10 DAYS OF FESTIVITIES FROM AUG. 21 ST THRU AUG. 31ST

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Milestones

ANNIVERSARY STATEMENTS

Harlem Jazz & Music Festival recognizes 4 of our partner institutions marking milestone anniversaries.

 
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CELEBRATING 45 YEARS

HARLEM WEEK proudly commemorates its 45 years of continued service to the Village of Harlem and “THE HARLEM’S OF THE WORLD”. Celebrating what is affectionately known as “The World’s Longest Week”, this year from Sun., July 28th thru Sat., August 31st, HARLEM WEEK encompasses over 112 events and activities. HARLEM WEEK, from its inception as HARLEM DAY in 1974, has always sought to showcase and salute the very best of the African Diaspora including Caribbean, Latin, Afro-Cuban, African, as well as European and Asian cultures. The 2019 HARLEM WEEK THEME IS: OUR LOCAL HISTORY CREATES A GLOBAL IMPACT.


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CELEBRATING 55 YEARS

Jazzmobile's mission is to present, preserve, promote and promulgate the legacy of America's classical music, Jazz. Founded in 1964 by Jazz Master, pianist, Dr. Billy Taylor and philanthropist and arts administrator, Ms. Daphne Arnstein, with Jazz legend Jimmy Heath, joining to create core performance and education programs, Jazzmobile is the first U.S. not-for-profit arts and cultural organization created just for Jazz.


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CELEBRATING 85 YEARS

The theater opened its doors in 1914 as Hurtig & Seamons New Burlesque Theater, the venue was renamed the Apollo Theatre in 1928 and introduced the first Amateur Night contests in 1934. The Apollo has played a major role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, hip-hop, and soul. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, Doug E. Fresh, and countless others began their road to stardom on the world-famous Apollo stage. Today, the Apollo presents concerts, performing arts, education and community outreach programs.


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CELEBRATING 55 YEARS

Founded in 1964 by American concert singer, Dorothy Maynor, Harlem School of the Arts and daily enriches the lives of young people and their families through world-class training in and exposure to the arts across multiple disciplines in an environment that emphasizes rigorous training, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, adds many dimensions of beauty to their lives.