Dr. Billy Taylor, a jazz pianist, composer, educator and broadcaster, encompassed that rare combination of creativity, intelligence, and vision — qualities that made him one of our most cherished national treasures.
We love this great post by Charles Bradley II on Youtube of a rare video from music master Duke Ellington’s beautifully complicated “Harlem,” 1989 – 1993:
Surfing on Youtube we found this great song about Harlem, composed by the legend Duke Ellington in the 1950’s. Here Duke and his orchestra play a fifteen minute tug of war of the highs and lows of Harlem.
If Duke Ellington was the king of jazz, Harlem was his kingdom. And on Wednesday, the neighborhood celebrated the music connoisseur with an auction of his most prized possessions – just a few blocks from the Cotton Bar where it all started in the 1920s.
A photograph of the very elegant of Duke Ellington, in this charming signed image reads in his personal inscription, “to the Most Charming Miss Alice Dixon Best Wishes Duke Ellington”, 1930’s.
Billy Taylor (born William Taylor; July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U84duwdrza4] Duke Ellington was a world-renowned figure when he composed “Harlem” in 1950.
Duke Ellington When his drummer Sonny Greer was invited to join the Wilber Sweatman Orchestra in New York City, Ellington made the fateful decision to leave behind his successful career in Washington, D.C., and move to Harlem, becoming one of the figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
Forest Whitaker will star in ‘Godfather Of Harlem,’ this straight-to-series drama at Epix, Variety has confirmed.
The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) celebrates its 25th anniversary with a total of 64 films from 31 countries including 31 World, US and NY Premieres. Screenings will be held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinema Village and MIST Harlem.
Lifetime today unveiled its 2016/2017 development slate. Janet Jackson will executive produce the story of 1920’s New York City mobster, Queenie – the first and only woman gangster during the prohibition, set against the backdrop of The Cotton Club.
The Museum will be hosting director Michael Schultz (Cooley High, Car Wash) on three consecutive Sundays to discuss different aspects of this work.
Today, Danny talked to the team from “Clipped Wings They Do Fly,” on The Danny Tisdale Show. The team included producer William Michael Barbee, President/CEO of Prestige Media Producrtions/Barbee Group Films Bill Duke, The Wire’s Usman Shariff and legendary award winning director, producer and writer Bill Duke.
Here are our best picks of the Harlem classic (some inspired) songs you can find on YouTube.
Rated the #1 jazz club in Harlem, NY, SMOKE Jazz Club celebrates Black History Month the same way it does year-round—by presenting the best of today’s jazz artists.