Last week was extraordinary– celebrating International Jazz Day with the world and the Jazz at Lincoln Center 2014 gala, Love, Loss and Laughter: The Story of Jazz. And this week, well friends, the celebration of everything that makes jazz great continues. It’s time to take the A train up to Harlem and check out Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival!

During the 1920s, Harlem was a jazz Mecca. Almost 100 years later, uptown is still the place to be! The festival will pay tribute to the classic clubs and venues while presenting some of the top and rising artists in jazz today! There is so much to see and our friends at Harlem Stage have put together night after night of shows that include some of our favorite artists here at Revive!  For three nights of contemporary jazz, starting Wednesday, May 7th, you will have a rare chance to catch some of the most innovative and original works happening today with shows from Aruán Ortiz and Manuel Valera, the Christian aTunde Adjuah Double Quartet, and the Vijay Iyer Trio! Each show is set to bring a night of mastery and excitement.

Mark your calendars and head uptown!!

5/7: Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival: Latin Double Bill – Aruán Ortiz and Manuel Valera

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First up will be a masterful evening with a Latin Double Bill featuring critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, composer, and producer Aruan Ortiz and Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist, composer, and keyboardist Manuel Valera!  Continuing in his presentation of music and architecture, Ortiz explores concepts and motifs inspired from iconic architectural works such as the arabesque spires and presence of alchemy in Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Valera, also drawing inspiration across alternate disciplines of creative expressions, will interpret the poems that were written in New York in the late 1800s by Cuban national hero, revolutionary philosopher, and poet, Jose Marti’s Versos Sencillos. The performance will include contemporary jazz arrangements that intersect post-bop harmony, Afro-cuban roots, West African techniques and percussive traditions, and elements of chamber music. The evening’s performance will feature cabaret seating with food and drink for sale.

To extend the Harlem Stage experience, stick around for the Dig Deeper post performance discussion with the artists.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tickets $10
7:30 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse Performance

 Tix + Info HERE

5/8: Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival: Christian aTunde Adjuah Double Quartet – Stretch Music

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The ever-expanding trumpeter Christian aTunde Adjuah who brought you heavy-hitting arrangement “No Church In The Wild” off of Jay-Z & Kanye’s ‘Watch the Throne” on NEXT Collective’s ‘Cover Art” is now set to premier his double quartet and their latest approach to jazz entitled Stretch Music. Ever heard of the DjemBass?  Defying musical expectations, this show will even feature entirely new brass instruments as well as new hybrids of West African drums.  Conventions, categories, and sound will quite intentionally be stretched to arrive at new compositions through the lens of multiplicity in musical cultures, forms, and languages.  This evening will be presented in a cabaret setting with food & drink for purchase and followed by a Q & A with the artists.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Tickets $10
7:30 pm Harlem Stage Gatehouse

 Tix + Info HERE

 5/9: Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival: Vijay Iyer Trio

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There’s a reason you keep seeing stellar pianist and composer Vijay Iyer and his trio come up in numerous critics’ polls. When you catch this show, you won’t be able to stop talking about it either. Iyer remains a front-runner with acclaim since the 2012 DownBeat International Critics Poll where he was recognized in five categories: Jazz Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, and Rising Star Composer, as well as Jazz Group of the Year (for the Vijay Iyer Trio), and Jazz Album of the Year. For the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, audiences can expect an evening of exciting original works as well as fresh reinvented versions of classics from the trio that’s been described as one of “the best bands in jazz.”

The performance will be followed by a reception with the artists. FREE with RSVP!

Friday, May 9, 2014
Tickets: FREE
7:30 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse


For more info and to purchase tickets for ALL the Harlem Stage shows, click HERE!

The entire Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival is running until May 10th! Check it out!



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