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National Jazz Museum in Harlem Nov. 8 – Nov. 14, 2010 Schedule

November 5, 2010

  To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo,

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
104 East 126th Street, #2C
New York, NY 10035
212 348-8300


National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14, 2010

  Monday, November 8, 2010

Jazz for Curious Readers
The Jazz Review Publication
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Founded by Nat Hentoff, Martin Williams, and Hsio Wen Shih in New York in 1958, The Jazz Review was the premier journal of jazz in the United States. Short-lived as it was (1958-1961), it set an enduring standard for criticism.

While all of the material is of high quality, several features are particularly distinctive: the regular reviews of musicians’ work by other musicians; Hentoff’s regular column "Jazz in Print," which deals with the politics of the music business as well as of the nation; and the incorporation of a wide range of musical styles and approaches to discussing jazz.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

  Jazz for Curious Listeners
Savory Collection Part 2: On Film (at the Maysles) and LIVE JAZZ
7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Maysles Institute
343 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10027
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
Join us for an evening mixing rarities from the Savory Collection with film performances of the artists, including Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Louis Jordan and more PLUS live jazz. Don’t miss this fascinating evening of image and sound.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

  Jazz Is: Now!
Jonathan Batiste
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
Join young pianist Jonathan Batiste as he performs and leads a discussion on jazz culture and its relevance in today’s society. The Juilliard Jazz grad is one of the most exciting and sui generis artists on the jazz scene; rest assured that his point of view is too. Join the celebration in the midst of the discourse.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

  Jazz at the Players
Ron Blake Trio
Location: The Players
(16 Gramercy Park S. | 6 train to 23rd Street)
$20 | Reservations: reservations@theplayersnyc.org
<mailto:reservations@theplayersnyc.org> or 212-475-6116
Ron Blake, saxophone, Ben Wolfe, bass, Dion Parsons, drums

A big-toned, gutsy, hard-swinging instrumentalist from the Virgin Islands known for his superlative style, saxman Ron Blake can be lyrical or romantic but always brings a lot of grit to his solos. He’s recording several times under his own name, and is a beloved band mate of Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove and many others. Check out one of the most important saxophonists of his generation tonight, as he and his band bring the swing and the swang of jazz.


  Thursday, November 11, 2010

  Harlem Speaks
Dave Valentin, Flutist
6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: NJMH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300
Puerto Rican jazz flutist Dave Valentin first learned Latin percussion when he was a teenager, and then switched to flute. His teacher, Hubert Laws, suggested that he not double on saxophone because of his attractive sound on the flute.

In 1977, Valentin made his recording debut with Ricardo Marrero’s group and he appeared also on a Noel Pointer album. After being discovered by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen, Valentin was the first artist signed to GRP; he has been a popular attraction ever since, having recorded over 15 albums, combining the influence of pop, R&B, and Brazilian music with Latin and smooth jazz to create a slick and accessible form of crossover jazz. In 2000, he appeared in the documentary film, Calle 54, performing with Tito Puente. Since the mid-2000s, Valentin, who prides himself as keeper of the flame of Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s flute performance style, has been signed to Highnote Records, releasing World On A String (2005) and Come Fly With Me (2006). He has done several collaborations with pianist Bill O’Connell and was a nominee for the Latin Grammy Awards of 2006.

Partake in a discussion with one of the giants of Latin jazz flute!


  Thursday, November 11, 2010
Special Event
Loren Schoenberg in Conversation with Trumpeter Jack Walrath
12:00 – 1:30pm
Location: Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University
(328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA |  
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FREE | For more information: Stanford Univ. Website

Loren Schoenberg, Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, continues his jazz discussion series at the Cantor with a special conversation and informal performance with trumpeter Jack Walrath, a notable alumnus of Charles Mingus’ famed ensembles of the 1970s.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

  Special Event
Christian McBride & Inside Straight
Stanford University
Dinkelspiel Auditorium    
$38.00–42.00 (Adult) | $10.00 (Stanford Student)
$34.20–37.80 (Other Student)
$19.00–21.00 (Youth Under 18)
In this latest Lively Arts performance at Stanford University—following last season’s sold-out tribute to Herbie Hancock—DownBeat 2009 Readers Poll–winning bassist Christian McBride returns at the helm of his acclaimed acoustic ensemble, Inside Straight. As on the group’s 2009 debut disc, Kind of Brown, McBride is joined in this night of “hard swing-to-bluesy groove tunes” by some of the most in-demand players on the scene today: alto and soprano saxman Steve Wilson, vibist Warren Wolf, Jr., pianist Eric Reed, and drummer Carl Allen.

As The New York Times wrote in a glowing review of the group’s 2007 performance debut at New York’s legendary Village Vanguard: “When the bassist Christian McBride feels good about a groove, he savors it, exults in it. Flashing a million-watt smile, he tosses off frolicsome micro-elaborations… Watching his sidemen respond to him, you’re almost tempted to pose a question: Why doesn’t every jazz combo seem to be having such a good time?”


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