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Harlem Stride Celebration

Our mission is to preserve, promote and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and celebration of jazz throughout the world. We respectfully ask that you consider an end-of-year gift, and play an essential role in a new and exciting era for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated.

We have big news to share with you this year! After 15 years at our modest East Harlem home, we have moved into a brand new space on 58 West 129th Street in the heart of Harlem's cultural and culinary district. Please join us for our grand re-opening in February of 2016.

We couldn't have made this important step forward without the support of many individuals like you!

On behalf of the board and staff at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, we sincerely thank YOU, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

You can mail your contribution to:

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 W. 129th Street
Ground Floor
New York, NY 10027

Harlem Stride Celebration
Series Host: Ethan Iverson
Harlem Stride piano was the first step beyond Ragtime that brought improvisation and rhythmic excitement to the living rooms, nightclubs and dance halls of Harlem. Join us as we celebrate the re-opening of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with this landmark series.

Hosted by pianist Ethan Iverson, best known as one-third of the postmodern jazz trio The Bad Plus, is a jazz historian as well as a big fan of stride piano. For this intimate series, Iverson will discuss the history of stride, play recordings, and demonstrate at the keyboard. All ages are welcome.

Tuesday, January 12

Classical Excellence

7:00-8:30pm
Location:
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 W. 129th Street, Ground Floor

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

What is stride piano and who brought it to its first apotheosis? Iverson's lectures and listening sessions will begin with the classics, the men who dominated the form in Harlem in the 20's and 30's.

Tuesday, January 19

Jazz Piano

7:00-8:30pm
Location:
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 W. 129th Street, Ground Floor

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

It's just a quick leap from from early stride to the greats from the swing era. There was more improvisation and greater harmonic flexibility, but the "oom-pah" from the southpaw remained constant.

Tuesday, January 26

You've Got to Be Modernistic

7:00-8:30pm
Location:
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 W. 129th Street, Ground Floor

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

When the bebop era began, it was almost a rout: The pianist seemingly had to abandon any stride tendencies in favor of a less left hand-dominated style. Still, some musicians found a way to be avant-garde while being traditional.

Tuesday, February 2

Carolina Shout(s) 2016

7:00-8:30pm
Location:
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 W. 129th Street, Ground Floor

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Guests: TBA

Perhaps a risky venture! Iverson and a team of fellow ivory-ticklers will all attempt the same famous James P. Johnson work. Hopefully the atmosphere will be more collegial than competitive, but no promises. The musicians will also discuss why working on stride today remains relevant.



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