This unique event, features rarities, 21st century premieres, and well-known works by Harlem’s Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley, Billy Strayhorn, Porter Grainger and songs popularized by Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters, and “Ma” Rainey. Continue Reading →
NYFOS premieres a fascinating new program called Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Songs from Gay Harlem, revealing the musical heart of a subculture within a subculture.
The title refers to the “Then” relatively new “A” subway service that runs through New York City, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn, beginning service in 1936 traveling up into Harlem and northern Manhattan, using an express track section which was opened in 1932 through Manhattan. Continue Reading →
With his gruff, gravelly voice, his penchant for hep cat diction, and the serpentine bebop turns of his vocalese creations, the late Eddie Jefferson might not seem the ideal match for a classic romantic crooner like Harlem Allan Harris. Continue Reading →
Nearly 80 years since Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn told us to take the A train, the neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan have flourished while retaining the unique spirit found in that famous tune. Continue Reading →
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