The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Events January 6-10

Tuesday, January 7
Jazz For Curious Listeners
Broadway Boogie Woogie: Rhythm in the Visual Arts with Bob O'Meally
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Ask a painter to "explain" a painting to you, and within minutes, hands will be flying, as they describe the angles and the rhythms of the images. This evening, we will investigate the influence that jazz had on such masters as Stuart Davis, Piet Mondrian and Romare Bearden. Our guide will be Professor Robert G. O'Meally, Columbia University's Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and founder and director of the Center for Jazz Studies. His new project is a full study of Bearden's uses of literary subjects, and this evening Professor O'Meally will share his passion for jazz and fine art in an original, provocative and eminently entertaining way.

Thursday, January 9

Harlem Speaks
Billy Drummond, Drummer
6:30-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Critically acclaimed drummer Billy Drummond joins NJMH this month for our landmark oral history series, Harlem Speaks. Drummond first came to international prominence with the bands of Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson and Sonny Rollins, with whom he spent three formative years. Now one of the busiest players of his generation, Drummond can be heard on nearly 300 albums, including three critically acclaimed recordings as a band leader, one of which - cult hit Dubai (Criss Cross) - was named Number 1 Best Jazz CD that year by the New York Times. He currently leads his own band Freedom of Ideas in New York. A serious student of the drums as well as an exemplary musician, we look forward to this informative and enjoyable evening.

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