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Harlem Jazz Series - Corcoran Holt Trio

November 27, 2018  | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Cost: $15

Corcoran Holt, a son of Washington, DC, began playing djembe and other West African percussion instruments at the age of 4.  Corcoran feels called to the bass and his work is about honoring the ancestors. Corcoran feels blessed and gives thanks to the many jazz legends and greats with whom he has worked. Corcoran performs regularly at many of the top music festivals and venues around the world. Some have included The North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, The Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola to name a few. Corcoran has performed through North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Currently, Corcoran leads his own group and is the regular bassist in the Kenny Garrett Quintet. Corcoran also works with numerous bands throughout the world and he is based in NYC and also serves as a djembe drummer/music therapist at Greater Harlem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he plays for his elders.

Featuring: Corcoran Holt - bass; Stacy Dillard - saxophone; and Chris Beck - drums

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break); Second set: 1pm-1:45pm 

Location: Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10027

A Christmas Carol in Harlem

November 27, 2018 – December 8, 2018

Set in present-day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with CTH’s signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. A Christmas Carol in Harlem places Ebenezer Scrooge as a real estate mogul who has made his fortune at the expense of others. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community.   

A Christmas Carol in Harlem touches on the issues that are affecting so many New Yorkers today such as gentrification and social inequality but infuses it with humor and hope. CTH reinvigorates this timeless tale to remind us that taking the time to be sensitive and mindful is key to celebrating our shared humanity. CTH veteran, Anthony Vaughn Merchant, will lead the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge. 

Based on the Novel by Charles Dickens 
Adapted by Shawn René Graham 
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III and Choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Previews: November 27-28, 2018 
Opening Night: Thursday, November 29 
Performances: November 30 – December 8, 2018 
Tuesday - Saturday at 8:00pm with 
Select Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 1:00pm

$45/$35/$25; $10 students/seniors; $10 dress rehearsal on November 25

More Info: 

Aaron Davis Hall, 138 Convent Avenue at 135th Street, New York NY 10031 US

Harlem Jazz Series - Gino Sitson

November 30, 2018 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost: $20

Award-winning, New York-based vocal virtuoso, Gino Sitson is from the Cameroon, Central Africa. He and his siblings were introduced to blues, jazz and African traditional music early in life. Mr. Sitson is a pioneer of a new generation of multi-culturally influenced African musicians; his daring musical projects combine in a most innovative way jazz, gospel, blues and traditional African polyphonies, polyrhythms and melodies. By freely combining his trademark vocal acrobatics with a breathtakingly creative command of oral and body percussions and miscellaneous effects, Mr. Sitson forges an eloquent vocabulary capable of communicating far beyond any limits of language or custom. Gino Sitson's four-octave vocal range plus his skills as a composer and arranger put him in high demand.

Featuring: Gino Sitson

1st set: 7:00pm - 7:45pm (15 min break); 2nd Set: 8:00pm - 8:45pm.  House doors open at 6:30pm

Location: Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave, New York NY 10027

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Deva Mahal

December 1, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Cost: FREE

A rare combination of masterful songwriting and breathtaking vocal talent, Deva Mahal steps into the spotlight on her debut, Run Deep, an album of pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge. Taking inspiration from the idea of strength through vulnerability, Mahal connects with her audience with raw honesty, rich musicality, and emotionally searing songs of love and loss, and the power of the human spirit to overcome.

Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11238-6052

Uptown Nights: Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Scope

December 1, 2018 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Cost: $25

Sarah Elizabeth Charles and her band SCOPE have been together for nine years and continue to re-define their musical space. Through live performance and educational engagement, Sarah has shared her vision for what sonic landscapes have the potential to be. Harnessing freedom of expression, social commentary and ever-changing dialogue, this band’s name speaks for itself. SCOPE is the possibility and the opportunity to deal with something. What Sarah has chosen to deal with is a message for young people and for the public that we are all unique human beings worthy of exploring our true selves and sharing it with the world. During this performance, the audience will experience music from SCOPE’s newest record, Free of Form which includes protest/socially reflective material that serves as a form of questioning, celebration, individuality, unification and much more.

All ticket sales are final, no refunds or exchanges. Valid ID required to pick up tickets.

Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, New York, NY 10031

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