As the legendary jazz pianist/composer (and mentor to Duke Ellington) Willie "The Lion" Smith once said: "I'd rather be a fly on a lamppost in Harlem than a millionaire anywhere else." His remark still holds true today: Harlem is in the midst of a new renaissance of culture, commerce and tourism.
Outside of its native New Orleans, no community has nurtured jazz more than Harlem. Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday - all of their unique sounds reverberated throughout these fabled streets. Their legacy continues as the jazz musicians of today have also found a home in this community for their own contemporary sounds. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is dedicated to fostering this spirit -the music as a living, breathing entity that looks as far into the future as it does into the past.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem has been ensconced in its Harlem offices for six years now; Executive Director Loren Schoenberg and Director of Operations Bryan E. Glover maintain things on a day to day basis. Co-Director Christian McBride, internationally in-demand bassist, is the Museum’s traveling Ambassador when he is on the road, as well as frequent participant in our programs when he is in New York. The Museum is hosting a series of educational and community events – all of which can be found on this website.
If you would like to receive updates on our progress or further information, please contact us by email or by phone at 212-348-8300. We will be constantly updating this website to not only be a valuable resource for the Museum, but Jazz in general, so please check back frequently.
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