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Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean NIGHT DIVINE

December 17, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Price: $53 - $153

Tony Award Winner Cynthia Erivo and Billboard #1 recording artist Shoshana Beanstar in a one-night-only Holiday Concert Event - NIGHT DIVINE - at Harlem's World Famous Apollo Theater.

NIGHT DIVINE, is an evening of music inspired by classic holiday TV variety shows. This soulful musical celebration will feature new arrangements of holiday favorites performed by some of the most thrilling voices of our time. Erivo and Bean will be joined by Santa’s list of super-star special guests, creating a bit of heaven on earth and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Nothing brings people together to celebrate the spirit of the season like music. And no one pulls an audience in with soul, charisma, charm like these two dynamic powerhouses.

Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Jazz Series - Amina Figarova Trio

December 18, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Cost: $15

Amina Figarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan.  She learned to play the piano as a small child and began composing when only six years old.  Amina attended the Baku Academy of Music where she studied to become a classical concert pianist. In the late 1980s while at the Moscow Jazz Festival, she was invited to study at the Rotterdam Conservatory where she soon developed an interest in jazz.  Coming to the United States in 1989 to complete her formal education at Boston's Berklee College of Music she met her future husband, the flutist Bart Platteau, a fellow student from Belgium. In 1998 they were invited to the Thelonious Monk Institute's summer jazz colony in Aspen, and after more than a decade of bookings in major U.S. jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals, the couple gained legal immigrant status in 2014. They currently live in Manhattan, and constantly tour,  performing in jazz festivals around the globe. Amina has released thirteen albums, becoming one ofDownBeat’s Rising Star Composers for 2014 and 2015.

Featuring: Amina Figarova – piano; Brat Platteau – flute; and t.b.a. – bass 

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

Location: Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 West 124th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Semple Afterwork Holiday Bazaar

December 18, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm


Get all of your holiday shopping done in one place! Join us for our first Semple: Afterwork Holiday Bazaar, featuring local vendors along with a live DJ. Free family photographs will be available as well, so bring your whole crew camera ready! If you would like to participate, please RSVP to events@itooarts.com with the names of each person attending. 

Family Photography by David Flores
NiLu Harlem Gift Store
True Blue Naturals
John Reddick
Jewelry by Janet Hill Talbert
Author Karen Taborn, Walking Harlem 
Author Tami Marsh, Color Me In(n) Harlem Renaissance Fashion, Beauty & Jazz 1920's Coloring Book

Location: The Langston Hughes House, 20 East 127th Street, New York NY 10035 United States

Duke’s Keys Vol. 3: Helen Sung

Jazz For Curious Listeners

December 18, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Tickets: $15

When the National Jazz Museum in Harlem received a white 1917 Kramer baby grand piano that belonged to Duke Ellington, it came along with the request that it be played. In our third Duke’s Keys performance, the dynamic pianist and composer Helen Sung will share her musical offerings.

Pianist/composer Helen Sung hails from Houston, TX, where she attended the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. An aspiring classical pianist before jazz intervened during undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (at the New England Conservatory) and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Now based in New York City, Sung has worked with a “Who’s Who” in Jazz, including the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter.

With five albums as leader, Sung’s sixth release Anthem For A New Day (Concord Jazz) topped jazz radio charts and garnered a SESAC Performance Activity Award. With appearances at major festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall, Sung is also stepping onto the international stage: her “NuGenerations” Project toured southern Africa as a US State Department Jazz Ambassador and other engagements include a European CD Release Tour for Anthem, the London Jazz Festival, Taichung International Jazz Festival (Taiwan), and Morelia Music Festival (Mexico). Sung also currently performs with fine ensembles such as the Mingus Big Band, T.S.Monk Band, and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project (she performed on Carrington’s Grammy-winning album Mosaic Project).

Sung is an active composer and has received several commissions and grants, including a 2014 Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation New Jazz Works Grant. Inspired by her experience at the Monk Institute, Sung stays involved in music education through residencies/workshops, and joined the jazz faculties at the Juilliard School and Columbia University in 2015.

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 West 129th Street New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Jazz Series - Fay Victor

December 21, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cost: $20

In command, infectious, energetic and strong, Fay Victor hypnotizes audiences, whether she sings a blues, sculpts a free piece, or reinvents a Herbie Nichols tune. Running the full gamut of human emotion in an original mix of traditional song forms and free improvisation - “FreeSong” - is Victor’s trademark approach to improvised vocal music. The trademark not only applies to Victor’s own groups and original music but also to esteemed ensembles and bandleaders that feature her unique vocal abilities. In fact, the ensembles where Victor is featured rarely, if ever, have vocalists in them. In addition to working on the Fay Victor Ensemble’s new release, Victor is also developing a project of the iconic pianist Herbie Nichols, and has a monthly residency at the 55 Bar in the West Village. With her active groups or as a featured guest, Victor performs extensively around New York City and internationally, and has collaborated with an extensive list of notable musicians.   

Featuring: Fay Victor – voice, Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone, Aruan Ortiz – piano, and Ken Filano – double bass

First set: 7pm - 7:45pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8pm - 8:45pm

Location: Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 West 124th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Holiday Joy: A Gospel Celebration

December 22, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tickets start at $30*
Premium Tickets start at $90 and include an Apollo keepsake.

Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Choir CeCe Winans

Hosted by Marcus Wiley

Join us for an afternoon of soul-stirring Holiday gospel music to lift your Holiday spirits and bless your Christmas season. Cece Winans will warm your soul and Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir will take you higher. Marcus Wiley, host and comedian, promises to delight you and your loved ones throughout the afternoon.

Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street New York NY 10027 US

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