Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’

During Prohibition, Harlem Night Clubs Kept the Party Going | National Geographic

During Prohibition, Harlem Night Clubs Kept the Party Going | National Geographic

A witty 1932 cartoon map shows where to find famous musicians, gambling policemen, and a guy selling marijuana. By Greg Miller Prohibition may have put a damper on alcohol sales in much of the United States in the 1920s and early ’30s, but it didn’t stop the party up in Harlem. The map above, created […]


Why the Cecil — One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants — Will Close | Grub Street

Why the Cecil — One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants — Will Close | Grub Street

By Sierra Tishgart In 1974, a fire burned down the Hotel Cecil in Harlem — home to legendary jazz club Minton’s Playhouse. Thirty-nine years later, in 2013, businessman Richard Parsons and restaurateur Alexander Smalls opened two businesses in its place: Minton’s, a bar with live music and snacks, and the Cecil, a full-blown, 200-plus-seat restaurant. […]


The story behind the iconic “A Great Day in Harlem” photo | NY Daily News

The story behind the iconic "A Great Day in Harlem" photo | NY Daily News

BY SARAH GOODYEAR A recurring series on iconic scenes from the city’s storied culture. The year was 1999, and Noella Cotto was just looking for a place in Harlem to call her own. When she finally found the perfect place — a brownstone, in decent shape, at 17 E. 126th Street — she had no […]


06/19/16: Live Jazz – Live Art Experience @ The Morris Jumel Mansion

06/19/16: Live Jazz - Live Art Experience @ The Morris Jumel Mansion

How does a Live Jazz and Live Art experience  sound? Awesome right. Well it get’s better. The event will be a one-a-kind pairing of master artist Andrea Arroyo with Uptown icon and musician, actress and playwright, Ms. Marjorie Eliot. The event is taking place at the venerable Morris Jumel Mansion on Sunday, June 19th at […]


The Cecil Wants You to Eat With Your Hands | NY Times

The Cecil Wants You to Eat With Your Hands | NY Times

By JEFF GORDINIER The dish is called Hands Only, and the folks behind the Cecil, the restaurant in Harlem where it is served, are not kidding about that. To give you an extra nudge of encouragement, they usher it to your table with a hot aromatic towel that has been steamed with lemon thyme, kaffir […]


Harlem Nights – An annotated map of the hippest, hottest nightspots in uptown jazz-age New York | Intelligent Life magazine

Harlem Nights - An annotated map of the hippest, hottest nightspots in uptown jazz-age New York | Intelligent Life magazine

BY Charlie McCann If New York is the city that never sleeps, then this map shows you where it used to go to stay awake. It was published on January 18th 1933, in the first issue of Manhattan: A Weekly for Wakeful New Yorkers. In those days, Harlem was known by its jive-talking denizens as […]


Harlem is Hot, and Chef JJ Johnson Fans Delicious Flames | Village Voice

Harlem is Hot, and Chef JJ Johnson Fans Delicious Flames | Village Voice

By Jacqueline Raposo Once a week, chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson and his team at Harlem’s The Cecil (210 West 118 Street; 212-866-1262) feed their upstairs neighbors. It was a deal owner Richard Parsons and chef Alexander Smalls made when they recognized that the tenants got most of their meals from City Harvest and other local organizations. […]


The Weekend – The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

The Weekend - The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Founded in memoriam of beloved jazz musician Charlie Parker, this festival annually attracts thousands of fans to two historic parks in Manhattan. The festival will kick off the first of its three days on August 21st in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, blocks from the famous jazz clubs where Parker graced the stage, and move […]


Restaurant Review: Minton’s in Harlem | NY Times

Restaurant Review: Minton’s in Harlem | NY Times

By PETE WELLS The revolution ran on grits, ham hocks, ribs, black-eyed peas and biscuits. When he opened Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem in 1940, Henry Minton, the first black delegate to the local musicians’ union, knew that jazz players were frequently in need of a meal and a place to give their instruments a workout. […]


Spread Love: Marjorie Eliot’s Theatre Matinee Series @ Word Up Books

Spread Love: Marjorie Eliot's Theatre Matinee Series @ Word Up Books

Marjorie Eliot is well known in Upper Manhattan for the remarkable Sunday afternoon concerts she has hosted in her Edgecombe Ave living room for 20+ years: Parlor Jazz. Her piano-playing, band-leading and hostessing are internationally renowned. Recently, she has occasionally extended these concerts, to include performances of her original one-act plays. Word Up is hosting […]


Marjorie’s Melody | Manhattan Times

Marjorie’s Melody | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi About 50 people settled into folding chairs in a Washington Heights apartment at 555 Edgecombe Avenue to listen to music this past Sunday. Before the show started, Paul, 8, was at the piano, warming up the crowd. “There’s something sounding nice there,” said Marjorie Eliot, who was busy in the kitchen […]


Harlem fashion show displays big names | NY Daily News

Harlem fashion show displays big names | NY Daily News

BY Ginger Otis | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS It’s dope to be dapper at the Schomburg Center. Fashion photos of famous Harlemites like Fab 5 Freddy, Al Sharpton and chef Marcus Samuelsson were on display at the Schomburg last week during a panel discussion on images of black men in modern media. Striking pictures of […]


Bill’s Place in Harlem Bringing Bebop Back Home | NY Times

Bill’s Place in Harlem Bringing Bebop Back Home | NY Times

By PHILLIP PANTUSO Around 8 p.m. on a recent Saturday, a few dozen people were gathered in a narrow, dimly lit Harlem brownstone. Couples smoked in the backyard beneath Christmas lights; a group of Chilean expats sought a corkscrew; a man and his young son searched for seats. From the basement downstairs, Bill Saxton, a […]


GQ Magazine Highlights Harlem Style

GQ Magazine Highlights Harlem Style

The standard for men’s fashion, GQ Magazine, came uptown to show love to a few outstanding individuals from different fields that exude that Harlem cool. Such folks as Jazz musician Jon Batiste, rappers Camron and ASAP Mob as well as visual artists, models and entrepreneurs. Check it out: Harlem Reshuffled | GQ Magazine


The Cecil Opens in Harlem | NY Times

The Cecil Opens in Harlem | NY Times

By FLORENCE FABRICANT Richard Parsons describes this restaurant, a restoration, as an Afro-Asian-American brasserie. (It’s adjacent to Minton’s, the late 1930s Harlem club that he has also revived, which is to open this month.) The food represents the traditions of the African diaspora combined with Asian and American cuisines. Look for spicy ginger squid, citrus […]


Wealthy jazz patron Richard Parsons seeks music and food ‘renaissance’ in Harlem as he plans to reopen Minton’s  | NY Daily News

Wealthy jazz patron Richard Parsons seeks music and food ‘renaissance’ in Harlem as he plans to reopen Minton’s  | NY Daily News

By Michael J. Feeney / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The former head of Time-Warner is bringing back a cherished Harlem jazz hub. Richard Parsons is trumpeting the return of Minton’s Playhouse — now known simply as Minton’s — a name synonymous with the greats of the 1930s and ’40s. The W. 118th club will also […]


Take the A Train for 20 Year Jazz Tradition in the Heights | DNAinfo

Take the A Train for 20 Year Jazz Tradition in the Heights | DNAinfo

By Paul Lomax WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Rain or shine, those in the know get the A train to hear jazz in Washington Heights every Sunday. While new places to hear live music pop up almost weekly in this fast-changing neighborhood, jazz lovers from around the world have been flocking to Marjorie Eliot’s living room for […]


A Propulsive Force for Jazz | WSJ.com

By LARRY BLUMENFELD Shortly after drummer Dafnis Prieto moved to New York in 1999, he felt overwhelmed. “To be honest, it wasn’t really my cup of tea,” he said from his apartment in Washington Heights. New York was different from Barcelona, where he’d spent the previous year, and a far cry from Havana, where he […]


Put You On: The Roy Ayers Project

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I first became aware of the Roy Ayers Project at Fresthetic in Brooklyn after the Bago Brunch this past Saturday. Being a huge Roy Ayers fan, I was immediately intrigued by the simple and understated postcards with the words RoyAyersProject.com on them. I threw one in my back pocket, copped a […]

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