George and Ira Gershwin From Central Harlem

George and Ira Gershwin: composers, grew up in Harlem. Lived at 108 West 111th and other addresses.George wrote his first hit song, “Swanee”, at his home at 520 W. 144 Street in 1919.The pair were living at 501 Cathedral Parkway in 1924, and it was in this apartment that George wrote Rhapsody in Blue.

Fats Waller On The Keys In Harlem

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an influential jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano, and whose best-known compositions, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Honeysuckle Rose”, were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame posthumously, in…

Salters Scene: Ron Carter At The Carlyle Hotel

By Udo Derrick Salters The legendary Jazz Bassist Ron Carter celebrated a birthday this month. Then after his birthday, gathered with some friends, associates and select media at the Carlyle Hotel to celebrate his new book Ron Carter Finding The Right Notes and announce the beginning of his new Foundation – The Ron Carter Finding…