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Jazz Pianist Mulgrew Miller & Vibist Steve Nelson Birthday Celebration At Smoke Jazz & Supper

New York, NY—- Beginning with the “Harlem Renaissance” of the 1920’s and 1930’s, spanning all the way to the present day, New York City, and Harlem, in particular have always been the natural home of jazz music. Now pianist Mulgrew Miller and his longtime collaborator, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bring their music to the Smoke Jazz & Supper Club Lounge, located on the southern edge of New York’s fabled Harlem neighborhood. The show, billed as a “Birthday Celebration,” will take place at Smoke on Friday and Saturday August 12th and 13th. There will be three sets each night by Miller, Nelson and their Quartet featuring Ivan Taylor (bass) & Rodney Green (drums) at 8 pm,10 pm and 11:30 pm.

Mulgrew Miller, born August 13th (hence the Birthday Celebration at Smoke), 1955 in Greenwood, Mississippi, began his playing career as so many jazz musicians do—in church, playing gospel music—but also dabbling in blues and R&B at local dances. Jazz kept pulling Mulgrew back, however, and seeing legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson on television sealed the deal. Beginning his recording career with drummer Art Blakey of the renowned Jazz Messengers in 1984, Miller has 16 records in his discography as a leader. He has also gigged and recorded with singers and musicians as diverse as Betty Carter, Kenny Garrett, Joe Lovano, and Tony Williams, to name just a few. His most recent release is Solo, released on Space Time in 2010. Of Mulgrew’s playing, Time Out NY says, “True to his blues-tinged upbringing, he’s a bop intellectual with an unabashed gift for populism. That explains both the thundering jabs in his sparkling runs and the sleekness in his writing and arranging.”

Jazz Legend Mulgrew Miller performs at The Kitano Jazz Club with vibraphonist Steve Nelson in NYC. Miller talks about being an Artist and his constant search for beauty in the music. In addition, Miller discusses his almost 3 decades long musical collaboration with comrade, Steve Nelson.

Filmed and Directed by Emmitt Thrower of WabiSabi Productions:

Vibraphone master Steve Nelson was born in 1954 and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nelson graduated from Rutger’s University with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music and his teaching activities have included a position at Princeton University. Steve has played in Dave Holland’s Quintet and Big Band for over a decade, as well as stints with Kenny Barron, David “Fathead” Newman, Bobby Watson, Jackie McLean, and, of course, Mulgrew Miller. Of his beginnings in jazz, Nelson told All About Jazz, “I would really say that from the time I was fifteen or sixteen years old I was hooked on playing jazz from then on. Before that I did everything else any other young guy would do. I listened to all the R&B stuff and everything like that, but from that moment on that was pretty much it for me.” Influenced by local Pittsburgh vibraphonist George Monroe, who led the younger Nelson into the music of Milt Jackson, Steve has grown into a worldwide name in jazz. His most recent CD as a leader, Sound Affect, was released in 2007.

And now Mulgrew Miller and Steve Nelson will bring all of that musical knowledge and experience to bear on Smoke Jazz & Supper Club Lounge, which has presented world-renowned jazz musicians since its inception in 1999. Co-owners Paul Stache and Frank Christopher have carried on a three decade tradition of jazz at the location, formerly the home of Augie’s Jazz Bar. Candlelit tables, plush velvet banquets, antique chandeliers and a historic full-length bar go hand in hand with the innovative American Bistro cuisine of executive chef Patricia Williams to create a genuine jazz vibe at Smoke. Serious Eats NY’s Steve Levine says of the club, “Patricia Williams has proven that great jazz and great food are not incompatible. The music and the food are truly a wonder to behold—truly a feast for the eyes, ears, and stomach.”

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club-Lounge is located at 2751 Broadway between 105th and 106th Streets. For more information, tickets, or reservations, please visit smokejazz.com.

Read more at allaboutjazz.com

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Apex Offering Plan Declared Effective; First Closings Underway

New Luxury Harlem Condominium Hits 40% Sold Mark

APEX Condominium’s offering plan has been declared effective and the new luxury building in Harlem is already 40% sold — more than twice the required percentage.

Closings are underway and the first residents have moved into their new homes, according to owner/developer RCG Longview and The Marketing Directors, Inc., the property’s exclusive sales and marketing agent.

The fast-selling building is located at 2300 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, on the southeast corner of 124th Street, in this burgeoning residential, retail and entertainment district.

“Surpassing another important sales milestone and being able to welcome our initial buyers into their homes is extremely gratifying. We can now offer prospective buyers the ability to move quickly from purchase to occupancy in our limited number of remaining residences,” notes Richard Gorsky, who leads the RCG Longview team.

“We’re confident the impressive sales velocity we’ve achieved to date will now intensify thanks to this latest accomplishment.”

Contributing to the sales success at APEX is a newly-streamlined budget and creative buy-down program which has significantly lowered the monthly common charges at the building. Under the new program, the average estimated monthly common charge for a one-bedroom home is approximately $572.

Also resonating with buyers is an impressive amenity offering which includes a private, secured entrance to the condominiums with an attended lobby, residents-only elevators, storage, and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views reserved exclusively for the residential condominium owners. In addition, homeowners enjoy shared hotel amenities such as a second, spectacular entrance, bar, fitness center and on-site parking.

APEX is clearly striking a chord with buyers throughout New York City who are responding to its well thought-out designs, upscale finishes and appointments, high level of amenities and services, convenient location and exceptional value,” says Adrienne Albert, CEO of The Marketing Directors, Inc. “It’s exciting to reach the point where buyers are now moving in and enjoying all that this outstanding property has to offer.”

APEX features studio-to-three-bedroom residences priced from $340,000 to just over $1 million. The well-appointed residential floor plans offer approximately 476 to 1,810 square feet of living space with stylish interior designs that provide a contemporary look at an exceptional value.

There are dramatic oversized windows in many residences, wood flooring throughout and Bosch washer and dryers in every residence. Kitchens are notable for their custom two-tone cabinetry, granite countertops and a Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliance package that includes cook top, wall oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave, while lavish master baths offer over-sized glass showers, custom designed vanities with polished marble counters and Grohe fixtures.

APEX Condominium’s location within the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Corridor offers residents access to the area’s ever-growing cultural, dining and recreational pursuits, including universities, the famed Apollo Theater, great restaurants, coffee houses, markets, movie theaters and other retail. APEX is also just one block from the 125th Street subway station which offers direct express commuter service to 33rd Street.

An onsite sales office and furnished model homes are open for viewing. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 646-374-3900, or visit the APEX website at www.apexcondominiums.com.

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Ivan Velez, Jr. Teaches Harlem Kids How to Draw Comic Book Characters

Ivan Velez Jr. teaches his students how to draw Manga at Harlem library. (Photo courtesy of the New York Daily News)

BY JORDAN TEICHER
DAILY NEWS WRITER

At the Countee Cullen Library on W. 136th St. in Harlem, Ivan Velez Jr., 49, steps away from his easel and addresses his class, a group of seven kids with and markers in hand.

The topic of today’s workshop is monsters — why we fear them and why we need them.

“Why do people make stories about monsters?” he asks.

Monster stories, he says, use fear to control behavior. The bogeyman gets kids to stay in bed at night. La Llorona keeps kids away from the river.

The stories, he says, also help people cope with adversity by raising a crisis to the status of myth.

“In Tokyo, they have these natural disasters, like earthquakes and tsunamis,” he says. “They have these monsters as a way of dealing with it.”

It’s a concept to which Velez can relate.

As a closeted teen growing up in the South Bronx of the 1960s, the world of monsters and heroes was Velez’s best defense.

“It wasn’t safe to talk about certain things. In that culture, you didn’t mention your sexual or ientation. The shame was very strong,” he says.

He sought refuge in his imagination, in the characters he read in comic books — Archie, Superman and the X-Men — and the action stars he watched in kung fu movies.

“It was a way to escape the real world,” he says.

For Velez, teaching at libraries and other education centers is his way of giving back to another generation of artists discovering a new comic culture, providing the guidance they need to create their voices.

Read more from the New York Daily News.

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Beyonce Surprises Fans At Harlem Target

Beyonce surprises fans at Target in Harlem on June 30th (Photo courtesy of Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Retail giant, meanwhile, promises that video exclusive for deluxe edition of 4 will be ready soon

By Jocelyn Vena

While traipsing the globe to promote 4, Beyoncé stopped by New York City’s Harlem Target on Thursday to say hello to some of her young fans.

As the store celebrated its one-year anniversary, kids from the local Boys and Girls Club danced their hearts out onstage to Beyoncé’s new track “Countdown.” In the middle of the song, B took the stage and gave them a big group hug before letting them continue their routine.

“I’d like to thank the Boys and Girls Club for coming out. I hope y’all had fun learning the choreography to ‘Countdown’ today,” she told the crowd, in footage posted on Rap-up.com. “I hope you guys enjoy the new album 4.”

See more from MTV.com.

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Apex Condominiums Unveils New Summer Amenity

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Brokers Weekly: The Common Touch in Harlem

The Sponsor of APEX Condominium has lowered the monthly common charges at the new luxury building in Harlem.

The average estimated monthly charge for a one-bednoom home is now approximately $572.00, according to owner/developer RCG Longview and The Marketing Directors, Inc., the property’s exclusive sales and marketing agent.

Addressing monthly common charges appears to be right on point as buyers have responded positively to the new program, with recent contracts pushing the 44-home building to the 30% sold mark.

“There’s tremendous public acceptance of APEX and we’re success fully attracting buyers from throughout New York City who appreciate the property’s well thought-out designs, upscale finishes and appointments, amenities and services, convenient location and exceptional value,” said Adrienne Albert, CEO of The Marketing Directors, Inc.

“The early success has already led to price increases on some of the lines.”

Located at 2300 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, on the southeast corner of 124th Street, APEX features 44 contemporary condominium homes situated on the top six floors of the new 12-story building which includes a 124-room Aloft hotel,

Residences are priced from the mid-$300,000’s to just over $1 million.

See the full clip here: Brokers Weekly – The Common Touch in Harlem – 6.15.11

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Harlem Security Gate Murals Could Become Outdoor Gallery

(Photo courtesy of Franco Gaskin & DNAinfo)

By Jeff Mays
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

East Harlem motorists could be driving through an art gallery on 125th Street under a plan to save storefront security gates painted by artist “Franco the Great.”

The Harlem Community Development Corporation is working on a plan to rescue 25 murals that Franco Gaskin painted on the now-banned corrugated steel security barriers along 125th Street and place them inside frames hung between First and Second avenues, creating an outdoor gallery.

“It would become a great tourist attraction. Now there are ramps, grass and trees and nothing to look at,” said Thomas Lunke, director of planning and development for the Harlem Community Development Corporation. “It extends the cultural corridor of 125th Street to the East side and adds another area of activity with the future extension of Harlem River Park.

Gaskin, 83, began painting over the gates because he said they made Harlem look like a “prison camp.” Store owners installed the gates after the riots following the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Read more from DNAinfo.

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First Frozen Yogurt Shop ‘Chill Berry’ Comes to Harlem

Jason and Tiffany Martin outside of their new store Chill Berry on Lenox Avenue. (Photo courtesy of DNAinfo)


By Jeff Mays
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Harlem’s path to gentrification has brought chain stores, celebrity chef-led restaurants, gourmet grocery stores and high-priced condos in a steady march uptown.

But unlike other city neighborhoods, where Pinkberry, Tasti D-Lite, and Red Mango shops are scattered on every other block, Harlem’s fro-yo selection was scarce to nonexistent. A Google search of yogurt shops in Harlem brought up nothing but Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts stores.

That’s about to change, as husband and wife frozen yogurt enthusiasts Jason and Tiffany Martin have opened what they believe to be the first stand-alone, self-service frozen yogurt shop in Harlem, Chill Berry, on Lenox Avenue between West 130 and 131st streets.

Some people tried to dissuade the couple from opening in the neighborhood, saying the shop was a bad idea.

“They said: ‘You are opening a frozen yogurt shop in Harlem? It won’t last,'” said Jason Martin, 37, an entrepreneur previously involved in the printing and music business.

On Wednesday, the shop received a steady flow of foot traffic, with grateful customers approaching the Martins to thank them for slashing their former fro-yo commute.

Read more about the new frozen yogurt shop in Harlem from DNAinfo:

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3 New Model Homes Installed at Apex!

A Limited Collection of Studio to 3 Bedroom Contemporary Condos:

*From $340,000 to over $1 Million
*Attended Lobby
*Parking
*Residents Only Rooftop
*Terrace
*Fitness Center

3% Broker Commission

Sales Center located at 2300 Frederick Douglass Blvd. NY, NY 10027
Call: (646)374-3900
Visit: www.apexcondominiums.com

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Celebrates the Harlem Rens


It was a who’s who of basketball — former Laker Jerry West, former Celtics center Bill Russell, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, former Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes among them — and amid their laughter, arguments and playful ribbing, it became apparent that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s question about what basketball team was the best in history was not going to be met with an easy consensus.

This scene didn’t come from a sports talk show, although it would’ve made for riveting television. It was from Abdul-Jabbar’s documentary, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” a 75-minute movie narrated by Jamie Foxx that focuses on the Harlem Rens (also known as the New York Renaissance) and the effect of that basketball team both on the sport and society.

Watch the videos and read the full article from the Los Angeles Times Lakers Blog.

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