The National Jazz Museum in Harlem April Events and Benefit Concert!

This month we are happy to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with a special Jazz For Curious Listeners Series of live music and discussion with New York's top international jazz artists. These sessions, featuring artists from India, Chile, Israel and Iraq, will lead up to our blowout International Jazz Day celebration concert on April 30th hosted by Michael Mwenso.

We also invite you to continue enjoying our Ralph Ellison exhibit on display at our Visitors Centerand the new Listening Party Wednesdays, curated by Jon Batiste and hosted by Michael Mwenso.

Finally, we are proud to announce our 2014 Benefit Concert with Dee Dee Bridgewater and special guests on June 9 at Kaye Playhouse. Details below!

Tuesday, April 1
Jazz For Curious Listeners
Melissa Aldana with guest Pablo Menares
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

The young Chilean tenor star, Melissa Aldana, will kick off our month of live music and discussion highlighting international jazz artists making waves in the New York jazz scene.

Wednesdays April 2 and 9
Special Series: Listening Party Wednesdays
How Jazz Can Change Your Life: Curated by Jon Batiste with host Michael Mwenso
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
$20 ($10 Students)

In this interactive performance series, Michael Mwenso demonstrates how jazz can improve the quality of our lives. Listening to your favorite recordings with others is one of the best ways to share your enthusiasm and passion for jazz. At these sessions, curated by NJMH Artistic Director-at-Large, Jonathan Batiste (who will appear via Skype as often as he can from his national tour), vocalist and elegant man about town, Michael Mwenso, will moderate a joyous listening party that you do not want to miss as the NJMH becomes THE happening spot in Harlem.

Tuesday, April 8
Jazz For Curious Listeners
Kavita Shah, vocalist
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Hailed by Downbeat Magazine as the "Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist" (2012) and winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award (2013), Kavita Shah
is gaining a reputation as a visionary young singer,
composer, and arranger.

Tuesday, April 15
Jazz For Curious Listeners
Oran Etkin, clarinet and saxophone
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Through years of experience in a myriad of musical cultures, Oran Etkin has developed a unique sound on the clarinet, bass-clarinet and saxophone that draws on ancient traditions from Africa, Israel, New Orleans and beyond, yet resonates with the driving energy of the
current New York jazz scene.

Tuesday, April 22
Jazz For Curious Listeners
Amir El Saffar, trumpet
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir El Saffar has distinguished himself with a mastery of disparate musical styles and a singular approach to combining aspects of Middle Eastern music with American jazz, extending the boundaries of each

tradition. We are honored to have him talk and play music

for us this evening.

Wednesday, April 23
Harlem in the Himalayas
Yeahwon Shin
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St.

South Korean singer Yeahwon Shin celebrates the release of her ECM debut CD, "Lua ya" a gentle album of songs and lullabies, with Aaron Parks on piano and Rob Curto on accordion.

Thursday, April 24
Jazz For Curious Listeners
Tim Porter, Jazz Mandolin Odyssey with Guitar and Bass
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Tim Porter on mandolin, accompanied by virtuoso guitarist, Joe Selly, and internationally acclaimed bassist Santi Debriano, return to NJMH to perform and continue the musical dialogue highlighting the long history and continuing influence of mandolin

in blues, jazz, and latin music.

Tuesday, April 29
Jazz For Curious Listeners
Maitreya Padukone, tabla
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Maitreya Padukone was inspired and initiated in the art of Tabla( Indian Drums) by Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. He is co-founder of Raga Music Circle that has organized Indian Music concerts for the last 15 years. He is also a dental consultant to Jazz Foundation of America. His recent collaboration with "Cosmasomatics"resulted in the album "Jazz Maalika", a fusion of music inspired by John Coltrane and Pandit Ravi Shankar. This evening he will be joined by clarinetist and multi-woodwind player, Michael Marcus.

Wednesday, April 30
Special Event
International Jazz Day Celebration with Host Michael Mwenso
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street
Tickets: $20 NJMH members | $25 general | $40 VIP
Purchase Tickets Here

In honor of International Jazz Day, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) will illuminate the truly global roots of jazz with an international jam session. Hosted by vocalist and man-about-town, Michael Mwenso, and curated by NJMH Artistic Director-at-Large, Jonathan Batiste, this evening will epitomize the universal language that is jazz. Special guests include Kavita Shah, a young, multi-lingual Indian singer who has collaborated with Lionel Loueke and Steve Wilson; Oran Etkin, the reeds virtuoso known for his Israeli-West African-New Orleans hybrid sound; and Amir El Saffar, the Iraqi-American trumpeter revolutionizing the sound of jazz with Middle Eastern maqam and microtonal influences. When Jonathan Batiste is involved you never know who else will show up or what to expect and we hope you'll join us to find out!

National Jazz Museum in Harlem Benefit Concert
with Dee Dee Bridgewater

June 9, 2014, 7:30 PM

Location: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
Tickets: General Admission $35 and $55 | Students and Seniors $20

Please join us in celebration at our benefit concert featuring three-time Grammy Award winner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, with special guests including the hottest rising star in jazz today, NJMH Artistic Director-at-Large, Jonathan Batiste! We will also be honoring CCNY President, Lisa Staiano-Coico, with our Jazz and Community Leadership Award and world-renowned jazz pianist, McCoy Tyner, with our Legends of Jazz Award.

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