Harlem: Second Annual ‘Montefiore Park Free Jazz Fest’ Continues Next Saturday June 15

By Harlem Arts Alliance

Photos: Harlem Arts Alliance

This past Saturday, in the coolest and most clement spring weather, more than 90 West Harlem residents, children of all ages, came to Montefiore Park to enjoy the first of four FREE Jazz concerts playing every Saturday in June!

The month-long FREE Jazz Fest started with the Right Reverand Charles Butler and the Blues Bandits, presented in collaboration with Gwen Black and the Arts & Jazzfest NYC!

In attendance and well represented was Martin Collins of the Uptown Arts Stroll, providing the all-encompassing Arts Stroll guide and hand fans. Also present were our local district leaders, community affairs POs, and Basia Nikonorow, the volunteer community coordinator of Montefiore Park Neighborhood Association.

All in all, a marvelous start to this year’s Montefiore Park FREE Jazz Fest!



Next up at Montefiore Park, this Saturday 15th at 6pm, the progress jazz vides of DURIEUX. Durieux is a Bronx-based band known for an idiosyncratic, yet moving, take on Alternative R&B/Soul. Led by singer and rhythm guitarist Bryan Durieux, a storyteller and a performer that writes his lyrics, from the heart, based on experiences in life that anyone can find relatable. Blend that with the sound of his band and it becomes an experience that will have you in your feelings, in the groove and singing your heart out.

This presentation is curated by iamchelseaiam and made possible by the West Harlem Arts Alliance, NYC Parks, Partnership for Parks, CityParks Foundation, Community Board 9M, and the West Harlem Development Corporation.

The Montefiore Park FREE Jazz Fest is…

…a month-long extravaganza that takes place EVERY SATURDAY, with soulful tunes, local artistry, and community celebration!

Immerse yourself in the enchanting gardens and groovy atmosphere at Montefiore Park

every Saturday from June 8th till June 29th, (Sunday Rain Dates) for an unforgettable evening of jazz under the trees.

Curated by

Gwen Black Arts’ Arts & Jazzfest NYC 2024 and Chelsea Johnson of IAMCHELSEAIAM

The Saturday Jazz Acts schedule all start at 6:00 PM and run until about 7:30 PM,

as follows:

June 15th: Durieux

presented with IAMCHELSEAIAM

June 22nd: Craig Holiday Haynes & Friends

presented with Gwen Black Arts and Arts & Jazzfest NYC 2024

June 29th: Millie Gibson

presented with IAMCHELSEAIAM

FREE Outdoor JAZZ at Montefiore Park is brought to West Harlem by

the West Harlem Development Corporation

The Montefiore Park Neighborhood Association

NYC Parks

Partnership for Parks

CityParks Foundation

Anunciando el 2º Festival de

Jazz Anual “Montefiore Park FREE Jazz Fest”

137th Street & Broadway, West Harlem

… ¡Un espectáculo de un mes de duración de melodías conmovedoras, arte local y celebración comunitaria!

Sumérjase en los encantadores jardines y el ambiente maravilloso del Montefiore Park todos los sábados desde el 8 de junio hasta el 29 de junio (Sunday Rain Dates) para disfrutar de una inolvidable velada de jazz bajo los árboles.

Comisariado por Gwen Black Arts Arts & Jazzfest NYC 2024 y Chelsea Johnson de IAMCHELSEAIAM El horario de los

actos de jazz de a los sábados comienza a las 6:00 p.m. y se extiende hasta aproximadamente las 7:30 p.m., de la siguiente manera:

15 de junio: Durieux

se presenta con IAMCHELSEAIAM

22 de junio: Craig Holiday Haynes & Friends

se presenta con Gwen Black Arts y Arts & Jazzfest NYC 2024

29 de junio: Millie Gibson

se presenta con IAMCHELSEAIAM

GRATIS JAZZ al aire libre en Montefiore Park es traído a West Harlem por

the West Harlem Development Corportation

The Montefiore Park Neighborhood Association

NYC Parks

Partnership for Parks

CityParks Foundation

The West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) announces the 2024 Community Benefits Grants (2024 CBG), awarding two million dollars in six priority areas to 501 (c)3 nonprofit organizations (NPOs) headquartered in Manhattan Community District 9 (MCD9), as well as to outside NPOs whose projects demonstratively serve at least 75% of MCD9 residents.

WHDC intends to focus on programs that have a deep and significant impact on our community by supporting efforts to protect and preserve affordable housing, support, and promote equity in the arts, support our youth and older adults, and help spur economic development throughout the district.

To be considered for the grant, all criteria must be met, and all required information must be submitted on time. All organizations must serve our community as stated in their applications.

Important Dates*

Friday, May 17, 2024 – 2024 CBG Application is open.

Information Session (Zoom) on YouTube here

Friday, June 21, 2024 @ 5pm – Deadline to submit 2024 CBG complete application.

September 2024 – Award notification & first payment to grantees

July 1, 2024 – Earliest Project Start Date

June 30, 2025 – Project Completion Date

Start Your Application Here

Caminada de Arte y Recepción

Celebrando a los artistas visuales locales de MCB 9

Únase a MCB 9 mientras exhibimos y honramos a los talentosos artistas visuales de nuestra comunidad. Esta es una gran oportunidad para apoyar a nuestros creativos locales y sumergirse en la vibrante escena artística de West Harlem.

¡Ven a disfrutar y tal vez incluso a descubrir a tu nuevo artista favorito! No te pierdas este emocionante evento que celebra la creatividad y el talento de nuestro vecindario. Reserve su lugar a continuación:

No se pierda este emocionante evento que celebra la creatividad y el talento de nuestro vecindario.

4 p.m.-Biblioteca George Bruce 518 West 125th St, (entre Amsterdam y Broadway), Artista Gloria Adams

4:30 p.m.-Café One-1619 Amsterdam Ave (140th St), Artista Jana Titus

5 p.m.-Biblioteca Hamilton Grange-503 West 145th Street (cerca de Amsterdam Ave)

Artistas Margo Moore y Jonathan Sinagub

5:30 p.m.-The Chipped Cup-3610 Broadway (148th St)

Artista Daniel Esparza

6 p.m.-Tsion Cafe-763 St. Nicholas Ave

Artistas Bonnie Phillips y Ana Bravo

6 pm a 8 pm. Recepción Tsion Cafe 763 St Nicholas Ave. Se servirán refrigerios ligeros junto con música en vivo.

Art Crawl & Reception

Celebrating MCB 9 Local Visual Artists

Join MCB 9 as we showcase and honor the talented visual artists in our community. This is a great opportunity to support our local creatives and immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene in West Harlem.

Come enjoy and maybe even discover your new favorite artist! Don’t miss out on this exciting event celebrating the creativity and talent of our neighborhood. Reserve your spot below:

Don’t miss out on this exciting event celebrating the creativity and talent of our neighborhood.

4 p.m.-George Bruce Library

518 West 125th St, (between Amsterdam and Broadway), Artist Gloria Adams

4:30 p.m.-Cafe One-1619 Amsterdam Ave (140th St), Artist Jana Titus

5 p.m.-Hamilton Grange Library-503 West 145th Street (off Amsterdam Ave)

Artists Margo Moore & Jonathan Sinagub

5:30 p.m.-The Chipped Cup-3610 Broadway (148th St)

Artist Daniel Esparza

6 p.m.-Tsion Cafe-763 St. Nicholas Ave

Artists Bonnie Phillips & Ana Bravo

6 pm to 8 pm. Reception

Tsion Cafe 763 St Nicholas Ave.

Light refreshments will be served along with live music.

Art Crawl Reception RSVP

Community Commissions

West Harlem Art Fund has been selected to lead a commissioned sculpture with NYCDOT for the island of Manhattan. A signature initiative, individual artists and teams can apply. There will be one work for each borough.

Artists can apply via NYCDOTArt and the West Harlem Art Fund will provide additional background information for artists to read on their website HERE.

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