin | May 9, 2012

Photo:  Haags Uitburo

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. Read More

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A Throwback to Jazz’s Harlem Roots: 449 L.A. SCAT

By Michael Engle | February 22, 2012

449 L.A. Scat

The jazz club that resides at 449 Malcolm X Boulevard has several names.  Its awning reads “449 L.A.” (for “Lenox Avenue,” of which Malcolm X Blvd. is a Harlem-specific subdivision); however, it is also known as “SCAT” (a not-quite-an-acronym for “ShowCase for Artists”), or, simply, as “449.”  Upon entering, its interior, as well as its cultural offerings, are much less ambiguous. Read More

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Mingus’ Legend Lives On

By admin | February 17, 2012

Photo: deSingel International Arts Campus

Photo: deSingel International Arts Campus

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Charles Mingus is considered one of the most influential musical talents of the twentieth century, and very fitting to commemorate Black History Month. Not only did Mingus create albums and score masterpieces but also was a genius playing the piano and bass. Having toured with the likes of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis and Kid Ory he gained ample musical experiences at the start of his career.

Born in 1922 he gained that perfect ear for music at the young age of 8 where he ‘heard Duke Ellington over the radio’ and was also largely influenced by his church choir. Settling in New York City in the 50′s he created his own publishing and recording company to allow his musical talents to flourish. Keen on enabling youth to have the opportunities he did, Mingus founded “The Jazz Workshop” to educate youth on composing the perfect pieces of music. Read More

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Wine, Rivers, and Jazz: An Introduction to the Great Cal Massey

By admin | February 14, 2012

Cal Massey

By: Benjamin Barson

Did you know it is illegal to irrigate grape vines in France? French growers have noted that vines that are excessively and unnaturally watered by irrigation systems do not exhibit the same resilience and strength as their dampened counterparts. Where water is not excessive, vines must dig their roots deep into the ground to search for new water sources. The plants that survive are the ones that can ingeniously and intuitively traverse through limestone, granite to create their own nectar of life.

The journey becomes part of the life of the vine itself, and the grape tastes of the ancient stone it comes into contact with. The coveted minerality found in old world wine is, in fact, the product of this painful but fruitful process. Read More

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Remembering Duke Ellington

By admin | February 2, 2012

Photo: ky_olsen

Photo: ky_olsen

To commemorate Black History Month, we’ll take a look at prominent African American figures that have helped transform American history through their remarkable achievements. Today, we look at the greatest American composer who composed over 3000 songs in his fifty-year career and played in over 20,000 performances worldwide. Duke Ellington not only changed the face of American music but also helped change culture, especially here in Harlem.

Known as one of the most prominent figures of the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington helped form the jazz movement and gave Harlem its historical face. Read More

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Speakeasy Jazz Comes Back to Swing Street in Harlem

By admin | January 3, 2012

Photo: Jason Rodman

Photo: Jason Rodman

Any fan of Harlem, or Jazz for that matter, would undoubtedly love to go back in time to the 20′s and 30′s when the onset of Jazz reigned here. Even to just get a glimpse of the original Red Rooster would be treat! Well there’s no need to wish for a time machine just yet, since you can get a taste of the original speakeasy Jazz every Friday night in the same place where this famed music first emerged.

Every Friday night, Bill’s Place at 148 West 133rd Street opens its doors to two shows, one at 9:00pm and the other at 11:00pm to play the sweet sounds of classic Jazz that once filled the streets of Harlem. West 133rd Street was in fact named Swing Street for housing dozens of speakeasies during the Prohibition era where Jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Willie “The Lion” Smith first played. So Bill’s Place is where the center of it all once was. Read More

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The National Jazz Museum: A Celebration of Jazz’s Living, Breathing Influence

By admin | August 10, 2011

Photo: Damon Taylor

Photo: Damon Taylor

By: Dylan Rodgers

Jazz is not simply music; it’s an expression of an identity.  Its syncopated rhythms and fluid, malleable structure evokes the chaotic melodies of human nature:  an unpredictable flow from silky sweet to erratic dissonance and back.  No community outside New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, has embraced it like Harlem, NY.  Read More

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