September 20, 2013To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jim@jazzpromoservices.com
The National Jazz Museum in HarlemSeptember 23-27 



This week we had the first of Jonathan Batiste’s Jazz Is: Now! sessions at the museum with special guest Michael Mwenso. On Thursday we held our premiere Savory Concert featuring (left to right) Bill Crow, Dayna Stephens, Julius Rodriguez, Ryan Park-Chan, Loren Schoenberg and Steve Ash. Join us tonight for Harlem in the Himalayas at the Rubin with Samuel Torres!


104 East 126th Street, Suite 2C

New York, NY 10035





Monday, September 23


Jazz Is: Now! with Jonathan Batiste

 Spots still available!

7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

$20 Suggested Donation


We can give you 88 reasons to join us Monday nights this September and the first two are 1)Jonathan and 2)Batiste. Jonathan’s long time series, Jazz Is: Now!, is back and just like his surprising and soul-nourishing music, we don’t know where it’s going to take us or who’s going to join in but it’s not to be missed! Reserve a spot for this Monday or the 30th by emailing njmhevents@jmih.org. There will be a limited amount of seats available at the door.


Tuesday, September 24

Special Event:

The Good Lord Bird: A Musical, Literary Evening with Author James McBride Featuring Gospel Spirituals Inspired by the Great Abolitionist John Brown

7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: MIST Harlem-46 West 116th Street


An essential voice on the literary landscape, James McBride’s work has illuminated complex issues of race and identity in striking ways. Author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, The Color of Water, McBride will join us for an evening celebrating his highly anticipated new novel The Good Lord Bird. Hailed as a “brilliant romp of a novel” the novel follows the story of a young boy who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade by passing as a girl. This evening will feature a discussion with McBride peppered with performances of spiritual, stomping, swinging music inspired by the great John Brown. The band includes McBride on tenor saxophone, Keith Robinson on guitar, Showtime Brooks on drums, Adam Faulk on piano and Trevor Extor on bass. The event is bound to be fascinating and we hope you’ll grab a copy of the book and see us there! Books will be available for purchase thanks to La Casa Azul Bookstore.


“McBride- with the same flair for historical mining, musicality of voice and outside characterization that made his memoir, “The Color of Water,” an instant classic- pulls off his portrait masterfully, like a modern-day Mark Twain: evoking sheer glee with every page.”

The New York Times August 15,2013


Check out James McBride’s segment on his new novel on WNYC’s Soundcheck here. 


RSVP on Facebook Here or by emailingnjmhevents@jmih.org


These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State. 
Thursday, September 26

Harlem Speaks Special Event: Kansas City Comes to Harlem: An Evening with Stanley Crouch and Charlie Parker


Location: MIST Harlem (46 West 116th Street)


Cultural critic, drummer, and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Stanley Crouch has been one of the most outspoken, influential and challenging presences in American culture for over 30 years. His books, essays, newspaper/magazine articles have inspired impassioned discussion and exerted an immense influence, particularly in the sphere of jazz.

Crouch’s three-decades plus opus on Charlie Parker has been a legendary work-in-progress until now, and we are honored to present an evening with Mr. Crouch as he shares the historic publication of this major work –  Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker – of Americana with NJMH and our extended family (that’s YOU!).

Please join us for what will surely be an evening to remember.


“With the straight-ahead timing and the ethereal blowing of a great jazzman, Crouch delivers a scorching set in this first of two volumes of his biography of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, capturing the downbeats and the up-tempo moments of the great saxophonist’s life and music.”


Publishers Weekly July 29, 2013


Check out this video of Stanley Crouch discussing the book on Book TV here. 


RSVP on Facebook Here or by emailingnjmhevents@jmih.org

 The National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s Visitors Center is open to the public and features our extensive library of all sorts of media, plus brand new collections of photographs, and exhibits. Please come by and see us from Monday to Friday from 10AM to 4PM. We look forward to seeing you! 
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 East 126th Street
New York, NY 10035
212 348-8300
This e mail is being sent for The National Jazz Museum in Harlem by:
Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail: jim@jazzpromoservices.com

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