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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem: March Programming


This is quite an exciting month for us at the NJMH as we present our first major exhibition celebrating the centennial of Ralph Ellison (Ralph Ellison: A Man and His Records) and introduce a new series curated by our Artistic Director at Large, Jonathan Batiste, (Listening Party Wednesdays.) In addition, we throw the spotlight on the author of a new, brilliant book about Louis Armstrong, so now you have even MORE reasons to join us for a swinging time up in Harlem. See you soon!

Tuesday, March
Exhibition Opening Night
Ralph Ellison: A Man and His Records
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in HarlemOn the centennial of his birth, we are proud to open a new exhibition, Ralph Ellison: The Man and His Records. An interactive kiosk containing new interviews, film clips, and other media that amplify Ellison’s achievements is surrounded by a large exhibit space containing hundreds of images imaginatively merged with Ellison’s text that bring his work vividly to life. A core element of the exhibit is Ellison’s collection of recordings that informed all of his work, specifically Invisible Man. These were presented to the NJMH by the Ellison family in 2007. The exhibit was curated by a team of Ellison experts: Stanley Crouch, Professor Robert G. O’Meally and Paul Devlin, the NJMH’s Artistic Director Loren Schoenberg and Archivist Ryan Maloney. Also curating and designing the exhibit was Tad Hershorn, Archivist at The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. Please join us to see the exhibit on its opening night and to meet other NJMH folks – by definition, interesting people!

Related Events

Thursday, March 6
Harlem Speak
Shadow and Act: The Friends of Ralph Ellison with Stanley Crouch and Robert O’Meally
6:30-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Two of America’s most distinguished authors join us this evening for a reflection on their mutual friend, Ralph Ellison.

Tuesday, March 11
Jazz For Curious Listeners
Visible Man: Ellison on Film with Paul Devlin
7:00-8:30 PMLocation: Maysles Cinema (343 Lenox Avenue)
Paul Devlin, film critic, will host an evening focused on the role that film has played in Ellison’s life and work.

Tuesday, March 18
Jazz For Curious Listener
Trading Twelves: The Ralph Ellison-Albert Murray Continuum
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Long-time NJMH contributor Greg Thomas will host a discussion centering on the cultural, intellectual and personal ties between Ellison and his friend and fellow writer, Albert Murray. Special guests include Ross Posnock, Cliff Thompson and Paul Devlin.

Tuesday, March 25
Jazz For Curious Listener
Ellison Out Loud: Stage Actors Read from his Masterpieces
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in HarlemIt’s one thing to read great words on the page, and another to hear them spoken aloud. Please join us as we bring Ralph Ellison’s words off the page and into life by two of New York’s most talented actors.

Wednesdays March 5, 12 and 19
Special Series: Listening Party Wednesday

How Jazz Can Change Your Life: Curated by Jon Batiste with host Michael Mwenso
7:00-8:30 PM
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
$20 ($10 Students)In this interactive performance series, Michael Mwenso demonstrates how jazz can improve the quality of our lives. Listening to your favorite recordings with others is one of the best ways to share your enthusiasm and passion for jazz. At these sessions, curated by NJMH Artistic Director At Large Jonathan Batiste (who will appear via Skype as often as he can from his national tour), vocalist and elegant man about town Michael Mwenso will moderate a joyous listening party that you do not want to miss as the NJMH becomes THE happening spot in Harlem.

Thursday, March 20
Special Event
Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism with Author Thomas Brother
7:00-8:30 PM
Location: The National Jazz Museum in HarlemBorrowing its title from a slogan used to publicize Armstrong’s live performances in the early 1930s, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism takes readers on an intimate journey through Armstrong’s musical transformation. Join us as NJMH Artistic Director Loren Schoenberg and the author Thomas Brothers discuss the definitive account of a man whose musical legacy remains uncontested today.All programs are free unless noted otherwise. These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State.Come Visit Us! The National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s Visitors Center is open to the public and features our extensive library of all sorts of media, plus brand new collections of photographs, and exhibits. Please come by and see us from Monday to Friday from 10AM to 4PM. We look forward to seeing you!


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