The National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) hosted the opening celebration for its new home at 58 West 129th Street on March 29. Performing at the opening event were pianist Marc Cary with vocalist Terri Davis; tenor saxophonist Bill Saxton; drummer Russell Carter; and bassist Rahsaan Carter. Also debuting was “Vibrations,” an exhibit featuring over 100 years of Harlem history. Speakers included Tim Porter, newly named Chairman of the NJMH’s Board of Directors; Loren Schoenberg, NJMH Founding Director and Senior Scholar; and Harold Closter, Director of Smithsonian Affiliations, among others.
Other special guests included George Wein (NEA Jazz Master/Festival Productions), Mercedes Ellington (Duke Ellington’s granddaughter), Hilma Carter (widow of the late Benny Carter), Lloyd Williams (President & CEO, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce) and Voza Rivers (Harlem School of the Arts) among others.