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					      BlackNYC  The Weekly Guide to Events of Particular Interest to Black New Yorkers

Thursday, January                              such as Ray Charles, Whitney Houston,
                                               Smokey Robinson, Isaac Hayes, and The
                                                                                             David “Happy” Williams (bass); and Joe
                                                                                             Farnsworth (drums).
                                                                                                                                             For over a decade, Don Byron has been
                                                                                                                                             a singular voice in a dizzying range
17                                             Temptations and Donna Summer.
                                               9:00 pm - $15 Cover (Plus Two Drink
                                                                                             8:00 pm, 10:00 pm and 11:30 pm - $30.00
                                                                                             Smoke Jazz Club & Lounge
                                                                                                                                             of musical contexts, exploring widely
                                                                                                                                             divergent traditions while continually
                                               Minimum)                                      2751 Broadway (between 105th Street and         striving for what he calls “a sound above
Comedy                                         Gotham Comedy Club                            106th Street)                                   genre.” As clarinetist, composer, arranger,
                                               208 West 23rd Street (between 7th Avenue      Subway: 1 or 9 to 103rd Street                  and social critic, he redefines every genre
                                               and 8th Avenue)                               (212) 864-6662                                  of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-
Manhattan                                      Subway: E to 23rd Street; 1 or 9 to 23rd                                                      hop, funk, klezmer, or any jazz style from

Louis Ramey
                                               Street                                        Curtis Fuller’s 75th Birthday                   swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown
                                               (212) 367-9000                                                                                improvisation. He has been consistently
Atlanta born and raised, while in college,                                                   Party Band                                      voted best clarinetist by critics and readers
Louis Ramey was bitten by the comedy                                                         Curtis Fuller belongs in the select circle
bug. On a dare from his friends, he took       Dance Clubs/Parties                           with J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding and a few
                                                                                                                                             alike in leading international music journals
                                                                                                                                             since being named “Jazz Artist of the
the stage to tell a few jokes at a local                                                     others who make the trombone sound
                                                                                                                                             Year” by Down Beat in 1992. Acclaimed as
jazz club. He was hooked immediately to        Manhattan                                     fluid and inviting rather than awkward.
                                                                                                                                             much for his restless creativity as for his
the adrenaline rush of live performance.                                                     His ability to make wide octave leaps and
                                                                                                                                             unsurpassed virtuosity as a player, Byron
Louis set out wanting to conquer stages                                                      play whiplash phrases in a relaxed, casual
                                               The Shadow’s Free-All-Night                   manner is a testament to his skill. Fuller’s
                                                                                                                                             has presented a multitude of projects at
worldwide, and has successfully done so,                                                                                                     major music festivals around the world,
at theatres, concert halls, comedy clubs       Thursdays                                     solos and phrases are often ambitious
                                                                                                                                             including recent performances in Vienna,
colleges, resorts, cruises, and casino         The Tri-State’s mature well-dressed over-     and creative, and he’s worked in several
                                                                                                                                             San Francisco, Hong Kong, London,
showrooms from points such as Atlanta          21 crowd is at the Shadow nightclub for the   fine bands and participated in numerous
                                                                                                                                             Monterey, New Zealand, and on New
to the West Indies to Australia and back.      only guaranteed jam packed Free-All-Night     great sessions. Fuller studied music in
                                                                                                                                             York’s Broadway.
Louis has performed on television in the       Thursdays in town! Now everyone’s in free     high school, then began developing his
                                                                                                                                             9:00 pm and 11:00 pm - $20 Cover ($10
states, Canada and Hong Kong. His US           all night every Thursday between 8 pm and     skills in an army band, where he played
                                                                                                                                             Food/Drink Minimum)
television appearances include his own half    4 am! Thursday at the Shadow is crazy         with Cannonball Adderley. He worked
                                                                                                                                             Village Vanguard
an hour comedy special, “Comedy Central        busy...you need to experience it to believe   in Detroit with Kenny Burrell and Yusef
                                                                                                                                             178 Seventh Avenue South (just below
Presents: Louis Ramey,” ABC Daytime’s          it! 21 and over. Dress to impress!            Lateef, then moved to New York. Fuller
                                                                                                                                             West 11th Street)
“The View,” Comedy Central’s “Premium          8:00 pm to 4:00 am - Free                     made his recording debut as a leader on
                                                                                                                                             Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 14th Street
Blend,” NBC’s “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,”   Shadow                                        Transition in 1955, and recorded in the
                                                                                                                                             (212) 255-4037
and CBS Televisions “48 Hour’s.” Louis         228 W 28th Street (between 7th Avenue &       late ‘50s for Blue Note, Prestige, United
has opened for many Musical Legends            8th Avenue)                                   Artists and Savoy. He was a charter
                                               Subway: 1 or 9 to 23rd Street; C or E to      member of The Jazztet with Benny Golson         Gerald Hayes and the Qualified
                                               23rd Street                                   and Art Farmer in 1959, then played in          Gents
 BlackNYC Hotlist!                             (212) 629-3331                                Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers from 1961          Thursday nights at Minton’s will feature
                                                                                             to 1965. There were additional recording        alto saxophonist Gerald Hayes and the
 Book Event Hot Picks
 * Arnold Rampersad on Ralph Ellison           Music                                         dates for Warwick, Smash/Trip, Epic, and
                                                                                             Impulse in the ‘60s. Fuller toured Europe
                                                                                                                                             Qualified Gents. Thursday is also singer’s
                                                                                                                                             night. Come on out!
 - Sunday
                                                                                             with Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in 1968,        9:00 pm, 10:30 pm and Midnight - No
 Celebration Hot Picks                         Manhattan                                     then did several sessions in New York.          Cover (Plus Two Drink Minimum)
 * 22nd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr.
 Martin Luther King, Jr. - Monday
                                                                                             During the ‘70s, he experimented for a time     Minton’s Playhouse
                                               Lenox Lounge Blues and R&B                    playing hard bop arrangements in a band         208 West 118th Street (between St.
 Comedy Hot Picks
 * Monique - Saturday                          Thursdays                                     featuring electronic instruments, heading a     Nicholas Avenue and Adam Clayton
                                               Every Thursday is Blues and R&B               group with guitarist Bill Washer and Stanley    Powell, Jr. Boulevard)
 Dance Club/Party Hot Picks                                                                  Clarke. He concluded that phase with the        Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street; B or C to
                                               Thursdays at Harlem’s historic Lenox
 * The Freedom Party 5 Year                                                                  ‘73 album Crankin.’ Fuller toured with the      116th Street
                                               Lounge. If you are in the mood for some
 Anniversary - Sunday                                                                        Count Basie band from 1975 to 1977,             (212) 864-8346
                                               soul stirring blues or moving R&B, then by
 Family/Youth Hot Picks                        all means check it out!                       and did dates for Mainstream, Timeless,
 * Jazz Tribute: Dr. Martin Luther King,
 Jr. - Monday
                                               8:00 pm, 9:30 pm and 11:00 pm - No            and Bee Hive. He co-led the quintet Giant
                                                                                             Bones with Winding in 1979 and 1980, and
                                                                                                                                              BlackNYC TOC:
                                               Cover/Minimum                                                                                  Friday - Page 3
 * Sweet Honey in the Rock - Sunday                                                          played with Art Blakey, Cedar Walton and
                                               Lenox Lounge                                                                                   Saturday - Page 6
 Music Hot Picks                               288 Lenox Avenue (between 124th and           Benny Golson in the late ‘70s and early          Sunday - Page 9
 * Mavis Staples - Tuesday                     125th Streets)                                ‘80s. During the ‘80s, Fuller toured Europe      Monday - Page 12
 Music - Jazz/Blues/Classical/                 Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street                regularly with the Timeless All-Stars, and       Tuesday - Page 13
 Cabaret Hot Picks                             (212) 427-0253                                performed and recorded with the revamped         Wednesday - Page 15
 * Latin Jazz Giants – Tuesday and                                                           Jazztet in addition to leading a fine session    Upcoming Benefits/Fundraisers/Galas
                                                                                             for Savoy in 1993.
 Wednesday
 * McCoy Tyner Quartet featuring Joe
                                               Music - Jazz/Blues/                           8:30 pm and 10:30 pm - $35.00
                                                                                                                                              - Page 16
                                                                                                                                              Art Exhibitions - Page 16
 Lovano – Thursday through Sunday              Classical/Cabaret                             Iridium Jazz Club
                                                                                             1650 Broadway (between 51st and 52nd
                                                                                                                                              Ongoing Theater - Page 17
 Television Hot Picks                                                                                                                         Cultural Recreation - Page 18
                                                                                             Streets)                                         Cultural Institutions - Page 18
 * Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam              Manhattan                                     Subway: C or E to 50th Street; 1 or 9 to
 95 – Sunday and Monday                                                                                                                       Restaurants of Note - Page 19
 * The Wire 52: Unconfirmed Reports
                                                                                             50th Street; N, R or W to 49th Street            Specialty Retail - Page 23
 – Thursday and Friday
                                               Cedar Walton Trio                             (212) 582-2121                                   Professional/Social Organizations
                                               It’s Cedar Walton’s birthday, and you are                                                      - Page 24
 * The Wire 53: Not For Attribution
 – Sunday and Tuesday
                                               invited to celebrate with Cedar and few       Don Byron                                        Radio Stations/Shows - Page 26
                                               friends. Featuring: Cedar Walton (piano);




  January 17 - January 23, 2008                                                                                                                                      Week 4
                                   BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
                                              Cotton couldn’t be more deserving. On his       guitarists (and one banjo) of our time: Bill    Randy Weston, piano; Alex Blake, bass;
 Freedom!                                     latest recording for Telarc, “Baby, Don’t You   Frisell, Marc Ribot, John Scofield, Derek       and Neil Clarke, percussion. Featuring:
                                              Tear My Clothes,” James Cotton is joined        Trucks, and Bela Fleck. The package             Randy Weston, piano; Billy Harper, tenor
 (Noteworthy Free Events)                     by a list of who’s who in the blues world.      will be a CD/DVD featuring state-of-the-        saxophone; TK Blue, alto saxophone and
 Thursday                                     8:00 pm (Doors Open at 6:00 pm) - $30           art technology that allows the viewer to        flute; Benny Powell, trombone; Alex Blake,
 * Dance Clubs/Parties - The Shadow’s         ($25 In Advance)                                manually choose which musician(s) they          bass; and Neil Clarke, drums and African
 Free-All-Night Thursdays                     B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - Main Stage       would like to view in the studio at any time    percussion.
 * Music Talks/Workshops - Harlem             237 West 42nd Street (between 7th Avenue        during each track. In late 2008, Tyner will     7:30 pm and 9:30 pm - $35 Cover ($10
 Speaks w/ WBGO Radio Host Gary               and 8th Avenue)                                 release his third recording for McCoy Tyner     Food/Drink Minimum)
 Walker                                       Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9, 7, Q, S or W to Times       Music, a solo piano performance recorded        Jazz at Lincoln Center - Dizzy’s Club Coca-
 Friday                                       Square 42nd Street; A, C or E to 42nd           live in San Francisco during the summer of      Cola
 * Music - Folk/Alternative/Rock - BRC’s      Street Port Authority; B, D or F to 42nd        2007. More details regarding this release       Broadway at 60th Street
 Children of the Revolution                   Street                                          will be available soon. Featuring: McCoy        Subway: 1, 9, A, B, C or D to 59th Street
 * Music - Jazz/Blues/Classical/Cabaret       (212) 997-4144                                  Tyner, piano; Gerald Cannon, bass; Eric         Columbus Circle
 - Irving Louis Lattin                                                                        Kamau Gravatt, drums; and Joe Lovano,           (212) 721-6500
 Saturday                                     Logan Richardson Sextet                         tenor saxophone.
 * Book Events - Hue-Man First Voices         Alto saxophonist Logan Richardson               8:00 pm and 10:30 pm - $30 Bar; $40 Table       Teedra Moses & Ohmega Watts
 Series                                       debuted as a leader last year with              Blue Note                                       S.O.B.’s presents TVT Records’ Teedra
 * Celebrations - A Tribute to Dr. Martin     the superbly realized album Cerebral            131 West 3rd Street (between Avenue of          Moses, whose debut album Complex
 Luther King, Jr.                             Flow, picked by Philip DiPietro of              the Americas and MacDougal Street)              Simplicity harks back to the sassy, playful
 * Film Events - Sankofa                      AllAboutJazz.com as one of the best             Subway: A, C, E, F, V and S to West 4th         R&B stylists of the 1980’s, while blending
 * Music - Folk/Alternative/Rock - BRC’s      releases of 2007. Originally from Kansas        Street                                          her own millennium brand of soul. Even
 Children of the Revolution                   City, Missouri, Logan emerged from his          (212) 475-8592                                  with notable hip hop collaborations, like
 * Music - R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop - Ruby             studies at Berklee and the New School                                                           Jadakiss (“Better Woman)” and Lil’ Jon
 Collins                                      with considerable chops and a refined           Randy Weston & African                          (“Ohh Wee”), under her belt, the magnetic
 * Theater - The Gates of Equality            sensibility. His group makes use of             Rhythms w/ Billy Harper                         Teedra Moses doesn’t shy away from
 Sunday                                       vibraphone and guitar, creating an ethereal     After contributing five decades of musical      expressing her emotional vulnerability,
 * Book Events - The Flow: Men on             texture that beautifully offsets the hard                                                       describing a crush from far on the “Be
                                                                                              direction and genius, Randy Weston
 Relationships Visions of Love Beyond         edge of his compositions. According to                                                          Your Girl”. Hailing from Flatbush, Brooklyn,
                                                                                              remains one of the world’s foremost
 Fiction                                      Jazz Times, Logan’s playing is “incisive,                                                       MC and producer Ohmega Watts makes
                                                                                              pianists and composers today, a true
 * Celebrations - Embracing The Radical       multi-dimensional and remarkably flexible,                                                      organic and energetic hip hop, funk and
                                                                                              innovator and visionary. Encompassing the
 King: Prophetic or Passé?                    wrapping and twisting phrases into                                                              soul. It’s original, from the heart, straight
                                                                                              vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global
 * Music - Jazz/Blues/Classical/Cabaret       unexpected origami shapes.” Greg Osby                                                           no chaser music. Offering both quantity
                                                                                              creations musically continue to inform and
 - The Melvin Sparks Band                     hails Logan’s “original ideas, unexpected                                                       and quality on his debut album, “The
                                                                                              inspire. Randy Weston, born in Brooklyn,
 * Talks/Discussions/Forums - Looking         choices, impeccable delivery and                                                                Find”, Watts jumps from the laid-back
                                                                                              New York in 1926, didn’t have to travel far
 For Martin: Are Dr. King and His             phrasing.” For these reasons and more,                                                          sunshine styled “Where It All Started” and
                                                                                              to hear the early jazz giants that were to
 ‘Dream’ Still Relevant                       Logan is prized among his New York jazz                                                         soulful “Your Love” to the turntable-bound
                                                                                              influence him. Though Weston cites Count
 * Worship Services - A Celebration of        peers and poised to become one of the                                                           rare groove-fueled breaks of “Move!”
                                                                                              Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of
 the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.      music’s finest exponents. Please join us                                                        Inspired as much by hip hop legends like
                                                                                              course, Duke Ellington as his other piano
 Monday                                       in extending him a warm Jazz Gallery            heroes, it was Monk who had the greatest        Eric B & Rakim and Premier
 * Celebrations - 22nd Annual Brooklyn        welcome. Featuring: Logan Richardson            impact. “He was the most original I ever        as contemporary electronic
 Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.       - alto saxophone, Colin Killalea - vocals,      heard,” Weston remembers. “He played like       producers like RJD2 and The
 * Celebrations - A Communal                  Mike Pinto- vibraphone, Greg Ruggiero           they must have played in Egypt 5000 years       Herbaliser.
 Celebration in Honor of Dr. Martin           - guitar, Chris Tordini - bass, and Tommy       ago.” Randy Weston’s first recording as a       9:00 pm (Doors Open at 7:00
 Luther King, Jr.                             Crane - drums.                                  leader came in 1954 on Riverside Records        pm) - $15.00
 * Celebrations - Dr. Martin Luther King      9:00 pm and 10:30 pm - $12.00                   Randy Weston plays Cole Porter - Cole           S.O.B.’s




                                                                                                                                                                                     Thursday
 Jr. Day Celebration                          Jazz Gallery                                    Porter in a modern mood. It was in the 50’s     204 Varick Street (at Varick
 * Celebrations - Juilliard’s Celebration     290 Hudson Street (between Spring Street        when Randy Weston played around New             Street)
 of Martin Luther King Jr.                    and Dominick Street)                            York with Cecil Payne and Kenny Dorham          Subway: 1 or 9 to Houston
 * Family/Youth - A Celebration in Swing:     Subway: C or E to Spring Street; 1 or 9 to      that he wrote many of his best loved tunes,     Street
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.                  Houston Street                                  “Saucer Eyes,” “Pam’s Waltz,” “Little Niles,”   (212) 243-4940
 * Family/Youth - Jazz Tribute: Dr. Martin    (212) 242-1063                                  and, “Hi-Fly.” His greatest hit, “Hi-Fly,”
 Luther King, Jr.                                                                             Weston (who is 6’ 8”) says, is a “tale of       Music - R&B/Hip-
 * Radio Highlights/Broadcasts -              McCoy Tyner Quartet featuring                   being my height and looking down at the
 Embracing The Radical King: Prophetic
                                              Joe Lovano                                      ground. Randy Weston has never failed           Hop/Pop
 or Passé?                                                                                    to make the connections between African
                                              It is not an overstatement to say that
 Tuesday                                      modern jazz has been shaped by the              and American music. His dedication is due       Manhattan
 * Book Events - Author Kai Wright -                                                          in large part to his father, Frank Edward
                                              music of McCoy Tyner. His blues-based
 “Drifting Towards Love: Black, Brown,                                                        Weston, who told his son that he was, “an
 Gay, & Coming of Age on the...
                                              piano style, replete with sophisticated                                                         Chris Brown
                                              chords and an explosively percussive left       African born in America.” “He told me I
 * Film Events - Adannggaman                                                                                                                  Pop-oriented R&B vocalist Chris Brown
                                              hand has transcended conventional styles        had to learn about myself and about him
                                                                                                                                              debuted with the Scott Storch-produced
 Wednesday                                    to become one of the most identifiable          and about my grandparents,” Weston said
                                                                                                                                              “Run It!” and became the first male solo
 * Book Events - Author Terrie M.             sounds in improvised music. His harmonic        in an interview, “and the only way to do it
                                                                                                                                              artist to release a single that went straight
 Williams - “Black Pain: It Just Looks        contributions and dramatic rhythmic             was I’d have to go back to the motherland
                                                                                                                                              to the top of the Billboard singles chart.
 Like We’re Not Hurting”                      devices form the vocabulary of a majority       one day.” In the late 60’s, Weston left the
                                                                                                                                              Only 16 at the time, Brown came from a
 * Book Events - Author Zane -                of jazz pianists. Today, Tyner has released     country. But instead of moving to Europe
                                                                                                                                              small town in Virginia called Tappahannock
 “Succulent: Chocolate Flava 2”               nearly 80 albums under his name, earned         like so many of his contemporaries,
                                                                                                                                              and, like a lot of kids born since the early
                                              four Grammys and was awarded Jazz               Weston went to Africa. Though he settled
                                                                                                                                              ‘80s, was initially into his parents’ favorites
                                              Master from the National Endowment for          in Morocco, he traveled throughout the
                                                                                                                                              but eventually fell under the spell of hip-
James Cotton                                  the Arts in 2002. He continues to leave         continent tasting the musical fruits of
                                                                                                                                              hop. Around the time he reached puberty,
James Cotton, one of the blues world’s        his mark on generations of improvisers,         other nations. One of his most memorable
                                                                                                                                              he discovered his singing voice. Within a
greatest treasures, won a 2002 Handy          and yet remains a disarmingly modest and        experiences was the 1977 Nigerian festival,
                                                                                                                                              couple years, he had a recording contract
Award for Best Traditional Album of the       spiritually directed man. McCoy Tyner’s         which drew artists from 60 cultures. “At the
                                                                                                                                              with Jive and was lined up with several
Year for his last album 35th Anniversary      second release for the McCoy Tyner              end,” Weston says, “we all realized that our
                                                                                                                                              production and songwriting heavyweights
Jam. With a storied career that dates         Music label is scheduled for a March            music was different but the same, because
                                                                                                                                              (Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox,
back to the 1940s and includes stints with    2008 release. The recording features the        if you take out the African elements of
                                                                                                                                              Dre & Vidal, Sean Garrett, Storch) for his
legends in both blues and rock, Cotton has    stellar rhythm section of Tyner, Ron Carter,    bossa nova, samba, jazz, blues, you have
                                                                                                                                              eponymous first album, an immediate Top
himself assumed legendary status. After       and Jack DeJohnette with four modern            nothing....To me, it’s Mother Africa’s way
                                                                                                                                              Ten hit released in November of 2005.
a lifetime of playing and living the blues,                                                   of surviving in the new world.” Featuring:



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                                     BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
7:30 pm - $50 to $105                           lyrics differed significantly from those of     two stations on this new FM band, and            to find good news for the mayor while
Madison Square Garden                           36 Chambers, with many verses written           one played jazz. They often broadcast            blaming the Royce administration for
4 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Avenue between        in a dense stream-of-consciousness form         live from a club known as the Twenty             the Campbell revelation. Davis turns to
31st and 33rd Streets)                          heavily influenced by the teachings of the      Grand, and though I can’t remember the           Burrell for help with his problem, but the
Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 34th Street-Penn        Five Percent Nation. Around the same            artists, I will never forget the feeling of      commissioner’s hands are tied. At the
Station; A, C or E to 34th Street-Penn          time, the group’s participation in the highly   that music. It seemed that the musicians         newspaper, Executive Editor Whiting
Station; B, D, F, N or R to 34th Street/        controversial joint 1997 summer tour with       and the crowd were having such a great           outlines a Pulitzer-worthy series in broad
Avenue of the Americas                          Rage Against the Machine was cut short          time. I just wanted more of that feeling.”       strokes, trumping Haynes while liberating
(212) 465-6741                                  after numerous legal problems and amid          While his peers were listening to rock and       the ambitious Templeton. Fed up with
                                                rumors of internal disputes. According to       roll, Gary aggressively sought jazz. He          broken-down cars and unsolved serial
Wu Tang Clan                                    Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold           listened to Miles Davis, Ramsey Lewis            murders, McNulty decides to take matters
The Clan first became known to hip              over 8.3 million copies to date worldwide.      and other cutting-edge artists. He was a         into his own hands.
hop fans, and to major record labels,           The group reconvened once again to              finance major at the University of Texas         10:00 pm - Free
in 1993 following the release of the            make The W, though without Ol’ Dirty            at the time. He remembers passing the            HBO
independent single “Protect Ya Neck”,           Bastard, who was at the time incarcerated       campus radio station, and noticing that

                                                                                                                                                 Friday, January 18
which immediately gave the group a              in California for violating the terms of        everyone had so much fun. He soon
sizeable underground following. Though          his probation. Though incarcerated,             abandoned finance and graduated with a
there was some difficulty in finding a          ODB managed to make it onto the track           degree in Mass Media. He continued his
record label that would sign Wu-Tang Clan       “Conditioner” which also featured Snoop
                                                Dogg. ODB’s vocals were recorded via the
                                                                                                studies at the University of Akron in Ohio
                                                                                                where he was a radio announcer on the
                                                                                                                                                 Comedy
while still allowing each member to record
solo albums with other labels, Loud/RCA         telephones used for inmates to talk with        school’s jazz radio station. He continued to
finally agreed, releasing their debut album,    visitors. The W was mostly well-received        hone his broadcasting skills, and became         Manhattan
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), in             by critics, particularly for The RZA’s          proficient at the technical aspects of radio
late 1993. This album was popular and           production, and also gave the group a hit       production. Soon he moved to New York            Louis Ramey
critically acclaimed, though it took some       single with the up-tempo “Gravel Pit”, part     City with plans to broaden his career            Atlanta born and raised, while in college,
time to gain momentum. Though hip hop           of a trilogy of videos where the group would    endeavors. Within five weeks he landed           Louis Ramey was bitten by the comedy
had long had a gritty texture, the surreal      visit different eras with a time traveling      an announcer’s position on Saturday              bug. On a dare from his friends, he took
aggression and minimalist production of         elevator, which also included “Protect Ya       mornings at WBGO, and began to meet              the stage to tell a few jokes at a local
36 Chambers nevertheless had a huge             Neck (The Jump Off)” and the internet           many luminaries in jazz. After 24 years          jazz club. He was hooked immediately to
impact on the genre, and was to prove           exclusive (due to excessive gun violence)       with WBGO, legendary artists continue to         the adrenaline rush of live performance.
massively influential over the next decade.     “Careful (Click, Click)”, which were then       visit the studios, many to join Gary during      Louis set out wanting to conquer stages
By the beginning of the 21st century, the       followed by “I Can’t Go to Sleep” featuring     Morning Jazz. He believes their visits are       worldwide, and has successfully done so,
album had become a regular fixture on           Isaac Hayes. The album would go on to           part of what set the station apart from other    at theatres, concert halls, comedy clubs
“Best Albums Of The 90s” lists as well          reach double platinum status.                   jazz stations. However, he also believes         colleges, resorts, cruises, and casino
as a frequent choice for “Best Albums Of        7:00 pm - $50.00                                that other jazz 88 announcers, producers         showrooms from points such as Atlanta
All Time” lists. The success of Enter the       Hammerstein Ballroom                            and programming staff contribute to the          to the West Indies to Australia and back.
Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers established the            311 West 34th Street (between 8th Avenue        distinction of the station. “I think we’re the   Louis has performed on television in the
group as a creative and influential force       and 9th Avenue)                                 best jazz station in the country, perhaps the    states, Canada and Hong Kong. His US
in early 1990s hip hop, allowing GZA,           Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 34th Street Penn        world,” he says plainly. “I think that because   television appearances include his own
The RZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah,             Station; A, C or E to 34th Street Penn          of the knowledge we have here, the fun we        half an hour comedy special,
Method Man, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard to            Station                                         have here and the music that is created          “Comedy Central Presents:
negotiate solo contracts. With their solo       (212) 777-1224                                  here. No one else does what we do.”              Louis Ramey,” ABC Daytime’s
careers firmly established, the Wu-Tang                                                         6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Free                        “The View,” Comedy Central’s
                                                Music Talks/Workshops                           Harlem School of the Arts




                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday - Friday
Clan reassembled to release the highly                                                                                                           “Premium Blend,” NBC’s “It’s
anticipated Grammy-nominated multi-                                                             645 St. Nicholas Avenue (near 141st              Showtime at the Apollo,” and
platinum double album Wu-Tang Forever                                                           Street)                                          CBS Televisions “48 Hour’s.”
in June 1997. It debuted at number one
                                                Manhattan                                       Subway: A, B, C or D to 145th Street             Louis has opened for many
on the Billboard Charts, by a large margin                                                      (212) 926-4100                                   Musical Legends such as Ray
after selling 600,000 in its first week. This   Harlem Speaks w/ WBGO                                                                            Charles, Whitney Houston,
event was featured in a CNN roundup             Radio Host Gary Walker                          Television                                       Smokey Robinson, Isaac
                                                                                                                                                 Hayes, and The Temptations
for the extraordinary sales the group           In jazz radio, great announcers are
achieved without a mainstream sound             distinguished by their ability to convey                                                         and Donna Summer.
or commercial appeal. The album’s first
                                                                                                The Wire 52: Unconfirmed                         8:30 pm and 10:30 pm -
                                                the spontaneity and passion of the music.
single, “Triumph,” was over five minutes        Gary Walker is such an announcer. His           Reports                                          $20 Cover (Plus Two Drink
long, featured nine verses (one from each       enthusiasm for the music greets WBGO            Although he tells Sydnor the Davis               Minimum)
member plus Cappadonna), and no hook            listeners every morning. His love of jazz       investigation could be a “career case,”          Gotham Comedy Club
or a repeated phrase. The sound of the          is apparent, and he says it’s a feeling that    Freamon keeps a wary eye out for Marlo,          208 West 23rd Street (between
album built significantly on the previous       began during adolescence growing up             who takes care of some unfinished                7th Avenue and 8th Avenue)
three solo albums, with The RZA using           outside of Detroit in the mid 1960’s. He        business and strikes a business deal with        Subway: E to 23rd Street; 1 or 9
more keyboards and string samples, as           remembers his dad bringing home a new           Barksdale. Carcetti throws the police a          to 23rd Street
well as, for the first time, assigning some     radio with an FM band. “This was pretty         bone by removing the cap on secondary            (212) 367-9000
of the album’s production to his protégés       new at the time. Almost all of radio was        employment, sending the detectives into
True Master and 4th Disciple. The group’s       on AM,” recalls Walker. “There were only        fantasy-job reveries. With an eye on the         Sommore
                                                                                                state house, Chief of Staff Steintorf tries

 The Underground!                               * Juilliard’s Celebration of Martin Luther
                                                King Jr. - Monday
                                                                                                * Jonathan Batiste - Friday
                                                                                                * Logan Richardson Sextet - Thursday
                                                                                                                                                 Saturday
                                                                                                                                                 * Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber:
 (Off The Beaten Path, But                      Dance Performance Stops                         * Randy Weston & African Rhythms w/              Rise of the Mojosexual Cotillion w/ Special
 Worth the Trip)                                * NJ Tap: Ellington Legacy - Saturday           Billy Harper – Thursday through Sunday           Guest Sparlha Swa – Friday and Saturday
 Book Event Stops                               Food/Beverage Tasting Stops                     * Sol Village - Wednesday                        Poetry/Spoken Word Stops
                                                * Sunday Salons at Chanterelle - “Soulful       * Teedra Moses & Ohmega Watts -                  * Words! - Saturday
 * Author Terrie M. Williams - “Black Pain:
                                                Melodies” Jazz and Wine in Tune -               Thursday                                         * Write From Wrong - Wednesday
 It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting” -
                                                Sunday                                          * The Rhythm Road: Universes - Saturday          Radio Stops
 Wednesday
 * The Flow: Men on Relationships Visions       Music - Jazz/Blues/Classical/                   Music - Folk/Alternative/Rock                    * Embracing The Radical King: Prophetic
 of Love Beyond Fiction - Sunday                Cabaret Stops                                   Stops                                            or Passé? - Monday
 Celebration Stops                              * Cindy Blackman - Monday                       * BRC’s Children of the Revolution -             Television Stops
 * Embracing The Radical King: Prophetic        * Eve Cornelious & The Chip Crawford            Friday                                           * Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam 94
 or Passé? - Sunday                             Trio - Monday                                   * BRC’s Children of the Revolution -             - Saturday




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                                     BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
There are no comedic actresses who               Manhattan                                                                                     such a groove and he would just lay it right
can compete with the reigning Queen of
Comedy. Sommore, recognized world
                                                                                                Music - Folk/Alternative/                      in there. That was the kind of thing I was
                                                                                                                                               looking for. AI could set it up for everybody
                                                 Celebrity DJ Friday Night at the
wide as the sexiest, sultry vixen of her
                                                 Shadow
                                                                                                Rock                                           else to play off and just keep the groove
craft hails, from the capitol city of Trenton,                                                                                                 going forever.” Other artists Foster has
NJ. From the time that she could walk            The Shadow’s jam-packed “Celebrity DJ                                                         performed and recorded with include Joe
                                                 Friday” is now hosted by Chuck Chillout.       Brooklyn
and talk, it was apparent that she would                                                                                                       Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy
mesmerize her audience. Just last                This is a good thing because Chuck is                                                         Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson,
year, CNN’s Headline news featured a             paying for everyone who shows up before        BRC’s Children of the                          John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden,
discussion regarding her impact on the           1:00 am. That’s right, admission to the        Revolution                                     Randy & Michael Brecker, Bill Evans (the
comedy business, highlighting her record-        Shadow is free before 1:00 am. If you          The Black Rock Coalition presents a            piano player), George Benson, Kenny
breaking success with audience and               arrive after 1:00 am, you’ll have to pony      weekend residency titled “Revolution as a      Drew, Carmen McRae, Stan Getz, Toots
financial accomplishments as the highest         up $10. Friday night at the Shadow is still    Work in Progress, Part II: Children of the     Thielemans, Dexter Gordon and Chick
grossing stand up comedienne in the U.S.         home to the best dressed / best looking        Revolution.” The weekend will feature a        Corea. Over the years, Foster has toured
performing to sell out crowds with standing      adults in town! 21 and over. Dress to          mixed-generation of musicians, singers,        extensively with Herbie Hancock, Sonny
room, her inner light illuminates every          impress!                                       and poets performing from a songbook of        Rollins, and Joe Henderson, becoming a
stage that she graces. Emerging first as         10:00 pm to 5:00 am - $10 (Free Before 1:      protest music from the last 25 years.          major attraction in all three bands as well
a stand up comedienne, Sommore was               00 am)                                         9:00 pm - Free                                 as an integral part of them. Respected and
recognized early and received the Richard        Shadow                                         BAM Cafe                                       admired for his keen sensitivity, Foster is
Pryor comic of the year in 1995. As a guest      228 W 28th Street (between 7th Avenue &        30 Lafayette Avenue (between Ashland           known for his unique ability to listen to and
on the Oprah Winfrey show, in front of 20        8th Avenue)                                    Place and Flatbush Avenue)                     playoff others in an almost telepathic way,
million viewers, Oprah deemed her “A force       Subway: 1 or 9 to 23rd Street; C or E to       Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, D, Q or Long Island        responding to them with a style that is at
to be reckoned with in the new millennium.”      23rd Street                                    Rail Road to Atlantic Avenue; N, R or W to     once both charismatic and understated.
Her outstanding screen performances              (212) 629-3331                                 Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street             Foster, is a great believer in the purity of
include Soul Plane, Friday After Next and                                                       (718) 636-4100                                 the music, a genuine artist who continues
The Queens of Comedy Tour. Television            Dance Parties w/ Live                                                                         to push the boundaries of creativity again
appearances have included guest                                                                 Burnt Sugar The Arkestra                       and again, devoted to preserving and
starring on Jay Leno’s show, Real Time           Music                                                                                         perpetuating the highest standards in
with Bill Maher, The Hughley’s and the
                                                                                                Chamber: Rise of the                           jazz today. He is a magnificent all-round
Parkers. She personifies class and style         Manhattan                                      Mojosexual Cotillion w/ Special                drummer, and his rhythmic chops are
while simultaneously delivering raw life                                                        Guest Sparlha Swa                              renowned in musical styles ranging from
experiences through monologues that give                                                                                                       bebop to free form to jazz/rock. Recently
birth to thoughts, feelings and fantasies
                                                 Salsa Groove Afterwork                         Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber is a
                                                                                                                                               he has recorded and toured with his own
                                                                                                New York-based, twenty plus member
internalized by all of us who are far too        Fridays w/ Willie Villegas &                   ensemble known for improvisatory               band.
inhibited to verbalize the real deal and :Oh     Entre Amigos                                   orchestral performances that mash up           8:00 pm, 10:00 pm and Midnight - $20
what a relief it is: when Sommore brings         Every Friday night, Salsa Groove,              all manner of vocal, instrumental, and         Cover ($10 Food/Drink Minimum)
it. Her material simply stated is liberating.    S.O.B.’s weekly dining and dancing             electronic music. Drawing from diverse         Sweet Rhythm
Today fans from all ethnic groups, age           experience, hosts the greatest traditional     influences ranging from Billie Holiday and     88 Seventh Avenue (between Grove Street
ranges and sexual persuasions who have           Salsa Orchestras New York has to offer.        Morton Feldman to Jimi Hendrix, Divine         and Bleecker Street)
experienced the joyous energy of her side        Putting a contemporary spin on legendary       Styler, and the Bomb Squad, the group is       Subway: 1 or 9 to Christopher
splitting performances keep coming back          orchestras of the past like Tito Puente,       led by founder and conductor Greg Tate.        Street - Sheridan Square
to sold out venues screaming “Gimme              Eddie Palmieri and El Gran, the joyous         For these evenings, the group will perform     (212) 255-3626
Sommore!”                                        and soulful dance music keeps today’s          a mojosexual-infused suite of trans-genre
8:00 pm and 10:30 pm - $40 (Plus Two             audiences up on their feet. From the novice    (and trance-inducing) works that are part      Cedar Walton Trio
Drink Minimum)                                   to the hoofer, there’s room for all. Salsa     acid-funk, part-hip hop mixed with layers of   It’s Cedar Walton’s birthday,
Caroline’s On Broadway                           Groove is the chance to experience Salsa       psychedelic grooves. The evening features      and you are invited to celebrate
1626 Broadway (between 49th Street and           at its best along with great food in a cozy    performers: Rene Akan, Maya Azucena,           with Cedar and few friends.




                                                                                                                                                                                    Friday
50th Street)                                     and comfortable atmosphere. This week’s        Abby Bobson, Justice Dilla-X, Chris            Featuring: Cedar Walton
Subway: N, R or W to 49th Street; 1 or 9         guest orchestra is Willie Villegas & Entre     Eddleton, Avram Fefer, Trevor Holder,          (piano); David “Happy” Williams
to 50th Street; A, C or E to 50th Street; B,     Amigos. Entre Amigos (Among Friends) are       Jimmy Lee, Bruce Mack, Jared Michael.          (bass); and Joe Farnsworth
D, F or V to 47th-50th Street Rockefeller        a hard and funky two trombone-led salsa        8:00 pm - $10.00                               (drums).
Center                                           group based in Brooklyn, presided over by      Kitchen                                        8:00 pm, 10:00 pm and 11:30
(212) 757-4100                                   the formidable figure of Willie Villegas. A    512 West 19th Street (between 10th             pm - $30.00
                                                 multifaceted individual, besides co-leading    Avenue and 11th Avenue)                        Smoke Jazz Club & Lounge
Urban Fridays at the New York                    Entre Amigos, playing timbales with them       Subway: A, C, E or L to 14th Street; 1 or 9    2751 Broadway (between 105th
                                                 and producing their albums, Willie hosts       to 18th Street
Comedy Club                                      the cable TV show Salsa En La Calle.
                                                                                                                                               Street and 106th Street)
                                                                                                (212) 255-5793                                 Subway: 1 or 9 to 103rd Street
Featuring N.Y.’s Top African American
                                                 No newcomer to the US salsa scene,                                                            (212) 864-6662
comics as seen on BET, Showtime at the
                                                 Willie has played with such luminaries as
Apollo, and the Uptown Comedy Club.
                                                 Joe Quijano, Joe Cuba, Eddie Palmieri,         Music - Jazz/Blues/
Hosted by Seymour Swan, this show is the                                                                                                       Curtis Fuller’s 75th Birthday
original African American showcase and is
                                                 Frankie Ruiz, Lalo Rodríguez, Tito Puente,     Classical/Cabaret                              Party Band
                                                 José Fajardo and Paquito Guzmán. If
now in it’s 16th year. Some of the famous                                                                                                      Curtis Fuller belongs in the select circle
                                                 you are not yet a Salsa King or Queen,
comics that have appeared on this show
                                                 then drop by for the free dance lesson
                                                                                                Manhattan                                      with J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding and a few
in the past include Damon Wayans, Chris                                                                                                        others who make the trombone sound
                                                 at 7:00 pm. Free admission for all with
Rock, Rudy Rush, and Tracy Morgan. All of
                                                 dinner reservations up to 7:00 pm. Free        Al Foster Quartet                              fluid and inviting rather than awkward.
them pop in to do a surprise set from time                                                      You are cordially invited to celebrate Al      His ability to make wide octave leaps and
                                                 Admission For Women -- 5:00 pm to 7:00
to time, so come often, you never know                                                          Foster’s 65th birthday with Al and the Al      play whiplash phrases in a relaxed, casual
                                                 pm; Gentlemen $10 -- 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm;
who will show up.                                                                               Foster Group. Al Foster, master drummer,       manner is a testament to his skill. Fuller’s
                                                 Men and Women $10 -- 7:00 pm to 8:00
11:00 pm - $12 Cover (Plus Two Drink                                                            has been a major innovator in the world        solos and phrases are often ambitious
                                                 pm; $15 -- After 8:00 pm. Happy Hour (2
Minimum)                                                                                        of jazz for several decades. As a member       and creative, and he’s worked in several
                                                 for 1 Drinks and 1/2 Price Appetizers) -- 5:
New York Comedy Club                                                                            of the Miles Davis band for thirteen years,    fine bands and participated in numerous
                                                 00 pm to 6:00 pm; Dance Class -- 7:00 pm;
241 East 24th Street (between 2nd Avenue                                                        Foster’s contribution to Davis’ music is       great sessions. Fuller studied music in
                                                 Shows -- 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm.
and 3rd Avenue)                                                                                 articulated by Davis himself in his 1989       high school, then began developing his
                                                 See Description Above For Time - See
Subway: 6 to 23rd Street                                                                        autobiography, Miles: The Autobiography,       skills in an army band, where he played
                                                 Description Above For Price
(212) 696-5233                                                                                  where Davis describes the first time he        with Cannonball Adderley. He worked
                                                 S.O.B.’s
                                                 204 Varick Street (at Varick Street)           heard Foster play live in 1972 at the Cellar   in Detroit with Kenny Burrell and Yusef
Dance Clubs/Parties                              Subway: 1 or 9 to Houston Street               Club on 95th Street in Manhattan: ‘He          Lateef, then moved to New York. Fuller
                                                 (212) 243-4940                                 [Foster] knocked me out because he had         made his recording debut as a leader on




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                                    BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
Transition in 1955, and recorded in the late    Powell, Jr. Boulevard)                          four Grammys and was awarded Jazz              of his contemporaries, Weston went to
‘50s for Blue Note, Prestige, United Artists    Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street; B or C to       Master from the National Endowment for         Africa. Though he settled in Morocco, he
and Savoy. He was a charter member of           116th Street                                    the Arts in 2002. He continues to leave        traveled throughout the continent tasting
The Jazztet with Benny Golson and Art           (212) 864-8346                                  his mark on generations of improvisers,        the musical fruits of other nations. One of
Farmer in 1959, then played in Art Blakey’s                                                     and yet remains a disarmingly modest and       his most memorable experiences was the
Jazz Messengers from 1961 to 1965.              Emile Davis & The Soul                          spiritually directed man. McCoy Tyner’s        1977 Nigerian festival, which drew artists
There were additional recording dates for                                                       second release for the McCoy Tyner             from 60 cultures. “At the end,” Weston
Warwick, Smash/Trip, Epic, and Impulse in
                                                Providers                                       Music label is scheduled for a March           says, “we all realized that our music was
                                                Be there when Emile Davis & The Soul
the ‘60s. Fuller toured Europe with Dizzy                                                       2008 release. The recording features the       different but the same, because if you take
                                                Providers take the stage at the intimate
Gillespie’s big band in 1968, then did                                                          stellar rhythm section of Tyner, Ron Carter,   out the African elements of bossa nova,
                                                Minton’s Playhouse.
several sessions in New York. During the                                                        and Jack DeJohnette with four modern           samba, jazz, blues, you have nothing....To
                                                9:00 pm, 10:30 pm and Midnight - $10
‘70s, he experimented for a time playing                                                        guitarists (and one banjo) of our time: Bill   me, it’s Mother Africa’s way of surviving in
                                                Cover (Plus Two Drink Minimum)
hard bop arrangements in a band featuring                                                       Frisell, Marc Ribot, John Scofield, Derek      the new world.” Featuring: Randy Weston,
                                                Minton’s Playhouse
electronic instruments, heading a group                                                         Trucks, and Bela Fleck. The package            piano; Alex Blake, bass; and Neil Clarke,
                                                208 West 118th Street (between St.
with guitarist Bill Washer and Stanley                                                          will be a CD/DVD featuring state-of-the-       percussion. Featuring: Randy Weston,
                                                Nicholas Avenue and Adam Clayton
Clarke. He concluded that phase with the                                                        art technology that allows the viewer to       piano; Billy Harper, tenor saxophone; TK
                                                Powell, Jr. Boulevard)
‘73 album Crankin.’ Fuller toured with the                                                      manually choose which musician(s) they         Blue, alto saxophone and flute; Benny
                                                Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street; B or C to
Count Basie band from 1975 to 1977,                                                             would like to view in the studio at any time   Powell, trombone; Alex Blake, bass; and
                                                116th Street
and did dates for Mainstream, Timeless,                                                         during each track. In late 2008, Tyner will    Neil Clarke, drums and African percussion.
                                                (212) 864-8346
and Bee Hive. He co-led the quintet Giant                                                       release his third recording for McCoy Tyner    7:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm - $35
Bones with Winding in 1979 and 1980, and                                                        Music, a solo piano performance recorded       Cover ($10 Food/Drink Minimum)
played with Art Blakey, Cedar Walton and        Irving Louis Lattin                             live in San Francisco during the summer of     Jazz at Lincoln Center - Dizzy’s Club
Benny Golson in the late ‘70s and early         For the last seventeen years, Chicago           2007. More details regarding this release      Coca-Cola
‘80s. During the ‘80s, Fuller toured Europe     native Irving Louis Lattin has been one         will be available soon. Featuring: McCoy       Broadway at 60th Street
regularly with the Timeless All-Stars, and      of the most prominent blues talents in          Tyner, piano; Gerald Cannon, bass; Eric        Subway: 1, 9, A, B, C or D to 59th Street
performed and recorded with the revamped        New York and beyond! Over the course of         Kamau Gravatt, drums; and Joe Lovano,          Columbus Circle
Jazztet in addition to leading a fine session   his career he has played with, and for, a       tenor saxophone.                               (212) 721-6500
for Savoy in 1993.                              number of stars including Ottis Rush, Little    8:00 pm and 10:30 pm - $30 Bar; $40 Table
                                                Buster, Holmes Brothers and many more.
8:30 pm and 10:30 pm - $35.00
Iridium Jazz Club                               His latest CD project, “I’d Rather Be Close
                                                                                                Blue Note
                                                                                                131 West 3rd Street (between Avenue of
                                                                                                                                               Music - R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop
1650 Broadway (between 51st and 52nd            To You” has garnered favorable reviews          the Americas and MacDougal Street)
Streets)                                        and lots of airplay, and brought him quite      Subway: A, C, E, F, V and S to West 4th        Manhattan
Subway: C or E to 50th Street; 1 or 9 to        a bit of publicity. He always plays with        Street
50th Street; N, R or W to 49th Street           excellent musicians, which guarantees a         (212) 475-8592                                 Friction Mixtape Release Party
(212) 582-2121                                  high level of performance.
                                                9:00 pm - Free
                                                                                                                                               w/ Friction, Bless Roxwell &
                                                                                                Randy Weston & African                         Leah Fairchild
                                                B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - Lucille’s
Don Byron                                                                                       Rhythms w/ Billy Harper                        Friction - Scarface said “It’s all in the
                                                237 West 42nd Street (between 7th Avenue
For over a decade, Don Byron has been                                                           After contributing five decades of musical
                                                and 8th Avenue)                                                                                eyes, Chico”, but in this particular case
a singular voice in a dizzying range                                                            direction and genius, Randy Weston
                                                Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9, 7, Q, S or W to Times                                                      it’s all in the name Friction. Born & raised
of musical contexts, exploring widely                                                           remains one of the world’s foremost
                                                Square 42nd Street; A, C or E to 42nd                                                          in Strong Island, NY, home of
divergent traditions while continually                                                          pianists and composers today, a true
                                                Street Port Authority; B, D or F to 42nd                                                       such legendary emcees such
striving for what he calls “a sound above                                                       innovator and visionary. Encompassing the
                                                Street                                                                                         as Rakim, EPMD & Public
genre.” As clarinetist, composer, arranger,                                                     vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global
                                                (212) 997-4144                                                                                 Enemy to name a few, this
and social critic, he redefines every                                                           creations musically continue to inform and     underground emcee is bringing
genre of music he plays, be it classical,                                                       inspire. Randy Weston, born in Brooklyn,       Lyricism, Creativity & Passion
salsa, hip-hop, funk, klezmer, or any           Jonathan Batiste                                New York in 1926, didn’t have to travel far    back to a region that has (in his
jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-       Jonathan Batiste is one of the most exciting
                                                                                                to hear the early jazz giants that were to     words)”lost its swag”. With the




                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday
edge downtown improvisation. He has             of the new jazz pianists on the international
                                                                                                influence him. Though Weston cites Count       South dominating the charts
been consistently voted best clarinetist        jazz scene. Still in his early 20’s, he
                                                                                                Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of        as of late, New York has lost
by critics and readers alike in leading         has played with Abbey Lincoln, Wynton
                                                                                                course, Duke Ellington as his other piano      its identity reminiscent of the
international music journals since being        Marsalis, and is poised to become a major
                                                                                                heroes, it was Monk who had the greatest       early 90’s when the west coast
named “Jazz Artist of the Year” by Down         voice on his instrument. With a charismatic
                                                                                                impact. “He was the most original I ever       reigned ova the airwaves.
Beat in 1992. Acclaimed as much for his         presence and eclectic view of music,
                                                                                                heard,” Weston remembers. “He played           ** Bless Roxwell
restless creativity as for his unsurpassed      Batiste sounds like no one else. Be sure
                                                                                                like they must have played in Egypt 5000       - The beautiful and talented
virtuosity as a player, Byron has presented     not to miss this concert appearance by a
                                                                                                years ago.” Randy Weston’s first recording     Bless Roxwell is a magnetic
a multitude of projects at major music          true giant in the making.
                                                                                                as a leader came in 1954 on Riverside          performer with an undeniable
festivals around the world, including recent    7:00 pm - $20 ($18 In Advance)
                                                                                                Records Randy Weston plays Cole Porter         ability to make hit songs.
performances in Vienna, San Francisco,          Rubin Museum of Art
                                                                                                - Cole Porter in a modern mood. It was         Coming out of the Golden
Hong Kong, London, Monterey, New                150 West 17th Street (between 6th Avenue
                                                                                                in the 50’s when Randy Weston played           Age of Hip-Hop, Bless recalls how the
Zealand, and on New York’s Broadway.            and 7th Avenue)
                                                                                                around New York with Cecil Payne and           music made an impression on her at an
9:00 pm and 11:00 pm - $20 Cover ($10           Subway: 1 to 18th Street; F or V to 14th St;
                                                                                                Kenny Dorham that he wrote many of his         early age: “My older brother was writing
Food/Drink Minimum)                             E to 14th Street
                                                                                                best loved tunes, “Saucer Eyes,” “Pam’s        rhymes, performing and recording. So I
Village Vanguard                                (212) 620-5000
                                                                                                Waltz,” “Little Niles,” and, “Hi-Fly.” His     wasn’t just listening to all the classics that
178 Seventh Avenue South (just below                                                            greatest hit, “Hi-Fly,” Weston (who is 6’      helped shape the game, but experiencing
West 11th Street)                               McCoy Tyner Quartet featuring                   8”) says, is a “tale of being my height and    the creative process behind them as
Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 14th Street
                                                Joe Lovano                                      looking down at the ground. Randy Weston       well.” Always an English fanatic- reading
(212) 255-4037                                                                                  has never failed to make the connections
                                                It is not an overstatement to say that                                                         and writing poetry & short stories- Bless
                                                modern jazz has been shaped by the              between African and American music.            would soon discover she had a talent to
Emile Davis & The Soul                          music of McCoy Tyner. His blues-based           His dedication is due in large part to his     write rhymes too. “Combining my love for
Providers                                       piano style, replete with sophisticated         father, Frank Edward Weston, who told          writing with such an influential Hip-Hop
Be there when Emile Davis & The Soul            chords and an explosively percussive left       his son that he was, “an African born          background, well, rhyming just seemed like
Providers take the stage at the intimate        hand has transcended conventional styles        in America.” “He told me I had to learn        a natural progression,” she remembers.
Minton’s Playhouse.                             to become one of the most identifiable          about myself and about him and about my        8:00 pm - $5.00
9:00 pm, 11:30 pm and 1:00 am - $10             sounds in improvised music. His harmonic        grandparents,” Weston said in an interview,    Knitting Factory
Cover (Plus Two Drink Minimum)                  contributions and dramatic rhythmic             “and the only way to do it was I’d have to     74 Leonard Street (between Church Street
Minton’s Playhouse                              devices form the vocabulary of a majority       go back to the motherland one day.” In         and Broadway)
208 West 118th Street (between St.              of jazz pianists. Today, Tyner has released     the late 60’s, Weston left the country. But    Subway: 1 or 9 to Franklin Street; A, C or E
Nicholas Avenue and Adam Clayton                nearly 80 albums under his name, earned         instead of moving to Europe like so many       to Canal Street; N or R to Canal Street




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                                       BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
(212) 219-3132                                     broken-down cars and unsolved serial           2319 Frederick Douglass Boulevard               took to the stage for the first time on a
                                                   murders, McNulty decides to take matters       (between 124th Street and 125th Street)         dare from her brother. The overwhelming
Poetry/Spoken Word                                 into his own hands.
                                                   8:00 pm - Free
                                                                                                  Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street; 2 or
                                                                                                  3 to 125th Street
                                                                                                                                                  response and standing ovation she
                                                                                                                                                  received gave her the courage to pursue
Events                                             HBO                                            (212) 665-7400                                  a comedy career professionally. From
                                                                                                                                                  there, she gained visibility and immense

                                                   Saturday, January                              Celebrations                                    popularity with performances on “Showtime
Manhattan
                                                                                                                                                  at the Apollo,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,”

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                                                                                                                                                  “Apollo Comedy Hour,” HBO’s “Snaps,”
The Nuyorican Friday Night                                                                        Queens                                          BET’s “Comic View,” The Montreal Comedy
Slam w/ Spotlight Poet                                                                                                                            Festival and Uptown Comedy Club.
Vanessa Hidary                                     Art Exhibitions                                A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther                  8:00 pm - $60 to $90
                                                                                                                                                  Beacon Theatre
It’s Friday night, so the only place to be -- if                                                  King, Jr.
your thing is poetry -- is at the Nuyorican.                                                                                                      2124 Broadway (between 74th and 75th
                                                                                                  Don’t miss the Queensborough Public
No you don’t have to be a New York Puerto
                                                   Manhattan                                                                                      Streets)
                                                                                                  Library’s Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King,
Rican, to stop by the Nuyorican. In fact, the                                                                                                     Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 72nd Street
                                                                                                  Jr. ** 11:45 AM: Screening of “A Man and
doors are, and have always been, open to           Intimate Portraits: Jeanne                     His Dream,” a documentary about Dr.
                                                                                                                                                  (212) 496-7070
one and all -- though some kind of flavor is       Montoussamy-Ashe                               King’s life and Civil Rights Movement
indeed a requirement. Mahogany Browne              An autobiographical journey into the realm     events; a discussion/workshop led by            Sommore
is the host with the most. Poet A-Trayn            of the “crises”, photographs by Jeanne         teacher Donna Libert-Young; the Writing         There are no comedic actresses who
hosts the open room that follows the slam          Montoussamy-Ashe. This catalogue               Project entrants will be honored. ** 1:15       can compete with the reigning Queen of
- so bring a poem to read.                         exhibition consists of 20 works, floral        PM: Urban Stages presents a dramatic            Comedy. Sommore, recognized world
10:00 pm - $10.00                                  images and non-clothed self-portraits.         staged reading of “The Gates of Equality,”      wide as the sexiest, sultry vixen of her
Nuyorican Poets Cafe                               Through Saturday, January 19th                 by Stanton Wood. ** 2:30 PM: Storyteller        craft hails, from the capitol city of Trenton,
236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B             Bill Hodges Gallery                            Joy Kelly will share personal stories about     NJ. From the time that she could walk
& C)                                               24 West 57th Street (between Fifth Avenue      her life in the South during the Civil Rights   and talk, it was apparent that she would
Subway: F to 2nd Avenue; R to 8th Street           and Sixth Avenue)                              Movement.                                       mesmerize her audience. Just last
(212) 505-8183                                     Subway: F to 57th Street; N, R or W to 5th     11:30 am - Free                                 year, CNN’s Headline news featured a
                                                   Avenue / 53rd Street                           Queens Borough Public Library - Jamaica         discussion regarding her impact on the
Queens                                             (212) 333-2640                                 Branch                                          comedy business, highlighting her record-
                                                                                                  89-11 Merrick Boulevard                         breaking success with audience and
                                                                                                                                                  financial accomplishments as the highest
Afrikan Poetry Theatre Open                        Newark                                         Subway: F to 169th Street; E, J or Z to
                                                                                                  Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer                   grossing stand up comedienne in the U.S.
Mic                                                                                               (718) 990-0700                                  performing to sell out crowds with standing
The return of the traditional Poetry Reading       O, Write My Name: American                                                                     room, her inner light illuminates every
at APT. Poet, activist, and educator George        Portraits—Harlem Heroes                                                                        stage that she graces. Emerging first as
Edward Tait, known as the Poet Laureate            Leading black Americans such as James          Comedy                                          a stand up comedienne, Sommore was
of Harlem, will host an Open Mic series on         Baldwin, Althea Gibson and Langston                                                            recognized early and received the Richard
the third Friday of every month, concluding        Hughes have been captured by Carl Van          Manhattan                                       Pryor comic of the year in 1995. As a guest
June 20, 2008. During the Seventies,               Vechten between 1930 and 1960 in an                                                            on the Oprah Winfrey show,
George Edward Tait, became one of the              extraordinary collection of 50 portrait        Louis Ramey                                     in front of 20 million viewers,
primary progenitors of poetry presentations        photographs. Accompanied by quotes                                                             Oprah deemed her “A force to
                                                                                                  Atlanta born and raised, while in college,
by producing the legendary seven year              and bio-notes, these portraits have been                                                       be reckoned with in the new
                                                                                                  Louis Ramey was bitten by the comedy
series Black Words for a Wednesday                 reproduced from original negatives using                                                       millennium.” Her outstanding




                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday - Saturday
                                                                                                  bug. On a dare from his friends, he took
Night for 360 continuous weeks. This               hand gravure technique. Through Sunday,                                                        screen performances include
                                                                                                  the stage to tell a few jokes at a local
special event at APT is an open call to the        March 2nd                                                                                      Soul Plane, Friday After Next
                                                                                                  jazz club. He was hooked immediately to
countless conscious and seasoned scribes           Newark Museum                                                                                  and The Queens of Comedy
                                                                                                  the adrenaline rush of live performance.
to add their artistry to what promises to be       49 Washington Street (between Central                                                          Tour. Television appearances
                                                                                                  Louis set out wanting to conquer stages
a memorable series.                                Avenue and James Street)                                                                       have included guest starring
                                                                                                  worldwide, and has successfully done so,
8:00 pm - $10.00                                   Train: NJ Transit, Amtrak and PATH trains                                                      on Jay Leno’s show, Real
                                                                                                  at theatres, concert halls, comedy clubs
Afrikan Poetry Theatre                             all stop at Newark’s Penn Station. From                                                        Time with Bill Maher, The
                                                                                                  colleges, resorts, cruises, and casino
176-03 Jamaica Avenue (at 176th Street)            Newark’s Penn Station, take the Newark                                                         Hughley’s and the Parkers.
                                                                                                  showrooms from points such as Atlanta
Subway: F to 179th Street                          City Subway to Washington Street. The                                                          She personifies class and
                                                                                                  to the West Indies to Australia and back.
(718) 523-3312                                     Washington Street stop is four blocks south                                                    style while simultaneously
                                                                                                  Louis has performed on television in the
                                                   of the Museum                                  states, Canada and Hong Kong. His US            delivering raw life experiences
Television                                         (973) 596-6550                                 television appearances include his own half     through monologues that give
                                                                                                                                                  birth to thoughts, feelings and
                                                                                                  an hour comedy special, “Comedy Central
The Wire 52: Unconfirmed                           Book Events                                    Presents: Louis Ramey,” ABC Daytime’s           fantasies internalized by all of
                                                                                                                                                  us who are far too inhibited
                                                                                                  “The View,” Comedy Central’s “Premium
Reports                                                                                           Blend,” NBC’s “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,”    to verbalize the real deal and :Oh what a
Although he tells Sydnor the Davis                 Manhattan                                      and CBS Televisions “48 Hour’s.” Louis          relief it is: when Sommore brings it. Her
investigation could be a “career case,”                                                           has opened for many Musical Legends             material simply stated is liberating. Today
Freamon keeps a wary eye out for Marlo,            Hue-Man First Voices Series                    such as Ray Charles, Whitney Houston,           fans from all ethnic groups, age ranges and
who takes care of some unfinished                  This year’s Hue-Man’s First Voices Series      Smokey Robinson, Isaac Hayes, and The           sexual persuasions who have experienced
business and strikes a business deal with          will focus on “Hope, Success, Spirituality,    Temptations and Donna Summer.                   the joyous energy of her side splitting
Barksdale. Carcetti throws the police a            & Relationships”. This year’s kick off panel   8:00 pm, 10:00 pm and 11:30 pm - $15            performances keep coming back to sold
bone by removing the cap on secondary              will include six new authors including:        Cover (Plus Two Drink Minimum)                  out venues screaming “Gimme Sommore!”
employment, sending the detectives into            “The Power of Hope” - Janet Avery Ph.D.;       Gotham Comedy Club                              8:00 pm, 10:30 pm and 12:30 am - $40
fantasy-job reveries. With an eye on the           “Unadulterated Love: Examining Affairs         208 West 23rd Street (between 7th Avenue        (Plus Two Drink Minimum)
state house, Chief of Staff Steintorf tries        of the Heart” - Clayton Dunham Ph.D.;          and 8th Avenue)                                 Caroline’s On Broadway
to find good news for the mayor while              “After the Fall: Resurrecting Your Life from   Subway: E to 23rd Street; 1 or 9 to 23rd        1626 Broadway (between 49th Street and
blaming the Royce administration for               Shame, Disgrace, and Guilt” - Bishop           Street                                          50th Street)
the Campbell revelation. Davis turns to            Donald Hilliard; “Being One: No One is Like    (212) 367-9000                                  Subway: N, R or W to 49th Street; 1 or 9
Burrell for help with his problem, but the         No Other” - Isabis Inside; “The Good, the                                                      to 50th Street; A, C or E to 50th Street; B,
commissioner’s hands are tied. At the              Bad & the Ugly..But God Gets All the Glory”                                                    D, F or V to 47th-50th Street Rockefeller
newspaper, Executive Editor Whiting
                                                                                                  Monique                                         Center
                                                   - Elder Gloria Barksdale; and “Blessings at
                                                                                                  Mo’Nique is an award-winning comedienne
outlines a Pulitzer-worthy series in broad         Your Fingertips” - Nandell A. Palmer.                                                          (212) 757-4100
                                                                                                  whose career began 16 years ago in her
strokes, trumping Haynes while liberating          2:00 pm - Free
                                                                                                  hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. She
the ambitious Templeton. Fed up with               Hue-Man Bookstore                                                                              Urban Saturdays at the New


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                                  BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
York Comedy Club                             23rd Street                                     winning tap ensemble. Founded in 1994 by        forward with his own roots reggae group,
Featuring N.Y.’s Top African American        (212) 629-3331                                  professional tap dancer Deborah Mitchell,       Boogie Brown Band. Original lyrics and
comics as seen on BET, Showtime at the                                                       NJ Tap has won raves for their energetic        rock steady, hard-driving, stainless rhythms
Apollo, and the Uptown Comedy Club.
Hosted by Seymour Swan, this show is the
                                             Dance Parties w/ Live                           footwork and fresh takes on the classic
                                                                                             art form of rhythm tap dancing. Featuring
                                                                                                                                             comprise the foundation of their music,
                                                                                                                                             which appeals to people of all ages and
original African American showcase and is    Music                                           some of the brightest talent from across        from all walks of life.
now in it’s 16th year. Some of the famous                                                    the state, NJ Tap will pay tribute to Duke      9:30 pm - $15.00
                                                                                             Ellington’s legacy of swing. This one-          Joe’s Pub
comics that have appeared on this show       Manhattan
in the past include Damon Wayans, Chris                                                      night only show features guest narrator         425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place)
Rock, Rudy Rush, and Tracy Morgan. All of                                                    Mercedes Ellington, granddaughter of Duke       Subway: N or R to 8th Street/NYU; 6 to
them pop in to do a surprise set from time
                                             Samba Soul w/ Samba                             Ellington, live music including selections      Astor Place
to time, so come often, you never know       Tremeterra                                      from the Duke Ellington songbook, with          (212) 539-8777
who will show up.                            Every Saturday S.O.B.’s brings Brazil to        guest vocalist Suzzanne Douglas (featured
11:00 pm - $12 Cover (Plus Two Drink
Minimum)
                                             New York with the sounds of Bahia and Rio
                                             de Janeiro. Live bands put a modern twist
                                                                                             with Gregory Hines in the movie “Tap”), and
                                                                                             dynamic performances by some of today’s
                                                                                                                                             Music - Folk/Alternative/
New York Comedy Club                         on Samba, Axe and Forro, while beautiful        leading tap artists including NJTAP soloists    Rock
241 East 24th Street (between 2nd Avenue     ballerinas and dazzling capoeristas perform     Maurice Chestnut, DeWitt Fleming, Jr., and
                                             a dance show that is simply mesmerizing         Karen Callaway Williams.
and 3rd Avenue)                                                                                                                              Brooklyn
Subway: 6 to 23rd Street                     to watch. Chef Jorge Lima adds to the           8:00 pm - $35 to $45
(212) 696-5233                               atmosphere with a menu of Brazilian             South Orange Performing Arts Center
                                             fusion cuisine inspired by his native           One Sopac Way                                   BRC’s Children of the
                                             Salvador, Brazil. Mario Axe gets the party      Train: From New York City’s Penn Station,       Revolution
                                                                                             take New Jersey Transit’s Midtown Direct        The Black Rock Coalition presents a
                                                                                             Line Train to South Orange (25 Minute           weekend residency titled “Revolution as a
                                                                                             Ride). Car: Use MapQuest for Directions         Work in Progress, Part II: Children of the
                                                                                             (Zip Code: 07079)                               Revolution.” The weekend will feature a
                                                                                             (973) 275 1114                                  mixed-generation of musicians, singers,
                                                                                                                                             and poets performing from a songbook of
                                                                                             Film Events                                     protest music from the last 25 years.
                                                                                                                                             9:00 pm - Free
                                                                                                                                             BAM Cafe
                                                                                             Manhattan                                       30 Lafayette Avenue (between Ashland
                                                                                                                                             Place and Flatbush Avenue)
                                                                                             Sankofa                                         Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, D, Q or Long Island
                                                                                             Sankofa is an Akan word that means, one         Rail Road to Atlantic Avenue; N, R or W to
                                                                                             must return to the past in order to move        Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street
                                                                                             forward. Mona, a contemporary model, is         (718) 636-4100
                                                                                             possessed by spirits lingering in the Cape
                                                                                             Coast Castle in Ghana and travels to the        Manhattan
                                                                                             past, where, as a house servant called
                                                                                             Shola she is constantly abused by the
                                                                                                                                             Burnt Sugar The
                                                                                             slave master. Nunu, an African-born field
                                                                                             hand, and Shango, Sholas West Indian            Arkestra Chamber:
                                                                                             Lover, continuously rebel against the slave     Rise of the Mojosexual
                                                                                             system. For Nunu this means direct conflict     Cotillion w/ Special
                                                                                             with her son, a mulatto benefiting from the
                                                                                                                                             Guest Sparlha Swa




                                                                                                                                                                                 Saturday
                                                                                             system as a head slave. Inspired by Nunu
                                                                                                                                             Burnt Sugar The Arkestra
                                                                                             and Shangos determination to defy the
                                                                                                                                             Chamber is a New York-based,
                                                                                             system, Shola finally takes her fate into her
                                                                                                                                             twenty plus member ensemble
                                                                                             own hands.
                                                                                                                                             known for improvisatory
                                                                                             4:00 pm - Free
                                                                                                                                             orchestral performances that
                                                                                             Schomburg Center for Research in Black
                                                                                                                                             mash up all manner of vocal,
                                                                                             Culture
                                                                                                                                             instrumental, and electronic
                                                                                             515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street)
                                                                                                                                             music. Drawing from diverse
                                                                                             Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street
                                                                                                                                             influences ranging from Billie
                                                                                             (212) 491-2200
                                                                                                                                             Holiday and Morton Feldman to
                                                                                                                                             Jimi Hendrix, Divine Styler, and
Dance Clubs/Parties                          started with a fun dance lesson and after
                                             the bands finish their sets, S.O.B.’s house
                                                                                             Music - Caribbean/Latin/                        the Bomb Squad, the group is
                                             DJs take over, spinning Baile Funk, Samba       African/World                                   led by founder and conductor Greg Tate.
                                                                                                                                             For these evenings, the group will perform
Manhattan                                    Reggae, House and Hip Hop until the early
                                                                                                                                             a mojosexual-infused suite of trans-genre
                                             part of the morning. This is truly one of the   Manhattan                                       (and trance-inducing) works that are part
DJs Chuck Chill-Out & Sugar                  hottest dance parties in NYC!!!
                                                                                                                                             acid-funk, part-hip hop mixed with layers of
                                             Doors Open at 7:00 pm (Shows at 8:30
Daddy Saturdays at the                                                                       Clinton Fearon                                  psychedelic grooves. The evening features
                                             pm, 10:30 pm and 12:30 am) - $20 (Ladies
Shadow                                       Free Between 10 pm and 11 pm)
                                                                                             Clinton Fearon is counted among                 performers: Rene Akan, Maya Azucena,
Of course the big party in town has and                                                      Jamaica’s most talented musicians by            Abby Bobson, Justice Dilla-X, Chris
                                             S.O.B.’s
always will be the Shadow’s star studded                                                     peers and professionals in the Reggae           Eddleton, Avram Fefer, Trevor Holder,
                                             204 Varick Street (at Varick Street)
sophisticated Saturday party. Everyone                                                       music industry. His infectious bass riffs,      Jimmy Lee, Bruce Mack, Jared Michael.
                                             Subway: 1 or 9 to Houston Street
gets in FREE every Saturday night before                                                     guitar licks, percussion accents and            8:00 pm - $10.00
                                             (212) 243-4940
midnight! The new Shadow Saturday DJs                                                        powerful vocals make Clinton a living           Kitchen
are Chuck Chill-Out & Sugar Daddy! 21                                                        legend amongst reggae musicians and             512 West 19th Street (between 10th
and over. Dress to impress!                  Dance Performances                              fans. As a youth, Clinton went to Kingston      Avenue and 11th Avenue)
10:00 pm to 5:00 am - $15 (Everyone Free                                                     to eventually become the well-known             Subway: A, C, E or L to 14th Street; 1 or 9
                                                                                                                                             to 18th Street
Before Midnight)                             Essex County                                    bassist, vocalist and lyricist for The
Shadow                                                                                       Gladiators as well as a house musician          (212) 255-5793
228 W 28th Street (between 7th Avenue &                                                      for Coxsonne Dodd’s Studio One and Lee
                                             NJ Tap: Ellington Legacy
8th Avenue)
                                             Celebrate the legacy of Duke Ellington and
                                                                                             “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark Studio. Coming
                                                                                             from a rich musical history, he now steps
                                                                                                                                             Music - Jazz/Blues/
Subway: 1 or 9 to 23rd Street; C or E to
                                             the Harlem Renaissance with this award



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                                    BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
Classical/Cabaret                               Randy & Michael Brecker, Bill Evans (the
                                                piano player), George Benson, Kenny
                                                                                                playing hard bop arrangements in a band
                                                                                                featuring electronic instruments, heading a
                                                                                                                                                  2008 release. The recording features the
                                                                                                                                                  stellar rhythm section of Tyner, Ron Carter,
                                                Drew, Carmen McRae, Stan Getz, Toots            group with guitarist Bill Washer and Stanley      and Jack DeJohnette with four modern
Brooklyn                                        Thielemans, Dexter Gordon and Chick             Clarke. He concluded that phase with the          guitarists (and one banjo) of our time: Bill
                                                Corea. Over the years, Foster has toured        ‘73 album Crankin.’ Fuller toured with the        Frisell, Marc Ribot, John Scofield, Derek
George V. Johnson, Jr. - “The                   extensively with Herbie Hancock, Sonny          Count Basie band from 1975 to 1977,               Trucks, and Bela Fleck. The package
Art of Vocalese”                                Rollins, and Joe Henderson, becoming a          and did dates for Mainstream, Timeless,           will be a CD/DVD featuring state-of-the-
ParlorJazz presents the “Art of Vocalese”       major attraction in all three bands as well     and Bee Hive. He co-led the quintet Giant         art technology that allows the viewer to
with George V. Johnson, Jr. and his trio.       as an integral part of them. Respected and      Bones with Winding in 1979 and 1980, and          manually choose which musician(s) they
Featuring: Roger Lent - piano/trumpet;          admired for his keen sensitivity, Foster is     played with Art Blakey, Cedar Walton and          would like to view in the studio at any time
David Robaire - bass; and Phil Stewart -        known for his unique ability to listen to and   Benny Golson in the late ‘70s and early           during each track. In late 2008, Tyner will
drums. Both sets will feature an open wine      playoff others in an almost telepathic way,     ‘80s. During the ‘80s, Fuller toured Europe       release his third recording for McCoy Tyner
bar, snacks!                                    responding to them with a style that is at      regularly with the Timeless All-Stars, and        Music, a solo piano performance recorded
9:00 pm and 10:30 pm - $20.00                   once both charismatic and understated.          performed and recorded with the revamped          live in San Francisco during the summer of
ParlorJazz                                      Foster, is a great believer in the purity of    Jazztet in addition to leading a fine session     2007. More details regarding this release
119 Vanderbilt Avenue (between Park             the music, a genuine artist who continues       for Savoy in 1993.                                will be available soon. Featuring: McCoy
Avenue and Myrtle Avenue)                       to push the boundaries of creativity again      8:30 pm and 10:30 pm - $35.00                     Tyner, piano; Gerald Cannon, bass; Eric
Subway: G to Clinton-Washington Avenues         and again, devoted to preserving and            Iridium Jazz Club                                 Kamau Gravatt, drums; and Joe Lovano,
(718) 855-1981                                  perpetuating the highest standards in           1650 Broadway (between 51st and 52nd              tenor saxophone.
                                                jazz today. He is a magnificent all-round       Streets)                                          8:00 pm and 10:30 pm - $30 Bar; $40 Table
                                                drummer, and his rhythmic chops are             Subway: C or E to 50th Street; 1 or 9 to          Blue Note
Manhattan                                       renowned in musical styles ranging from         50th Street; N, R or W to 49th Street             131 West 3rd Street (between Avenue of
                                                bebop to free form to jazz/rock. Recently       (212) 582-2121                                    the Americas and MacDougal Street)
Al Foster Quartet                               he has recorded and toured with his own                                                           Subway: A, C, E, F, V and S to West 4th
You are cordially invited to celebrate Al
Foster’s 65th birthday with Al and the Al
                                                band.                                           Don Byron                                         Street
                                                8:00 pm, 10:00 pm and Midnight - $20            For over a decade, Don Byron has been             (212) 475-8592
Foster Group. Al Foster, master drummer,        Cover ($10 Food/Drink Minimum)                  a singular voice in a dizzying range
has been a major innovator in the world
of jazz for several decades. As a member
                                                Sweet Rhythm                                    of musical contexts, exploring widely             Randy Weston & African
                                                88 Seventh Avenue (between Grove Street
of the Miles Davis band for thirteen years,     and Bleecker Street)
                                                                                                divergent traditions while continually            Rhythms w/ Billy Harper
                                                                                                striving for what he calls “a sound above         After contributing five decades of musical
Foster’s contribution to Davis’ music is        Subway: 1 or 9 to Christopher Street -          genre.” As clarinetist, composer, arranger,       direction and genius, Randy Weston
articulated by Davis himself in his 1989        Sheridan Square                                 and social critic, he redefines every genre       remains one of the world’s foremost
autobiography, Miles: The Autobiography,        (212) 255-3626                                  of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-   pianists and composers today, a true
where Davis describes the first time he
                                                                                                hop, funk, klezmer, or any jazz style from        innovator and visionary. Encompassing the
heard Foster play live in 1972 at the Cellar
Club on 95th Street in Manhattan: ‘He
                                                Cedar Walton Trio                               swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown            vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global
                                                It’s Cedar Walton’s birthday, and you are       improvisation. He has been consistently           creations musically continue to inform and
[Foster] knocked me out because he had
                                                invited to celebrate with Cedar and few         voted best clarinetist by critics and readers     inspire. Randy Weston, born in Brooklyn,
such a groove and he would just lay it right
                                                friends. Featuring: Cedar Walton (piano);       alike in leading international music journals     New York in 1926, didn’t have to travel far
in there. That was the kind of thing I was
                                                David “Happy” Williams (bass); and Joe          since being named “Jazz Artist of the             to hear the early jazz giants that were to
looking for. AI could set it up for everybody
                                                Farnsworth (drums).                             Year” by Down Beat in 1992. Acclaimed as          influence him. Though Weston
else to play off and just keep the groove
                                                8:00 pm, 10:00 pm and 11:30 pm - $30.00         much for his restless creativity as for his       cites Count Basie, Nat King
going forever.” Other artists Foster has
                                                Smoke Jazz Club & Lounge                        unsurpassed virtuosity as a player, Byron         Cole, Art Tatum, and of course,
performed and recorded with include Joe
                                                2751 Broadway (between 105th Street and         has presented a multitude of projects at          Duke Ellington as his other
Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy
                                                106th Street)                                   major music festivals around the world,           piano heroes, it was Monk who
Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson,
                                                Subway: 1 or 9 to 103rd Street                  including recent performances in Vienna,          had the greatest impact. “He
John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden,
                                                (212) 864-6662                                  San Francisco, Hong Kong, London,                 was the most original I ever




                                                                                                                                                                                      Saturday
                                                                                                Monterey, New Zealand, and on New                 heard,” Weston remembers.
                                                Curtis Fuller’s 75th Birthday                   York’s Broadway.                                  “He played like they must have
                                                                                                9:00 pm and 11:00 pm - $20 Cover ($10
                                                Party Band                                      Food/Drink Minimum)
                                                                                                                                                  played in Egypt 5000 years
                                                Curtis Fuller belongs in the select circle                                                        ago.” Randy Weston’s first
                                                                                                Village Vanguard                                  recording as a leader came
                                                with J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding and a few
                                                                                                178 Seventh Avenue South (just below              in 1954 on Riverside Records
                                                others who make the trombone sound
                                                                                                West 11th Street)                                 Randy Weston plays Cole
                                                fluid and inviting rather than awkward.
                                                                                                Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 14th Street               Porter - Cole Porter in a modern
                                                His ability to make wide octave leaps and
                                                                                                (212) 255-4037                                    mood. It was in the 50’s when
                                                play whiplash phrases in a relaxed, casual
                                                manner is a testament to his skill. Fuller’s                                                      Randy Weston played around
                                                solos and phrases are often ambitious           McCoy Tyner Quartet featuring                     New York with Cecil Payne and
                                                and creative, and he’s worked in several        Joe Lovano                                        Kenny Dorham that he wrote
                                                fine bands and participated in numerous         It is not an overstatement to say that            many of his best loved tunes, “Saucer
                                                great sessions. Fuller studied music in         modern jazz has been shaped by the                Eyes,” “Pam’s Waltz,” “Little Niles,” and,
                                                high school, then began developing his          music of McCoy Tyner. His blues-based             “Hi-Fly.” His greatest hit, “Hi-Fly,” Weston
                                                skills in an army band, where he played         piano style, replete with sophisticated           (who is 6’ 8”) says, is a “tale of being my
                                                with Cannonball Adderley. He worked             chords and an explosively percussive left         height and looking down at the ground.
                                                in Detroit with Kenny Burrell and Yusef         hand has transcended conventional styles          Randy Weston has never failed to make
                                                Lateef, then moved to New York. Fuller          to become one of the most identifiable            the connections between African and
                                                made his recording debut as a leader on         sounds in improvised music. His harmonic          American music. His dedication is due
                                                Transition in 1955, and recorded in the         contributions and dramatic rhythmic               in large part to his father, Frank Edward
                                                late ‘50s for Blue Note, Prestige, United       devices form the vocabulary of a majority         Weston, who told his son that he was, “an
                                                Artists and Savoy. He was a charter             of jazz pianists. Today, Tyner has released       African born in America.” “He told me I
                                                member of The Jazztet with Benny Golson         nearly 80 albums under his name, earned           had to learn about myself and about him
                                                and Art Farmer in 1959, then played in          four Grammys and was awarded Jazz                 and about my grandparents,” Weston said
                                                Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers from 1961          Master from the National Endowment for            in an interview, “and the only way to do it
                                                to 1965. There were additional recording        the Arts in 2002. He continues to leave           was I’d have to go back to the motherland
                                                dates for Warwick, Smash/Trip, Epic, and        his mark on generations of improvisers,           one day.” In the late 60’s, Weston left the
                                                Impulse in the ‘60s. Fuller toured Europe       and yet remains a disarmingly modest and          country. But instead of moving to Europe
                                                with Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in 1968,        spiritually directed man. McCoy Tyner’s           like so many of his contemporaries,
                                                then did several sessions in New York.          second release for the McCoy Tyner                Weston went to Africa. Though he settled
                                                During the ‘70s, he experimented for a time     Music label is scheduled for a March              in Morocco, he traveled throughout the
                                                                                                                                                  continent tasting the musical fruits of



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other nations. One of his most memorable       scene, Ron performed in the orchestras of     and early ‘70s, known for such top-selling     The Gates of Equality
experiences was the 1977 Nigerian festival,    Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk. Renee    albums as 1969’s “Hot Buttered Soul.” He       Urban Stages presents “The Gates of
which drew artists from 60 cultures. “At the   Manning, recorded as a session singer with    has had a record seven #1 R&B albums           Equality”. The life of civil rights leader
end,” Weston says, “we all realized that our   David “Fathead” Newman, Nat Adderley,         and charted 20 LPs on the R&B and Pop          Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is told in
music was different but the same, because      Johnny Copeland and others. Renée             charts from 1969-80. He’s the first African    this dramatic presentation through his
if you take out the African elements of        appeared at several concerts in Spain         American composer to win the Oscar for         speeches, press conferences and fictional
bossa nova, samba, jazz, blues, you have       with Carmen McRae, with McCoy Tyner,          Best Musical Score for Shaft. He was           narrative.
nothing....To me, it’s Mother Africa’s way     Pharoah Saunders, Louis Hayes and             inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of        1:00 pm - Free
of surviving in the new world.” Featuring:     Avery Sharpe in Lugano, Switzerland and,      Fame in 2002. Despite his heavy music          Queens Borough Public Library - Jamaica
Randy Weston, piano; Alex Blake, bass;         in 1987, appeared with Dizzy Gillespie.       credentials, Hayes is known to many            Branch
and Neil Clarke, percussion. Featuring:        Earl McIntyre, has played with Gil Evans,     simply as the voice of the chef character in   89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Randy Weston, piano; Billy Harper, tenor       the Apollo stage band, Charles Mingus,        Comedy Central’s animated “South Park”         Subway: F to 169th Street; E, J or Z to
saxophone; TK Blue, alto saxophone and         Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, Lester Bowie, The     series.                                        Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer
flute; Benny Powell, trombone; Alex Blake,     Band, Stevie Wonder, McCoy Tyner, Carla       7:30 pm (Doors Open at 6:00 pm) - $45          (718) 990-0700
bass; and Neil Clarke, drums and African       Bley, George Russell, Lou Rawls, Jeffrey      ($40 In Advance)
percussion.                                    Osborne, Deniece Williams, the Count          B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - Main Stage
7:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm - $35
Cover ($10 Food/Drink Minimum)
                                               Basie Orchestra, the Ellington Orchestra,
                                               the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra
                                                                                             237 West 42nd Street (between 7th Avenue
                                                                                             and 8th Avenue)
                                                                                                                                            Sunday, January 20
Jazz at Lincoln Center - Dizzy’s Club Coca-    (with whom he was associated for over 20      Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9, 7, Q, S or W to Times
Cola                                           years), Slide Hampton, George Gruntz,         Square 42nd Street; A, C or E to 42nd          Art Exhibitions - Closing
Broadway at 60th Street                        the Mingus Big Band, Cecil Taylor, the        Street Port Authority; B, D or F to 42nd
Subway: 1, 9, A, B, C or D to 59th Street      Carnegie Hall Jazz band, the Smithsonian      Street                                         Bronx
Columbus Circle                                Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Chico             (212) 997-4144
(212) 721-6500                                 O’Farrill. Come experience an evening of                                                     Quisqueya Henriquez: The
                                               fine music!! Also featuring special guest
                                                                                             Poetry/Spoken Word                             World Outside
Stix Bones & The B.O.N.E                       Onaje Will Halsey! Delicious cuisine will
Squad
                                               be available. Featuring: Renee Manning        Events                                         For the first major survey of Quisqueya
                                                                                                                                            Henríquez’s work in the United States, The
                                               (Vocals) & Earl McIntyre (Trombone).
Be there when Stix Bones & The B.O.N.E                                                                                                      Bronx Museum will present a selection
                                               8:00 pm - $18.00
Squad takes the intimate Minton’s                                                            Manhattan                                      of sculptures, installations, drawings,
                                               Afrikan Poetry Theatre
Playhouse stage.                                                                                                                            photographs, videos, and light/sound
                                               176-03 Jamaica Avenue (at 176th Street)
9:00 pm, 11:30 pm and 1:00 am - $10
                                               Subway: F to 179th Street                     Words!                                         works spanning the last two decades of
Cover (Plus Two Drink Minimum)                                                               Words! was created by Rocky & Bobbito          the artist’s career. The Cuban-Dominican
                                               (718) 523-3312
Minton’s Playhouse                                                                           the Barber to give young up-and-coming         multi-disciplinary artist uses a wide
208 West 118th Street (between St.                                                           poets & emcees the opportunity to              variety of genre and media to engage
Nicholas Avenue and Adam Clayton               Music - R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop                       showcase their work to an audience of          the viewer in reexamining issues related
Powell, Jr. Boulevard)                                                                       their peers. This showcase and open mic        to the environment and its role in the
Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street; B or C to      Bronx                                         has featured Company flow, Canibus, Mos        production of cultural clichés. In works
116th Street                                                                                 Def, M.C. Search, Willie Perdomo, Reg          such as Helado de Agua de Mar Caribe
(212) 864-8346                                                                               E. Gaines, Danny Hoch, Saul Williams,          (Caribbean Seawater Ice Cream) (2002),
                                               It’s All About Doo Wop                                                                       she humorously addresses the
                                                                                             muMS the schemer, and Suheir Hammad,
                                               Doo Wop’s leading singers and musical
The Rhythm Road: Universes                     groups will offer a finger snappin’ foot-
                                                                                             among others. The open mic gives artists a     stereotype of the Caribbean
The Rhythm Road is a United States                                                           space where they can showcase and work         as a “hot-blooded” individual.
                                               tappin’ evening of classic hits. Coast back
                                                                                             on new material. It also gives new artists a   Through her work, Quisqueya




                                                                                                                                                                                 Saturday - Sunday
Department of State effort to use musicians    in time on the harmonic vocals of Martha
in an ambassadorial capacity. Come                                                           chance to perform in front of an audience.     Henríquez invokes the sights,
                                               Reeves (Dancin’ in the Streets), Arlene
hear “Universes” before they hit the road.                                                   “Words!” is hosted by Wiseguy & Gaston.        sounds, tastes, and textures
                                               Smith’s Chantels (Maybe, He’s Gone,
Featuring: Steven Sapp, percussion;                                                          10:00 pm - $12.00                              of the city—all the sensory
                                               I Love You So), The Contours (Do You
Gamal Abdel-Chasten, vocals and                                                              Nuyorican Poets Cafe                           experiences that make urban
                                               Love Me), The Dubs, The Teenagers, The
percussion; Ninja, MC, beatbox and verbal                                                    236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B         life chaotic and provocative.
                                               Elgins, and The Reflections.
DJ; and Mildred Ruiz, vocals.                                                                & C)                                           Through Sunday, January 27th
                                               8:00 pm - $25 to $45
3:00 pm - Call For Cover                                                                     Subway: F to 2nd Avenue; R to 8th Street       Bronx Museum of the Arts
                                               Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Jazz at Lincoln Center - Dizzy’s Club Coca-                                                  (212) 505-8183                                 1040 Grand Concourse (at
                                               Lehman College 250 Bedford Park
Cola                                                                                                                                        165th Street)
                                               Boulevard West (between Jerome Avenue
                                                                                                                                            Subway: 4 to 161st Street; D
Broadway at 60th Street
Subway: 1, 9, A, B, C or D to 59th Street
                                               and Goulden Avenue)                           Television                                     or B to 161st Street/Yankee
                                               Subway: 4 to Bedford Park Blvd - Lehman
Columbus Circle                                                                                                                             Stadium
                                               College; B or D to Bedford Park Blvd
(212) 721-6500                                                                               Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy                    (718) 681-6000
                                               (718) 960-8833
                                                                                             Jam 94
Queens                                         Brooklyn
                                                                                             Comics: Gilson Lubin, Vanessa Fraction,        Brooklyn
                                                                                             and Patrice O’Neal. Give it up for another
The Ron Jackson Quintet                        Ruby Collins
                                                                                             round of HBO’s hilarious half-hour stand-      Pharaohs, Queens, and
                                                                                             up series! Back for its eighth season, Def
Ron Jackson -- guitarist, composer,            Neo-soul songstress Ruby Collins will be      Comedy Jam will feature new superstar          Goddesses
arranger, and instructor -- has performed      performing songs from her latest CD “In My                                                   This exhibition is the inaugural biographical
                                                                                             host D.L. Hughley and a rotating lineup of
and recorded in over 20 countries as           Dreams,” as well as covers of Sam Cooke,                                                     gallery show of a series in the Elizabeth A.
                                                                                             today’s hottest urban comics. Recorded
a leader and an ensemble performer.            Dinah Washington and Roberta Flack, and                                                      Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Presented
                                                                                             live at the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles,
Ron Jackson is well established in the         original songs on love and life.                                                             in tandem with The Dinner Party by Judy
                                                                                             each show will include performances
international jazz scene. Ron’s recordings     4:00 pm - Free                                                                               Chicago, the exhibition is dedicated
                                                                                             by three to four guest comics, music
have featured prominent sidemen such           Brooklyn Public Library - Central Library                                                    to powerful female pharaohs, queens,
                                                                                             presented by veteran deejay Kid Capri,
as Benny Green, Lafayette Harris, Lonnie       Grand Army Plaza                                                                             and goddesses from Egyptian history.
                                                                                             and an appearance by “The Man” himself,
Plaxico, Essiet Essiet, Cecil Brooks III,      Subway: 2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza; B or                                                     The central object of the exhibition is an
                                                                                             Russell Simmons.
and Yoron Israel. Drummer Marvin “Smitty”      Q to 7th Avenue                                                                              important granite head from the Brooklyn
                                                                                             10:00 pm - Free
Smith and pianist Mulgrew Miller. He           (718) 230-2100                                                                               Museum collection of Hatshepsut, the
                                                                                             HBO
has appeared and recorded with Jimmy                                                                                                        fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty
McGriff, Rufus Reid, The Boys Choir of                                                                                                      (1539–1292 b.c.), and one of the 39
Harlem, Oliver Lake, Mel Rhyne, Jaki
                                               Manhattan                                     Theater                                        women represented with a plate at The
Byard, the Mingus Guitar Tribute Band,                                                                                                      Dinner Party. Hatshepsut is featured
Benny Golson, Cissy Houston, Klezmer           Isaac Hayes                                   Queens                                         alongside other women and goddesses
Madness, Olatunji, and Pucho and the           Isaac Hayes was one of the most influential                                                  from Egyptian history, including queens
Latin Soul Brothers. On the Broadway           and successful artists of the late-’60s                                                      Cleopatra, Nefertiti, and Tiye and the



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                                    BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
goddesses Sakhmet, Mut, Neith, Wadjet,        Brian Lehrer Show which airs daily from 10       with Bill Maher, The Hughley’s and the          Day Blowout. As is always the case with
Bastet, Satis, and Nephthys—many of           a.m.–noon on 93.9 FM and AM 820. For             Parkers. She personifies class and style        the Shadow’s holiday “Find Your Match”
whom are featured on The Dinner Party’s       more information, see http://www.wnyc.org/       while simultaneously delivering raw life        parties, you take a number at the door and
tiles. By incorporating multiple objects      events/91596.                                    experiences through monologues that give        find the person with that number in the
from the Museum’s extraordinary Egyptian      3:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Free                        birth to thoughts, feelings and fantasies       club. Who knows, you too might find your
collection, the exhibition encourages         Brooklyn Museum of Art                           internalized by all of us who are far too       match. If nothing else, you will certainly
viewers to make visual and historical         200 Eastern Parkway                              inhibited to verbalize the real deal and :Oh    have a good time at the party. Come find
connections with the Museum’s long-           Subway: 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway -              what a relief it is: when Sommore brings        someone to get your groove on with.
term installation Egypt Reborn, which         Brooklyn Museum                                  it. Her material simply stated is liberating.   Ladies free before midnight.
has additional objects on view pertaining     (718) 638-5000                                   Today fans from all ethnic groups, age          10:00 pm to 5:00 am - $10 (Ladies Free
to Pharaohs, Queens, and Goddesses.                                                            ranges and sexual persuasions who have          Before Midnight)
Through Sunday, January 20th
Brooklyn Museum of Art
                                              Comedy                                           experienced the joyous energy of her side
                                                                                               splitting performances keep coming back
                                                                                                                                               Shadow
                                                                                                                                               228 W 28th Street (between 7th Avenue &
200 Eastern Parkway                                                                            to sold out venues screaming “Gimme             8th Avenue)
Subway: 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway -           Manhattan                                        Sommore!”                                       Subway: 1 or 9 to 23rd Street; C or E to
Brooklyn Museum                                                                                8:00 pm - $40 (Plus Two Drink Minimum)          23rd Street
(718) 638-5000                                Louis Ramey                                      Caroline’s On Broadway                          (212) 629-3331
                                              Atlanta born and raised, while in college,       1626 Broadway (between 49th Street and
Book Events                                   Louis Ramey was bitten by the comedy
                                              bug. On a dare from his friends, he took
                                                                                               50th Street)
                                                                                               Subway: N, R or W to 49th Street; 1 or 9
                                                                                                                                               Family/Youth
                                              the stage to tell a few jokes at a local         to 50th Street; A, C or E to 50th Street; B,
Manhattan                                     jazz club. He was hooked immediately to          D, F or V to 47th-50th Street Rockefeller       Manhattan
                                              the adrenaline rush of live performance.         Center
Arnold Rampersad on Ralph                     Louis set out wanting to conquer stages          (212) 757-4100                                  Sweet Honey in the Rock
Ellison                                       worldwide, and has successfully done so,                                                         Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon
Toni Morrison said of Arnold Rampersad’s      at theatres, concert halls, comedy clubs
                                              colleges, resorts, cruises, and casino
                                                                                               Dance Clubs/Parties                             in 1973 at the DC Black Repertory
                                                                                                                                               Theater Company, the internationally
Ralph Ellison, “The book represents a
flawless match of biographer and subject—     showrooms from points such as Atlanta                                                            renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet
                                              to the West Indies to Australia and back.        Manhattan                                       Honey In The Rock has been a vital and
in Arnold Rampersad’s hands we fathom
both the burden and measure of Ellison’s      Louis has performed on television in the                                                         innovative presence in the music culture
brilliance.” Rampersad is also the author     states, Canada and Hong Kong. His US             The Freedom Party 5 Year                        of Washington, DC, and in communities
of biographies of Langston Hughes and         television appearances include his own half      Anniversary                                     of conscience around the world. Now
Jackie Robinson.                              an hour comedy special, “Comedy Central          Freedom - noun - the condition of being         entering her fourth decade, the Grammy
11:00 am - $40 (Includes Lunch)               Presents: Louis Ramey,” ABC Daytime’s            free; the power to act or speak or think        Award-winning ensemble moves forward,
92nd Street Y - Lexington Avenue              “The View,” Comedy Central’s “Premium            without externally imposed restraints.          following Bernice Johnson Reagon’s
1395 Lexington Avenue (between 91st and       Blend,” NBC’s “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,”     Once upon a time, in New York, people           retirement in February 2004, continuing
92nd Streets)                                 and CBS Televisions “48 Hour’s.” Louis           went out to have fun -- to dance and            the legacy begun 31 years ago. Sweet
Subway: 6 to 96th Street; 4, 5 or 6 to 86th   has opened for many Musical Legends              really enjoy themselves. Those nights           Honey is now a sextet, welcoming to the
Street                                        such as Ray Charles, Whitney Houston,            on the town and the places they visited         group two singers, Louise Robinson and
(212) 415-5500                                Smokey Robinson, Isaac Hayes, and The            were their temples of worship. They were        Arnaé, both of whom had
                                              Temptations and Donna Summer.                    places where people came together from          been part of the Sweet Honey
                                              8:30 pm - $15 Cover (Plus Two Drink                                                              family in the past. Rooted in
The Flow: Men on                              Minimum)
                                                                                               different walks of life and let themselves
                                                                                                                                               a deeply held commitment to
                                                                                               go, rejoicing to the music. Those were
Relationships Visions of Love                 Gotham Comedy Club                               the days when getting into a party, didn’t      create music out of the rich
Beyond Fiction                                208 West 23rd Street (between 7th Avenue         depend on who you knew to get in or how         textures of African American
The panel will explore where the concepts     and 8th Avenue)                                  much money you had. Those were the              legacy and traditions, Sweet
of love and relationships come from as        Subway: E to 23rd Street; 1 or 9 to 23rd         days when the best place to be was on           Honey In The Rock possesses




                                                                                                                                                                                  Sunday
depicted in fiction writing. And how these    Street                                           the dance floor, not in the VIP room. The       a stunning vocal prowess that
portrayals of love add to the dialogue        (212) 367-9000                                   mission of The Freedom Party is to bring        captures the complex sounds
between men and women, and what                                                                the dance floor back. For the past 5 years,     of blues, spirituals, traditional
responsibilities do writers have to their     Sommore                                          the Freedom Party has been doing just           gospel hymns, rap, reggae,
readers on these topics. Guests Include:      There are no comedic actresses who               that. Every week, they pack the house           African chants, hip-hop, ancient
Donna Hill, Gloria Mallette, Kendra Bell,     can compete with the reigning Queen of           with the most positive, fun loving, high        lullabies, and jazz improvisation.
and Dr. Yarrell-Harris.                       Comedy. Sommore, recognized world                spirited, beautiful people in all of NYC and    Sweet Honey’s collective voice,
3:00 pm - Free                                wide as the sexiest, sultry vixen of her         from around the globe. Now, the Freedom         occasionally accompanied by
Hue-Man Bookstore                             craft hails, from the capitol city of Trenton,   party is celebrating its 5th anniversary of     hand percussion instruments,
2319 Frederick Douglass Boulevard             NJ. From the time that she could walk            bringing soul back to the dance floor with      produces a sound filled with
(between 124th Street and 125th Street)       and talk, it was apparent that she would         its biggest and most energetic birthday         soulful harmonies and intricate
Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street; 2 or    mesmerize her audience. Just last                bash yet —- a jam packed evening of             rhythms.
3 to 125th Street                             year, CNN’s Headline news featured a             dancing, live performances, and the music       2:00 pm - $10.00
(212) 665-7400                                discussion regarding her impact on the           of hip-hop, R&B, reggae, disco and funk         Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium
                                              comedy business, highlighting her record-        for a great big celebration of the freedom of   881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street)
                                                                                                                                               Subway: N, Q, R or W to 57th Street; A, B,
Celebrations                                  breaking success with audience and
                                              financial accomplishments as the highest
                                                                                               dance expression -- without the pretense.
                                                                                               Performing live will be: Slick Rick, Nice and   C, D or 1 to 59th Street Columbus Circle; E
                                              grossing stand up comedienne in the U.S.         Smooth, Chubb Rock, Lisa Lisa, and more.        to 7th Avenue
Brooklyn                                      performing to sell out crowds with standing      11:00 pm - $35.00                               (212) 247-7800
                                              room, her inner light illuminates every          B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - Main Stage
Embracing The Radical King:                   stage that she graces. Emerging first as         237 West 42nd Street (between 7th Avenue        Food/Beverage Tastings
Prophetic or Passé?                           a stand up comedienne, Sommore was               and 8th Avenue)
                                              recognized early and received the Richard        Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9, 7, Q, S or W to Times
Embracing The Radical King: Prophetic
                                              Pryor comic of the year in 1995. As a guest      Square 42nd Street; A, C or E to 42nd
                                                                                                                                               Manhattan
or Passé? is co-hosted by WNYC’s Brian
Lehrer and Civic Frame founder and            on the Oprah Winfrey show, in front of 20        Street Port Authority; B, D or F to 42nd
president, April Yvonne Garrett. Social       million viewers, Oprah deemed her “A force       Street                                          Sunday Salons at Chanterelle
commentators and the audience explore         to be reckoned with in the new millennium.”      (212) 997-4144                                  - “Soulful Melodies” Jazz and
                                              Her outstanding screen performances
the nature of the “Radical King” and how                                                                                                       Wine in Tune
he might respond to today’s pressing          include Soul Plane, Friday After Next and        The Shadow’s MLK Sunday                         Join Chanterelle and The Jazz Gallery
                                              The Queens of Comedy Tour. Television
social issues. Portions of the discussion
                                              appearances have included guest
                                                                                               “Find Your Match” Blowout                       for an afternoon of live performances
will be broadcast the following day on the                                                     It’s the Shadow’s “Find Your Match” MLK         with artists Lionel Loueke, Renee
                                              starring on Jay Leno’s show, Real Time



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                                    BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
Neufville, and Roberta Gambarini and           dates for Warwick, Smash/Trip, Epic, and                                                         inspire. Randy Weston, born in Brooklyn,
new world varietals hand-selected to           Impulse in the ‘60s. Fuller toured Europe         Jazz Vocalist Open Mic w/ The                  New York in 1926, didn’t have to travel far
match the mood by Master Sommelier             with Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in 1968,                                                         to hear the early jazz giants that were to
Roger Dagorn. For reservations, please         then did several sessions in New York.
                                                                                                 LaFayette Harris Trio                          influence him. Though Weston cites Count
                                                                                                 Every Sunday evening the jazz vocalists
contact Amy Ehrenreich, Special                During the ‘70s, he experimented for a time                                                      Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of
                                                                                                 come out. Where? To the jazz vocalist jam
Events Director, at (212) 966-6690 or          playing hard bop arrangements in a band                                                          course, Duke Ellington as his other piano
                                                                                                 session at Harlem’s historic Lenox Lounge.
amy@chanterellenyc.com.                        featuring electronic instruments, heading a                                                      heroes, it was Monk who had the greatest
                                                                                                 If you are ready, then bring a song. If you
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm - $65.00                    group with guitarist Bill Washer and Stanley                                                     impact. “He was the most original I ever
                                                                                                 just want to check out some other talented
Location: Chanterelle, 2 Harrison Street at    Clarke. He concluded that phase with the                                                         heard,” Weston remembers. “He played like
                                                                                                 folks, that is fine too. Check it out, the
the corner of Hudson Street.                   ‘73 album Crankin.’ Fuller toured with the                                                       they must have played in Egypt 5000 years
                                                                                                 vocalists are backed up by the LaFayette
                                               Count Basie band from 1975 to 1977,                                                              ago.” Randy Weston’s first recording as a
                                                                                                 Harris Trio.
Music - Caribbean/Latin/                       and did dates for Mainstream, Timeless,
                                               and Bee Hive. He co-led the quintet Giant
                                                                                                 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm - $10 Cover (Plus Two
                                                                                                                                                leader came in 1954 on Riverside Records
                                                                                                                                                Randy Weston plays Cole Porter - Cole
African/World                                  Bones with Winding in 1979 and 1980, and
                                                                                                 Drink Minimum)
                                                                                                 Lenox Lounge
                                                                                                                                                Porter in a modern mood. It was in the 50’s
                                               played with Art Blakey, Cedar Walton and                                                         when Randy Weston played around New
                                                                                                 288 Lenox Avenue (between 124th and
                                               Benny Golson in the late ‘70s and early                                                          York with Cecil Payne and Kenny Dorham
Manhattan                                                                                        125th Streets)
                                               ‘80s. During the ‘80s, Fuller toured Europe                                                      that he wrote many of his best loved tunes,
                                                                                                 Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street
                                               regularly with the Timeless All-Stars, and                                                       “Saucer Eyes,” “Pam’s Waltz,” “Little Niles,”
Joe Barnes                                     performed and recorded with the revamped
                                                                                                 (212) 427-0253
                                                                                                                                                and, “Hi-Fly.” His greatest hit, “Hi-Fly,”
Be there when brother Joe Barnes takes         Jazztet in addition to leading a fine session                                                    Weston (who is 6’ 8”) says, is a “tale of
the stage for an evening filled with Calypso   for Savoy in 1993.                                McCoy Tyner Quartet featuring                  being my height and looking down at the
& Reggae music.                                8:30 pm and 10:30 pm - $35.00                     Joe Lovano                                     ground. Randy Weston has never failed
9:00 pm - $10.00                               Iridium Jazz Club                                                                                to make the connections between African
                                                                                                 It is not an overstatement to say that
Nuyorican Poets Cafe                           1650 Broadway (between 51st and 52nd                                                             and American music. His dedication is due
                                                                                                 modern jazz has been shaped by the
236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B         Streets)                                                                                         in large part to his father, Frank Edward
                                                                                                 music of McCoy Tyner. His blues-based
& C)                                           Subway: C or E to 50th Street; 1 or 9 to                                                         Weston, who told his son that he was, “an
                                                                                                 piano style, replete with sophisticated
Subway: F to 2nd Avenue; R to 8th Street       50th Street; N, R or W to 49th Street                                                            African born in America.” “He told me I
                                                                                                 chords and an explosively percussive left
(212) 505-8183                                 (212) 582-2121                                                                                   had to learn about myself and about him
                                                                                                 hand has transcended conventional styles
                                                                                                 to become one of the most identifiable         and about my grandparents,” Weston said
Music - Jazz/Blues/                            Don Byron                                         sounds in improvised music. His harmonic       in an interview, “and the only way to do it
                                                                                                 contributions and dramatic rhythmic            was I’d have to go back to the motherland
Classical/Cabaret                              For over a decade, Don Byron has been
                                               a singular voice in a dizzying range              devices form the vocabulary of a majority      one day.” In the late 60’s, Weston left the
                                               of musical contexts, exploring widely             of jazz pianists. Today, Tyner has released    country. But instead of moving to Europe
Manhattan                                      divergent traditions while continually            nearly 80 albums under his name, earned        like so many of his contemporaries,
                                               striving for what he calls “a sound above         four Grammys and was awarded Jazz              Weston went to Africa. Though he settled
                                                                                                                                                in Morocco, he traveled throughout the
Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz                genre.” As clarinetist, composer, arranger,       Master from the National Endowment for
                                               and social critic, he redefines every genre       the Arts in 2002. He continues to leave        continent tasting the musical fruits of
Big Band                                                                                         his mark on generations of improvisers,        other nations. One of his most memorable
                                               of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-
The music of legendary Cuban composer,                                                                                                          experiences was the 1977 Nigerian festival,
                                               hop, funk, klezmer, or any jazz style from        and yet remains a disarmingly modest and
arranger and trumpeter Chico O’Farrill lives                                                                                                    which drew artists from 60
                                               swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown            spiritually directed man. McCoy Tyner’s
on with his 18 piece Afro-Cuban Jazz Big                                                                                                        cultures. “At the end,” Weston
                                               improvisation. He has been consistently           second release for the McCoy Tyner
Band directed by Chico’s son and pianist,                                                                                                       says, “we all realized that our
                                               voted best clarinetist by critics and readers     Music label is scheduled for a March
Arturo O’Farrill.                                                                                                                               music was different but the
                                               alike in leading international music journals     2008 release. The recording features the
9:00 pm and 11:00 pm - $25 Cover ($10                                                                                                           same, because if you take out
                                               since being named “Jazz Artist of the             stellar rhythm section of Tyner, Ron Carter,
Food/Drink Minimum)                                                                                                                             the African elements of bossa
                                               Year” by Down Beat in 1992. Acclaimed as          and Jack DeJohnette with four modern
Birdland                                                                                                                                        nova, samba, jazz, blues, you
                                               much for his restless creativity as for his       guitarists (and one banjo) of our time: Bill
315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th                                                                                                       have nothing....To me, it’s
                                               unsurpassed virtuosity as a player, Byron         Frisell, Marc Ribot, John Scofield, Derek




                                                                                                                                                                                     Sunday
Avenues)                                                                                                                                        Mother Africa’s way of surviving
                                               has presented a multitude of projects at          Trucks, and Bela Fleck. The package
Subway: A, C or E to 42nd Street Port                                                                                                           in the new world.” Featuring:
                                               major music festivals around the world,           will be a CD/DVD featuring state-of-the-
Authority Bus Terminal; 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, N, Q,                                                                                                    Randy Weston, piano; Alex
                                               including recent performances in Vienna,          art technology that allows the viewer to
R, S or W to Times Square 42nd Street                                                                                                           Blake, bass; and Neil Clarke,
                                               San Francisco, Hong Kong, London,                 manually choose which musician(s) they
(212) 581-3080                                                                                                                                  percussion. Featuring: Randy
                                               Monterey, New Zealand, and on New                 would like to view in the studio at any time
                                               York’s Broadway.                                  during each track. In late 2008, Tyner will    Weston, piano; Billy Harper,
Curtis Fuller’s 75th Birthday                  9:00 pm and 11:00 pm - $20 Cover ($10             release his third recording for McCoy Tyner    tenor saxophone; TK Blue, alto
Party Band                                     Food/Drink Minimum)                               Music, a solo piano performance recorded       saxophone and flute; Benny
Curtis Fuller belongs in the select circle     Village Vanguard                                  live in San Francisco during the summer of     Powell, trombone; Alex Blake,
with J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding and a few       178 Seventh Avenue South (just below              2007. More details regarding this release      bass; and Neil Clarke, drums
others who make the trombone sound             West 11th Street)                                 will be available soon. Featuring: McCoy       and African percussion.
fluid and inviting rather than awkward.        Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 14th Street               Tyner, piano; Gerald Cannon, bass; Eric        7:30 pm and 9:30 pm - $35
His ability to make wide octave leaps and      (212) 255-4037                                    Kamau Gravatt, drums; and Joe Lovano,          Cover ($10 Food/Drink Minimum)
play whiplash phrases in a relaxed, casual                                                       tenor saxophone.                               Jazz at Lincoln Center - Dizzy’s Club Coca-
                                                                                                 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm - $30 Bar; $40 Table      Cola
manner is a testament to his skill. Fuller’s   Eli Fountain & “The                                                                              Broadway at 60th Street
solos and phrases are often ambitious                                                            Blue Note
and creative, and he’s worked in several
                                               Organizers”                                       131 West 3rd Street (between Avenue of         Subway: 1, 9, A, B, C or D to 59th Street
                                               Sunday nights at Minton’s feature a               the Americas and MacDougal Street)             Columbus Circle
fine bands and participated in numerous
                                               percussionist bandleader. This very               Subway: A, C, E, F, V and S to West 4th        (212) 721-6500
great sessions. Fuller studied music in
                                               talented man is Eli Fountain and his Band         Street
high school, then began developing his
                                               is known as “The Organizers”. As if the
skills in an army band, where he played                                                          (212) 475-8592                                 The Melvin Sparks Band
                                               music will not be enough, there’ll also be a
with Cannonball Adderley. He worked                                                                                                             Melvin Sparks is the essential guitar player!
                                               free buffet.
in Detroit with Kenny Burrell and Yusef
                                               9:00 pm, 10:30 pm and Midnight - No
                                                                                                 Randy Weston & African                         He’s the master of the groove! The acid-
Lateef, then moved to New York. Fuller                                                                                                          jazz pioneer! The originator of soul jazz,
                                               Cover (Plus Two Drink Minimum)                    Rhythms w/ Billy Harper
made his recording debut as a leader on                                                                                                         old school acid jazz and BarbecueFunk
                                               Minton’s Playhouse                                After contributing five decades of musical
Transition in 1955, and recorded in the                                                                                                         (FUNKJAZZ). Over the last thirty years he
                                               208 West 118th Street (between St.                direction and genius, Randy Weston
late ‘50s for Blue Note, Prestige, United                                                                                                       has played with some of jazz’s greatest
                                               Nicholas Avenue and Adam Clayton                  remains one of the world’s foremost
Artists and Savoy. He was a charter                                                                                                             musicians: David “Fathead” Newman,
                                               Powell, Jr. Boulevard)                            pianists and composers today, a true
member of The Jazztet with Benny Golson                                                                                                         Lou Donaldson, Hank Crawford, Reuben
                                               Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street; B or C to         innovator and visionary. Encompassing the
and Art Farmer in 1959, then played in                                                                                                          Wilson and John Patton (are amongst
                                               116th Street                                      vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global
Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers from 1961                                                                                                          the many). During the 1970s, Sparks
                                               (212) 864-8346                                    creations musically continue to inform and
to 1965. There were additional recording                                                                                                        backed up Lou Donaldson on the Funk-




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                                   BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
Jazz classics “Everything I Play Is Funky”     King and His ‘Dream’ Still                      4:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Free                         by Maya Angelou. Alumnus Maxwell de
and “Hot Dog”. Sparks recorded seven                                                           Riverside Church                                  Paula’s (B.F.A. ’07, Group 36) dramatic
albums of his own and played on over 100
                                               Relevant                                        490 Riverside Drive (at 122nd Street)             piece will focus on poverty, Robert Battle
                                               Kevin Powell and Akila Worksongs, Inc.
other albums. As a session man for Blue                                                        Subway: 1 or 9 to 125th Street                    (B.F.A. ’94, dance) will choreograph a
                                               present “Looking For Martin: Are Dr. King
Note and Prestige Records, Sparks laid                                                         (212) 870-6700                                    piece on the theme of racism, with live
                                               and His ‘Dream’ Still Relevant?”. Activist
his signature guitar work on many other                                                                                                          music. Students from the Drama Division
                                               and writer Kevin Powell and New York 1
                                                                                               Monday, January 21
musician’s albums without ever being                                                                                                             are creating a work covering the topic of
                                               news anchor Dominic Carter highlight an
in spotlight. It was during this time that                                                                                                       war. Additional contributions come from
                                               afternoon of live performances and multicul
Melvin defined the jazz-guitar sound of a                                                                                                        Juilliard Jazz, including a performance
                                               tural conversations on the life and legacy of
generation. Melvin Sparks is still a much
sought-after studio player, both new and
                                               the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.            Celebrations                                      by trombonist and faculty member
                                                                                                                                                 Wycliffe Gordon; choral works will also
                                               4:00 pm - Free
old talents seek him out now more than                                                                                                           support the commissions and themes.
                                               Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts          Brooklyn
ever. He continues to perform with the                                                                                                           Each of the commissions integrates a
                                               Long Island University 1 University Plaza
greats of this genre such as Leon Spencer                                                                                                        personal connection to the Juilliard M.L.K.
                                               Subway: 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Nevins Street; N or
Jr., Mike Clark and Idris Mohammed and
                                               R to DeKalb Avenue                              22nd Annual Brooklyn Tribute                      celebration with Dr. King’s legacy of peace
is now breaking out his legendary guitar                                                                                                         and hope.
                                               (718) 488-1624                                  to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
wizardry with many younger bands and                                                                                                             7:00 pm - Free
                                                                                               Marty Markowitz, the President of the
artists such as Galactic, The Greyboy                                                                                                            Juilliard School
Allstars, Karl Denson’s Tiny Univers,          Television                                      Borough of Brooklyn, Medgar Evers of the
                                                                                               City University of New York, and BAM invite
                                                                                                                                                 60 Lincoln Center Plaza (Broadway at 65th
Derek Trucks and Robert Walter’s 20th                                                                                                            Street)
                                                                                               you to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr.
Congress. Melvin is geared up to show us       Russell Simmons Def Comedy                                                                        Subway: 1 or 9 to 66th Street
                                                                                               Martin Luther King, Jr. Also speaking will be
all what he does better than anyone else.                                                                                                        (212) 769-7406
Groove hard and in the pocket. Melvin          Jam 95                                          New York City Council Speaker Christine
                                               Comics: Smokey, Tiffany Haddish, Big            C. Quinn. Enjoy songs and stories by
Sparks has perhaps the most inspiring
                                               Rome, Tony Roberts. Give it up for another      soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples              Newark
and soul-energizing guitar chops on this
                                               round of HBO’s hilarious half-hour stand-       and performances by Gary Anglin and the
planet or another. He is admired by many
performers, and audiences old and young        up series! Back for its eighth season, Def      Voices of CCC. At 1pm, there will be a free       Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
                                                                                               screening of At the River I Stand (1993) in
alike, but continues to be a hidden treasure   Comedy Jam will feature new superstar                                                             Celebration
                                               host D.L. Hughley and a rotating lineup of      BAM Rose Cinemas. Also visit BAMcafé
for music fans worldwide. He is soul-jazzy                                                                                                       Bring the whole family to an afternoon
                                               today’s hottest urban comics. Recorded          to view the youth art exhibition Picture the
and funky to the core!                                                                                                                           of activities celebrating the life of the
                                               live at the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles,    Dream, featuring work by residents of the
8:00 pm - Free                                                                                                                                   Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. Here
                                               each show will include performances             New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - Lucille’s                                                                                                         is the lineup for the day: 12:30 & 2 pm
                                               by three to four guest comics, music            10:30 am - Free
237 West 42nd Street (between 7th Avenue                                                                                                         - Theatrical Performance: Finding Strength
                                               presented by veteran deejay Kid Capri,          BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
and 8th Avenue)                                                                                                                                  in Rosa - Witness the moment Rosa Parks
                                               and an appearance by “The Man” himself,         30 Lafayette Avenue (between Ashland
Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9, 7, Q, S or W to Times                                                                                                        refused to move from her bus seat in 1955,
                                               Russell Simmons.                                Place and St. Felix Street)
Square 42nd Street; A, C or E to 42nd                                                                                                            and examine her crucial role in the civil
                                               10:00 pm - Free, Unless They Cut Your           Subway: C to Lafayette Avenue; G to
Street Port Authority; B, D or F to 42nd                                                                                                         rights movement and our nation’s history,
                                               Cable Off                                       Fulton Street; 2, 3, 4, 5, D or Q to Atlantic
Street                                                                                                                                           in the only theatrical performance approved
                                               HBO                                             Avenue
(212) 997-4144                                                                                                                                   by Ms. Parks during her lifetime. ** 3:30 pm
                                                                                               (718) 636-4100
                                                                                                                                                 - Musical Performance: Devoe
                                               The Wire 53: Not For                                                                              Street Baptist Church Choir
Music - R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop                        Attribution                                     Manhattan                                         of Brooklyn, NY - The Devoe
                                               Carcetti’s master plan for the police                                                             Street Baptist Church Choir,
Manhattan                                                                                      A Communal Celebration in                         led by The Pete Malinverni




                                                                                                                                                                                     Sunday - Monday
                                               department is leaked to the press, sending
                                                                                                                                                 Trio featuring Yvette Glover,
                                               the brass into a panic. Marlo turns to          Honor of Dr. Martin Luther
Eric Roberson w/ Fertile                       Proposition Joe to help with an enviable        King, Jr.
                                                                                                                                                 Jody Sandhaus and Afua
                                                                                                                                                 Monk-Addo, will present an
Ground and Deborah Bond                        problem. Whiting and Klebanow drop a            Don’t miss the JCC’s annual standing room         afternoon of spirituals and
As the anticipatory buzz builds to just this   bombshell on the newspaper staff. Michael       only celebration honoring the life and work
                                               finds temporary respite from his life on the                                                      gospel music. ** 4:30 pm -
side of impatience, the headliner takes                                                        of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for an
                                               corner by taking Dukie and Bug on a trip.                                                         Lecture: Words of Inspiration
the stage. From the moment he does, he                                                         uplifting evening as we celebrate King’s
                                               McNulty shares some inside info with Alma,                                                        - Topic: Dr. Martin Luther King,
has the audience eating out of his hand.                                                       vision for justice, peace and civil rights with
                                               but her subsequent story doesn’t cause                                                            Jr.: Man of Peace or Advocate
Women shout his name and toss out                                                              artists, peace and civil rights with artists,
                                               the splash either envisioned. Undaunted,                                                          for Power? Speaker: Junius
song requests. Males and females sing                                                          performances and speakers. Presented by
                                               McNulty looks for a new ally in Freamon.                                                          Williams, Director, The Abbott
along word for word as the tight six-piece                                                     The JCC in Manhattan. www.jccarts.org
                                               9:00 pm and 10:30 pm - Free, Unless They                                                          Leadership Institute, Rutgers,
backing combo feeds off the audience’s                                                         6:30 pm - Free
                                               Cut Your Cable Off                                                                                The State University of NJ, is
vibe. Judging by this scenario, you might                                                      Symphony Space
                                               HBO                                                                                               also a noted attorney, educator,
think a superstar was getting busy onstage.                                                    2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)                    musician and advocate for
But the performer is singer/songwriter Eric                                                    Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 96th Street               urban revitalization.
Roberson. For fans of the independent soul     Worship Services                                (212) 864-1414                                    Noon to 4:30 pm - Free
scene, Roberson -- who has four releases
                                                                                                                                                 Newark Museum
out through his Blue Erro Soul label -- is
                                               Manhattan                                       Juilliard’s Celebration of Martin                 49 Washington Street (between Central
every bit a high-profile crowd pleaser as a
Prince, Usher or Mary J. Blige.                                                                Luther King Jr.                                   Avenue and James Street)
                                                                                                                                                 Train: NJ Transit, Amtrak and PATH trains
8:00 pm (Doors Open at 6:00 pm) - $20.00       A Celebration of the Life of Dr.                Juilliard’s 20th annual celebration of the
                                                                                                                                                 all stop at Newark’s Penn Station. From
                                                                                               life of Martin Luther King Jr., with dance,
Highline Ballroom                              Martin Luther King, Jr.                         drama, and music works created, adapted,          Newark’s Penn Station, take the Newark
431 West 16th Street (between 9th Avenue       This commemorative service at the
                                                                                               and performed by current students                 City Subway to Washington Street. The
and 10th Avenue)                               Riverside Church will be a joyous
                                                                                               and alumni. This year’s performance               Washington Street stop is four blocks south
Subway: A, C or E to 14th Street; L to 8th     experience calling to mind the ministry of
                                                                                               is centered on topics addressed in the            of the Museum
Avenue                                         The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with
                                                                                               writings of Dr. King—poverty, respect,            (973) 596-6550
(212) 414-5994                                 historical video footage from the “Citizen
                                                                                               racism, and war—with commissioned
                                               King” PBS documentary, excerpts from Dr.
Talks/Discussions/                             King’s sermons delivered at The Riverside
                                                                                               works relating to each theme. Current             Family/Youth
                                                                                               D.M.A. student in composition Wayne
                                               Church, and music from three great choirs.
Forums                                         We invite all to join us in our service and
                                                                                               Oquin has composed a set of six art songs
                                                                                               for baritone and piano, using text from Dr.
                                                                                                                                                 Manhattan
                                               celebrate the life of this great American.
                                                                                               King’s speeches. Drama alumna LisaGay
Brooklyn                                       Featuring: The Riverside Choir; The
                                                                                               Hamilton (Group 18) will perform dramatic         A Celebration in Swing: Dr.
                                               Inspirational Choir; The Ebony Ecumenical
                                               Ensemble; and The Bambara Drum &
                                                                                               readings of “A Dream Deferred” by                 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Looking For Martin: Are Dr.                    Dance Ensemble.
                                                                                               Langston Hughes and “Our Grandmothers”            Jazz at Lincoln Center’s young lions




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of jazz, and the Middle School Jazz            by the Star-Gazette and touted as one          116th Street                                   a joke that the baby is hers. Worried that
Academy, set the stage for a lively tribute    of the top drummers in the world. She is       (212) 864-8346                                 Maya is having trouble dealing with the loss
to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Wycliffe   a solid, dependable drummer who can                                                           of their baby, Darnell (Khalil Kain) confronts
Gordon and friends.                            easily move from straight-ahead jazz to        Patience Higgins & The Sugar                   Maya and learns that she has been taking
1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - Free                     rock to funk and back again. She’s upheld                                                     pills to help her cope. Meanwhile, Lynn
Jazz at Lincoln Center - Irene Diamond         the backbeat and created texture for a
                                                                                              Hill Quartet                                   (Persia White) and Joan (Tracee Ellis
                                                                                              Come on out and check out saxophonist
Education Center                               veritable “Who’s Who” in jazz: Jackie                                                         Ross) attend an Erykah Badu concert, and
                                                                                              Patience Higgins & The Sugar Hill Quartet.
Broadway at 60th Street                        McLean, Joe Henderson, Don Pullen,                                                            Lynn’s manager announces that a record
                                                                                              Harlem’s historic Lenox Lounge will be
Subway: A, B, C, D, 1 or 9 to 59th Street      Hugh Masekela, Pharaoh Sanders, Sam                                                           label wants to offer her a deal. Darnell
                                                                                              jumping. This multi-reed player has toured
Columbus Circle                                Rivers, Cassandra Wilson, Angela Bofill,                                                      tells William about how a women’s body
                                                                                              extensively working not just as a sideman
(212) 721-6500                                 Bill Laswell, Buckethead...and the list goes                                                  changes after pregnancy, leaving William to
                                                                                              but also as leader. He is recorded on
                                               on. From her beginnings as a New York                                                         fear that his sex life will never be the same.
                                                                                              over 30 albums and played in more than
Jazz Tribute: Dr. Martin Luther                street performer, Blackman’s rising star has
                                                                                              12 Broadway shows, Ain’t Misbehavin’ &
                                                                                                                                             9:00 pm - Free
                                               been seen by millions of people all over                                                      CW - Channel 11
King, Jr.                                      the world performing with her own group as
                                                                                              Bubbling Brown Sugar just to name a few.
Come on out for a family friendly jazz                                                        9:30 pm to 2:30 am - $10 Cover (Plus Two
tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King featuring
                                               well as providing the percussive backbone
                                                                                              Drink Minimum)                                 Russell Simmons Def Comedy
                                               for retro funk rocker Lenny Kravitz.
Marc Cary & Friends w/special guest Q-
                                               Featuring Cindy Blackman (drums), J.D.
                                                                                              Lenox Lounge                                   Jam 95
Tip. Complimentary cover charge and non-                                                      288 Lenox Avenue (between 124th and            Comics: Smokey, Tiffany Haddish, Big
                                               Allen (tenor saxophone), George Mitchell
alcoholic beverages provided by Target.                                                       125th Streets)                                 Rome, Tony Roberts. Give it up for another
                                               (bass) and Carlton Holmes (keyboard).
Call (212) 258-9595/9795 for reservations.                                                    Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street                 round of HBO’s hilarious half-hour stand-
                                               7:30 pm and 9:30 pm - $20.00
5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 pm - Free                                                                 (212) 427-0253                                 up series! Back for its eighth season, Def
                                               Jazz Standard
Jazz at Lincoln Center - Dizzy’s Club Coca-                                                                                                  Comedy Jam will feature new superstar
                                               116 East 27th Street (between Lexington
Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
                                               Avenue and Park Avenue South)                  Radio Highlights/                              host D.L. Hughley and a rotating lineup of
                                                                                                                                             today’s hottest urban comics. Recorded
                                               Subway: 6 to 28th Street; N, R or W to 28th
Subway: 1, 9, A, B, C or D to 59th Street
                                               Street                                         Broadcasts                                     live at the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles,
Columbus Circle                                                                                                                              each show will include performances
                                               (212) 576-2232
(212) 721-6500                                                                                                                               by three to four guest comics, music
                                                                                              Manhattan
                                                                                                                                             presented by veteran deejay Kid Capri,
                                               Eve Cornelious & The Chip
Music - Gospel                                 Crawford Trio                                  Embracing The Radical King:
                                                                                                                                             and an appearance by “The Man” himself,
                                                                                                                                             Russell Simmons.
                                               Eve Cornelious has had a good year.            Prophetic or Passé?                            11:00 pm - Free, Unless They Cut Your
Manhattan                                      Recently, she became the BET Jazz              Embracing The Radical King: Prophetic          Cable Off
                                               Vocalist Discovery of the Year. Eve,           or Passé? is co-hosted by WNYC’s Brian         HBO
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel                     however, did not begin singing yesterday.      Lehrer and Civic Frame founder and
Queens                                         Eve Cornelious has enjoyed a remarkable        president, April Yvonne Garrett. Social        The Game - “Media Blitz”
                                               career, touring Europe, Japan, and             commentators and the audience explore          When Malik (Hosea Chanchez) makes
Naomi Shelton Davis and the Gospel
                                               Cuba with Roy Hargrove, Jon Hendricks,         the nature of the “Radical King” and how       a politically incorrect statement during
Queens sing Gospel Soul of the highest
                                               Chucho Valdez, Mulgrew Miller, Carl            he might respond to today’s pressing           a press interview, it creates a media
order. Within the Daptone family, Naomi’s
                                               Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Mark Whitfield,        social issues. Portions of the discussion      firestorm and makes him the
name resonates deeply as a rare and
                                               and Tim Warfield. She has performed to         will be broadcast the following day on the     whipping boy for a national
beautiful performer. When she sings,
                                               critical acclaim at festivals around the       Brian Lehrer Show which airs daily from 10     cartoonist. Later, Malik attempts
anyone present is intoxicated and
                                               world, including North Sea, Monterey,          a.m.–noon on 93.9 FM and AM 820. For           to make amends with the
overcome by the love and joy that pours
                                               Montreaux, Newport, Middleheim, and the        more information, see http://www.wnyc.org/     cartoonist but things get out




                                                                                                                                                                                   Monday - Tuesday
from her. Lead by legendary organist Cliff
                                               JVC Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center. She       events/91596.                                  of hand when Malik ends up
Driver, Naomi and the Queens, Enda,
                                               has recorded with Norman Conners and           10:00 am - Free                                punching him. Malik tries to
Bobby, and Cynthia, lay bare the roots of
                                               Ramsey Lewis. Currently the jazz vocal         WNYC - 820 AM                                  find his mom Tasha (Wendy
real Rhythm and Blues with a repertoire
                                               teacher at East Carolina University, Eve’s     One Centre Street 24th Floor (near             Raquel Robinson) to help the
that spans from low-moaning slow rockers
                                               education in music spans both the formal       Chambers Street)                               situation but she is off trying to
to frenetic funk-infused soul workouts.
                                               and the personal, with a degree in music       Subway: 4, 5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge - City    sign a big client. Meanwhile,
Guitarist Tommy TNT Brenneck and
                                               to supplement her careful transcription        Hall; A, C, 1, 2, 3 or 9 to Chambers Street;   overwhelmed with guilt for lying
Bassist Bosco Mann -- both haling from
                                               work of vocal giants Sarah Vaughan, Ella       R or W to City Hall                            to Kelly (Brittany Daniel) for his
Sharon Jones’ inimitable rhythm section,
                                               Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Billie            (212) 669-3333                                 steroid use, Jason (Coby Bell)
the Dap-Kings -- add an extra touch of
                                               Holiday. Born in Newark, NJ and raised                                                        confesses to Derwin (Pooch
spice to what is already a resplendent mix
of Gospel and Soul. For it’s raw soulfulness
                                               in Newport News, VA, Eve feels a special
                                               kinship with Sarah Vaughan and Ella
                                                                                              Television                                     Hall). Tia Mowry also stars.
and uplifting spirituality, Naomi Davis and                                                                                                  9:30 pm - Free
                                               Fitzgerald, who came from those two towns                                                     CW - Channel 11
the Gospel Queens is not an act to be
                                               respectively. Eve also studied with pianist    Everybody Hates Chris
missed.
                                               Mary Lou Williams.                             - “Everybody Hates
                                                                                                                                             Tuesday,
8:00 pm (Doors Open at 6:00 pm) - $15
                                               6:30 pm - $20.00
($12 In Advance)                                                                              Houseguests”
                                               Smoke Jazz Club & Lounge
                                                                                                                                             January 22
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - Main Stage                                                     With Greg’s (Vincent Martella) father out of
                                               2751 Broadway (between 105th Street and
237 West 42nd Street (between 7th Avenue                                                      town, Chris (Tyler James Williams) invites
                                               106th Street)
and 8th Avenue)                                                                               Greg to stay at his house for the week.
                                               Subway: 1 or 9 to 103rd Street
Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9, 7, Q, S or W to Times
Square 42nd Street; A, C or E to 42nd
                                               (212) 864-6662
                                                                                              However, Chris’ attitude changes after
                                                                                              Rochelle (Tichina Arnold) and the rest of
                                                                                                                                             Book Events
Street Port Authority; B, D or F to 42nd                                                      his family start waiting on Greg hand and
Street                                         Jack Jeffers & The New York                    foot and Chris becomes an afterthought.        Manhattan
(212) 997-4144                                 Classic Big Band                               Meanwhile, Julius (Terry Crews), who is
                                               Monday nights at Minton’s feature Jack         making extra cash by driving taxis in his      Author Kai Wright - “Drifting
Music - Jazz/Blues/                            Jeffers & The New York Classic Big Band.
                                               Come on out for a real big band (sixteen
                                                                                              spare time, picks up a fugitive who wants
                                                                                              Julius to drive him all the way to Las
                                                                                                                                             Towards Love: Black, Brown,
                                                                                                                                             Gay, & Coming of Age on the...
Classical/Cabaret                              piece) experience.                             Vegas.
                                                                                                                                             ...Streets of New York” ** Portraits of gay
                                               9:00 pm, 10:30 pm and Midnight - No            8:00 pm - Free
                                                                                                                                             youth of color and their precarious urban
                                                                                              CW - Channel 11
Manhattan                                      Cover (Plus Two Drink Minimum)
                                                                                                                                             lives, there are countless migratory kids
                                               Minton’s Playhouse
                                                                                                                                             who populate the outskirts of New York
Cindy Blackman
                                               208 West 118th Street (between St.             Girlfriends - “Snap Back”                      City’s gay wonderland. These young
                                               Nicholas Avenue and Adam Clayton               At a gathering to celebrate William (Reggie
Cindy Blackman has been touted as “one                                                                                                       people--mostly black or Latino, often
                                               Powell, Jr. Boulevard)                         Hayes) and Monica’s (Keesha Sharp)
of the hottest drummers in the business,”                                                                                                    homeless, but more often from poor
                                               Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street; B or C to      pregnancy, Maya (Golden Brooks) makes          and working-class families--are what



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policymakers and social service agencies          Fulton Street; 2, 3, 4, 5, D or Q to Atlantic    Subway: 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R or W to 14th        Ghost, these singers made the most soulful
call at-risk youth.                               Avenue                                           Street Union Square                             music she has ever heard. Feet tapping,
6:00 pm - Free                                    (718) 636-4100                                   (212) 330-9309                                  low moans, the purest of tones, they used
Hue-Man Bookstore                                                                                                                                  their voices to put the spirit in the songs
2319 Frederick Douglass Boulevard                 Manhattan                                        Latin Jazz Giants                               that urged folk to “get happy”. Steeped in
(between 124th Street and 125th Street)                                                            Born Ernesto Antonio Puente Jr. on April        the tradition of gospel hymns and soul,
Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street; 2 or                                                                                                         she thrived on the effect of a community
3 to 125th Street
                                                  The Soul of Lee Genesis                          20, 1923, Tito Puente became one of the
                                                                                                                                                   gathered to celebrate and support life
                                                  The personification of the word ‘gospel,’        most famous Latin jazz musicians of the
(212) 665-7400                                                                                     20th century. His demise on May 31, 2000        through music, song and prayer. This a
                                                  Lee Genesis was born [Lee Antley] in
                                                                                                   in New York City, due to heart failure,         powerful experience that shapes her music
                                                  Brooklyn, New York, the son of rigorous
Film Events                                       preacher parents who encouraged him to           left his legendary all-star orchestra in        today.
                                                                                                                                                   8:00 pm and 9:30 pm - $10 Cover ($10
                                                  stand up and sing on soap boxes at the           limbo. After more than a year of efforts by
                                                                                                   the Puente family to keep the orchestra         Food/Drink Minimum)
Manhattan                                         tender age of three. Lee would “set up
                                                                                                   together, it eventually disbanded. After        Sweet Rhythm
                                                  shop on the box” and let the ‘good word’ be
                                                                                                   several weeks of phone calls between            88 Seventh Avenue (between Grove Street
                                                  told via song on the local street corners and
Adannggaman                                       on Sunday mornings in one of Brooklyn’s          ex-members of the group and old friends,        and Bleecker Street)
An historical drama about the slave                                                                percussionist Johnny Rodríguez Jr.              Subway: 1 or 9 to Christopher Street -
                                                  foremost Pentecostal Churches. Lambert’s
experience in late-17th Century Western                                                            decided to create a new band. With the          Sheridan Square
                                                  Chapel United Holy Church was founded
Africa, Adannggaman bravely addresses                                                              help of Stew Jackson (a professional            (212) 255-3626
                                                  in 1959, by his parents. Lee’s mother was
an aspect of the slave trade that has                                                              musician and current director and CEO
                                                  the congregation’s powerful Preacher and
previously been ignored in world cinema.
                                                  his father was the brilliant Musical Director.   of the world famous Woody Herman                The Mingus Legacy!
Ossei (Ziable Honore Goore Bi) is a strong-                                                        Orchestra) he formed the Latin Giants of        The Mingus Big Band celebrates the music
                                                  His dad had also been one of the famous
willed young man who stands up to his                                                              Jazz, comprised of former members of the        of the composer and bassist, Charles
                                                  Selah Jubilee Singers recorded extensively
father when he demands that Ossei marry                                                            Tito Puente Orchestra. The new orchestra        Mingus. Mingus died in 1979. Under the
                                                  in the ‘30s and ‘40s and it was he who
a woman he doesn’t love. After running                                                             features the music of Tito Puente, Machito      artistic direction of Sue Mingus, this 14-
                                                  took the time to train the young Lee in the
away from the village, he returns one night                                                        and Tito Rodríguez, paying tribute to the       piece band has performed Thursday nights
                                                  powerful and charismatic vocal techniques
only to discover that his father and girlfriend                                                    music of the Palladium days, in addition to     since 1991 at the Fez under Time Cafe
                                                  so necessary to preaching the Gospel.
have been killed. He eventually locates his                                                        a wide range of new Latin jazz concepts         in New York City, occasionally alternating
                                                  8:00 pm and 10:00 pm - $10.00
mother after a desperate search. She is in                                                         and forms. Having toured the world over         with the Charles Mingus Orchestra. The
                                                  Highline Ballroom
Adanggaman, a horrific kingdom policed by                                                          30 years with the late Tito Puente, many        Mingus Big Band tours extensively in the
                                                  431 West 16th Street (between 9th Avenue
vicious Amazon warriors and controlled by                                                          of these luminaries are well known and          United States and abroad, and has six
                                                  and 10th Avenue)
an inhumane dictator, where the strongest                                                          accepted all over the planet. Just as           recordings to its credit, three of which have
                                                  Subway: A, C or E to 14th Street; L to 8th
and healthiest captives are auctioned off                                                          the music and repertoire of the late Tito       been nominated for Grammys, Charles
                                                  Avenue
to European traders. Ossei does his part                                                           Puente, the music performed by the Latin        Mingus’ left behind one of the largest
                                                  (212) 414-5994
to free his mother, risking his life in the                                                        Giants of Jazz is exciting and appealing        legacies of composition in 20th century
process, and when he befriends a wise old                                                          to all audiences regardless of ethnicity,       American music. At the 1997 Grammy
villager, a new hope for freedom is born.         Music - Jazz/Blues/                              nationality or age. This music never fails to   Awards ceremony, he posthumously
Roger Gnoan M’Bala’s tribute to the victims
of the African slave trade is a controversial
                                                  Classical/Cabaret                                create a dynamic, danceable atmosphere.
                                                                                                   8:30 pm and 11:00 pm - $30 and $40
                                                                                                                                                   received NARAS’s Lifetime Achievement
                                                                                                                                                   Award. In 1993, his entire catalog of works
one, which boldly condemns the role many                                                           Birdland                                        -- scores, recording tapes,
Africans themselves played in contributing        Manhattan                                        315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th       correspondence, photographs,
to slavery. The ethereal acoustic                                                                  Avenues)                                        memorabilia and writings --
soundtrack by Lokua Kanza, floating               Daoud David Williams & The                       Subway: A, C or E to 42nd Street Port           were acquired by the Library of
camerawork by Mohammed Soudani, and
                                                  Spirit of Life Ensemble                          Authority Bus Terminal; 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, N, Q,    Congress. His face appears on
lead performance by Goore Bi, manage to                                                            R, S or W to Times Square 42nd Street           a US postage stamp, and his
                                                  You’ll love the warmth and energy of this
keep Adannggaman optimistic, even at its                                                           (212) 581-3080                                  spirit looms over the Mingus Big
                                                  incredibly swingin’ group! Formed in
most disheartening moments.                                                                                                                        Band wherever they perform.




                                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday
                                                  1975, Spirit of Life Ensemble (SOLE) is
4:00 pm - Free, RSVP Required
                                                  under the leadership of multi-percussionist      Marvel Allen & Her Trio w/                      8:30 pm and 10:30 pm - $25
Schomburg Center for Research in Black                                                                                                             Cover ($10 Food/Drink
Culture
                                                  Daoud David Williams. The music of               Omar Edwards                                    Minimum)
                                                  this captivating, diversified and a true         Tuesday nights in January at Minton’s will
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street)                                                                                                          Iridium Jazz Club
                                                  reflection of the group’s name. Their            feature vocalist Marvel Allen with her trio.
Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street                                                                                                                     1650 Broadway (between 51st
                                                  sound is soulful, passionate, and filled         The marvelous Marvel will be joined on
(212) 491-2200                                                                                                                                     and 52nd Streets)
                                                  with infectious energy, while at the same        the stage by tap dance sensation Omar
                                                  time inventive and thought provoking in                                                          Subway: C or E to 50th Street;
                                                                                                   Edwards “Tapping into Music”.
Music                                             its concept, thereby capturing the spirit of     9:00 pm, 10:30 pm and Midnight - No
                                                                                                                                                   1 or 9 to 50th Street; N, R or W
                                                                                                                                                   to 49th Street
                                                  artistic creativity. Although their music is     Cover (Plus Two Drink Minimum)
                                                  deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, it has                                                      (212) 582-2121
Brooklyn                                                                                           Minton’s Playhouse
                                                  been strongly influenced by the myriad           208 West 118th Street (between St.
Mavis Staples
                                                  of musical styles found in the African           Nicholas Avenue and Adam Clayton                Music - Ongoing
                                                  Diaspora. The rhythms of Latin America,          Powell, Jr. Boulevard)
Endowed with one of contemporary music’s          the Caribbean Islands, Africa, and the
most electrifying voices and idolized by          African-American musical genres of rhythm
                                                                                                   Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street; B or C to       Manhattan
                                                                                                   116th Street
musicians from Pink Floyd to Bob Dylan,           and blues, gospel, funk, and the blues           (212) 864-8346
gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples              permeate the sound of this electrifying                                                          Loston Harris
never stops. She first made her mark more         ensemble, whose “jazz with a world beat”                                                         Jazz vocalist/pianist Loston Harris is as
than five decades ago as the lead voice of        approach leaves your heart dancing long
                                                                                                   Mz. Lezlie Harrison                             classic as the songs on his new album,
The Staple Singers. The group, led by her                                                          Mz. Lezlie Harrison is a singer. Her musical    Timeless. Timeless is the artist’s newest
                                                  after your feet have stopped. The collective
father Roebuck “Pops” Staples, and with                                                            awakening began in earnest after moving         recording since the critically acclaimed
                                                  experience of SOLE members includes
her gifted siblings on harmony, topped the                                                         from New York City, to North Carolina as        Comes Love. The son of a military
                                                  performances and/or recordings with icons
gospel charts and was christened “God’s                                                            a young girl. Through her grandfather,          officer, Loston was born in Bangkok,
                                                  of jazz such as The Ellington Orchestra,
greatest hitmakers.” By the mid-1960s, the                                                         R.L Brown, the Pastor of St. John’s CME         Thailand and was well traveled at a
                                                  The Basie Orchestra, The Hampton
group had become musical allies of Dr.                                                             - a church that was founded by her family       young age. He attended college first
                                                  Orchestra, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie,
Martin Luther King, Jr., with Pops declaring,                                                      nearly 100 years ago - she was exposed          at Virginia Commonwealth University,
                                                  Kenny Barron, John Hicks, Nancy Wilson,
“If he can preach it, we can sing it.”                                                             to and participated in making a joyful noise    later matriculating at Howard University.
                                                  Ahmad Jamal, Charles Mingus, Horace
8:00 pm - $20 to $40                                                                               in the young adult choir. Before the call to    Interestingly enough, Loston was a
                                                  Silver, Buddy Rich, and many others.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House                                                                      worship, the unaccompanied spiritual choir,     percussionist throughout his early studies,
                                                  8:00 pm and 9:30 pm - $15.00
30 Lafayette Avenue (between Ashland                                                               with its inspired vocalists would set the       switching to piano only at the advice of his
                                                  Bahai Center of New York City
Place and St. Felix Street)                                                                        tone of what would become a two to three        new professor, Ellis Marsalis, father of the
                                                  53 East 11th Street (between Broadway
Subway: C to Lafayette Avenue; G to                                                                hour service. Often moved by the Holy           famed Marsalis jazz family and mentor of
                                                  and University Place)



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several other famous jazz artists, including      bombshell on the newspaper staff. Michael        6:00 pm - Free                                 help of Stew Jackson (a professional
Harry Connick Jr. Loston performed as a           finds temporary respite from his life on the     Hue-Man Bookstore                              musician and current director and CEO
member of the prestigious Lincoln Center          corner by taking Dukie and Bug on a trip.        2319 Frederick Douglass Boulevard              of the world famous Woody Herman
Jazz Orchestra, lead by multiple-Grammy           McNulty shares some inside info with Alma,       (between 124th Street and 125th Street)        Orchestra) he formed the Latin Giants of
winner Wynton Marsalis. He also appeared          but her subsequent story doesn’t cause           Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street; 2 or     Jazz, comprised of former members of the
worldwide on the PBS special Portraits in         the splash either envisioned. Undaunted,         3 to 125th Street                              Tito Puente Orchestra. The new orchestra
Blue with fellow pianist and bandleader           McNulty looks for a new ally in Freamon.         (212) 665-7400                                 features the music of Tito Puente, Machito
Marcus Roberts. The two-piano tour of             11:00 pm - Free, Unless They Cut Your                                                           and Tito Rodríguez, paying tribute to the
Gershwin won Marcus Roberts a Grammy
nomination and won both artists rave
                                                  Cable Off
                                                  HBO
                                                                                                   Comedy                                         music of the Palladium days, in addition to
                                                                                                                                                  a wide range of new Latin jazz concepts
reviews before each pianist embarked                                                                                                              and forms. Having toured the world over
                                                                                                   Manhattan
                                                  Wednesday,
once again on leading their own respective                                                                                                        30 years with the late Tito Puente, many
trios and quartets. As Loston’s interest                                                                                                          of these luminaries are well known and
                                                                                                   Laugh Now, Party Later
                                                  January 23
in the classic vocalists, such as Nat King                                                                                                        accepted all over the planet. Just as
Cole and Tony Bennett, grew, he decided                                                                                                           the music and repertoire of the late Tito
                                                                                                   - The New Wendy Williams
to record an album in which he used both                                                                                                          Puente, the music performed by the Latin
                                                                                                   Experience
his vocal as well as instrumental skills.
Comes Love was a critical and commercial
                                                  Benefits/Fundraisers/                            Wendy Williams, “The Queen of Radio”,
                                                                                                                                                  Giants of Jazz is exciting and appealing
                                                                                                                                                  to all audiences regardless of ethnicity,
success, leading the young artist to              Galas                                            is bringing the heat -- and the laughs -- to
                                                                                                   Caroline’s on Broadway, every Wednesday
                                                                                                                                                  nationality or age. This music never fails to
perform at several high-profile events such                                                                                                       create a dynamic, danceable atmosphere.
as the Oscar VIP events in Los Angeles                                                             evening at 9:30 pm. Join Wendy each            8:30 pm and 11:00 pm - $30 and $40
                                                  Manhattan                                        week as she plays host to the country’s
and the GQ Man of the Year Awards in New                                                                                                          Birdland
York. In a cover story in the Washington                                                           best comedians with surprise guests. You       315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th
Post Sunday Magazine, Loston was                  Shades of Black                                  never know what could happen or who            Avenues)
crowned as the “hip of suburban cool” for         This is a new and exciting fundraiser in         could show up at the Wendy Williams            Subway: A, C or E to 42nd Street Port
his blending of traditional jazz riffs, gospel,   New York City to support the educational         Comedy Experience.                             Authority Bus Terminal; 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, N, Q,
and blues with his own unique stylings.           opportunities for the next generation of         9:30 pm - $20 Cover (Plus Two Drink            R, S or W to Times Square 42nd Street
Timeless, which showcases the artist as           UNCF movers and shakers by honoring the          Minimum)                                       (212) 581-3080
a composer as well as performer, reveals          top UNCF movers and shakers of today in          Caroline’s On Broadway
                                                  the areas of Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy      1626 Broadway (between 49th Street and
an intimate view of the artist in such love
                                                  & Public Service. The Shades of Black            50th Street)
                                                                                                                                                  Lionel Loueke
songs as “How Deep is the Ocean” and                                                                                                              Guitarist Lionel Loueke hails from Benin,
“On The Street Where You Live” as well as         event will include a private reception           Subway: N, R or W to 49th Street; 1 or 9
                                                                                                                                                  Africa, and has quickly established himself
romantic originals “If I Say I Love You” and      and awards presentation featuring VIP            to 50th Street; A, C or E to 50th Street; B,
                                                                                                                                                  as one of the most creative young stars
“Twilight”. Loston makes his musical home         guests, honorees and corporate sponsors          D, F or V to 47th-50th Street Rockefeller
                                                                                                                                                  on the international Jazz scene. Since
at the Carlyle Hotel in New York.                 immediately followed by a fabulous “Super        Center
                                                                                                                                                  emerging from the Thelonious Monk
Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 pm to 12:          Viewing Party” featuring a multi-media           (212) 757-4100
                                                                                                                                                  Institute in 2003, Loueke has toured and
30 am; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 pm to 1:         sneak preview of some of the best musical
                                                                                                                                                  recorded with both Herbie Hancock and
00 am - Call For Price                            performances appearing on the upcoming
                                                  nationally televised “An Evening of Stars”
                                                                                                   Music - Jazz/Blues/                            Terence Blanchard. He has released
Bemelmans Bar
The Carlyle Hotel 35 East 76th Street (near       program. The event will also feature top         Classical/Cabaret                              two critically-acclaimed albums for
                                                                                                                                                  ObliqSound—Gilfema and
Madison Avenue)                                   DJ Music, Open Bar & Hors d’oeuvres.
                                                                                                                                                  Virgin Forest—that feature his
                                                  For more information contact Valerie-
Subway: 6 to 77th Street                                                                           Bergen County                                  long-standing trio with bassist
(212) 744-1600                                    Cole Davis at 212-820-0151 or email
                                                                                                                                                  Massimo Biolcati and drummer
                                                  valerie.cole-davis@uncf.org.
                                                  Reception at 5:30 pm; Viewing Party at 6:        Boyz II Men                                    Ferenc Nemeth, and he will
Music - R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop                           30 pm - $100 ($250 VIP)                          The biggest selling group in Motown’s          make his major label debut on




                                                                                                                                                                                       Wednesday
                                                                                                   history and the most successful male R&B       Blue Note Records in March
                                                  Location: The Madison; 27 West 24th
                                                                                                   vocal group of all time. Wayne Morris,         2008 with Karibu (Swahili for
Manhattan                                         Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
                                                                                                                                                  “Welcome”), an expansive
                                                                                                   Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman
                                                                                                   defined the “Philly Soul” in the 90s with      album that presents Loueke’s
Vintage Funk w/ Cheryl Pepsii                     Book Events                                      #1 hits including “End of the Road”, “I’ll     singular voice and features
Riley & “Disfunktion”                                                                              Make Love to You”, “One Sweet Day”, “On        special guest appearances from
Can I get a wha, wha? No, but you can get         Manhattan                                        Bended Knee” and “It’s So Hard to Say          Herbie Hancock and Wayne
on down to the Cafe Wha? on any given                                                              Goodbye”. Their new album “Motown – A          Shorter. Tonight’s performance
Tuesday night for Village Funk w/ Cheryl                                                           Journey Through Hittsville USA” is quickly     features Ferenc Nemeth on
                                                  Author Terrie M. Williams -                                                                     drums and Massimo Biolcati
Pepsii Riley & Disfunktion. The songstress                                                         climbing the charts.
Riley hosts, and evening features, #1             “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like                  8:00 pm - $30 to $80                           on bass.
Billboard Dance artist Inaya Day, Mike            We’re Not Hurting”                               bergenPAC                                      7:30 pm - $15.00
Davis, and Grammy award nominee Schon             According to Terrie M. Williams, it may not      30 North Van Brunt Street (near Palisade       Joe’s Pub
Jomel. Music like it should be -- the Cafe        look like it, but black people are indeed        Avenue)                                        425 Lafayette Street (at Astor
Wha? Funk night has been packing them in          hurting. If you’d like to know how much,         Directions: Use MapQuest for Directions        Place)
for 12 years and counting.                        then you’ll have to come see Ms. Williams        (201) 816-8160                                 Subway: N or R to 8th Street/NYU; 6 to
8:30 pm - $10.00                                  discuss her new book.                                                                           Astor Place
                                                                                                                                                  (212) 539-8777
Cafe Wha?                                         7:00 pm - Free                                   Manhattan
115 MacDougal Street (between Bleecker            Barnes & Noble - Upper West Side
Street and West 3rd Street)                       2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street)
                                                                                                   Latin Jazz Giants                              Patience Higgins and the Sugar
Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F or V to West 4th         Subway: 1 or 9 to 79th Street
                                                                                                   Born Ernesto Antonio Puente Jr. on April       Hill Quartet
Street                                            (212) 362-8835
                                                                                                   20, 1923, Tito Puente became one of the        Wednesday nights at Minton’s will feature
(212) 254-3706
                                                                                                   most famous Latin jazz musicians of the        another Harlem favorite -- Mr. Patience
                                                  Author Zane - “Succulent:                        20th century. His demise on May 31, 2000       Higgins. This multi-reed player has toured
Television                                        Chocolate Flava 2”                               in New York City, due to heart failure,        extensively working not just as a sideman
                                                  Succulent: Chocolate Flava 2 is a sizzling       left his legendary all-star orchestra in       but also as leader. He is recorded on
                                                                                                                                                  over 30 albums and played in more than
The Wire 53: Not For                              installment of 25 tantalizing tales from the     limbo. After more than a year of efforts by
                                                  hottest writers on Zane’s popular web site.      the Puente family to keep the orchestra        12 Broadway shows, Ain’t Misbehavin’ &
Attribution                                       These writers come together to tease and         together, it eventually disbanded. After       Bubbling Brown Sugar just to name a few.
Carcetti’s master plan for the police                                                                                                             Patience will be joined by his “Sugar Hill
                                                  please readers. This collection is written for   several weeks of phone calls between
department is leaked to the press, sending                                                                                                        Quartet”.
                                                  both men and women, and offers an ideal          ex-members of the group and old friends,
the brass into a panic. Marlo turns to                                                                                                            9:00 pm, 10:30 pm and Midnight - No
                                                  format for couples who like to heat things       percussionist Johnny Rodríguez Jr.
Proposition Joe to help with an enviable                                                                                                          Cover (Plus Two Drink Minimum)
                                                  up by sharing the stories together.              decided to create a new band. With the
problem. Whiting and Klebanow drop a



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                                   BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
Minton’s Playhouse                            hop, the Original Apollo Amateur Night         valerie.cole-davis@uncf.org.                  (718) 681-6000
208 West 118th Street (between St.            has launched the careers of major stars        Reception at 5:30 pm; Viewing Party at 6:
Nicholas Avenue and Adam Clayton              like Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Stevie      30 pm - $100 ($250 VIP)                       Brooklyn
Powell, Jr. Boulevard)                        Wonder, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill,          Location: The Madison; 27 West 24th
Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street; B or C to     comedienne Mo’Nique, Fat Joe and               Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
116th Street                                  Jaheim, to name a few. In a fun-filled,
                                                                                                                                           Egypt Reborn
                                                                                                                                           In April, 2003, the Brooklyn Museum
(212) 864-8346                                raucous evening, ambitious amateur             The 5th Annual Champions                      completed the reinstallation of its world-
                                              performers compete against one another
                                                                                             of Diversity Awards (Monday,                  famous Egyptian collection, a process
Sol Village                                   to win the approval and support of the
There is something magical about hearing      ruthless and infamous Apollo audience and      February 11th)                                that took ten years. Three new galleries
                                                                                             The 2008 NY Urban League Champions            joined the four existing ones that had
live musicians, singers and songwriters       a chance to become a 21st Century Apollo
                                                                                             of Diversity honorees include Bank of         been completed in 1993 to tell the story
coming together under one roof with           Legend.
                                                                                             America, The Champions of Diversity           of Egyptian art from its earliest known
no pre-conceived format in a nurturing        7:30 pm - $15 and $25
                                                                                             Awards Breakfast salutes companies that       origins (circa 3500 b.c.) until the period
atmosphere. That’s what Sol Village at        Apollo Theater
                                                                                             understand the need for diversity in the      when the Romans incorporated Egypt into
SOB’s delivers every third Wednesday of       253 West 125th Street (between Adam
                                                                                             job market. They embrace diversity to its     their empire (30 b.c. -- a.d. 395). Additional
each month. As an example of what takes       Clayton Powell Boulevard and Frederick
                                                                                             fullest potential and truly understand to     exhibits illustrate important themes about
place at Sol Village, duet Floetry happened   Douglass Boulevard)
                                                                                             succeed in today’s competitive market;        Egyptian culture, including women’s roles,
to be in town, stopped by, jumped on          Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street; A, B, C, D
                                                                                             diversity must be reflected in every aspect   permanence and change in Egyptian
stage and performed 6 songs. Backed by        to 125th Street
                                                                                             of the workplace. Corporate leadership,       art, temples and tombs, technology
the super tight “Collective”, on different    (212) 531-5300
                                                                                             employment policy, supplier relations and     and materials, art and communication,
nights in the past, there have been                                                                                                        and Egypt and its relationship to the
                                                                                             corporate giving are held as a fundamental
appearances by Musiq, Bilal, John Legend
and Wylde Bunch. The series is hosted         Upcoming Benefits/                             tenet of the organization’s philosophy. By    rest of Africa. More than 1,200 objects
                                                                                                                                           -- comprising sculpture, relief, paintings,
                                                                                             paying tribute to the accomplishments of
by Eric Roberson, one of the most sought
after soul singer/songwriter/producers in     Fundraisers/Galas:                             their annual honorees, the Urban League       pottery, and papyri -- are now on view. The
                                                                                                                                           title of the installation refers to a central
                                                                                             can raise the diversity bar not only in
the business. To be considered for Sol                                                                                                     theme of Egyptian life and to the rebirth
                                                                                             the for-profit sector but not-for-profit
Village, send your demo to either Urban       Associated Black Charities                                                                   of Egyptian art at the Brooklyn Museum.
                                                                                             organizations as well. This year’s honorees
Music agent John “Papa Jube” Altino at        - “2008 Black History Makers                   include Darden Restaurants Inc., FedEx        The ancient Egyptians created many of
pjube@sobs.com or Creative Director Larry
Gold at lgold@sobs.com and you may be
                                              Awards” (Wednesday, February                   Express and Toyota Motor North America        the objects now on view to assist in the
                                                                                                                                           process of rebirth from this world to the
chosen to perform at the next Sol Village!    6th)                                           Inc. Corporate Sponsorships and Journal
                                                                                                                                           next. This unifying idea led to an artistic
                                              You are cordially invited to the Associated    Advertisement Opportunities are available.
8:00 pm (Doors Open at 7:00 pm) - $10.00                                                                                                   conservatism in Egyptian culture that
                                              Black Charities “2008 Black History            For more information, please contact
S.O.B.’s                                                                                                                                   disguises stylistic changes. The balance
                                              Makers Awards”. The evening will honor:        Alyssa Drewes, Event Coordinator of the
204 Varick Street (at Varick Street)                                                                                                       between permanence and change is
                                              The Honorable Andrew J. Young -- Civil         NYUL 5th Annual Champions of Diversity
Subway: 1 or 9 to Houston Street                                                                                                           a theme that resonates throughout the
                                              Rights Activist and Former Congressman,        -- alyssa@ardev.biz.
(212) 243-4940                                                                                                                             installation’s seven galleries.
                                              Former Mayor of Atlanta, and Former            Call For Time - Call For Price/Availability
                                                                                             Rainbow Room                                  Long Term Installation
                                              UN Ambassador; and Dr. Mark E. Dean
The Nathan & Max Lucas                                                                       30 Rockefeller Plaza 65th Floor (49th         Brooklyn Museum of Art
                                              -- Patent Holder -- Three of the Original
Organ Trio                                    PC Patents, IBM Fellow and Vice                Street between 5th Avenue and 6th             200 Eastern Parkway
Join the Nathan and Max Lucas Organ Trio                                                     Avenue)                                       Subway: 2 or 3 to Eastern
                                              President, IBM Corporation. The evening
for an “organsmic” evening at Harlem’s                                                       Subway: B, D, F or V to 47th-50th Streets     Parkway - Brooklyn Museum
                                              will be chaired by Ambassador Carlton A.
historic Lenox Lounge.                                                                       - Rockefeller Plaza                           (718) 638-5000
                                              Masters, President and CEO, Goodworks




                                                                                                                                                                                 Upcoming Benefits
8:00 pm, 9:30 pm and 11:00 pm - No            International, LLC. For further information,   (212) 632-5100
Cover/Minimum                                 please call (212) 838-2660, Ext 14.                                                          Pharaohs, Queens, and
                                                                                             Art Exhibitions:                              Goddesses
Lenox Lounge                                  Reception and Dinner at 6:00 pm - Call For
288 Lenox Avenue (between 124th and           Price/Availability                                                                           This exhibition is the inaugural
125th Streets)                                Marriott Marquis Hotel                                                                       biographical gallery show of
Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street                1535 Broadway (between 45th Street &           Bronx                                         a series in the Elizabeth A.
(212) 427-0253                                46th Street)                                                                                 Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
                                              Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, N, Q, R, S or W to      Quisqueya Henriquez: The                      Presented in tandem with The
Poetry/Spoken Word                            Times Square 42nd Street; A, C or E to
                                                                                             World Outside
                                                                                                                                           Dinner Party by Judy Chicago,
                                              42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal;                                                     the exhibition is dedicated to
Events                                        B, D, F or V to 47-50 Streets / Rockefeller
                                                                                             For the first major survey of Quisqueya
                                                                                                                                           powerful female pharaohs,
                                                                                             Henríquez’s work in the United States, The
                                              Center                                                                                       queens, and goddesses from
                                                                                             Bronx Museum will present a selection
Manhattan                                     (212) 398-1900
                                                                                             of sculptures, installations, drawings,
                                                                                                                                           Egyptian history. The central
                                                                                                                                           object of the exhibition is an
                                                                                             photographs, videos, and light/sound
Write From Wrong                              Shades of Black (Wednesday,                    works spanning the last two decades of
                                                                                                                                           important granite head from the
                                                                                                                                           Brooklyn Museum collection
You are cordially invited to “Write From      January 23rd)                                  the artist’s career. The Cuban-Dominican
                                                                                                                                           of Hatshepsut, the fifth pharaoh of the
Wrong” -- a showcase of words by young        This is a new and exciting fundraiser in       multi-disciplinary artist uses a wide
                                                                                                                                           Eighteenth Dynasty (1539–1292 b.c.), and
people who have survived the prison           New York City to support the educational       variety of genre and media to engage
                                                                                                                                           one of the 39 women represented with
industrial complex. With an open mic          opportunities for the next generation of       the viewer in reexamining issues related
                                                                                                                                           a plate at The Dinner Party. Hatshepsut
hosted by Frank Black.                        UNCF movers and shakers by honoring the        to the environment and its role in the
                                                                                                                                           is featured alongside other women and
7:00 pm - $7.00                               top UNCF movers and shakers of today in        production of cultural clichés. In works
                                                                                                                                           goddesses from Egyptian history, including
Nuyorican Poets Cafe                          the areas of Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy    such as Helado de Agua de Mar Caribe
                                                                                                                                           queens Cleopatra, Nefertiti, and Tiye
236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B        & Public Service. The Shades of Black          (Caribbean Seawater Ice Cream) (2002),
                                                                                                                                           and the goddesses Sakhmet, Mut, Neith,
& C)                                          event will include a private reception         she humorously addresses the stereotype
                                                                                                                                           Wadjet, Bastet, Satis, and Nephthys—
Subway: F to 2nd Avenue; R to 8th Street      and awards presentation featuring VIP          of the Caribbean as a “hot-blooded”
                                                                                                                                           many of whom are featured on The Dinner
(212) 505-8183                                guests, honorees and corporate sponsors        individual. Through her work, Quisqueya
                                                                                                                                           Party’s tiles. By incorporating multiple
                                              immediately followed by a fabulous “Super      Henríquez invokes the sights, sounds,
                                                                                                                                           objects from the Museum’s extraordinary
Talent/Variety Shows                          Viewing Party” featuring a multi-media
                                              sneak preview of some of the best musical
                                                                                             tastes, and textures of the city—all the
                                                                                             sensory experiences that make urban life
                                                                                                                                           Egyptian collection, the exhibition
                                                                                                                                           encourages viewers to make visual and
                                              performances appearing on the upcoming         chaotic and provocative.
Manhattan                                     nationally televised “An Evening of Stars”     Through Sunday, January 27th
                                                                                                                                           historical connections with the Museum’s
                                                                                                                                           long-term installation Egypt Reborn, which
                                              program. The event will also feature top       Bronx Museum of the Arts
                                                                                                                                           has additional objects on view pertaining to
One Mic...One Stage...One                     DJ Music, Open Bar & Hors d’oeuvres.           1040 Grand Concourse (at 165th Street)
                                                                                                                                           Pharaohs, Queens, and Goddesses.
Chance...Apollo Amateur Night                 For more information contact Valerie-          Subway: 4 to 161st Street; D or B to 161st
                                                                                                                                           Through Sunday, January 20th
From jazz to be-bop, from disco to hip-       Cole Davis at 212-820-0151 or email            Street/Yankee Stadium
                                                                                                                                           Brooklyn Museum of Art




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200 Eastern Parkway                             (212) 769-5100                                   a range of different visual vocabularies        Through Sunday, February 3rd
Subway: 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway -                                                              and materials, this is evident in dynamic       Whitney Museum of American Art
Brooklyn Museum                                 Intimate Portraits: Jeanne                       depictions of the human form conceived to       945 Madison Avenue (at 75th Street)
(718) 638-5000                                                                                   enhance, venerate, and amplify the power        Subway: 6 to 77th Street
                                                Moutoussamy-Ashe                                 of sacred relics. The exhibition provides       (800) 944-8639
                                                An autobiographical journey into the realm
The Arts of Africa                              of the “crises”, photographs by Jeanne
                                                                                                 a foundation for greater appreciation

                                                                                                                                                 Ongoing Music:
More than 250 works from the Museum’s                                                            of central Africa’s cultural legacy and
                                                Moutoussamy-Ashe. This catalogue
African art collection, one of the most                                                          the relationship of its art to other major
                                                exhibition consists of 20 works, floral
important in the world, are on view.                                                             traditions from around the world. Since
                                                images and non-clothed self portraits.
Included are religious and ceremonial           Through Saturday, January 19th
                                                                                                 sacred relics have served as the catalysts      Loston Harris
objects, as well as furniture, textiles,                                                         for some of the most exalted and revered        Jazz vocalist/pianist Loston Harris is as
                                                Bill Hodges Gallery
architectural fragments, household items,                                                        creations in the history of Western,            classic as the songs on his new album,
                                                24 West 57th Street (between Fifth Avenue
and objects of personal adornment.                                                               Eastern, and African civilizations, the         Timeless. Timeless is the artist’s newest
                                                and Sixth Avenue)
The galleries also contain large-scale                                                           exhibition considers reliquaries from other     recording since the critically acclaimed
                                                Subway: F to 57th Street; N, R or W to 5th
photographs and videos by Carol                                                                  world cultures alongside those produced         Comes Love. The son of a military
                                                Avenue / 53rd Street
Beckwith and Angela Fisher. Among                                                                in Africa, thereby drawing upon related         officer, Loston was born in Bangkok,
                                                (212) 333-2640
the masterpieces in this installation                                                            works from other parts of the Metropolitan’s    Thailand and was well traveled at a
are an extraordinary stone figure of a                                                           encyclopedic collections.                       young age. He attended college first
man holding a crocodile, created by an
                                                Di·a·lec·ti·cal                                  Through Sunday, March 2nd                       at Virginia Commonwealth University,
                                                Vicente Pimentel (1947-) studied at the          Metropolitan Museum of Art
unknown Sapi artist of Sierra Leone in                                                                                                           later matriculating at Howard University.
                                                National School of Fine Arts, broadening         1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
the fifteenth century; a striking Kanaga                                                                                                         Interestingly enough, Loston was a
                                                his knowledge in Marseille, and Paris,           Subway: 4, 5 or 6 to 86th Street
mask constructed of wood, leather,                                                                                                               percussionist throughout his early studies,
                                                France. He has earned top awards                 (212) 535-7710
pigment and vegetable fiber, created by an                                                                                                       switching to piano only at the advice of his
                                                in contests and biennials held in the
unknown Dogon artist in the Sanga region                                                                                                         new professor, Ellis Marsalis, father of the
                                                Dominican Republic, in addition to the
of Mali; a large selection of Ethiopian                                                          Kori Newkirk: 1997-2007                         famed Marsalis jazz family and mentor of
                                                prize “Ville de Vírtry”, obtained in 1982
crosses produced from the thirteenth to                                                          Kori Newkirk (b. 1970) is a celebrated          several other famous jazz artists, including
                                                in France. He has had solo exhibitions
the twentieth centuries for personal and                                                         multidisciplinary artist whose conceptual       Harry Connick Jr. Loston performed as a
                                                in Paris, Stockholm and Santo Domingo
ceremonial purposes; and an exquisite                                                            practice is based on transforming               member of the prestigious Lincoln Center
                                                and group shows in Madrid, Paris,
pair of silver anklets made by an unknown                                                        modest materials into loaded signifiers         Jazz Orchestra, lead by multiple-Grammy
                                                Stockholm, Canary Islands, London,
nineteenth-century Berber artist in the                                                          that question both cultural and aesthetic       winner Wynton Marsalis. He also appeared
                                                Havana, Rijeka (Yugoslavia), Nice,
southern Sahara. Also included are the                                                           notions of beauty. Newkirk elegantly blends     worldwide on the PBS special Portraits in
                                                Copenhagen. Pimentel’s paintings are
familiar masterpieces that are icons of                                                          medium and message-using photographs,           Blue with fellow pianist and bandleader
                                                predominantly abstract forms floating
the Museum’s African collection, among                                                           wax, hair pomade, beads and neon lights-        Marcus Roberts. The two-piano tour of
                                                in space, with figurative illusions, in the
them the superb fragment of a terra-cotta                                                        to forge a new paradigm in art practice.        Gershwin won Marcus Roberts a Grammy
                                                presence of thoughtlessness and vitality.
head from the Ife Kingdom of Nigeria, an                                                         This survey exhibition presents work            nomination and won both artists rave
                                                He visualizes a future filled with question
idealized representation of a sacred king                                                        produced since Newkirk received his             reviews before each pianist embarked once
                                                marks, overwhelmed by technology and the
and one of the oldest surviving sculptures                                                       MFA from the University of California at        again on leading their own respective trios
                                                decay of the physical and the spiritual.
from West Africa; a wood and brass figure,                                                       Irvine, includes a site-specific project and    and quartets. As Loston’s interest in the
                                                Through Saturday, January 26th
carved by an unknown Kuba artist, of King                                                        illustrates how interrelated strands of his     classic vocalists, such as Nat King Cole
                                                G.R. N’Namdi Gallery
Mishe miShyaange maMbul, the earliest                                                            practice have converged and developed           and Tony Bennett, grew, he
                                                526 West 26th Street - #316 (between 10th
known surviving example of a Ndop or a                                                           over time.                                      decided to record an album in
                                                Avenue and 11th Avenue)
figure representing the spirit double of a                                                       Through Sunday, March 9th                       which he used both his vocal
                                                Subway: C or E to 23rd Street; 1 or 9 to
king; and the sixteenth- or seventeenth-                                                         Studio Museum In Harlem                         as well as instrumental skills.
                                                23rd Street
century metal figure of a horn blower by                                                         144 West 125th Street (between Lenox            Comes Love was a critical and




                                                                                                                                                                                      Ongoing Theater
                                                (212) 929-6645
an unknown Edo artist in the Royal Court                                                         Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.             commercial success, leading
of Benin.                                                                                        Boulevard)                                      the young artist to perform at
Brooklyn Museum of Art                          Eternal Ancestors: The Art of                    Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street; 2 or      several high-profile events
200 Eastern Parkway                             the Central African Reliquary                    3 to 125th Street                               such as the Oscar VIP events
Subway: 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway -             This exhibition presents some of the most        (212) 864-4800                                  in Los Angeles and the GQ
Brooklyn Museum                                 celebrated creations of African masters in a                                                     Man of the Year Awards in
(718) 638-5000                                  new light. Many of these works were muses        Kara Walker: My Complement,                     New York. In a cover story in
                                                to members of the Western avant-garde,                                                           the Washington Post Sunday
                                                                                                 My Enemy, My Oppressor, My
Manhattan                                       who collected and closely studied them                                                           Magazine, Loston was crowned
                                                for their inventive aesthetic qualities in       Love                                            as the “hip of suburban cool”
                                                their studios during the early 20th century.     Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy,           for his blending of traditional
AMNH Hall of African Peoples                                                                     My Oppressor, My Love, the artist’s first       jazz riffs, gospel, and blues
                                                In light of their role in altering the course
Africa, a continent of nearly 12 million                                                         full-scale American museum survey,
                                                of Western art, the works examined are                                                           with his own unique stylings.
square miles and more than 700 million                                                           features works ranging from her signature
                                                among the most influential masterpieces                                                          Timeless, which showcases the
inhabitants, boasts a rich array of cultures.                                                    black-paper silhouettes to film animations
                                                of the African artistic canon. This exhibition                                                   artist as a composer as well as
The Hall of African Peoples explores this                                                        and more than 100 works on paper. Among
                                                addresses the sensation these now-classic                                                        performer, reveals an intimate view of the
great diversity, highlighting the traditional                                                    the most complex and prolific American
                                                works, appreciated for their beauty alone                                                        artist in such love songs as “How Deep is
lifestyles and customs of people living                                                          artists of her generation, Walker has gained
                                                for over a century, generated among the                                                          the Ocean” and “On The Street Where You
in Africa’s grasslands, deserts, forests,                                                        international recognition for her room-size
                                                earliest generation of African art amateurs.                                                     Live” as well as romantic originals “If I Say
and river regions. The religious, political,                                                     tableaux depicting historical narratives
                                                But beyond that, it reveals the significance                                                     I Love You” and “Twilight”. Loston makes
economic, and domestic aspects of life are                                                       haunted by sexuality, violence, and
                                                of these works to their cultures of origin by                                                    his musical home at the Carlyle Hotel in
highlighted through artifacts and dioramas.                                                      subjugation, but made using the genteel
                                                revealing the underlying sources of cultural                                                     New York.
On display are masks, musical instruments,                                                       18th-century art of cut-paper silhouettes.
                                                and spiritual inspiration that led to their                                                      Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 pm to 12:
farming tools, religious idols, ceremonial                                                       Over the years the artist has used drawing,
                                                creation in equatorial Africa. Drawn from                                                        30 am; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 pm to 1:
costumes, and more. Dioramas depict a                                                            painting, colored-light projections, writing,
                                                the most important collections of African art                                                    00 am - Call For Price
variety of scenes, from the Berbers of the                                                       shadow puppetry, and, most recently, film
                                                in Europe and the United States, the more                                                        Bemelmans Bar
desert in North Africa to the Mbuti pygmies                                                      animation to narrate her tales of romance,
                                                than 150 works featured are from fourteen                                                        The Carlyle Hotel 35 East 76th Street (near
in the Congo. Also featured are the Yoruba,                                                      sadism, oppression, and liberation.
                                                distinct cultural traditions in Cameroon,                                                        Madison Avenue)
Pokot, and Bira peoples, among others.                                                           Walker’s scenarios challenge conventional
                                                Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic                                                           Subway: 6 to 77th Street
This exhibition is one of the museum’s                                                           readings of American history and expose
                                                of Congo, and the Democratic Republic of                                                         (212) 744-1600
permanent culture halls.                                                                         the collective, and ongoing, psychological
                                                the Congo. These sculptural masterpieces,
American Museum of Natural History                                                               injury caused by the legacy of slavery.
                                                                                                                                                 Ongoing Theater:
                                                which ultimately transcended their original
Central Park West at 79th Street                                                                 After its presentation at the Walker and
                                                cultural contexts to enter the mainstream
Subway: B or C to 81st Street; 1 or 9 to                                                         the Whitney, the show will travel to the
                                                of universal art, were created to portray
79th Street                                                                                      Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
                                                ancestors as vital intermediaries. Through                                                       Manhattan


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                                    BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
                                                originated the role of Celie in The Color       reminiscent of the wreckage of the original       The Museum of Contemporary African
Celia                                           Purple’s Atlanta debut.                         Penn Station, suggests that the intolerable       Diasporian Arts (MoCADA) is devoted
Celia takes the audience on a musical           Open Run                                        human disaster that is always happening           to utilizing the visual arts as a medium
journey through the life and music of singer    Call For Showtimes                              somewhere else is now happening here.             to address, discuss, debate and resolve
Celia Cruz from her humble beginnings in        $85 to $250                                     Directed by Alfred Preisser. Original score       contemporary social, politic and economic
Cuba to international stardom. Featuring        Broadway Theatre                                by Musical Director Kelvyn Bell.                  issues that disproportionately affect the
most of Celia’s greatest hits and told          1681 Broadway (between 52nd and 53rd            Through Sunday, February 10th                     people of the African diaspora through the
through the eyes of Pedro Knight, Celia’s       Streets)                                        Call For Showtime                                 creation of innovative exhibitions, public
husband, audiences will experience the          Subway: 1 or 9 to 50th Street; C or E to        $40                                               programs, community outreach initiatives
Celia that few people knew but millions         50th Street;                                    Aaron Davis Hall / Harlem Stage                   and educational interactive tours. The
loved. This musical version of the life and     (212) 239-6200                                  West 135th Street and Convent Avenue              experiences and cultural contributions
music of Celia Cruz will undoubtedly seal                                                       Subway: 1 or 9 to 137th Street                    of people of African descent have been
her status as the “Queen of Salsa” and “La      The Lion King                                   (212) 650-7148                                    grossly marginalized throughout history.
Guarachera de Cuba”. The show will be           If you have not seen this show yet, then                                                          MoCADA’s mission is to undertake the

                                                                                                Cultural Recreation:
performed in English on Saturdays @ 5pm         you don’t know what you are missing. This                                                         responsibility of rewriting this history in
and Sundays @ 7pm, and in Spanish in all        is a show for all ages. You don’t have to                                                         order to give a more accurate portrayal of
other performances.                             have children with you to see the show.                                                           contributions to the historical, artistic and
Through Sunday, June 1st                        Yes it is based on the movie, and yes some      Skate Key                                         cultural landscape of the world by people of
Call For Showtimes                              of the songs are the same, but this thing       Deep in the heart of the boogie down (the         African descent.
$65 to $90                                      is absolutely brilliant and is well worth the   Bronx that is) is one of the world’s most         80 Hanson Place (at South Portland
New World Stages                                price. The Lion King is the story of a young    famous cultural destinations, the Skate           Avenue)
340 West 50th Street (between 8th Avenue        lion cub named Simba who struggles to           Key. Come here if you want to get your            Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, B or Q to Atlantic
and 9th Avenue)                                 accept the responsibilities of adulthood        “urban style” skate on. The R&B/Hip-Hop           Avenue; D, M, N or R to Pacific Avenue; C
Subway: C or E to 50th Street; 1 or 9 to        and his destined role as king. To bring         music is always pumpin’ and roller skates,        to Lafayette Avenue; G to Fulton Street
50th Street                                     the classic 1994 film to life, Disney turned    not roller blades, are the order of the day.      (718) 230-0492
(212) 239-6200                                  to the story’s roots, its rich mythology,       Rooooock, skate! Roooooll, bounce!
                                                powerful human drama and primal (yes,           220 East 138th Street (at Canal Place)            Weeksville Heritage Center
Come Back, Little Sheba                         primal) African rhythms to create a fantastic   Call For Price - Call For Time                    Historic Weeksville was a nineteenth
S. Epatha Merkerson stars in Manhattan          new musical unlike anything Broadway has        Subway: 6 to 3rd Avenue - 138th Street; 4         century community located in the Ninth
Theatre Club’s production of William            ever seen. Winner of 6 1998 Tony Awards,        or 5 to 138th Street - Grand Concourse            Ward of Brooklyn, New York. It was named
Inge’s classic play. Lola is a faded beauty     including Best New Musical, The Lion King       (718) 401-0700                                    for James Weeks, an African American
queen trapped in a lonely marriage to           is an adventure into another world.                                                               who purchased land there in 1838 from
Doc, a recovering alcoholic on the brink        Call For Showtimes                              Harlem Lanes                                      Henry C. Thompson (another free African-
of relapse. When a pretty young woman           $75 to $100                                     Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane!   American). An article in the New York
becomes a boarder in their cluttered            New Amsterdam Theatre                           Nope! It’s a bowling alley. Yes ladies and        Age, February 22, 1906, recalling the
Midwest home, their lives are unsettled as      214 West 42nd Street (between Broadway          gentlemen there is a bowling alley in the         earlier period, said that Mr. Weeks, a
unspoken passions rise to the surface. As       & 8th Avenue)                                   sky, and it is called Harlem Lanes. Well it       stevedore and a respected member of the
the emptiness of their marriage is laid bare,   Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, N, Q, R, S or W to       may not be quite in the sky, but it is up --      community, “owned a handsome dwelling
can they find their way back to each other      Times Square 42nd Street; A, C or E to          on the third and fourth floor of the building     at Schenectady and Atlantic Avenues.”
or will they be undone? Come Back, Little       42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal         that houses the Alhambra Ballroom. So if          Weeksville was home to
Sheba first premiered at the Booth Theatre      (212) 307-4747                                  bowling is your thing, then by all means          ministers, teachers and other
in 1950, winning Tony Awards for both                                                           come on out; the place is definitely family       professionals, including the
                                                Three Mo’ Tenors                                                                                  first female African-American




                                                                                                                                                                                       Cultural Institutions
Shirley Booth and Sidney Blackmer. Booth                                                        friendly. In addition to the actual lanes, the
went on to win an Oscar for her portrayal       Willette Murphy Klausner presents Marion        third floor features a kitchen and food-proof     physician in New York state,
of Lola in the 1952 film version. The play      J. Caffey’s Three Mo’ Tenors, an exciting       seats so you can get your grub on and             and the first African-American
was revived off-Broadway in 1984 starring       staged concert featuring three amazingly        not have to worry about the kids getting          police officer in New York
Shirley Knight and Philip Bosco.                versatile African American tenors. These        grease all over the place. There is also a        City. Weeksville had its own
Through Sunday, March 16th                      tenors bring the house down with thrilling      party room for kiddie parties. The lanes on       schools and churches, an
Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm;            performances of Opera, Broadway, Jazz,          the 4th floor are complemented by a bar,          orphanage, an old age home,
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:            Gospel, Soul, Spirituals, and the Blues.        a party room suitable for grown folks. and        and one of the first African-
00 pm                                           The program begins with Verdi, but soon         sexy leather couches to rest on between           American newspapers,
Call For Price                                  the music of Motown, Ray Charles and            turns. Why leather couches? Because the           the Freedman’s Torchlight.
Biltmore Theatre                                Usher has the tenors grooving on the stage      grown folks will be looking too good to be        During the violent draft riots of
261 West 47th Street (between Broadway          and the audience dancing in the aisles.         sitting on plastic. Some will undoubtedly         1863, the community served
and 8th Avenue)                                 Critical acclaim and standing ovations have     be rockin’ Harlem Lanes paraphernalia             as a refuge for hundreds
Subway: 1 or 9 to 50th Street; C or E to        greeted Three Mo’ Tenors where ever they        -- which features t-shirts, tees, and for the     of African-Americans who
50th Street                                     have appeared -- in Chicago, Los Angeles,       ladies (or the cross-dressers) the stiletto       fled Manhattan. A historic
(212) 239-6200                                  Detroit, Toronto, and even in Edinburgh,        bowling shoes. To top it all off, Harlem          settlement of great national
                                                Scotland and Armenia.                           Lanes is owned by two sisters. That’s right,      significance that developed in
                                                                                                                                                  the midst of nineteenth century Brooklyn,
The Color Purple                                Open Run                                        now you can get your bowl on and keep
                                                                                                                                                  Weeksville has become a testament to
This emotional and beloved novel comes          Call For Showtimes                              your money in the community at the same
                                                $75.00                                          time. Harlem Lanes...anything else is just        the perseverance of Post-Civil War African
to life on stage at the Broadway Theatre
                                                Little Shubert Theatre                          bowling!                                          Americans and a powerful symbol of the
this fall. From Alice Walker’s classic
                                                422 West 42nd Street (Between 9th               2110-2118 Adam Clayton Powel Boulevard            endurance of a community. Weeksville
Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the
                                                Avenue and Dwyer Street)                        (at 126th Street)                                 was “rediscovered” in 1968 when its four
landmark film by Steven Spielberg, comes
                                                Subway: A, C or E to 42nd Street - Port         Call For Price - Call For Hours                   remaining historic dwellings were spotted
a soul-stirring new musical. The Color
                                                Authority Bus Terminal                          Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street; A, B, C or        from the air.
Purple is an inspiring family saga that
                                                (212) 239-6200                                  D to 125th Street                                 1698 - 1708 Bergen Street (between
tells the unforgettable story of a woman,
                                                                                                (212) 678-BOWL                                    Buffalo & Rochester Avenues)
who, through love, finds the strength to
                                                                                                                                                  Subway: A or C to Utica Avenue
triumph over adversity and discover her         Trojan Women                                                                                      (718) 623-0600
unique voice in the world. With a moving
book and a score featuring gospel, jazz,
                                                Are we somehow complicit in the
                                                disintegration and violence that is always      Cultural
                                                                                                                                                  Manhattan
ragtime and the blues, The Color Purple is
ultimately a story of hope, a testament to
                                                happening somewhere else? This radically
                                                re-imagined version of the Greek classic,       Institutions:
the healing power of love and a celebration     featuring actual testimony from survivors                                                         African Burial Ground National
of life. Starring LaChanze as Celie. A Tony     of recent civil wars in Sierra Leone and        Brooklyn                                          Monument
nominee for her breakout performance            Liberia, asks that very question. The play,                                                       From the late 1600s until the mid 1790s,
in Once On This Island, LaChanze also           set in “the ruins of a great civilization”      MoCADA                                            both free and enslaved Africans were




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                                     BlackNYC • January 17 - January 23, 2008
buried in a five to six acre burial ground in    phase of a current renovation/expansion          & Recreation, operated by the Lewis H.         Red Velvet Cake that is good for you.
Lower Manhattan, outside the boundaries          included a new facade, lobby, entry court,       Latimer Fund, Inc., and is a member of the     How do we know this? Because nothing
of the settlement of New Amsterdam,              pavilion, as well as repairs to the sculpture    Historic House Trust.                          this sinfully good could possibly be good
later known as New York. Lost to history         courtyard. The next phase of expansion,          34-41 137th Street (near Leavitt Street)       for you. And for that matter, there is not
due to landfill and development, the             slated to be completed in 2004, will add         Subway: 7 to Flushing Main Street, then        a damn thing at the Cake Man Raven
grounds were rediscovered in 1991 as a           2,5000 new feet of gallery space.                Q25 Bus to Linden Place                        Confectionary that is good for you. C.M.R.C
consequence of the planned construction          144 West 125th Street (between Lenox             (718) 961-8585                                 is where you’ll find will find the Cake Man
of a Federal office building. The African        Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.                                                             himself, his Red Velvet Cake, and a long
Burial Ground National Monument is the           Boulevard)                                       Louis Armstrong House                          list of other dessert items that might be in
first National Monument dedicated to             Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street; 2 or       Louis Armstrong was wealthy and famous,        a diabetic’s nightmare. Because you need
Africans of early New York and Americans         3 to 125th Street                                an international celebrity who could have      to know, that list includes cakes, cookies,
of African descent. It is the newest National    (212) 864-4800                                   lived anywhere. In 1943, he and his wife,      pies, pastries, plus brownies and bars.
Monument in New York City, joining the                                                            Lucille, settled in a modest house in          708-A Fulton Street (between South Oxford
Statue of Liberty, Governors, Island, and        Newark                                           Corona, Queens, where they lived for the       Street and South Portland Avenue)
Castle Clinton.                                                                                   remainder of their lives. This unpretentious   Subway: C to Lafayette Avenue; G to
Duane Street (adjacent to 290 Broadway)                                                                                                          Fulton Street; 2, 3, 4, 5, B or Q to Atlantic
Subway: R or W to City Hall; 2 or 3 to Park
                                                 Newark Museum                                    house was Louis’s haven from the road,
                                                                                                                                                 Avenue
                                                 Though by no means dedicated exclusively         a home where he entertained friends and
Place; 4, 5 or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge - City                                                        neighbors, and created a remarkable            (718) 694-2253
                                                 to people or art of the African diaspora, the
Hall; J, M or Z to Chambers Street                                                                record of his life through his writings,
                                                 Newark Museum’s sustained commitment
(212) 337-2001
                                                 to the broad community that it serves -          collages, and home recordings. The Louis       Five Spot ($)
                                                 - which obviously includes a large black         Armstrong House was built in 1910 by           Be prepared to smack somebody after
Apollo Theater                                   population -- ensures that you’ll always find    architect Robert Johnson. The house was        eating at the Five Spot. You’ll want to slap
It is impossible to know just how many of        something at the museum that is relevant         originally a two story, clapboard-sided        whoever brought you there ‘cause this ain’t
yesterday’s and today’s superstars got their     to you and your experience.                      house designed as a two-family residence.      health food. It’s soul food damnit and you’ll
start at Harlem’s legendary Apollo theater.      49 Washington Street (between Central            During their decades in the house, the         be hooked! The Five Spot also features
If they did not exactly get their start there,   Avenue and James Street)                         Armstrongs made many changes. After            live music.
a stop at the Apollo certainly represented       Train: NJ Transit, Amtrak and PATH trains        Louis’s passing, the house was declared        459 Myrtle Ave (between Washington
a milestone in many a career. The stage          all stop at Newark’s Penn Station. From          a National Historic Landmark (1977),           Avenue and Waverly Avenue)
still plays a role in creating tomorrow’s        Newark’s Penn Station, take the Newark           and a few years after Lucille’s death in       Subway: G to Clinton-Washington Avenues
superstars by continuing to play host to the     City Subway to Washington Street. The            1983, it was designated as a City of New       (718) 852-0202
world-famous amateur night -- Showtime At        Washington Street stop is four blocks south      York Landmark (1986). Their house and
The Apollo. Regularly scheduled tours are        of the Museum                                    its furnishings remain very much as they       Junior’s ($$)
available.                                       (973) 596-6550                                   were during Louis and Lucille’s lifetime.      What is the most famous institution in
253 West 125th Street (between Adam                                                               The house is a testament to Armstrong’s        Brooklyn? Is it the Brooklyn Museum?
Clayton Powell Boulevard and Frederick                                                            innate humility and lack of pretension,
Douglass Boulevard)
                                                 Queens                                           which enabled him to escape the pitfalls
                                                                                                                                                 Nope! Is it Prospect Park? Nope! Is it the
                                                                                                                                                 Brooklyn Botanic Garden? Absolute not! It
Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street; A, B, C, D                                                        often associated with fame and fortune and     is none of these places. The most famous
to 125th Street                                  Lewis H. Latimer House                           earned him the enduring affection of his       institution in Brooklyn is home to Brooklyn’s
(212) 531-5300                                   Museum                                           neighbors.                                     best cheesecake -- Junior’s! If you feel
                                                 The Latimer House was the home of                34-56 107th Street (between 34th Avenue        like pigging out on the most
El Museo del Barrio                              African-American inventor and electrical         and 37th Avenue)                               decadent menu in Brooklyn,
When Puerto Rican educators, artists and         pioneer Lewis Howard Latimer from 1903           Car: Use MapQuest for Directions (Zip-         then check out Junior’s. An
                                                 until his death in 1928. The son of escaped      Code: 11368)




                                                                                                                                                                                      Restaurants of Note
community activists founded El Museo                                                                                                             added bonus is that Junior’s is
del Barrio in 1969, they envisioned an           slaves, Latimer was born in 1848. After          (718) 478-8274                                 open late.
educational institution that would reflect the   serving in the Union Navy during the Civil                                                      386 Flatbush Avenue Extension

                                                                                                  Restaurants of
richness of their culture. Thirty years later,   War, he taught himself mechanical drawing                                                       (at DeKalb Avenue)
as New York City’s only Latino museum            and quickly rose to become chief draftsman                                                      Subway: B, M, Q or R to DeKalb

                                                                                                  Note:
dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean             at a Boston patent attorney’s firm. There                                                       Avenue; 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Nevins
and Latin American art, El Museo retains         he executed the drawings for Alexander                                                          Street
its strong community roots as a place            Graham Bell’s telephone. Soon, Latimer’s                                                        (718) 852-5257
of cultural pride and self-discovery, yet        talent earned him a position at the United       Brooklyn
                                                 States Electric Light Company, where he
projects itself nationally through exciting                                                                                                      Keur N’ Deye ($$)
                                                 was introduced to the field of electricity and
exhibitions and programs.                                                                         Akwaaba Cafe ($$)                              Not only are Senegalese
1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)              the newest ideas in lighting technology.
                                                                                                  The Akwaaba Cafe is not closed. R.I.P.         people among the world’s
Subway: 6 to 103rd Street                        In 1879 he invented the carbon filament
                                                                                                  Akwaaba Cafe.                                  most beautiful, their food is
(212) 831-7272                                   and patented several improvements
                                                                                                  393 Lewis Avenue (between Decatur Street       pretty awesome too. If you are
                                                 to the incandescent lightbulb. He
                                                                                                  and Macdonough Street)                         in the mood for a wonderfully
                                                 eventually supervised the construction of
Schomburg Center for                                                                              Subway: A to Utica Avenue                      seasoned robust meal -- at a
                                                 lighting systems for individual buildings,
Research in Black Culture                        complexes, and factories in London,
                                                                                                  (718) 774-1444                                 really reasonable price -- check out Keur
A research library of The New York Public                                                                                                        N’ Deye.
                                                 Philadelphia, Montreal, and New York. In
Library devoted to collecting, preserving        1885, Latimer met Thomas Edison and              Brawta Caribbean Cafe ($$)                     737 Fulton Street (between South Portland
and providing access to resources                                                                 Now you have to be real confident to claim     Avenue and South Elliott Place)
                                                 began working for Edison Electric Light
documenting the experiences of peoples of                                                         to have the best Jamaican food this side       Subway: G to Fulton Street; C to Lafayette
                                                 Company in New York. While working with
African descent throughout the world.                                                             of the West Indies. But what Jamaican do       Avenue
                                                 Edison, Latimer was named the company’s
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street)                                                         you know who isn’t confident? We’re not        (718) 875-4937
                                                 chief engineer and patent investigator. He
Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street                   worked with Edison for 25 years. Latimer         quite sure if this is the best Jamaican food
(212) 491-2200                                   and his wife purchased this house on Holly       this side of the West Indies -- or in New      Mo-Bay ($$)
                                                 Avenue in Flushing in 1903. Latimers’            York City for that matter -- but the food at   Potted plants and small tables highlight this
Studio Museum In Harlem                          daughters, Louise and Jeanette, grew             cozy/casual Brawta is certainly is worth the   intimate, cheap, cheery, family-run Fort-
Since its inception in 1968, The Studio          up in the house, and it remained in the          trip. Check it out!                            Greene Jamaican-Soul Food spot. Don’t
Museum in Harlem has been dedicated              Latimer family until Louise’s death in 1963.     347 Atlantic Avenue (at Hoyt Street)           forget to check out the vegetarian and/or
to mounting groundbreaking exhibitions,          Threatened with demolition, the House            Subway: A, C or G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn         fresh fish dishes. If you’re in Manhattan,
presenting stellar public programs and           was moved from Holly Avenue to Leavitt           (718) 855-5515                                 check out the Harlem Mo-Bay.
championing art and artists of African           Field in 1988. Today, exhibitions and public                                                    112 DeKalb Avenue (between Ashland
descent. In 1979, the New York Bank for          programs call attention to Latimer’s many        Cake Man Raven Confectionery                   Place and St. Felix Street)
                                                                                                                                                 Subway: M, N, Q, R or W to DeKalb
Savings donated the current 60,000 square        contributions to science and American life.      ($)                                            Avenue
foot facility at 144 West 125th Street to        The Lewis H. Latimer House is owned by           Let’s just be honest. There is nothing about
The Museum. A recently completed first           the New York City Department of Parks                                                           (718) 246-2800




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                                                                                                   sleek as it gets; sleek gray Italian marble     highlights southern cuisine: fresh grilled
Night of the Cookers ($$$)                      Wing Wagon ($)                                     floors, sleek lounge chairs suspended from      seafood, classic salads, and hearty steaks
Located in the heart of Fort Greene,            It ain’t no thing but a chicken wing! What!?       the ceiling, sleek unisex bathroom stalls,      accompanied with seasonal vegetables
Night of the Cookers offers continental         What did that mean? Why did we ever say            sleek flat-screen televisions, and some of      and mashed potatoes. Free live music
culinary favorites in a pleasantly inviting     that? Because if the chicken wings are as          the sleekest VIP rooms -- including a cigar     nightly.
atmosphere that is perfect for casual dining    good as the ones they’re serving up at the         lounge and a billiard lounge -- that you        237 West 42nd Street (between 7th Avenue
or just hanging out in the bar area. Notable    Wing Wagon -- a Brooklyn institution --            will ever see. Named for baseball players       and 8th Avenue)
selections include the Blackened Catfish,       then the phrase doesn’t even make sense.           who have scored 40 home runs and stolen         Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9, 7, Q, S or W to Times
Bourbon Chicken, Spinach Ravioli and the        Now if we said “yo dog, that shit was a            40 bases in one season, the 40/40 Club          Square 42nd Street; A, C or E to 42nd
Blackened Seafood Platter. Check it out!        Wing Wagon chicken wing”, referring to the         attracts players of a different sort -- urban   Street Port Authority; B, D or F to 42nd
767 Fulton Street (between South Oxford         chicken wing in the affirmative, then that         professionals with an appetite for all things   Street
Street and Cumberland Street)                   would make sense. If you have not had a            sport, and who can afford the downtown          (212) 997-4144
Subway: G to Fulton Street; C to Lafayette      Wing Wagon chicken wing, then fly over             drink and appetizer prices.
Avenue                                          there today and hook yourself up with any          6 West 25th Street (between 5th Avenue          Ida Mae Kitchen -n- Lounge
                                                                                                   and 6th Avenue)
(718) 797-1197                                  one of the many varieties of chicken wings
                                                                                                   Subway: N or R to 23rd Street; F to 23rd
                                                                                                                                                   ($$$)
                                                they offer.                                                                                        On Monday June 9, 2003, the longitude
                                                                                                   Street; 6 to 23rd Street
NY Perks (Bar/Lounge)                           351 Flatbush Avenue (near Sterling Place)
                                                                                                   (212) 989-0040
                                                                                                                                                   of haute couture and the latitude of haute
NY Perks is Brooklyn’s premier lounge.          Subway: Q to 7th Avenue; 2 or 3 to Bergen                                                          cuisine converged at the corner of 38th and
They offer a wonderful selection of             Street                                                                                             Broadway in Manhattan with the opening
martinis, cocktails and wines from Italy,       (718) 398-0501                                     Blue Smoke ($$$)                                of The Passion Restaurant Group’s new
Australia, South Africa, France, Chile, New                                                        If jazz and barbecue are your things, then      restaurant, Ida Mae’s Kitchen-n-Lounge.
Zealand, Spain and Sonoma. NY Perks is          Manhattan                                          you have struck gold in Blue Smoke. Why?        With a sophisticated menu of New
family owned and operated and is the only                                                          Because upstairs is delicious barbecue          American cuisine and an interior decor that
                                                                                                   and downstairs is the jazz club “The Jazz
African American owned martini and wine         Houston - 14th Streets                             Standard”. Blue Smoke Jazz Standard
                                                                                                                                                   exudes elegance, Ida Mae offers a new
lounge in New York. NY Perks is a 3,400                                                                                                            definition of “in good taste.” And finally, we
square foot facility complete with plasma                                                          gives you the option of sitting upstairs and    have three words, “Sweet Potato Ravioli”.
monitors, waterfall and private cigar deck.
                                                Negril Village ($$$)                               enjoying a delicious pulled pork sandwich,      111 West 38th Street (between 6th Avenue
                                                Located in the heart of Greenwich Village,         pan-fried catfish, succulent beef brisket or
If you are a wine connoisseur, or you just                                                                                                         and 7th Avenue)
                                                Negril Village promises to entertain your          one of the other great dishes; or you can
want a cocktail, then check NY Perks out!                                                                                                          Subway: B, D, F or V to 42nd Street /
                                                soul as well as your palette in a classy           go downstairs to listen to some fantastic
193 Smith Street (between Baltic Street                                                                                                            Bryant Park; 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, N, Q, R, S or W
                                                environment. The latest installment in the         music while you enjoy one of same great
and Warren Street)                                                                                                                                 to Times Square 42nd Street
                                                Negril chain specializes in Nu Caribbean           barbecue delicacies that you can order
Subway: F or G to Bergen Street                                                                                                                    (212) 704-0038
                                                cuisine or what is dubbed “New York Savvy          upstairs.
(718) 237-2901
                                                Caribbean cuisine”. The menu embraces              116 East 27th Street (between Lexington
                                                the cooking styles and techniques of               Avenue and Park Avenue South)
                                                                                                                                                   Michael Jordan’s Steak House
Solomon’s Porch ($$)                            destinations such as Trinidad (i.e. Chicken        Subway: 6 to 28th Street; N, R or W to 28th     ($$$$)
Thankfully, Solomon’s Porch doesn’t             Roti), Puerto Rico (i.e. Island Paella), and                                                       If you have tons of loot, or just feel like
                                                                                                   Street
serve any liquor. If they did, it probably      of course Jamaica (i.e. Jerk Chicken and                                                           splurging, then you need to make your
                                                                                                   (212) 447-7733
wouldn’t attract the health conscious           Ackee). Set on two levels, the restaurants                                                         way into Grand Central Terminal for a
variety of neighborhood folks who flock to      décor can be described as contemporary                                                             meal at Michael Jordan’s Steak
it for its menu of healthful wraps, delicious                                                      Justin’s ($$$)
                                                yet natural. The spacious dinning room,                                                            House. It is not likely that you’ll
smoothies, and down home desserts                                                                  R.I.P. Justin’s Restaurant. Justin’s closed
                                                on the upper level, boasts bamboo floors                                                           run into his airness but you
that they dish out in this cozy setting of                                                         at the end of 2007.
                                                and seashell lined walls; while the Rhum                                                           will get a hell of a steak, some




                                                                                                                                                                                           Restaurants of Note
tables and chairs with a living room, or                                                           31 West 21st Street (between 5th Avenue
                                                lounge, on the lower level, warms you with                                                         outstanding mashed potatoes
two, thrown in for good measure. Just in                                                           and 6th Avenue)
                                                its raisin interior, red lacquer floors, and in-                                                   and if creamed spinach is your
case you need a reminder of what all this                                                          Subway: F or V to 23rd Street; N, R or W to
                                                house DJ. Live Reggae, Calypso, and Latin                                                          thing, some excellent creamed
tastily healthful food served in a laid back                                                       23rd Street
                                                bands will further enchant you as you sip                                                          spinach. If you really know
environment will do for you, look no further                                                       (212) 352-0599
                                                one of Negril Village’s many tropical drinks.                                                      the deal, you’ll have some
than to Solomon himself -- who is more          70 West 3rd Street (between LaGuardia                                                              of Michael’s Macaroni and
often than not in the place keeping it real     Place and Thompson Street)                         Maroons ($$)                                    Cheese. There are obviously
and laid back. Bring an extra $5 with you       Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F or V to West 4th          Jamaican, Caribbean and southern cuisine        other tasty items on the menu
just in case there is a performance in the      Street                                             in a charming space in Chelsea!                 and you can eat at the bar if
house on the evening you visit.                 (212) 477-2804                                     244 West 16th Street (between 7th and 8th       the dining room is too formal for
307 Stuyvesant Avenue (at Halsey Street)                                                           Avenues)                                        your taste.
Subway: A or C to Utica Avenue                                                                     Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 14th Street; A, C or
(718) 919-8001
                                                Pink Tea Cup ($$)                                  E to 14th Street
                                                                                                                                                   Grand Central Terminal 23
                                                The Pink Tea Cup just might have the                                                               Vanderbilt Avenue (between
                                                                                                   (212) 206-8640                                  43rd Street and 44th Street)
                                                best pancakes in the city. Even if you are
Sugarcane ($$)                                  not a pancake fan, the other breakfast                                                             Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 or S to Grand
It’s busy on Flatbush Avenue, it always is;     items -- check out the Salmon croquettes           Negril Caribbean Restaurant                     Central 42nd Street
the same seems to hold for Sugarcane,           -- are certainly worth the wait. Wait you          ($$$)                                           (212) 655-2300
one of Brooklyn’s newest restaurants            will, because the pink tea cup is kind of          Caribbean delights are the hallmark of this
offering Caribbean cuisine. This makes          small and you are not the only one looking         well-established Caribbean eatery. Don’t        Soul Cafe ($$$)
sense though. While there is certainly          for a hell of a breakfast at a reasonable          forget to complement your meal with a           The roots of this large but warm and
no shortage of Caribbean restaurants            price. If lunch and dinner are anything like       lovely Caribbean cocktail.                      friendly “cafe” are in the Caribbean, the
in Brooklyn, there are few restaurants          breakfast, then you can’t go wrong with this       362 West 23rd Street (between 8th Avenue        South and in Africa. This is reflective of its
dishing up “stylish Caribbean cuisine”          west village soul food mecca. Down-home            and 9th Avenue)                                 ownership as well as its cuisine. Signature
in a hip/stylish, fairly intimate setting. If   and intimate best describe the feel of the         Subway: C or E to 23rd Street                   dishes like jerk prawns, sweet potato
Sugarcane’s stylish facade -- through           place.                                             (212) 807-6411                                  soufflé, plantain-crusted red snapper
which funky Brooklynites can be seen            42 Grove Street (between Bleecker Street                                                           and island jerk duck with a Merlot and
chillin’ with cocktails in hand -- does not
beckon you to come on in, then the lovely
                                                and Bedford Street)                                35th - 59th Streets                             red currant reduction are tantalizingly
                                                Subway: 1 or 9 to Christopher Street                                                               delicious. There is usually some type of
little menu replete with tasty delectables      (212) 807-6755                                                                                     entertainment going on to complement
ranging from Rasta Pasta to Heritage Stew                                                          B.B. King Blues Club & Grill -                  your meal.
Chicken certainly should. If you are not
                                                15th - 34th Streets                                Lucille’s ($$$)                                 444 West 42nd Street (between 9th Avenue
hungry, then just drop by for a drink.                                                             This mahogany framed, bi-level bar &            and 10th Avenue)
238 Flatbush Avenue (near Bergen Street)                                                           grill offers an intimate yet casual dining      Subway: A, C or E to 42nd Street Port
Subway: 2 or 3 to Bergen Street; B or Q to      40/40 Club (Bar/Lounge)                            atmosphere. Colorful contemporary art           Authority Bus Terminal
7th Avenue                                      There is only one word that describes Jay-         create the perfect environment for a            (212) 244-7685
(718) 230-3954                                  Z’s 40/40 Club -- sleek. This is about as          memorable lunch or dinner. The menu




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Upper East Side                                   (212) 579-0222                                   twist,” says general manager Seth Harris.         diverse offering of delicious Asian cuisine
                                                                                                   An interior design by nightlife legend            has opened in Harlem. Get there now
One Fish Two Fish ($$$)                           Harlem                                           Steve Lewis of Marquee and Spa fame, a            before a line begins to form outside. If
                                                                                                   world-class deejay booth (of course) and          for some reason you can’t get in, there
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
                                                                                                   a stage for live acts promise that famous         is always Ginger Express -- their version
Not too long ago the estate of Dr. Seuss          Amy Ruth’s ($$)                                  friends of the owners will be stopping by.        of take-out. Or better yet, grab a seat at
was reportedly trying to prevent One Fish         Amy Ruth’s just might be the only
                                                                                                   Check the Cherry Lounge out but call first        the fully stocked bar and wait for a table
Two Fish from trade marking the restaurant        restaurant in Manhattan to have a
                                                                                                   ‘cause it ain’t always open. Valet parking is     with the rest of Harlem’s beautiful people.
name. You better get to this seafood hot          “Kool-Aid of the Day” on the menu. This,
                                                                                                   available.                                        Ginger is worth the wait.
spot before they have to change the name.         however, is not the only thing on the
                                                                                                   454 West 128th Street (near Amsterdam             1400 Fifth Avenue (at 116th Street)
There’s a lot on this robust seafood menu         home-style southern cuisine menu that
                                                                                                   Avenue)                                           Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street; 6 to 116th
but don’t go in there looking for any red         will make you feel like you are back home.
                                                                                                   Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street; 1 or        Street
fish.                                             Though Amy Ruth’s only opened in 1998,
                                                                                                   9 to 125th Street                                 (212) 423-1111
1399 Madison Avenue (at 97th Street)              there is something about the place that
                                                                                                   (212) 662-0900
Subway: 6 to 96th Street                          makes you feel as if it has been around
(212) 369-5677                                    for longer than that. A lot of that probably                                                       Harlem Grill (($$$))
                                                  has to do with the comfortably casual tone       Cotton Club ($$$$)                                A new legend had been born uptown. The
                                                                                                   In the days of old, the world famous Cotton       Harlem Grill is a restarant/bar/supperclub
Upper West Side                                   set by proprietor Carl S. Redding. If you
                                                                                                   Club gained fame and recognition for the          that celebrates the flavors, the sounds,
                                                  are in need of some good old-fashioned
                                                  southern food and want to enjoy it in a          Black talent on its stage and the Black           and the lure of Harlem. The menu is New
Dallas BBQ -- Upper West Side                     warm, comfortable setting, then check out        patrons who were refused entry. Since             American with an emphasis on seafood.
($)                                               Amy Ruth’s.                                      reopening in 1976, the club has worked            The service is warmly professional and the
Before the Dallas BBQ in Washington               113 West 116th Street (between Lenox             hard to regain its past glory while opening       setting is reminiscent of a Harlem supper
Heights opened a couple of years ago,             Avenue and 7th Avenue)                           its doors to all. For a fantastic night of        club in the 1940’s. Tufted leather walls and
the Upper West Side Dallas BBQ was the            Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street                   dining and dancing check out the still            deeply curved banquettes surround dinner
closest one to Harlem. Needless to say,           (212) 280-8779                                   famous Cotton Club.                               guests as the amber lighting envelopes
it was difficult to find an empty seat in                                                          666 West 125th Street (just West of               them. The lounge serves a range of
the joint. Since Washington Heights has                                                            Broadway)                                         specialty cocktails at both the bar and
opened, you can now at least get a seat
                                                  Baton Rouge ($$$)                                Subway: 1 or 9 to 125th Street                    at plush booths in the back room. Live
                                                  If you made your way up to Harlem recently
before starving to death. The menu and                                                             (212) 663-7980                                    performances of blues, jazz, comedy, and
                                                  looking for the Sugar Hill Bistro, then
prices here are like the other locations                                                                                                             R&B are featured every night of the week.
                                                  you would be disappointed. The Sugar
throughout Manhattan -- which means
                                                  Hill Bistro is gone. But alas, the most          Creole ($$$)                                      2247 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard
that if you skip the cocktails, you can eat a                                                      It is always a good sign when the owner           (between 132nd Street and 133rd Street)
                                                  beautiful restaurant space in Harlem now
meal and leave with some cash still in your                                                        of a restaurant, in this case Kevin Walters,      Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street; B or C to
                                                  has new ownership and a new menu.
wallet. But then again, who can resist those                                                       walks around his/her establishment                135th Street
                                                  The exquisitely renovated four story lime
tasty and highly intoxicating cocktail.                                                            meeting/greeting patrons -- particularly
                                                  stone building on Harlem’s Sugar Hill is
27 West 72nd Street (between Columbus
                                                  now Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge offers the          when the food is as good as it is at              Harlem Tea Room ($)
Avenue and Central Park West)                                                                      Creole. Turtle Soup, Curried Butternut            Tea anyone? But of course...but only if it is
                                                  finest in southern cuisine with an obvious
Subway: B or C to 72nd Street; 1, 2, 3 or 9                                                        Squash Soup, Alligator Gumbo, Gumbo               uptown at the Harlem Tea Room. And while
                                                  emphasis the cuisine of Louisiana. Expect
to 72nd Street                                                                                     Ya-Ya, Crawfish Etoufee, Crawfish                 you are at it, don’t miss out on one of the
                                                  a real treat!
(212) 873-2004                                                                                     Roasted Chicken, Beef Toulouse, Sweet             fantastically delicious desserts
                                                  458 West 145th Street (between
                                                  Amsterdam Avenue and Convent Avenue)             Potato Bread Pudding, Red Velvet Cake             that go along with the broad
Shark Bar ($$)                                    Subway: A, B, C or D to 145th Street             and Coconut Flan are just a few of the            assortment of tea offerings.




                                                                                                                                                                                            Restaurants of Note
Still trendy -- after all these years -- buppie   (212) 491-5505                                   provocative items on the menu. To top it all      You’ll also find an assortment
hangout with good food a happening bar                                                             off, there is live entertainment on Tuesday       sandwiches, melts, salads,
scene. Southern/Soul.                                                                              through Sunday nights.                            soups and specialty quiches;
307 Amsterdam Avenue (between 74th
                                                  Bayou ($$)                                       2167 Third Avenue (at 118th Street)               because as quiet as it is kept,
                                                  This gem of a restaurant serves up Cajun-
Street and 75th Street)                                                                            Subway: 6 to 116th Street                         real men do indeed enjoy
                                                  Creole cuisine and is right around the
Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 72nd Street                                                                (212) 876-8838                                    quiche. And for you proper -- or
                                                  corner from Bill Clinton’s uptown office. It
(212) 874-8500                                                                                                                                       at least curious -- types, the
                                                  ‘s one of Bill’s uptown favorites but don’t
                                                  show up thinking you are going to bump           Den (Bar/Lounge)                                  Harlem Tea Room offers a three
Sugar Bar ($$$)                                   into him. You’re better off just going for the   There are two reasons why there is a              course afternoon tea seating
Dark, intimate and sexy, the Sugar Bar is                                                          bouncer at the rope that keeps you from           every Saturday from 1:00 pm to
                                                  great food.
Nick Ashford’s vision, concept and dream                                                           freely entering Harlem’s Den. 1) The Den          4:00 pm.
                                                  308 Lenox Avenue (between 125th Street
come true. This lovely bar, restaurant and                                                         is a very “funky” bar/lounge/restaurant           1793A Madison Avenue (at
                                                  and 126th Street)
lounge combines Nick’s bountiful respect                                                           whose youthful energy reminds you of the          118th Street)
                                                  Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street
for African Culture, tradition and spirituality                                                    now closed Mekka in its heyday. 2) The            Subway: 6 to 116th Street
                                                  (212) 426-3800
with his love for the work of the artisans                                                         Den is tiny, less than half the size of the       (212) 348-3471
from the African continent. Decorated with                                                         defunct Mekka. But don’t let the velvet rope
a collection of traditional natural resources
                                                  Cherry Lounge (Bar/Lounge)                       discourage you. Grab a few of your closest        Judi’s (Bar/Lounge)
                                                  The first thing you need to know about
and artifacts from Nigeria, Central Africa,                                                        friends and head on over to the Den for           Judi’s bills itself as a bar and lounge, but if
                                                  The Cherry Lounge is that it is difficult to
Zaire, Burundi, The Sudan, Senegal and                                                             an evening of moderately priced food and          you go up in there and don’t order some of
                                                  get to. It is walking distance from the A, B,
other nations of the African continent, this                                                       cocktails. Get there early though, ‘cause         the delicious southern food that Judi cooks
                                                  C, D, 1 or 9, but it is located in Harlem’s
bar and full service restaurant offers a                                                           you know how Black people are when it             at home and then brings to work (Judi’s
                                                  version of the meat-packing district. If
wonderful menu of Afro-Caribbean delights.                                                         comes to funky little establishments -- once      doesn’t have a commercial kitchen), then
                                                  you are driving, you must go up or down
All of the entrees, from The Ashford                                                               they are seated, they’ll try their best to stay   you are either not hungry or a fool. With
                                                  Amsterdam Avenue and turn east onto
& Simpson Paella (Calamari, Shrimp,                                                                there all night. The Den is open Tuesday          some training, anybody can mix a fanciful
                                                  128th Street. The Cherry Lounge is
Mussels, & Chicken in Arborio Rice) to the                                                         through Wednesday 6:00 pm to 1:00 am              cocktail -- and Judi is no exception -- but
                                                  located on a dead-end street. The second
Parrilla De Mar (Grilled Prawns, Calamari,                                                         and Thursday through Saturday 6:00 pm             not everybody can make the three cheese
                                                  thing you need to know about the Cherry
Shrimp, Scallops and the Catch of the                                                              to 4:00 am.                                       macaroni, turkey wings, cabbage, meatloaf
                                                  Lounge is that it is well worth the pain you
Day w/ Rice & Beans) to the Las Chuletas                                                           2150 5th Avenue (between 132nd Street             or other delicious food that Harlem born
                                                  will experience getting there. The Cherry
(Grilled Pork Chops w/ Rice, Beans, &                                                              and 131st Street)                                 and raised Judi is cooking up. When you
                                                  Lounge is beautiful. Not since Jimmy’s
Plantains) are delicious and can hardly                                                            Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street; 4, 5 or 6 to      chat with Judi -- she is usually behind the
                                                  uptown has Harlem seen so lovely a place.
be eaten after having one of the lovely                                                            125th Street                                      bar -- she will tell you that she loves to
                                                  When musical A-listers Timbaland and DJ
appetizers. The bread pudding w/ rum                                                               (212) 234-3045                                    cook and comes from a family of chefs.
                                                  Clue wanted to create a serious hip-hop
sauce is not to be missed.                                                                                                                           These two things will be obvious to you
                                                  venue, they ignored downtown and went
254 West 72nd Street (between Broadway
                                                  to Harlem. The result: an old warehouse          Ginger ($$)                                       after eating your meal. If for some reason
and West End Avenue)                                                                               Ginger, a large beautifully designed and          you are just not hungry, then you can have
                                                  that’s been gutted and renovated - and
Subway: 1, 2, 3 or 9 to 72nd Street                                                                constructed sit down restaurant with a            a cocktail while lounging in one of the egg-
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shell leather couches up front, at one of the    from the south (and black) she must have         Revival Restaurant & Bar ($$)
cozy tables, or by taking a seat in the back     some great family recipes. The Vogue             This uniquely lovely space is home to           Starbucks ($)
at the bar.                                      editor was absolutely correct and the rest       a delicious offering of food -- French          Here it is y’all -- Harlem’s only Starbucks.
2308 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard               is history. First came the cookbook and          American cuisine infused with the               This one is owned by Magic Johnson so if
(between 135th Street and 136th Street)          then the very well received restaurant. The      influences of Caribbean, Creole and             you want to keep the funds in the Johnson
Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street; B or C to        moderately priced food is great. So much         Soul -- that you will not find anyplace         family, then see a movie at the Magic
135th Street                                     so that you’ll soon be using Miss Mamie’s        else in Harlem. The owners set out to do        Johnson movie theaters and then walk
(212) 690-0353                                   for your catering needs. They do catering        something unique -- mission accomplished.       over a couple of scenic avenues to Magic’s
                                                 as well.                                         2367 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (at           Starbucks. Yes it is true that they have
Londel’s Supper Club ($$$)                       366 West 110th Street (between Columbus          127th Street)                                   wireless internet access, but you have to
You can feel owner Londel Davis’ presence        and Manhattan Avenues)                           Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street            have a T-Mobile account to connect.
in Londel’s even when he is not there.           Subway: B or C to Cathedral Parkway              (212) 222-8338                                  77 West 125th Street (at Lenox Avenue)
The feel of the place is always warm and         (110th Street); 1 or 9 to Cathedral Parkway                                                      Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street
                                                 (110th Street)
friendly and the “sophisticated” southern
                                                 (212) 865-6744
                                                                                                  Settepani Bakery ($$)                           (917) 492-2454
cuisine is tasty as well.                                                                         Fine food, Italian breads and pastries are
2620 Frederick Douglass Boulevard                                                                 the order of the day at the loveliest cafe      Sylvia’s ($$$)
(between 139th Street and 140th Street)          Miss Maude’s Spoonbread Too                      in Harlem. Grab a table inside or, if the       There’s down home, and then there’s
Subway: B or C to 135th Street                   ($$)                                             weather’s nice, a table outside on the          Sylvia’s. For old school soul food (no not
(212) 234-6114                                   You’ll love the Southern, down-home              sidewalk and indulge yourself.                  southern cuisine, but good old soul food) it
                                                 cooking at this cheerful, inexpensive            196 Lenox Avenue (at 120th Street)              is impossible to get more down home than
Make My Cake - 139th Street ($)                  Harlem restaurant. Owner, caterer and            Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street                  Sylvia’s. Check it out. It continues to be
Chocolate layer, German chocolate, red           cookbook author, Norma Jean Darden,              (917) 492-4806                                  world famous.
velvet, banana cake w/white chocolate            named the restaurant after her Aunt                                                              328 Lenox Avenue (between 126th Street
frosting, carrot cake, coconut cake w/           Maude. Meals begin with a basket of hot,         Sister’s Caribbean Cuisine ($$)                 and 127th Street)
pineapple filling, caramel w/pecans, sour        corn bread and are served southern style         Located almost at the northeast tip of          Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street
cream pound cake, chocolate, cherry,             with your choice of sides, like homemade         Marcus Garvey Memorial Park, this               (212) 996-0660
strawberry and sweet potato cheesecakes.         candied yams, collards. You might want to        immaculate little Caribbean mainstay is a
All of these, and more, are available for        try Uncle CL’s Short Ribs of Beef (falling off   little off the beaten path but is undoubtedly   Washington Heights & Inwood
order at Harlem’s Make My Cake -- a full-        the bone). Whatever you have, make sure          a favorite with neighborhood locals and
service bakery specializing in cakes for         to leave room for piece of pie a’ la mode        the health care workers -- North General
any occasion -- but you can also stop by         or an Uncle John inspired chocolate, or
                                                                                                                                                  Dallas BBQ -- Uptown ($$)
                                                                                                  Hospital is around the corner -- who work in    It gets packed at this popular uptown
for a slice of whatever cakes are available      butterscotch ice cream sundae. So much           the neighborhood. An extra treat is that you    BBQ eatery across the street from New
on that particular day. Because they get         for that diet.                                   can see right into the kitchen and witness      York Presbyterian hospital. It gets packed
up early they are not open late, so call to      547 Lenox Avenue (between 137th and              how lovingly your food is being prepared.       because the food is inexpensive and is
make sure they are still open if you plan to     138th Streets)                                   It’s a great place for take-out as well.        always predictably decent. If reasonably
visit in the evening.                            Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street                   47 East 124th Street (between Madison           priced barbecue(d) everything is what you
2380 Adam C. Powell Boulevard (at 139th          (212) 690-3100                                   Avenue and Park Avenue)                         desire, then head uptown. Take the train so
Street)                                                                                           Subway: 4, 5 or 6 to 125th Street; 2 or 3 to    you can drink those highly intoxicating.
Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street; B or C to        Mo-Bay Restaurant ($$)                           125th Street                                    3956 Broadway (between 163rd
135th Street                                     Harlem’s newest, and loveliest, Caribbean        (212) 410-3000                                  and 164th Streets)
(212) 234-2344                                   Soul restaurant and lounge.                                                                      Subway: 1 or 9 to 168th Street
                                                 17 West 125th Street (between 5th and            Society Coffee Lounge ($$)                      Washington Heights; A or C




                                                                                                                                                                                       Restaurants of Note
Melba’s Restaurant ($$)                          Lenox Avenues)                                   The Society Coffee Lounge is an espresso        to 168th Street Washington
The first thing you need to do after reading     Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street                   and wine bar located in Harlem, New York.       Heights
this paragraph is rush over to the corner        (212) 876-9300                                   Society has begun to carve a comfortable        (212) 568-3700
of 114th Street and Frederick Douglass                                                            niche for itself as the premiere cafe in
Boulevard. Once there, you need to go            Moca (Bar/Lounge)                                Harlem because of its unique design             Queens
into Melba’s Restaurant so that you can          Harlem’s sexiest lounge? If it ain’t the         and atmosphere, great brunch and fine
give Melba, the proprietor, a big ole kiss.      sexiest then it’s definitely up there on the     specialty coffee. The atmosphere at             Gran Rancho Jubilee ($$)
Why, you ask? For opening the loveliest          list. Maybe it’s the mix of fabulous everyday    Society includes great customer service, a      If BlackNYC gave awards
of new restaurants in west Harlem. The           people. Or maybe it’s those chairs and           warm and friendly staff, great music, and       for best “choose a particular
food -- dubbed American comfort food by          couches that sit low and therefore make          brunch that is served all day, everyday. The    category” restaurant, then Gran
Melba -- has soul at its foundation (the         everybody look and feel relaxed. Whatever        delicious coffee includes several carefully     Rancho Jubilee would win
mac and cheese is “tres Macaroni and             it is the Moca Bar and Lounge is nicely          selected house blends. Society is the place     for best ‘theme’ restaurant. A
Cheese” and features a delicious blend           decorated and the best thing about the           for those who want to think, write, meet,       visit to Gran Rancho is like a
of pepperjack, mozzarella and cheddar            place is that you can come as you are.           talk, imagine, watch, or simply sit with the    visit to an island home before
cheeses) but includes other well prepared        Check it out!                                    company of a cup of coffee or glass of wine     concrete structures became the
extras like Melba’s Spring Roll with Yellow      2210 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (at            -- taking time out, in sips. This experience    order of the day throughout the
rice, black-eyed peas and collard greens in      119th Street)                                    is known as living life in sips.                Caribbean. If the grass roof and bamboo
a spring wrap. To top it all off, the space is   Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street             2104 Frederick Douglass Boulevard               furniture don’t take you back in time and
designed beautifully in black and white with     (212) 665-8081                                   (between 113th Street and 114th Street)         place, then the authentic Caribbean,
chandeliers that provide diffused sensual                                                         Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street                  predominately Dominican, will. Check it
light to a lovely dining room.                                                                    (212) 222-3323
300 West 114th Street (at Frederick
                                                 Perk’s Fine Cuisine ($$$)                                                                        out!
                                                 Way before Harlem became hot again,                                                              23-04 94th Street (between 23rd Avenue
Douglass Boulevard)
Subway: B or C to 116th Street
                                                 Perk’s was serving up a great combination        St. Nick’s Pub (Bar/Lounge)                     and 24th Avenue)
                                                 of fine food at reasonable prices in             Every city has a little beat down bar/dive      Directions: Near LaGuardia Airport. Use
(212) 864-7777
                                                 a casually elegant atmosphere. The               that for some strange reason attracts           MapQuest for Directions (Zip Code: 11369)
                                                 restaurant is located on the first floor, the    the best of jazz talent when they just so       (718) 335-1700
Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too                      bar/lounge is on the second floor and -          happen to stop by to perform -- usually
($$)                                             - depending on the night -- you can either       after their more expensive sets downtown.       Westchester County
A leading New York fashion model, Norma          check out some smooth jazz or dance the          St. Nick’s Pub is the New York version of
Jean Darden graced the pages of Vogue,           night away on the third floor. Long story        this establishment -- complete with a tiny      Yvonne’s Southern Cuisine ($$$)
Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Essence           short, you can spend an entire evening at        little stage at the back that has played host   Friendly and elegant are the words that
& Italian Vogue (among others) and the           Perk’s.                                          to God knows how many jazz legends.             should come to mind when thinking about
runways of Halston, Oscar de la Renta,           553 Manhattan Avenue (at 123rd Street)           773 St. Nicholas Avenue (between 147th          this lovely Pelham based provider of
Givenchy and Issey Miyaki. At a party, an        Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street             Street and 148th Street)                        delicious southern cuisine. Everything that
editor for Vogue suggested she write a           (212) 666-8500                                   Subway: A, B, C or D to 145th Street            you should expect from a southern cuisine
cookbook -- reasoning that since she was                                                          (212) 283-9728




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menu is indeed there plus a few extras like       the textiles, detailing, and functionality of    century three-story brownstone just off          135th Street
jerk chicken. If you are a bread pudding          indigenous dress, designer Hekima Hapa           Harlem’s famed 125th Street. What kind           (212) 694-3590
fan, than don’t miss Yvonne’s. Bring a big        and chief operating officer Ngozi Odita are      of retail establishments, you ask? Well
appetite because the portions are healthy.        bringing cultured couture to the streets of      the answer to that question depends on           Montgomery
503 5th Avenue (at 6th Street)                    New York.                                        when you go. While there are some shops          It is northern, it is southern. It is uptown,
Directions: Hutchinson River Parkway              293 Flatbush Avenue (between St. Marks           that have been in residence since The            it is downtown, it ain’t ghetto, but it is
North to Exit Number 12 (East Lincoln             Place and Prospect Place)                        Brownstone opened, some of the shops             definitely fabulous. It is city, it is country. It
Avenue / Mount Vernon / Pelham).                  Subway: B or Q to 7th Avenue; 2 or 3 to          are there until they move on to a space          is SoHo, it is boho. Or maybe it is Harlem
Turn left onto 1st Avenue.          Turn          Bergen Street                                    of their own. This is one of things that         retro. You really can’t describe the clothing
right onto Lincoln Avenue. Turn left onto 5th     (718) 783-2074                                   makes going to The Brownstone so great;          available for sale at Montgomery. All you
Avenue.                                                                                            there’s always something new. Even if            can really say is that it is the most unique
(914) 738-2005                                    Nubian Heritage - Bed Stuy                       you go frequently, you’ll always find new        women’s clothing available for sale in
                                                  Imagine a place where you can find natural       and interesting things in The Parlor, the        Harlem. Shop here and you definitely won’t
Price Information:*                               skin care products, home decor accents,          parlor level retail space that features a        have to worry about someone having the
$ ($20 and under)                                 and a variety of jewelry, fashion, books,        unique collection of contemporary clothing,      same outfit on. While there, don’t forget to
$$ ($21 to $30)                                   music and gifts to meet your specific            accessories and cosmetics. Check it out!         check out Montgomery’s exclusive Jolinda
$$$ ($31 to $40)                                  needs. Inside the Nubian Heritage lifestyle      2032 Fifth Avenue (between 125th Street          line.
$$$$ (Over $40)                                   emporiums you’ll discover that it’s not your     and 126th Street)                                2312 7th Avenue (at 136th Street)
                                                  imagination, there really is a variety of        Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street; 4, 5 or 6 to     Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street; B or C to
*Restaurant price information is based on         wealth and culture of the African Diaspora       125th Street                                     135th Street
the average cost of a three-course dinner,        under one retail roof.                           (212) 996-7980                                   (212) 690-2166
excluding wine, tax and tips.                     1331 Fulton Street (between York Avenue
                                                  and Nostrand Avenue)                             Carol’s Daughter Flagship                        Nubian Heritage - Harlem
Specialty Retail:                                 Subway: A or C to Nostrand Avenue
                                                  (718) 398-4288
                                                                                                   Store
                                                                                                   We haven’t been to the new Carol’s
                                                                                                                                                    Imagine a place where you can find natural
                                                                                                                                                    skin care products, home decor accents,
                                                                                                   Daughter flagship store in Harlem, but if        and a variety of jewelry, fashion, books,
Brooklyn                                          Nubian Heritage - Fort Greene                    it is half as fabulous as Carol’s Daughter       music and gifts to meet your specific
                                                  Imagine a place where you can find natural       beauty products, then we are sure the            needs. Inside the Nubian Heritage lifestyle
Addy & Ferro                                      skin care products, home decor accents,          store is fabulous. We’ll get there soon and      emporiums you’ll discover that it’s not you
If Erykah Badu had a favorite store, it           and a variety of jewelry, fashion, books,        provide a full report.                           imagination, there really is a variety of
would be Fort Greene’s own addy &                 music and gifts to meet your specific            24 West 125th Street (between Lenox              wealth and culture of the African Diaspora
ferro. This cooperative boutique features         needs. Inside the Nubian Heritage lifestyle      Avenue and 5th Avenue)                           under one retail roof.
Brooklyn’s funkiest collection of emerging,       emporiums you’ll discover that it’s not your     Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street; 4, 5 or 6 to     2037 Fifth Avenue (at 126th Street)
contemporary and vintage clothing.                imagination, there really is a variety of        125th Street                                     Subway: 4, 5 or 6 to 125th Street; 1, 2 or 3
Rounding out the “lines that enhance the          wealth and culture of the African Diaspora       (212) 828-6757                                   to 125th Street
wardrobe,” are “goodness that soothes the         under one retail roof.                                                                            (212) 427-8999
body” and “artwork that nourishes the soul.”      560 Fulton Street (one block east of             Djema Imports
672 Fulton Street (between South Elliot           Flatbush Avenue)                                 Luxurious African textiles, prints, mud cloth    Straight Out of Harlem
Place and South Portland Avenue)                  Subway: 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Nevins Street            and brocades are the specialty at Djema          SoH was founded by Janet
Subway: C to Lafayette Street; G to Fulton        (718) 797-4400                                   Imports. You’ll also find fully-fashioned        Rodriguez Cogsville and her
Street; 2, 3, 4, 5, D or Q to Atlantic Avenue                                                      clothing and accessories.                        family. An artist herself, Janet’s
(718) 246-2900                                    Manhattan                                        70 West 125th Street (between 5th Avenue         vision was for SoH to intersect
                                                                                                   and Lenox Avenue)                                with the corner store or the
Carol’s Daughter Legacy Store                     Houston - 14th Streets                           Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street




                                                                                                                                                                                             Specialty Retail
                                                                                                                                                    bodega and help address
Located in a retail space that formerly                                                            (212) 289-3842                                   the broad consumer needs
housed Spike’s Joint -- Spike Lee’s retail                                                                                                          of the Harlem community.
                                                  Tribal Soundz
effort -- the Carol’s Daughter legacy store
                                                  From Djembes to Mbiras to Chikitas -- if it      Harlem Underground                               She wanted to increase the
is as intimate as the beauty products                                                              Creators of the official Harlem USA t-shirt,     opportunity for Harlemites to
                                                  is tribal and it is a musical instrument, then
featured on its shelves. Visit this Brooklyn                                                       Harlem Underground specializes in urban          buy any conceivable item where
                                                  you’ll find it at Tribal Soundz. You’ll also
institution the next time you are in Fort                                                          wear featuring custom embroidery and             they live -- including objects
                                                  find a plethora of class offerings on these
Greene. The store features products for                                                            logos.                                           designed by artists living among
                                                  and other exotic instruments for adults as
men and women.                                                                                     2027 Fifth Avenue (between 125th Street          them. For the best of locally
                                                  well as children.
1 South Elliot Place (at Dekalb Avenue)                                                            and 126th Street)                                produced art -- for your home,
                                                  340 East 6th Street (between 1st Avenue
Subway: G to Fulton Street; B, M, Q or R to                                                        Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street                   body and otherwise -- visit
                                                  and 2nd Avenue)
Dekalb Avenue; C to Lafayette Avenue                                                               (212) 987-9385                                   Straight Out of Harlem.
                                                  Subway: 6 to Astor Place; N or R to 8th
(212) 596-1862                                                                                                                                      704 St. Nicholas Avenue
                                                  Street / New York University
                                                                                                                                                    (between 145th Street and
                                                  (212) 673-5992                                   Harlem Vintage
Harriet’s Alter Ego                                                                                Great wines, wine tastings, case discounts,
                                                                                                                                                    146th Street)
Back in ‘99, Harriet’s Alter Ego was an                                                                                                             Subway: A, B, C or D to 145th Street
upstart New York City street festival vendor.
                                                  Harlem                                           advice on wine-food pairings, delivery,
                                                                                                                                                    (212) 234-5944
                                                                                                   private wine tasting events, wine classes
Before such fashion fixtures were “in”,                                                            and customized holiday gift bags are just a
deconstructed denim, vintage wear, and            B. Oyama Homme                                   few of the things offered at Harlem Vintage:     Xukuma
crocheted crowns were Harriet’s hallmark.         For the finest quality men’s apparel and                                                          Take the nicest avenue in Harlem, combine
                                                                                                   A Wine Experience. They’ve been open
From there, custom orders were taken              accessories, visit B. Oyama Homme. This                                                           good old-fashioned values with unique
                                                                                                   since October 30, 2004 but still qualify as
and produced in a one-bedroom, Brooklyn           haberdashery in Harlem is the premiere                                                            items from around the world, and you get
                                                                                                   one of Harlem’s “best kept secrets”.
apartment. After that, it was the Crown           place for high-quality suits, shirts, ties,                                                       Xukuma; a soothing and tranquil oasis for
                                                                                                   2235 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Heights boutique where serious shoppers           slacks, cufflinks, and sweaters from                                                              you and your soul. Xukuma (pronounced
                                                                                                   (between 120th Street and 121st Street)
could find original pieces handcrafted            Parisian, Italian, and British designers.                                                         zoo.koo.ma) says proprietor Georgia
                                                                                                   Subway: A, B, C or D to 125th Street
in the store’s upstairs loft. At its current      2330 7th Avenue (between 136th Street                                                             Booth, means life the way you want it to
                                                                                                   (212) 866-9463
location, Harriet’s Alter Ego is a literal        and 137th Street)                                                                                 be. Yes you ought to own everything in this
and figurative hub of Brooklyn’s Flatbush         Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street; B or C to                                                         lovely retail oasis but that would be a little
Avenue. Harriet’s is ever evolving. Not           135th Street                                     Hats by Bunn                                     excessive now wouldn’t it. Xukuma -- the
                                                  (212) 234-5128                                   Custom-made crowns are what this elegant
likely to be pigeonholed, the designers are                                                                                                         groovy store in Harlem, for the hip urban
                                                                                                   little millinery specializes in. Whatever your
classically cutting edge. Each season is                                                                                                            dweller -- sells everything from t-shirts,
                                                                                                   fancy, Bunn can hook you up.
ushered in with new patterns, fresh fabrics,      Brownstone                                       2283 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard
                                                                                                                                                    to undies, to kitchen items. It’s a hell of a
and more-than-a-little-bit of attitude. Perfect   So just what is The Brownstone? Well                                                              product mix in a hell of a little store. Check
                                                                                                   (between 134th Street and 135th Street)
for the customer who craves individuality,        to begin with, it is a collection of retail                                                       it out!
                                                                                                   Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street, B or C to
even better for those who live it. Inspired by    establishments housed in a turn of the                                                            183 Lenox Avenue (at 119th Street)




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Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street                    barbering and therapeutic treatments.           legal community; and, meet the needs           with an aesthetic which is uniquely their
(212) 222-0490                                    Brenda is a Tony nominated actress who          of the minority community as a whole in        own. They are individuals who are not
                                                  has starred in several Broadway musicals.       its understanding and access to the law.       retirees, but cosmopolitan women who
Queens                                            Anthony is a certified Personal Trainer         The Association provides seminars, legal       represent eclectic life styles in modern day
                                                  and Martial Artist. Their goal is a simple      education programs, and other activities       New York, creating works which are fast
                                                  one…Provide world class service and             designed to aide minority attorneys in         becoming part of the private collections of
Nubian Heritage - Jamaica                         high quality products while furnishing          their professional development and in          New York City’s most affluent communities.
Imagine a place where you can find natural
                                                  an enjoyable relaxing atmosphere at an          developing skills required to become           Harlem Girls Quilting Circle
skin care products, home decor accents,
                                                  acceptable price.                               judges.                                        2160 Madison Avenue #11C
and a variety of jewelry, fashion, books,
                                                  1400 Fifth Avenue (on West 116th Street,        Black Bar Association of Bronx County          New York, NY 10037
music and gifts to meet your specific
                                                  near Fifth)                                     P.O. Box 1109
needs. Inside the Nubian Heritage lifestyle
emporiums you’ll discover that it’s not your
                                                  Subway: 2 or 3 to 116th Street; 6 to 116th      Bronx, NY 10451                                Howard University Alumni Club
                                                  Street                                          www.bronxblackbar.com
imagination, there really is a variety of                                                                                                        of New York City
wealth and culture of the African Diaspora                                                                                                       The Howard University Alumni Club of New
under one retail roof.                            Cynergy Spa - Harlem                            New York Association of Black                  York City was established to provide alumni
168-14 Jamaica Avenue                             The Cynergy Spa and Wellness Center             Journalists                                    with a vehicle to support Howard University
Subway: J, M or Z to Jamaica Center               is all about you. Cynergy combines the          With more than 450 members, the New            and the community, to encourage New York
(718) 785-3444                                    latest techniques in beauty, body care          York Association of Black Journalists          City students to attend Howard University,
                                                  and the promotion of wellness and does          (NYABJ) is a group of black media              and to promote closer fellowship among
                                                  so with African-American flair. Located
Westchester County                                in one of Harlem’s best-known historic
                                                                                                  professionals organized to pursue              Howard alumni in the New York City area.
                                                                                                  common concerns and goals. NYABJ is            Howard University Alumni Club of New
                                                  neighborhoods, Cynergy’s staff and their        one of the largest and most vibrant local      York City
EBHome                                            products evoke images and feelings              chapters of the National Association of        311 West 57th Street
A simple look into the window of EBHome           that celebrate the richness of the African      Black Journalists (NABJ), which boasts         Box 299
will let you know that this store has nothing     Diaspora. Cynergy is a full service spa         3,300 members and is the world’s largest       New York, NY 10019
to do with Eddie Bauer. In fact, the “EB”         whose services include hair care, nail care,    organization for journalists of color.         (212) 591-2462
in EBHome are Everick Brown’s initials.           skin care, massage therapy and more. If         Founded in 1976, NYABJ has a legacy of         www.howardalumninyc.org
Everick “Rick” Brown is the store’s founder.      your goal is to relax your body, calm your      providing professional and moral support
If nothing else, this should suggest that         mind, or to delight and uplift your senses,
for Rick Brown, this is personal. Personal        then Cynergy is the place for you. Brothers
                                                                                                  to its members. Their ranks include            Icebreakers Ski Club
                                                                                                  reporters, editors, photographers, graphics    When you hang with the Ice Breakers you
in terms of the care that Rick places on          are welcome!                                    editors, art directors, public relations       won’t get lost in the shuffle. They don’t
personally selecting every item that is           207 West 135th Street (between Adam             professionals, students and journalism         leave people on the mountain and they
featured in the store. What is immediately        Clayton Powell Boulevard and Frederick          instructors. Throughout the year, they         look after their own. After a hard day of
clear is that Rick’s point of view is a worldly   Douglass Boulevard)                             offer professional development workshops       skiing there’s nothing better than hitting the
one, possibly reflecting the years he spent       Subway: 2 or 3 to 135th Street; B or C to       like writing and editing seminars, career      hot tub followed by dinner at a restaurant or
in retail with establishments ranging from        135th Street                                    assessment sessions and informational          cooked by club members. In the evenings
Duty Free Shops to Coach to J. Crew.              (212) 491-7880                                  forums on fellowships nationwide.              they play games or just sit around the
As a place to find unusual placemats,
                                                                                                  New York Association of Black Journalists      fireplace and talk. But if there’s a party,
decorative glass, frames, candle sticks,
                                                  Turning Heads                                   Mailboxes of Park Slope - Box 107              they join in and boogie -- not
clean contemporary furniture and unusual
                                                  Formerly located in the Harlem YMCA,            328 Flatbush Avenue                            too late, though, because we
gifts, EBHome reflects Rick’s personal
                                                  Turning Heads now resides in a newly            Brooklyn, NY 11238                             hit the mountain early the next
aesthetic for inspired, modern, elegant
                                                  renovated Brownstone on Harlem’s historic       (212) 608-7340                                 day. Can’t ski? Don’t despair.
living. EBHome is “what the modern and




                                                                                                                                                                                      Professional/Social
                                                  Lenox Avenue. The bottom floor houses           www.nyabj.org                                  All of their members started out
classic home can be”. Check it out.
                                                  a fully appointed day spa. The second                                                          as beginners. They improved
200 East Main Street
Directions: Visit Mapquest for directions.
                                                  floor is home to a salon specializing in        Hampton University Alumni                      with lessons and practice, and
                                                  locks, braids, color, cuts, weaves, relaxers,
(914) 242-7278
                                                  blow drying, barbering, lock extensions,
                                                                                                  Club                                           some of them are now among
                                                                                                  The New York Hampton Alumni Club, Inc.         the top skiers in the National
                                                  and natural hair for the African-American                                                      Brotherhood of Skiers. Their
Salons/Spas:
                                                                                                  was established in 1920 and continues to
                                                  community. Gentlemen are welcome with                                                          “warm up” trip features daily
                                                                                                  be a positive link to Hampton University.
                                                  open arms.                                                                                     instruction, and day trips to Ski
                                                                                                  The mission of the New York Hampton
                                                  218 Lenox Avenue (at 121st Street)                                                             Windham & Belleayre Mountain
Cynergy Spa - Brooklyn                            Subway: 2 or 3 to 125th Street
                                                                                                  Alumni Club, Inc. is interwoven with the
                                                                                                                                                 - just a short ride from New
Who said you have to go Manhattan for an                                                          mission of Hampton University: Hampton
                                                  (212) 828-4600                                                                                 York City - offer opportunities
excellent spa experience? You just need                                                           University is a comprehensive institution
                                                                                                  of higher education dedicated to the           to learn to ski economically.
to make your way over to Fort Greene for
                                                  Elegance Spa & Salon                            promotion of learning, building of character   Also, being an intimate group,
a visit to Cynergy Spa - Brooklyn. In case
                                                  Skin and body, hair, and spa services are       and preparation of promising students for      it’s not hard to find a member
you didn’t know, Cynergy Spa - Brooklyn
                                                  the order of the day at Cambria Heights’        positions of leadership and service.           who’s willing to give you a few
is the sister spa to Cynergy Spa - Harlem.
                                                  lovely new Elegance Spa & Salon. Check          Hampton University Alumni Club                 pointers on developing your
Cynergy is a full-service spa whose
                                                  it out!                                         PO Box 911                                     technique. While the club specializes in
services include hair care, nail care, skin
                                                  223-17 Linden Boulevard (between 223rd          Manhattanville Station                         skiing, they also offer non-ski activities
care, massage therapy and more. If your
                                                  Street and 224th Street)                        New York, NY 10027                             like the Frying Pan party, their annual
goal is to relax your body, calm you mind,
                                                  Directions: E, J or Z to Jamaica Center         www.nychamptonalumni.org                       fundraiser, a summer picnic, bike riding,
or to delight and uplift your senses, then
                                                  plus Q4 bus. Use MapQuest for Driving                                                          concerts, shows, and other activities that
Cynergy Spa - Brooklyn is the place for
                                                  Directions (Zip Code: 11411)                                                                   their members and friends enjoy.
you. Brothers are more than welcome!
                                                  (718) 723-5000
                                                                                                  Harlem Girls Quilting Circle                   Icebreakers Ski Club
87 Fort Greene Place (between DeKalb                                                              Some often wonder, who are the “girls” in
                                                                                                                                                 c/o Erick Greene
Avenue and Fulton Street)                                                                         the Harlem Girls Quilting Circle? Well “The
                                                  Professional/Social
                                                                                                                                                 63 North River Pier
Subway: C to Lafayette Avenue; G to                                                               Gurls”, as they are affectionately known,
                                                                                                                                                 New York, NY 10011-1000
Fulton Street; 2, 3, 4, 5 or Q to Atlantic                                                        are actually grown women, but they are
                                                  Organizations:
                                                                                                                                                 www.icebreakersny.org
Avenue                                                                                            not what society may view as the average
(718) 403-9242                                                                                    quilter. Staples in New York City’s African
                                                                                                  dance community, these progressive,            Metropolitan Black Bar
                                                  Black Bar Association of Bronx                                                                 Association
BBraxton - Grooming for Men                                                                       professional, well traveled, mothers,
BBRAXTON is the concept of husband and            County                                          daughters, sisters, multitasking women         Founded on July 5, 1984, the Metropolitan
wife team Brenda Braxton and Anthony              The Black Bar Association of Bronx County       come together monthly in Harlem to             Black Bar Association (MBBA) was
Van Putten. They invite you to discover           exists for the education, encouragement,        explore the art of quilting, the camaraderie   created by the merger of two of the
the ultimate gentleman’s pampering                and support of its members in their             of sisterhood, and to escape the business      nation’s oldest Black bar organizations,
experience featuring expert grooming,             individual and collective endeavors to:         of their daily lives. Harlem Girls Quilting    the Harlem Lawyers Association and the
                                                  serve the needs of members of the minority      Circle sets the tone for the urban quilter     Bedford Stuyvesant Lawyers Association.



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For over sixty years, the Harlem Lawyers         located in 35 states and the District of        Service and Brunch, Annual New Student             community through the unique discipline
Association (founded 1921) and the               Columbia providing direct services to more      BBQ, Annual Scholarship Luncheon,                  and art of figure skating. Using figure
Bedford Stuyvesant Lawyers Association           than 2 million people nationwide through        Community Service activities including             skating as a powerful magnet, FSH
(founded 1933) provided a voice for Black        programs, advocacy and research.                their signature d.r.e.a.m. BIG! and student        provides girls who live in the Harlem
legal professionals and their communities.       National Urban League                           recruitment at local college fairs. Meetings       community with an innovative ice skating
Today, the MBBA is comprised of Black            120 Wall Street                                 are typically held every third Saturday of         and educational program designed to
attorneys in both the public and private         8th Floor                                       the month.                                         build a positive self-image, teamwork,
sectors, as well as judges and other public      New York, NY 10005                              Spelman College New York Alumnae As-               leadership, and academic achievement.
officials. The MBBA is an affiliate of the       (212) 558-5300                                  sociation                                          By participating in the FSH program, girls
National Bar Association and is governed         www.nul.org                                     Church Street Station                              experience positive physical, emotional and
by a twenty-two member Board of                                                                  PO Box 3207                                        intellectual growth in a safe and supportive
Directors. Its daily operations are managed      New York Urban League                           New York, NY 10008                                 environment.
by its President and six additional elected      The New York Urban League, Inc. (the            www.naasc-ny.org                                   Figure Skating in Harlem
officers. The purpose of the MBBA is to          “League”), one of the local affiliates                                                             361 West 125th Street, 4th Floor
aid the progress of attorneys of color,          of the National Urban League, is a              Thrillseekers, Inc.                                New York, NY 10027
and to assist the progress of the legal          nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social    Just think, when you were growing up,              (646) 698-3440
profession generally. The MBBA serves all        service organization celebrating its 85th       how many folks (like us) did you know who          www.figureskatinginharlem.org
of the counties of the Greater New York          anniversary in 2004. Through direct service     skied, white water rafted, bungee cord
metropolitan area. The Metropolitan Black        delivery, advocacy, referrals, community        jumped, or anything like that? Most of us          Harlem Junior Tennis and
Bar Association Scholarship Fund, Inc.,
an independent non-profit corporation,
                                                 capacity building, information dissemination    spent our childhood in urban areas, playing        Education Program
                                                 and technical assistance, the League            football, baseball, basketball or whatever         The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education
raises funds and grants scholarships to          accomplishes its mission to improve social      we could get our hands on! We spent our            Program (HJTEP) is a not-for-profit
minority law students.                           and economic conditions and opportunities       youth doing whatever our friends did. In           organization that offers free tennis lessons
Metropolitan Black Bar Association               for African-Americans and other people          the ski season of 1990-91, Thrillseekers,          at the 369th Regiment Armory on 143rd
299 Broadway                                     who face barriers to full participation in      Inc. began. It started as Founder Dwayne           Street, in Harlem, New York. They have a
Suite 1203A                                      American society.                               Wilkins had a vision to create an outlet,          highly qualified and caring staff who are
New York, NY 10007                               New York Urban League                           to gather these ‘Thrillseekers’ into an            all USPTA and USPTR certified teaching
(212) 964-1645                                   204 West 136th Street                           organization that would cater to non-              professionals. Registration is open to
www.mbbany.org                                   New York, NY 10030                              traditional adventure. With Co-Founder             anyone 7 to 18 years old from the greater
                                                 (212) 926-8000                                  Hannah Hunt, the first Thrillseeker trip           New York City area. Registration is held
Morehouse College Manhattan                      www.nyul.org                                    had begun. With the knowledge that                 weekdays in September, beginning on the
Alumni Association                                                                               the National Brotherhood of Skiers had             Monday after Labor Day.
The Manhattan Alumni Association                 Sno Burners Ski & Sports                        a regional meeting at Attitash, NH in              Harlem Junior Tennis and Education
                                                                                                 February, 1991, Hannah & Dwayne started
was chartered as a corporation on                Association                                     plans for their participation. Planning a trip,
                                                                                                                                                    Program
October 19, 1990. It is the objective of         The Sno-Burners Ski Club was formed                                                                40 West 143rd Street
the organization to support the financial                                                        (let alone a ski trip!) for 43 innocent friends,   New York, NY 10037
                                                 as a direct result of the first Brotherhood
growth of Morehouse College, assist in                                                           family and adventurers really began                (212) 491-3738
                                                 gathering in 1973. The four founding Sno-
the recruitment of qualified students to                                                         December 1990 and January 1991. Folks              www.harlemjuniortennis.com
                                                 Burners were present in Aspen for that
Morehouse, and serve to better the African                                                       like Cheryl Hickmon, Tracy Price, Owen
                                                 inspirational event. From a core of four, the
                                                                                                 May and Kevin Howell were some of the
American community in New York.                  Sno-Burners have grown to more than 300
                                                                                                 “victims” that made that trip a success and
                                                                                                                                                    Peter Westbrook
Morehouse College Manhattan Alumni
Association
                                                 active members to date and is one of the
                                                                                                 were the original members of Thrillseekers,        Foundation
                                                 founding clubs of the National Brotherhood                                                         The Peter Westbrook
                                                                                                 Inc. They have a lot to be proud of. Since




                                                                                                                                                                                         Professional/Social
Bowling Green Station                            of Skiers, Inc. Ski clubs traditionally rate
                                                                                                 that first fateful trip, they have built a         Foundation is a not-for-profit
P.O. Box 889                                     themselves highest when they provide cold
                                                                                                 mailing list of over 1000 people. Their            organization that utilizes the
New York, NY 10274                               trails and downhill races to its members,
                                                                                                 membership spans from Boston, MA                   sport of fencing as a vehicle
www.morehousemanhattanalumni.org                 but not many can boast quality trip
                                                                                                 across the country to San Francisco, CA.           to develop life skills in young
                                                 accommodations and an ever expanding                                                               people from underserved
                                                                                                 Their paid membership has been upwards
National Association of Black                    activities calendar. We have not only run
                                                                                                 of 200!! Their adventures have ranged              communities. The success
Accountants                                      trips to every Brotherhood Summit and Mini
                                                                                                 from Bungee cord jumping, to jet skiing            of our program has been
The New York Chapter of the National             Summit since 1973, but also have run trips                                                         documented in a multitude
                                                                                                 in the Hamptons, to Skiing in Austria, to
Association of Black Accountants is part         to Europe and Canada and visited most of                                                           of print and television media
                                                                                                 scuba diving in the Florida Keys!! They
of a nationwide professional association         the major ski areas in the Western U.S. and                                                        including: 60 Minutes II, CBS,
                                                                                                 are open to any type of adventure in which
that endeavors to develop, encourage             New England. We offer an annual week-                                                              CNN, FOX News, NBC News,
                                                                                                 you may want to participate! If organizing
and serve the needs African-Americans            long season opener at one of the major                                                             People Magazine, TNT, The
                                                                                                 a trip interests you - call them!!! They have
and other minorities in the accounting           ski instruction areas, as well as day and                                                          New York Times, The Oprah
                                                                                                 folks who are down to do anything and
and finance professions. Their mission is        weekend trips to the slopes of the Tri-State                                                       Winfrey Show, The Philadelphia
                                                                                                 everything!! They continue to build their
to address the professional needs of its         areas. In addition, they have expanded                                                             Enquirer, The San Francisco
                                                                                                 club into one of the premier organizations
members and to build leaders that shape          activities to the off-season offering white                                                        Chronicle, Sports Illustrated,
                                                                                                 in the NBS. With members from 1 year
the future of the accounting and finance         water rafting, cycling, picnics and various                                                        Smithsonian Magazine and The Today
                                                                                                 to 65 years old and a median age of 32,
professions with an unfaltering commitment       other activities in which membership has                                                           Show. The Saturday Fencing Program is a
                                                                                                 they continue to focus on youth. With their
to inspire the same in their successors.         expressed an interest.                                                                             competitive fencing program open to young
                                                                                                 youth program, their young people get to
National Association of Black Accountants        Sno Burners Ski & Sports Association                                                               people ages 9-18, from any skill level. The
                                                                                                 experience all sorts of adventures with their
P.O. Box 2791                                    P.O. Box 20982                                                                                     program is held every Saturday morning
                                                                                                 members as mentors.
Grand Central Station                            Park West Station                                                                                  from 9:00 AM to noon, September through
                                                                                                 Thrillseekers, Inc.
New York, NY 10163                               New York, NY 10025-0982                                                                            June. An elite squad of approximately 35-
                                                                                                 P.O. Box 238002
(212) 969-0560                                   www.snoburners.org                                                                                 40 athletes who show exceptional talent for
                                                                                                 Hollis, NY 11423
www.nabany.org                                                                                   (212) 491-8595                                     the sport are selected for our After School
                                                 Spelman College New York                        www.thrillseekers.org                              Leadership Program. In this advanced
National Urban League                            Alumnae Association                                                                                program, athletes train year-round and are
                                                                                                                                                    put through a professional training regimen
Established in 1910, The Urban League is
the nation’s oldest and largest community-
                                                 Established in 1970, The New York Chap-
                                                 ter of the National Alumnae Association
                                                                                                 Youth Organizations:                               of 4-6 days per week designed to prepare
based movement devoted to empowering             of Spelman College (NY-NAASC) is an                                                                them for domestic and international
African Americans to enter the economic          excellent network for alumnae, family and       Figure Skating in Harlem                           competition. All participants in this program
and social mainstream. Today, the National       friends of Spelman College in New York          Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH) is a                have been awarded scholarships that pay
Urban League, headquartered in New York          State. The chapter’s mission is to build        pioneering not-for-profit 501c3 organization       for fencing club memberships, coaching,
City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of     within as they reach out to the future all      founded in 1997 to provide exciting                competition and traveling fees. Classes are
its local affiliates. There are over 100 local   in the name of Spelman College. Annual          new educational, cultural and athletic             held at the New York Fencers Club, 119
affiliates of the National Urban League          events include: Founders Day Church             opportunities for girls in the Harlem              West 25th Street.




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 Station                              6:00 AM               7:00 AM               8:00 AM               9:00 AM                                    10:00 AM             11:00 AM
 98.7 Kiss - FM                                   The Wake-Up Club - Jeff Foxx, Shaila, Talent, Bob Slade & Raqiyah                                              Kesha Monk
 CD 101.9 - FM                                                              Dennis Quinn                                                                        Deborah Rath
 Hot 97 - FM                                                                 Ms. Jones                                                                          Fatman Scoop
 Power 105 - FM                                                          The Ed Lover Show                                                                         déjà vu
 WBGO - 88.3 FM                                             Morning Jazz - Gary Walker & Doug Doyle                                                     Mid-Day Jazz - Rhonda Hamilton
 WBLS - 107.5 FM                                                 The Steve Harvey Morning Show                                                                     Jasmine
 WLIB - 1190 AM                                            Denise Hill - The Gospel Lady in the Morning                                                Morgan Dukes - The Gospel Express
 WNYC - 820 AM / 93.9 FM
 Station                              Noon                 1:00 PM                           2:00 PM                    3:00 PM                      4:00 PM                     5:00 PM
 98.7 Kiss - FM                                     Kesha Monk                                                                               Love, Lust & Lies - Michael Baisden
 CD 101.9 - FM                                                Deborah Rath                                                                             Paul Cavalconte
 Hot 97 - FM                                                  Fatman Scoop                                                                              Angie Martinez
 Power 105 - FM                                       déjà vu                                                                              The Power Hours
 WBGO - 88.3 FM                            Mid-Day Jazz - Rhonda Hamilton                                               Afternoon Jazz - Michael Bourne & Andrew Meyer
 WBLS - 107.5 FM                                      Jasmine                                                                     The Wendy Williams Experience
 WLIB - 1190 AM                           Morgan Dukes - The Gospel Express                                                 Pastor Hezekiah Walker - Afternoon Praise
 WNYC - 820 AM / 93.9 FM                                                                                                                               All Things Considered - Michele Norris
 Station                              6:00 PM                     7:00 PM                        8:00 PM                    9:00 PM                  10:00 PM                    11:00 PM
 98.7 Kiss - FM                          Love, Lust & Lies                                                           Kissing After Dark - Lenny Green
 CD 101.9 - FM                                          Paul Cavalconte                                                                      Sharon Davis
 Hot 97 - FM                               Angie Martinez                                                                     FunkMaster Flex
 Power 105 - FM                                                                            DJ Clue                                                                    Cherry Martinez
 WBGO - 88.3 FM                            Afternoon Jazz                Varied Prog                                                Evening Jazz - Awilda Rivera
 WBLS - 107.5 FM                          Wendy Williams                                                            The Quiet Storm - Vaughn Harper
 WLIB - 1190 AM                                                                                     Jackie Campbell - Evening Inspirations
 WNYC - 820 AM / 93.9 FM                 All Things Cons'd                                                                                              Farai Chideya
 Station                              Midnight                    1:00 AM                        2:00 AM                    3:00 AM                  4:00 AM                     5:00 AM
 98.7 Kiss - FM                                                                                                         Bugsy
 CD 101.9 - FM                              Sharon Davis                                                                         Sergio Dean
 Hot 97 - FM                                                                                                            Mega
 Power 105 - FM                                         Cherry Martinez                                                                          Nadine
 WBGO - 88.3 FM                             Evening Jazz                                                               Jazz After Hours - Brian Delp
 WBLS - 107.5 FM                                                                                                     Champaine
 WLIB - 1190 AM                                                                  Thinking It Through - Dr. Carlos E. Russell
 WNYC - 820 Foundation
Peter WestbrookAM / 93.9 FM                       David Sanborn, Alex Cortiz, Jeff Golub,                 WBGO is a publicly-supported, cultural           (212) 650-7481
G.P.O. Box 7554                                   Camiel, Norman Brown, Nils, Soel, Adani                 institution that champions jazz and
New York, NY 10116                                and Wolf, Praful, Mocean Worker, Re:Jazz,               presents news to a worldwide audience




                                                                                                                                                                                                Radio Stations/Shows
                                                                                                                                                           WLIB - 1190 AM
(212) 459-4538                                    Bent, Paul Taylor, Aya, Positive Flow, Mark             through radio, other technologies and            WLIB -- owned by Inner City
www.peterwestbrook.org                            Gorbulew, Soul Ballet, Chris Botti, Tim                 events.                                          Broadcasting Corporation,
                                                  Bowman, Dalminjo, Paul Brown, Marion                    (973) 624-8880                                   the same folks who own
Radio Stations Of
                                                  Meadows, Acoustic Alchemy, Michael                                                                       powerhouse station WBLS -
                                                  Lington, Gerald Albright, Gotan Project                 WBLS - 107.5 FM                                  - has gone gospel. Tune in for
Note:
                                                  and/or George Benson, then chill with New               Where R&B and Hip-Hop Connect! Right             your daily dose of inspiration.
                                                  York Chill.                                             about now, New York’s oldest “Black” radio       The station is still host,
                                                  (212) 352-1019                                          station is probably most famous for being        however, to “Dialogue with
98.7 KISS FM                                                                                              the home of the extremely popular, but           Dinkins” -- hosted by former
The best variety of old school and today’s        Hot 97 FM                                               criminally insane, Wendy Williams. The           New York City Mayor David
R&B is also home to “Bad Boy” Michael             It’s official, Hot 97 is New York’s #1 station          Wendy Williams Experience airs Monday            Dinkins, on Saturday mornings
Baisden. From 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm,                 for hip-hop and R&B - emphasis on the hip-              through Friday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.          from 8:00 am to 9:00 am -- and
Monday through Friday, Baisden holds              hop. This means that it attracts New York’s             Weekend highlights include: 5:00 am to 8:        “Sharp Talk” with Reverend Al
court sharing his “unique” form of wisdom         youngest “urban” demographic; which                     00 am - The Bebe Winans Radio Show 8:            Sharpton that airs Saturday
on his “Love, Lust & Lies” syndicated             means that It is also damn near X-rated,                00 am to 10:00 am - Express Yourself w/          mornings from 9:00 am to 10:
show. The station also features its popular       so be careful if you are trying to listen while         Gary Byrd 10:00 am to Noon - The Rev. Dr.        00 am. The Bobby Jones Radio
“Wake-Up Club” with Jeff Foxx, Shaila,            little ones are in the car. But then again,             Darcel Holloway Noon to 4:00 pm - Sunday         Show airs Saturdays from 3:00 pm to 7:
Talent & Bob Slade. The station is also           it’s getting kind of difficult letting the little       Classics w/ Hal Jackson 4:00 pm to 7:00          00 pm.
home to Nicole Brown’s “KISS Inspirations”        ones listen to any New York “urban” radio               pm - Caribbean Feva w/ Dahved Levy               (212) 889-1190
on Sunday morning from 5:00 am to 10:00           stations.                                               (212) 447-1000
am and Bob Slade’s “Open Line” from 10:           (212) 229-9797                                                                                           WNYC - 820 AM
00 am to Noon. Felix Hernandez holds it                                                                   WHCR - 90.3 FM                                   WNYC is host to two shows of particular
down with his “Rhythm Revue” on Sundays           Power 105.1 FM                                          From reggae, to Latin, to gospel, to talk,       interest. “News and Notes”, with host Ed
from Noon to 4:00 pm. New to the KISS FM          Power 105.1 FM claims to be “#1 for Hip-                to sports, to hip-hop, to R&B, to African,       Gordon, airs Monday through Friday at
mix is American Idol’s Randy Jackson who          Hop and R&B”. The only problem is that                  to house and even community affairs,             9:00 am. “The Tavis Smiley Show” airs
will host “The Hit List” from 8:00 am to 10:      Hot 97 claims the same title. One thing is              WHCR (Harlem Community Radio) has it             Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Also of
00 am on Saturdays.                               for sure, Power 105 plays a little bit more             all. This 24/7 10-watt City College owned        note, is the fact that Michele Norris is one
(800) 288-5477                                    R&B than Hot 97. If you are a Hip-Hop                   and operated radio station can be found          of three hosts of National Public Radio’s
                                                  purest, then you will probably spend more               at 90.3 on the FM dial. WHCR is the only         “All Things Considered”. “All Things
CD 101.9 FM                                       of your time listening to Hot 97. If you like           community radio station licensed by the          Considered” also airs on WNYC’s sister
The station formerly known as “Smooth             a little more R&B in your music mix, then               FCC to serve the Harlem community. The           station, WNYC - 93.9 FM.
Jazz - CD 101.9” is now known as “New             you’ll probably spend a little more time with           station provides informational, educational      (212) 669-3333
York Chill - CD 101.9”. Thankfully, the           your dial set to Power 105.1.                           and cultural programming for the diverse
music is more the same than it is different.      (800) 585-1051                                          populations of Harlem, upper Manhattan;
If your personal playlist includes the likes of                                                           and some sections in the Bronx, Queens,
Chuck Loeb, Boney James, Richard Elliot,          WBGO - 88.3 FM                                          and New Jersey.




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