Past Event

The Spirit of Harlem

This performance will feature The New Generation Festival Collective, bringing together some of the most outstanding musical voices of today, under the direction of trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, and the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, a collaboration amongst artists from disparate backgrounds and experiences that prioritizes music by women and people of color.

The Spirit of Harlem concert will take the audience on a musical journey through Harlem’s most iconic jazz venues, recreating the community’s vibes and rich musical past through pit stops on Ellington’s A Train to Minton’s Playhouse, the Lafayette Theater, the Savoy Ballroom and beyond. Iconic artists such as James P. Johnson, Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker are reimagined by this extraordinary ensemble performance, narrated by spoken word artist and poet Orlando Watson.