The National Jazz Museum in Harlem November Events!

November 2014 Schedule
Ever since Benny Carter's band opened the Apollo Theater in 1934, the fabled 125th Street venue has been at the center of American music. It's audience was legendary in the entertainment world for being one of the hardest to please and one of the most discerning, and when they loved you, you could no wrong; on the other hand, entertainers found found wanting would be jeered off the stage to lick their wounds and hopefully come back some other day.

This month, we celebrate their 80th anniversary and share live recordings made on its fabled stage. Please join us for some of the greatest evenings in Harlem ever captured on disc.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem's hours are

Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Tuesday, November 4th

7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

The Big Bands at the Apollo

Donation Suggested

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

The recordings bands made in the sterile confines of the studio were one thing - the way they opened up at the Apollo was quite something else! Join us for rare sounds of Ellington, Basie, Gillespie, Earl Hines, Fletcher Henderson and others as you've never heard them before.

Host: Loren Schoenberg

Tuesday, November 11th
7:00 pm

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Comedy Night


Location: Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Avenue (between 127/128th Streets)

Moms Mabley, Pigmeat Markham and Redd Foxx all recorded classic albums with routines that drove the Apollo audiences into frenzies. We'll sample these as well as rare film footage of Nipsey Russell and Dusty Fletcher doing their classic routines as well. Be prepared to laugh until you cry!

Host: Loren Schoenberg

Tuesday, November 18

7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners
A Milestone in Music History
Donation Suggested

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

James Brown decided to record his show live at the Apollo in 1962, and made music and show business history in the process. His record label thought the idea of a live recording was pure folly and refused to fund the project. Brown knew what the potential was, and paid for it himself. The recording turned out to be an instant classic, capturing for all time the magic and electricity that only live concerts can produce. NJMH Associate Artistic Director Christian McBride is a life-long Brown fan, and in the last years of Brown's life, became a respected friend of the great man, appearing in one of Brown's last shows, at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006.

Host: Greg Thomas

Greg's passion for jazz took root 35 years ago as an alto saxophonist. His dedication to the music then found expression in multi-media journalism, jazz education and scholarship, and as a producer of live jazz in Harlem.

He's taught jazz appreciation for such institutions as the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. The founding Editor-in-Chief of Harlem World (2003-2006), Greg has written about jazz for The Root, All About Jazz, Salon and the New York City Jazz Record, the Guardian Observer and the Village Voice, American Legacy and the scholarly journal Callaloo. Greg was the jazz columnist for the New York Daily News from 2011-2013. He's been host of jazz radio shows in NYC and Westchester, and of 21 half-hour episodes of a web-based television jazz news and entertainment series, Jazz it Up!

Greg co-produced several dozen "Harlem Speaks" interview evenings for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and, as a principal of G&J Productions, has produced live jazz shows throughout New York at venues such as the Friar's Club, Aaron Davis Hall, Wainwright House, MIST Harlem, Alvin & Friends restaurant, and Red Rooster/Ginny's Supper Club.

Friday, November 21


Harlem in the Himalayas
Marty Ehrlich

$18.00 in advance / $20.00 day of
Member Price: $16.20
Purchase here .

Location: Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th Street

Ehrlich is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation, critically acclaimed as both composer and player. Equally fluent on clarinet, saxophone, and flutes, Ehrlich has been hailed as "one of the most formidable multi-instrumentalists since Eric Dolphy...the jazz dream musician" (The Village Voice). The New York Times calls him "one of the premier melodicists of his generation, " and The Nation "one of his time's most original thinkers (with) a rare and wonderful talent, a now yearning, now biting attack and a stunningly voice-like expressiveness." Jazz Zeitung states: "If there is a believable poetic sensibility in jazz, you will find it with Marty Ehrlich." The Jazz Journalist Association honored him as Wind Player of the Year in 2001 and as Clarinetist of the year in 2003. In 2004, Ehrlich was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Composition.

Tuesday, November 25th

7:00-8:30 pm

Jazz For Curious Listeners

The Wide, Wide, Wonderful World of The Apollo

Donation Suggested

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C

Too much has been made of what distinguishes jazz from its close musical cousins in all genres of music, and this evening we'll look for the close musical relationship between all sorts of Apollo Music. Aretha Franklin, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Michael Jackson, Ethel Waters, B.B. King, Louis Armstrong, Gladys Knight, Tito Puente and Ray Charles will fill out musical menu as we listen to what binds them all inextricably to Harlem and to the Apollo.

Host: Greg Thomas

Current Exhibit

Bebo Valdés: Giant of Cuban Music

Pianist, arranger, bandleader, and composer Bebo Valdés had two splendid careers separated by more than thirty years of obscurity.

Mambo, filin, batanga, descarga - he was a great innovator in Cuba music. For ten years he was music director of the famed Tropicana orchestra. His big band backed Cuba's greatest stars. He was the pianist on Nat "King" Cole's famed Havana recordings.

Then everything changed. He left Cuba in 1960 and settled in Sweden. While his music was largely forgotten by the world, his son Chucho Valdés became a dominant musical figure in post-revolutionary Cuba, and one of the world's great pianists.

Then, beginning in 1994, Bebo Valdés began a dramatic career resurgence via a brilliant series of concerts, recordings, and movies that brought his knowledge, skills, and inimitable style into the twenty-first century, making him a bigger star than every before and culminating in an electrifying series of collaborations with Chucho. We'll tell the story and play the music....

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