The third annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival will take place May 6-11 in various venues in Harlem in New York City. The festival, a partnership among the Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile, kicks off its third season with the two-night Minton’s Playhouse: Legends on the Bandstand, a two-night event being held at Ginny’s Supper Club, located downstairs in Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem, 310 Lenox Avenue. On Monday, May 6, the series opens with saxophonists Jimmy Heath and Antonio Hart. Doors open at 10:00 p.m., the concert starts at 10:30 p.m. The series continues at Ginny’s Supper Club on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. with pianists Junior Mance and Christian Sands. Tickets are $10 at the door. There is a cash bar; one drink/appetizer is required.
Other highlights of the 2013 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival follow:
May 6, 5:00 p.m. – Columbia University presents Harlem Jazz Shrine Dialogues: Cotton Club in Black & White and Ann Petry: The Street – Harlem in the 1940s. Cowin Theater at Teachers College. Free.
7:30 p.m. – Harlem Stage presents Celebrating the Sugar Cane Club of Yesteryear featuring ERIMAJ and Fabian Almazan. Harlem Stage Gatehouse.
May 9, 8:00 p.m. – Jazzmobile presents A Night of Swinging with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, a Big Band Dance Party. Cash Bar/ Food Available for purchase. The Alhambra Ballroom.
May 11, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – Apollo Theatre presents Geri Allen & Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo featuring Geri Allen & Timeline Tap Quartet, Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright, Tia Fuller, Karen Malina White, Marvin Sewell, Dormeshia and Afro Blue. Staged by S. Epatha Merkerson, narrative by Farah Jasmin Griffin with Deejay Val Jeanty. Apollo Theater.
Tickets for many of the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival events are available now. For the complete line-up and more information, visit the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival website.