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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: King Bees @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Upper East Harlem Block to be Co-Named After Iconic Art Kane Photograph 'Harlem 1958' on August 12, 2021

(Press release)

NEW YORK, NY (July 29, 2021) – Uptown Grand Central and Jazzmobile are thrilled to announce the August 12, 2021 celebration surrounding the commemorative street co-naming of East 126th street between 5th and Madison Avenues as ‘Art Kane Harlem 1958 Place.’ August 12th marks the 63rd anniversary of the gathering of 57 jazz luminaries in East Harlem for the shooting of the famed Art Kane photograph “Harlem 1958. Known alternatively as “A Great Day In Harlem,” the iconic photograph has become one of the most celebrated images in American history, capturing the vitality of jazz in the late 1950s. Dedicated to the preservation and furtherance of the jazz artform and the greater East Harlem community,  the celebration of this historic street co-naming event will take place from 2:00pm to 4:00pm EDT on Thursday, August 12th. Register for this free event here.  

“Uptown is proud to honor the deep-rooted history of jazz here in Harlem, along with the visionary man who conceived and took this iconic photo more than 60 years ago,” shared Diane Collier, Chair of Uptown Grand Central. “Along with the Harlem/East Harlem residents, we are pleased to memorialize this wonderful event with a street sign on the block where it all happened.

Supported by Manhattan Community Board 11 and  local New York City Councilpersons, Uptown Grand Central’s memorializing of the historic event is part of the organization’s longer-term goal to create a network of stops that can become a cultural walking tour of northeast Harlem, with other locations including the National Black Theatre & Frederica Teer Square, Langston Hughes House and James Baldwin Place.

Remarks will be delivered by Jonathan Kane, son of Art Kane and author of the book Art Kane: Harlem 1958; Dean Schomburg,  Member of the Board of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and Wayne Winborne, Executive Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University/Newark. Prepared remarks by saxophonists Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins, the last remaining living subjects of the photograph will also be shared.

 Presented by Jazzmobile, the afternoon will also feature a performance by jazz great Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Higgins is a renowned multi-reedist and for two decades has been a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He has toured and recorded with a who’s who of music icons including Aretha Franklin and  Ray Charles; Higgins also played with two other legendary bands the Count Basie and the Lionel Hampton Orchestras, among others. A Harlem favorite, he and his swinging band are known for their energetic, exciting and enthusiastic performances. 

This historic street co-naming event will take place on August 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT at East 126th Street between Madison and Fifth. The entrance for guests is on East 126th Street and Madison Avenue.  Click here to register. 

ABOUT ART KANE & “HARLEM 1958”

In August 1958, a budding photographer by the name of Arthur Kanofsky (Art Kane) conceptualized the notion of assembling the musicians of New York’s jazz community for a photo in front of an East Harlem brownstone. “I came up with the idea of getting as many musicians together in one place as we could. It would be sort of a graduation photo or class picture of all the jazz musicians. After I thought about it some more I decided they should get together in Harlem. After all, that’s where jazz started when it came to New York,” shared Kane in an interview. As a result of Kane’s efforts, 57 jazz musicians, including Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie duly assembled at the unlikely hour of 10:00 am at 7 East 126th street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues. The photograph was published in Esquire Magazine in the January 1959 issue. In 2018, Wall of Sound published Art Kane: Harlem 1958 – a visual history of the iconic shoot, edited by Jonathan Kane and Guido Harari.


ABOUT UPTOWN GRAND CENTRAL

Uptown Grand Central is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming East 125th Street into a thriving corridor by delivering programs that put advocacy into action through collaborations with businesses, residents and neighborhood organizations across East Harlem. Since 2013, Uptown  has strengthened the community via programs that include organizing and promoting local small businesses; creating the Positive Workforce Clean Team that provides street cleaning seven days per week; beautifying the commercial corridor with street art, seasonal plantings and holiday lights; adopting the space underneath the Metro-North tracks at 125th & Park as a community plaza that features a year-round farmers market; and sponsoring neighborhood events including the Grandscale Mural Project, Party On Park, the Harlem Night Market and two of East Harlem’s Open Streets.


ABOUT JAZZMOBILE

Founded in 1964, Jazzmobile’s founders were, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Dr. Billy Taylor, Philanthropist and Arts Administrator, Ms. Daphne Arnstein with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath. It is the oldest not for profit organization created with a mission just for Jazz: to present, preserve, promote and propagate America’s classical music Jazz, through high quality free programs. Throughout July 2021-July 2022 The organization is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Dr. Taylor’s birth!  For 57 years Jazzmobile has been presenting world class musicians and clinicians and is training the next generation of Jazz artists (professionals and hobbyists) through core programs: SUMMERFEST (NYC’s longest running jazz festival); SJW|Saturday Jazz Workshop, “Jazz In The First Person,” a series of lecture demonstrations designed to introduce jazz music as a music appreciation course for toddlers to seniors. 


Next for Jazzmobile is a move into its new offices in the National Urban League Empowerment Center scheduled to open by 2024. This new location will enable the organization to continue and expand its education and performance programs. Jazzmobile will also be one of the art and culture organizations in residence at the Victoria Theater Center, scheduled to open in 2022. Both are located in Central Harlem on West 125th Street.

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