New York City little known points of interest

Outdoor celebration of jazz

Hunterfly Road Houses, Weeksville, Brooklyn

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Here is where you need to be on May 15, 2011. Weeksville Heritage Center, in conjunction with the 12th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, is hosting ECO SOUL featuring Jose James and Friends, Amy LaCour and Saunders Sermons.

Jose has been blessed with a warm, rich baritone reminiscent of Gil-Scott Heron and Jon Lucien and has toured internationally at venues such as the Nice and North Sea Jazz Festivals, Billboard Live Tokyo and Central Park Summerstage, to name a few. Treat yourself to this smooth combination of soul, hip-hot and jazz.

Weeksville Heritage Center, 1698 Bergen Street, between Buffalo and Rochester Avenues, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Gates open at 2pm, concert begins at 3pm. Cost: FREE

For more information, contact

Go out and enjoy the music!!!


May 12, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

For the Jazz Purists

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Last Thursday night, I attended a concert at the TRIBECA Performing Arts Center, located at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, NYC. The concert was REMEMBERING HANK JONES, featuring Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Junior Mance, Steve, Turre, George Mraz and Winard Harper with special guest Frank Wess. It was truly an evening of wonderful music. I have to admit that I don’t know these artists but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the music.

I’m sure the jazz purists out there recognize these names. I will definitely look for their names as I add to my CD collection. In the meantime, look into the TRIBECA Performing Arts Center for more concerts and events.

Jazz, the universal language. It speaks to everyone.

May 9, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Autograph of Armstrong on the muretto of Alassio

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WOW. WOW. WOW. I visited the National Jazz Museum in Harlem Tuesday. It was wonderful.

I am a member of Jazz Record Masters of North Jersey, a group of jazz aficionados who know jazz like they know the back of their hands. We meet at each others homes once a week and listen to classic jazz for a couple of hours. Not smooth jazz but what the purists love-1930s, 1940s, 1950s. Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Lou Donaldson, Art Farmer, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Benny Goodman, etc. You get the idea. They prefer instrumentals though occasionally someone may throw in some Ellie Fitzgerald or Lena Horn. A lot of the artists are unknown to me but I still enjoy the music. These guys can tell what instrument is being played (alto as opposed to tenor sax) and what the person was wearing 🙂 or where the song was recorded.

Anyway, we made arrangements to spend this past Tuesday afternoon, which is our usual meeting day, at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. What a treat. We were greeted by Loren Schoenberg, Executive Director. We were there to hear some of the 100 hours of live recordings of the William Savory Collection, made between 1935 and 1941, that had been packed away for decades. These recordings were made by recording engineer William Savory and consists of 1000 discs which was acquired by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem in 2010.

The museum is in a large room with a great collection of books on jazz as well as a tremendous number of CDs. They also have some great photographs on the wall of several artists and places like Minton’s Playhouse and Small’s Paradise. The songs we heard had been restored and placed on an iPod. They are not digitized so you hear all the scratches as these are original recordings. Some of the recordings included an announcer introducing the artist. We heard Billie Holiday sing Strange Fruit and it was obvious that the announcer did not have a clue as what the song was about.

If you love jazz or just want to get some of the history of this genre of music, put the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on your list of places to visit while in New York. This is a true Nugget in the Hood!

This month is featuring Tito Puento, presented by Joe Conzo with special guests. Dates are May 10-on film at Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Avenue between 127th and 128th Streets, May 17-The Jazz Years, May 24-The Composer and May 31-The Man. These events are free.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Visitor Center is located at 104 East 126th Street, #2C, NYC 10035. Easily accessible by the 2/3/4/5/6 trains to 125th Street. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. Call 212-348-8300 or visit for more information.

The museum will be moving to 125 MART across from the Apollo within the next couple of years. In the meantime, the museum is asking for donations to archive, store and digitize the Savory Collection. Hear previews and learn more at

All I can say is WOW. WOW. WOW.

May 7, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Classic Jazz

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Just came from a 5 hour jazz event in New Jersey that was wonderful. One of the groups has a weekly set in New York City that I wanted to share. This is the real deal, for the purists and those who really love good music.

Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks Orchestra

Sofia’s Restaurant (look for Club Cache downstairs at the Edison Hotel, every Monday and Tuesday, 8pm to 11pm, Doors open at 7pm.

221 W 46 Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue, New York City

$15 Cash Cover, $15 Food/drink minimum

For reservations, call 212-719-5799

Dining and Dancing to Music of the 1920s and 1930s


You will enjoy the music. I sure did!!!

March 6, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , | 2 Comments

Jam Session

Here’s something for all you jazz lovers out there.

There is a Jam Series every Monday night at Local 802 Musicians Union! Did you know about this? Neither did I.  The address is 322 West 48th Street in the 1st floor club room. This is free and open to the public.

This is also the location of the Jazz Foundation of America. Same address, 6th floor. Look up for more information or call 212-245-3999.

See you on Monday nights!

February 5, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , | 1 Comment