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HARLEM STAGE PRESENTS FALL 2017 SEASON: A Jazz Filled December with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Jazzmeia Horn and a Centennial Tribute to Thelonious Monk  
(Published: November 28, 2017)

Harlem Stage tops off its Fall 2017 season with jazz throughout the month of December. Experience this legendary uptown venue that for over 30 years has been promoting the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color.  
This December, join Harlem Stage as they close out their Fall 2017 season of programming. Starting the month off on December 1st is Monkmania, A Centennial Tribute to Thelonious Monk. Led by Grammy and Emmy nominated John Beasley, The MSM MONK'estra Ensemble along with students from Manhattan School of Music's Jazz Arts program captures the spirit of Monk's style along with contemporary rhythms from Beasley.

On December 7th, Harlem Stage presents a FREE Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert with Jazzmeia Horn. Listen to the incredible marriage of music and message from the 2015 winner of The Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, Jazzmeia Horn, as she performs songs from her debut album.

Closing the the season on December 14 and 15 is Uptown Nights: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Presents Stretch Music X Afro New Orleanian Black Indian Music Concert. Grammy nominated Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah returns to Harlem Stage for two nights to play his genre bending music that stretch's jazz music's rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean. Scott Atunde Adjuah will be joined by Big Chief Juan Pardo, who with the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians performs an electrifying display of a culture that dates back over two hundred years in New Orleans. Chief Juan's soulful voice brings any audience to feel like they are in the jazz filled streets of New Orleans.

Tickets and reservations to Harlem Stage can be purchased online at www.HarlemStage.org, or via phone at 212.281.9240 ext. 19. All performances take place at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan).

Monkmania, A Centennial Tribute to Thelonious Monk
Friday, December 1 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20
The MSM MONK'estra Ensemble, with students from Manhattan School of Music's Jazz Arts program, led by guest conductor/arranger John Beasley, will perform arrangements from Beasley's MONK'estra project, which "reinvents Thelonious Monk for the 21st century" (LA Weekly).  This tribute to the legendary composer and pianist features virtuoso jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, whose soulfulness and musical curiosity are boundless.
Featuring special guest soloist Regina Carter, Violin; John Beasley, Guest Conductor and Arranger; and The MSM Monk'estra Ensemble!

Thursday, December 7 at 7:30pm
Tickets: FREE
Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn with an assured maturity and vocal confidence far beyond her years, performs with an all-star septet from her debut album A Social Call. Horn's marriage of music and message suffuses the variety of selections on the album, that include inspirational R&B from the 1960s and '70s, black spirituals and, of course, standards. "Not only a vocalist, but a musician with big ears, and wisdom beyond her years" -Al Jarreau
Lead Support for Neighborhood Concerts is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Additional support is provided by the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.

Thursday and Friday, December 14 & 15 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20
Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, returns with two nights of genre blind music that will Stretch jazz music's rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean. Scott aTunde Adjuah is a WaterWorks artist in the second year of a three year residency made possible with a Building Demand for the Arts Implementation grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  As part of this season's Stretch Music Residency, he will honor the rhythmic tradition of his Afro New Orleanian/Black Indian culture. Join us on a sonic journey that creates a bridge to liberation and freedom with some of music's most daring musicians and improvisers.

Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem's cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. For over 30 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation's leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more. Its education program each year provides over 4,000 New York City children with introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).
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