The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem has over the course of several years evolved into a major cultural presence in New York City. We hope you will join us for our free weekly programs in Harlem, which include our course JAZZ FOR CURIOUS LISTENERS, our interview series HARLEM SPEAKS, and/or to visit our Visitors Center. See you soon!

Visitors CenterVisitors Center

Our Visitors Center has reopened and we welcome visitors Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm.

Our Visitors Center is located at 104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2D.

Leonard Garment, R.I.P. (1924-2013)

The lawyer, advisor and counsel to Presidents, arts advocate, jazz saxophonist, and founder of The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, passed away peacefully at his New York City home this past Saturday, at the age of 89.

Leonard GarmentThis is the time to remember and celebrate Len's long life and championing of many good causes. His guidance of the National Arts and Humanities Endowments during his Nixon years, his work on behalf of Native Americans, the years with Pat Moynihan at the U.N., and the Ellington Birthday party at The White House are among the many, many achievements that his innate modesty prevented us from knowing.

Starting in 1995, Len marshaled federal, state and local resources to start the movement towards the creation of The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. In 2002, he moved to New York to set up the Museum offices in Harlem, from which he continued his vital work as Board Chairman, a role he held until 2005, when he became Chairman Emeritus. He remained an indispensable advisor to the NJMH.

A good introduction to Len remains his book, Crazy Rhythm: From Brooklyn And Jazz To Nixon's White House, Watergate, And Beyond, which captures his razor-sharp intellect and trademark humor.

Len is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and his daughter, Annie.

The funeral will be private.

This Week at the National Jazz Museum

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
International Jazz Day
Concert A Great Success!

Jonathan Batiste and The Stay Human Band led a global jam session with 7 artists from 6 different countries featuring Sunny Jain, Awa Sangho, Yacouba Sissoko, Noriko Ueda, James Shipp, Gian-Carla Tisera, and Marc Mommaas. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate with us! Photo credit: Marcia Salter.

New York Times Feature

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem was recently featured in the New York Times. Please click here to view the article.

Current News

Ted NashRecent Events
We have now updated the site with media from a number of our events, held since January 2013.


Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band
Jazzman Jonathan Batiste's credo: Everyone should enjoy the wonders of jazz.
Read the NY Daily News article.

Lenny Kravitz came and sat in with Jonathan Batiste's band at NJMH's Jazz Is:Now! last night. You never know who you'll see at our events.


Jazz: Is Now! -- Sept 2012Jazz Is:Now!
...was a complete blast this September, with over 100 folks coming up each session to Harlem for an incredible series of evenings with Jonathan Batiste and his STAY HUMAN band. See for yourself.

JFCL AudioJonathan Batiste featured in EBONY Magazine.
Read: "THE SIX: Jonathan Batiste on Style, Music, and 'Red Hook Summer'"


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Our Mission
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem preserves, promotes, and presents jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and celebration of jazz locally, nationally and internationally.

In Memoriam

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State

The Jazz Museum in Harlem is a 501(c)3. All donations are fully tax deductible.

Photo of Louis Armstrong courtesy of William P. Gottlieb © Copyright 1979



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