Throughout the month of August, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem will offer five unique programs to celebrate the Afro-Latin roots of jazz music. From August 6 to August 30, attendees can listen, learn, and celebrate the long-lasting traditions of the genre.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem aims to “preserve, promote, and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and the celebration of jazz” in all areas. With exhibits, educational programs, panels, concerts, and more the center continues its commitment to the genre. With Artistic Directors Jon Batiste and Christian McBride, the museum offers inspiring experiences.
Starting on August 6 at 1 p.m., Jaambo will lead a city-wide dance party on the steps of the National Arts Club. Co-founded by percussionist Baba Don Eaton, Jaambo’s sound and groove will get you moving. Baba Don Eaton currently also teaches African drumming and has previously recorded with jazz artists such as Donald Brown, Joe Henderson, and Jason Linder.
Two bands will lead the programming on August 11: brass band Funky Dawgs and the Afro-Latin Jazz ensemble Uptown Royalty NYC. This energetic concert at the Harlem State Office Building will begin at 6 p.m. for a great night of dance music.
More August events include Colombian pro music from Martin Vejarano on August 25 at 2 p.m. followed by solo pianist Ahmed Alom at 7 p.m. Alom’s concert will explore early African-American ragtime and the Cuban danzon among other musical forms.
The programmings and celebration of Afro-Latin Jazz will end on August 30 with a panel discussion led by Zack O’Farrill at 7 p.m. The event will include the insight and inspiration of young artists in the Afro-Latin genre and how they are honoring and expanding its music traditions.
For more information about the August programs and exhibits, visit the museum’s website.