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New York Launches Inaugural Harlem & Jazz Festival

Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Harry Belafonte and more will be honored

Final shot for Harlem 1958 photo session
Final shot for Harlem 1958 photo session (photo by Art Kane)

The first ever Harlem Jazz & Music Festival, the newest element of the annual HARLEM WEEK celebration, is ongoing now through Saturday, August 31. The festival will host an array of events, including free indoor and outdoor performances by world-renowned musicians honoring music legends including Duke Ellington and Aretha Franklin; a film festival; and jazz brunches at Solomon & Kuff, Floridita and other restaurants throughout Harlem.

In this inaugural year, the Harlem Jazz & Music Festival will honor celebrated musicians who have had an impact on generations from across the globe. The much-anticipated festival was launched at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with performances by the Tim Porter Trio and The Feeling Messengers.

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