Producer Quincy Jones’ Jazz Foundation of America will be Honoring the great Herbie Hancock tonight during the 13th Annual A Great Night in Harlem event this evening at the Apollo Theater. This gala concert benefits the Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund, a great cause that raises funds to assist elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis across the country. Special guests, performers, and presenters include Bruce Willis, Chaka Khan, Questlove, The Heath Brothers (Jimmy & Tootie Heath), Verdine White, Paul Shaffer, Buster Williams, Wallace Roney, Steve Jordan, Billy Hart, Ray Parker Jr., Susan Tedeschi, Joey Alexander and more.
This year, The Jazz Foundation will honor Herbie Hancock with their Lifetime Achievement Award from Quincy Jones. Hancock will lead an all-star tribute to beloved trumpeter Clark Terry. Ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan will pay homage to Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire with help from special guests.
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The 3rd Annual East Harlem Harvest Festival event will take place this Saturday, October 25th #UndertheTracks from 115th to 117th street and Park avenue. The two block long event is on from 10am to 6pm, and will feature live entertainment, kid’s activities, local vendors, pig roast and beer garden.
The East Harlem Harvest Festival is ALWAYS a fun event for the whole family, and a great opportunity to visit La Marqueta and other East Harlem businesses while also celebrating the El Barrio community. See you there!
Last Thursday Oct. 16th, the 1st Silicon Harlem Technology Conference was held at MIST Harlem (My Image Studios) on 116th street in what turned out to be a well-organized event that featured over 50 speakers in panels set across three different theater conference rooms, and restaurant hall. It was a full day of panels, networking, a great lunch provided by MADIBA restaurant (coming soon to Harlem!) and a lively after event with NY Tech Meetup members at the MIST bar.
If you missed this first Silicon Harlem Technology Conference, here is a short YouTube video (feel free to share) and some more photos from the event below. We encourage you to stay informed about future Silicon Harlem events, and look out for the next Silicon Harlem Tech Conference which is already scheduled for October 16, 2015! This event will only grow and include additional topics and participants as Silicon Harlem seeks “To galvanize upper Manhattan companies and residents to embrace our model to Transform Harlem into a Technology and innovation Hub that thrives in the digital economy,” according to Silicon Harlem founders Bruce Lincoln and Clayton Banks.
One of our favorite restaurants in Harlem, The Cecil was named Esquire’s “Restaurant of the Year” at the First Annual Esquire Food and Drink Awards which were conveniently held right at The Cecil restaurant on 118th Street and St. Nicholas avenue. The event featured Tastings from five of America’s greatest Chefs and cocktails made with Ketel One Vodka.
Esquire Magazine took notice of The Cecil and their menu inspired by the flavors of the African diaspora and Asia, which has been a huge success this past year, attracting diners from all walks of life to Harlem. Opened a year ago by Richard Parsons and Executive Chef Alexander Smalls, The Cecil restaurant sits right next door to the duo’s other hit restaurant and Jazz club Minton’s. The Cecil head Chef JJ Johnson and his team can rejoice in being recognized for their unique offerings. Go experience the delicious food and great ambiance at The Cecil, America’s best new restaurant located right here in Harlem! You won’t regret it.
The Apollo Theater’s four-day AFRICA NOW! festival has begun, and promises a full weekend of amazing events. In partnership with the World Music Institute, this year’s Africa Now! celebrates South Africa, spotlighting the next generation of South African music makers. The festival events include a Live Wire, Apollo Uptown Hall, Apollo Music Cafe performances and a blow out Mainstage concert event with Hugh Masekela, and an all-star roster of talented performers. Tickets start at $20
Casa Frela Gallery presents HAWT 2014 Harlem Art Walking Tour this week, starting Thursday October 9th to Sunday October 12th from 12pm to 6pm, celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.
Harlem Art Walking Tour participants will be able to pick an artist and venue map at the Information Center and at all locations on the tour. The map can also be downloaded from the HAWT website.
HAWT 2014 starts off with the Fashion Show at Urban Garden, 1640 Park Avenue at 116th Street on Thursday, Oct. 9th, 7 – 10 pm; followed by the Artist Reception at Artist & Craftsman Supply on Friday, Oct. 10th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Artist & Craftsman Supply is located at 2018 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., between 125th St & 126th St. Stop by to meet the HAWT artists. The actual walking tour takes place on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11-12, 12 – 6 pm. There will be volunteers at each location to assist you and answer any of your questions.
The third installment of Under the Viaduct will take place on Saturday, October 4th with Under the Viaduct in Harlem’s White Light, an event that will coincide with the Paris based Festival of Lights, or Nuit Blanche, where artists, galleries and museums present their works which light up the city for visitors all night long…until the break of dawn.
At Saturday’s Under the Viaduct in Harlem’s White Light event on West 125th street and 12th avenue in Harlem (4pm-8pm), participants will experience a two-part dancework choreographed by Ellen Maynard and Autumn Scoggan; then use their smartphones to scan QR codes matched with graffiti letterings that will be along the pillars by artist Lady K Fever and linked to sound and film clips; finally engage with multiple digital artworks to complete an urban, conscious experience. According to curator SAVONA BAILEY-MCCLAIN of The West Harlem Art Fund, this event will feature a mix of music, dance, graffiti, sound and digital art. Tickets