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This spring the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) takes jazz fans, music lovers, history buffs and any interested parties on a tour of the “Roots & Routes of Jazz.” The Museum kicks off its “Gala Season” on April 30th with the first in a series of events that explore jazz and its cultural impact on the world. The series continues on May 11th with “Jazz &… Amsterdam!” and New Amsterdam Jazz bands SMANDEM and Fuensanta’s Ensemble Grande and a band led by Benjamin Herman, plus a panel discussion that will explore the past, present and future of jazz in The Netherlands.
Award-winning musician, Musical Director of “Late Night with Stephen Colbert” and NJMH Artistic Director Jon Batiste says “Jazz is an American art form that has impacted cultures worldwide. We’re looking forward to exploring that impact to inform how the genre continues to move forward, and the Museum will be at the center of that movement.” The first event on April 30th, “International Jazz Day: Jazz &… Laos!,” unites the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, social justice organization Legacies of War and social enterprise ARTICLE22 (A22) to feature the rich and diverse talents of Lao jazz musicians and engage in a discussion about art and activism. The event will feature Lao Jazzanova and a duo performance with Cuban vocalist/pianist Melvis Santa and Venezuelan bassist Bam Rodriguez who represent NJMH and A22’s Artists + Activists.
The third event in the series takes place on May 25th with community partner The National Arts Club and features a live outdoor pop-up performance Jazz &… Peru! with Hector Morales and the Afro-Peruvian Ensemble celebrating Afro Latino jazz and culture. NJMH Executive Director Tracy Hyter-Suffern says “This series is created share the history of jazz from its African origins to the ways it continues to move culture in Harlem and around the world, and this music is the backdrop for art and activism. Jazz like other music has been the soundtrack of social movements. This series highlights the ways culture changes culture. This series, which takes us to Zimbabwe, the Philippines and lands us in Central Harlem right at the Museum’s front door, is an opportunity to look at how the Museum is a part of that cultural growth and influence.”
All events take place on the Museum’s Facebook and Youtube channels and lead up to the NJMH’S Annual Gala on June 8th. For more information on the events, to attend the gala, and to contribute to the Museum visit