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Aziza Miller

Jazz By The Riverside

 Friday, April 20


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Aziza Miller Ten years ago, Linda Williams, best known in music circles for her 5 _ years playing and conducting for Natalie Cole, had an epiphany: it was time for a change – time for a new name, a new direction, a new life.

Aziza, the performer, the composer/lyricist, the complete artist was born. After her Hollywood period in which she composed the melody for Miss Cole’s “La Costa”, a contemporary standard, then wrote and recorded “City Living”, her debut album on Clive Davis’ Arista Records, Aziza turned to the daunting task of raising her son Brandon. She spent years happily shaping her young man’s life until he graduated with an Aerospace Engineering degree from U.S.C. and became Lt. Brandon Miller, pilot, U.S. Navy. Finding herself in the proverbial “empty nest”, Aziza brought out her yellow writing pad and began chronicling her thought and feelings. Somewhat to her amazement, the poet in her emerged! Reams and reams of poetry, song lyrics and topical statements poured out of her busy pen. Marrying those words to melody had always been her forte, so the composer in her got to work setting lyric to melody. Watching Aziza perform we sense the organic nature of her songwriting. Everything becomes a part of her work – a trip on the subway, a walk through the neighborhood, a fantasy about the man she will love, a statement about the man she will no longer love, her paean to the great ladies of jazz, and yes her exhortation to all the ladies to strut their divalicious ways – it all sums up her positive take on life. Watching her audiences nod their heads in agreement as she weaves her way through the types of relationships “out there” today, one gets the sense that she is talking for them, saying the things they think but can’t really express. She is becoming their voice, their spokesperson in a world that doesn’t always make sense. Her audience knows she makes sense to them.


Riverside Church

10th Tower

91 Claremont Avenue

Between 121 & 122 Claremont Avenue

(One block over west of Broadway)

New York, NY 10027


Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

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Harlem Travel Guide For “Man v Food” Nation Check It Out On Wednesday, Sep 7, At 9 pm

via Harlem World

Host Adam Richman from the Travel Channel is uptown in Harlem for some colossal fabulous sized soul food, a monster helping of yummy Mofongo, and if that’s not enough he guides the Harlem Globetrotters through the “Squealer challenge” at Rack & Soul.

So, catch this episode on Wednesday, Sep 7, at 9 pm.  READ MORE >>>

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Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Celebrates Legendary Musician Uptown and Downtown

via Jeff Mays at DNAinfo

A performer at at recent Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. (City Parks Foundation)

HARLEM — The two-day Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will be held in Harlem this weekend, where the legendary saxophonist had his famous jam sessions, and in the East Village, the neighborhood he called home.


Now in its 19th consecutive year, the festival kicks off in Marcus Garvey Park on Saturday and will be the largest event the newly renovated Richard Rodgers Amphitheater has hosted.   READ MORE >>>

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Even More Jazz in Harlem

via Ulysses at Harlem + Bespoke


Harlem Tavern

It appears that Harlem’s new diverse offerings of eateries are embracing its cultural past and throwing live music into the mix. Anyone walking by lower FDB on Saturday or Sunday will hear distinctive jazz sounds coming from the new Harlem Tavern at 116th Street during brunch hours and we also received more news that another establishment along the corridor will be adding live weekly music.  READ MORE >>>

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Huge Hamilton Heights Mural Portrays History of Harlem

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A portion of the mural "Magic with Logic." (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM — After several weeks of working on the second largest mural in the history of the Creative Arts Workshop for Kids, a group of teenage artists unveiled their massive work, “Magic With Logic,” at P.S. 192 on Wednesday. READ MORE …

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Bicycles Coming to Red Rooster in Harlem

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Marcus Samuelsson on a bike in front of his restaurant in Harlem. Samuelsson tweeted on July 26 that be would be bringing bikes to the eatery for patrons to borrow and explore the neighborhood. (Twitter/Marcus Samuelsson)

HARLEM ­— Coming soon to Red Rooster — bicycles.

The Harlem eatery is getting ready to add a handy way to get around the neighborhood to its lineup of home cooking and comfort food, Gothamist reported on Thursday.

“Our bikes are in! Soon, you’ll be able to borrow a bike from @RoosterHarlem for free to ride and see the neighborhood!,” Chef Marcus Samuelsson tweeted on July 26.

A staffer at the restaurant told Gothamist that a date for bike rentals hadn’t been set, and she didn’t know how many bikes would available for use.

“We don’t know how it’s going to work at all, all we know is that he’s gonna do it,” she said.


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Harlem Week is uptown pride on display — a full month of fun and celebration

BY Nicole Lyn Pesce


Harlem Week 2011 kicks off today with a month full of dance parties, film festivals, and events. Via Harlem Chamber of Commerce

Everything’s bigger in Harlem.

What started as a single day to inspire neighbors discouraged by the ’70s urban blight quickly grew into a week of musical performances, street fairs and sports expos celebrating uptown’s rich heritage.

That was just the beginning.

Harlem Week 2011 kicks off today with a month full of dance parties, film festivals, restaurant specials, a 5K race, an auto show and more in the blocks and businesses housed above 125th St.

“Only in this community can a ‘week’ be 47 days of activities!” laughs Voza Rivers, a chairman and co-founder of Harlem Week.

It takes a village to organize a gala this ambitious, so the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (where Rivers is vice president) began lining up sponsors (including the New York Daily News) back in January and enlisting local vendors such as celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson from Red Rooster Harlem to join the fete.

“It’s going to be amazing,” crows Samuelsson, who serves free catfish sandwiches in a food truck outside of General Grant National Memorial Park today as part of “A Great Day in Harlem” from noon to 4 p.m.

It’s the new restaurant’s first year joining the party, and they’re eager to make a good impression.

“We are successful because of this community, so just doing something for free and giving back makes me so happy,” Samuelsson says.

The restaurant crafted a three-course Harlem Week menu featuring chicken and waffles and a tomato watermelon soup at Restaurant Week’s $24.07 and $35 prix fixe prices. The “Top Chef” even bought a pair of vintage bicycles that he’s letting customers borrow for free two-hour spins around Harlem.

“I want people to come up, enjoy the neighborhood and learn about it,” he says. “There is so much richness here.”

The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program gets into the swing on the Aug. 21 “Harlem Day” by hosting a community clinic where they are handing out free rackets to the first 50 senior citizens and the first 50 children who arrive at the new Howard Bennett Playground tennis courts.

“Our goal is to give children the opportunity to get a scholarship in a sport that most African Americans don’t play,” says program director Dante Brown. “What better way to make tennis accessible and available to the Harlem community than through Harlem Week?”

Harlem Junior Tennis also hosts a free tri-state tournament Aug. 18-21 at the Fred Johnson Tennis Courts where children ages 12 to 18 compete for scholarships.

Guests enjoy a belly full of free barbecue on Aug. 20.

ImageNation Cinema Foundation showcases local short films including “Rubber Soles,” which was filmed in Harlem, and the James Brown tribute “Say It Loud” in free movie nights on Aug. 20 and 27 that also screen Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” and Lena Horne’s “Stormy Weather” in St. Nicholas Park.

“We also have an Apollo Amateur Night child star, Maurice Johnston, singing on the 27th,” says ImageNation’s Moikgantsi Kgama.

The Apollo Theater gets in on the act by offering Harlem residents half-priced Amateur Night tix for just $9.50-$14.50 (from $19-$29) through Sept. 7. And the New York Road Runners team up with the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce to host a 5K and family walkathon around the historic parts of the nabe as a tribute to the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Japan.

“I’d like to think that we played a role in changing the image of this community,” says Rivers. “We were coordinating these projects at the beginning to highlight Harlem’s assets as opposed to the negative articles about the community, and to bring people back. We’ve made it attractive enough that people from all over the city are coming into Harlem.”


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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


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FDNY Comes to Harlem Looking to Diversify its Ranks

Harlem resident and firefighter Khalid Baylor responded to an application he received at a street fair. Eight years later, he's one of the faces of the FDNY's diversity recruitment campaign. (Photo courtesy of DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

Khalid Baylor wasn’t planning to be a firefighter, but eight years ago he was looking for a career change when a black firefighter handed him an application for the New York City Fire Department at the Harlem Day Parade.

“I was just out in the crowd and I saw this black firefighter who gave me an application and encouraged me to apply,” said Baylor, a Harlem resident.

He then went a step beyond. He made copies of the application and handed them out to his friends. Eight years later, Baylor, is an example of both the success and difficulties of recruiting minorities to the largest firefighting force in the country.

None of his friends followed through with the fire department application, but today, Baylor is a firefighter with Engine 35/ Ladder 14 on East 124th Street and Third Avenue. He is also one of the faces of the FDNY’s efforts to diversify its ranks, appearing on a new FDNY ad campaign with his 11-year-old son Khalid.

Read more from DNAinfo.

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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 “I hope you guys enjoy the new album 4.”

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