Exploring Harlem’s Black and Jewish Music Culture

Thursday, July 21 at 6pm

Join OHNY and Harlem One Stop on a cultural walking tour which will take you through sections of Sugar Hill-Hamilton Heights and Central Harlem. Tour will explore connections and highlight sites associated with Harlem’s Black and Jewish music culture.

The tour will be led by John Reddick and will feature discussion of artists and venues showcased in an upcoming exhibition he’s curated on the subject that’s scheduled for Harlem this fall.

For many, the prevailing music history associated with Harlem evolves around the Apollo Theater, beginning with Frank Schiffman and Leo Brecher taking over the Apollo in 1935. However, beginning in the early 1900’s Harlem’s 125th Street hosted several theaters, including Oscar Hammerstein’s , Harlem Opera House, Hurtig & Seamon’s Burlesque, Weber & Fields’, West End Theatre and the Alhambra Theater.The tour will start at 125th Street and St Nicholas Avenue and end at 145th and Riverside at the Tian at the Riverbank Restaurant with its “Rainbow Room” ambiance and breathtaking views of the Hudson and the George Washington Bridge, for an evening of Swing Dance and Big Band Music of the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra.

The ticket includes the walking tour, live music and Swing Dance, and a Tian Special complimentary drink. Participants should have a MetroCard. (Meal not included.)

In collaboration with Harlem One Stop and Tian at the Riverbank.


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