Harlem is the cradle of jazz culture and the home to the Museum’s diverse resources – including archives, recordings and live performances – that can engage and stimulate the community’s children, students and seniors, many of whom are big jazz fans. For these seniors, jazz has been a part of the fabric of their lives, and many have firsthand memories of the great jazz artists who performed here.

Our ONSITE JAZZ ACCESS PROGRAMS are designed to suit the needs of the visiting group of children, teens, special needs populations and others from around the city.  Our Visitors Center can accommodate up to 25 visitors for a one hour program that can include a performance, a film, a lecture demonstration, or a lesson in jazz history to compliment school curriculum.   Please contact Anders Zelinski at for more information.

Our COMMUNITY JAZZ PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, launched in 2013, engages local seniors for whom jazz has long been part of the fabric of their lives. Many have firsthand memories of the great jazz artists who performed here in Harlem! Partnering with three Harlem-based senior centers, our own Harlem All-Star Quartet travels to the Centers twice a month, and seniors also visit the Museum to listen to historic radio recordings from The Savory Collection (including Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday and others). This program is also creating an oral history archive that will be integrated into the Museum’s ongoing Harlem Speaks oral history project, adding invaluable context to the Savory recordings.

Recent Groups We Have Hosted:

  • 92Y Music Industry Summer Session
  • The Canaan Senior Center
  • A. Phillip Randolph Senior Center
  • Abyssinian Development Corporation Senior Center
  • Growing Minds NY
  • Classic Tours- Renaissance Singles Senior group
  • Peace Corps Fellows Program
  • University of New Brunswick Department of History
  • Behind the Book
  • Harlem Success Academy 2
  • SMART University
  • Hostos Community College
  • Striving on Strength- Pre-Vocational Habilitation Program
  • Harlem Promise Academy
  • Oasis Summer Camp
  • LifeSpire
  • Fort Greene Council
  • Keynote Music Center
  • Boys and Girls Harbor
  • Brooklyn School of Languages