Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 30 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2018 season of performances. The season is curated by Monique Martin, newly appointed Director of Programming for Harlem Stage and features artists as #Disrupters, who take creative risk. They reflect the times via a range of artistic genres, offering audiences the chance to experience legendary performers and rising stars.
On May 17, Harlem Stage and Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts present a FREE performance “HARLEM Stride Jazz Now,” from NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith and his band.
Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. With a career spanning over five decades, Smith stands as the preeminent Hammond B-3 organist in jazz today. He has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. His soulful, funky style is instantly identifiable, and has made him the organist of choice for such jazz icons as George Benson and Lou Donaldson. Dr. Lonnie Smith’s latest CD was released on Blue Note (2016).
Many awards have followed since 1969, when Downbeat magazine named Dr. Lonnie Smith “Top Organist” of the year. From 2003-2014, he was awarded “Organist/Keyboardist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalist Association. The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and Jazz Organ Fellowship have also inducted Dr. Lonnie, and in 2014 he received the Village Music Legends Award. In 2017, Dr. Lonnie Smith was named one of the National Endowment for the Arts 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Fellows, the nation’s highest honor in jazz.
Lead Support for Neighborhood Concerts is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Additional support is provided by the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.
May 17, 2018, 7:30 PM
Box Office Hours: Regular box office hours are 10AM–3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.
Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, New York, NY, 212.281.9240 ext. 19, www.HarlemStage.org