Jazzed-up week on the cards in NYC

May 5, 2013 by  

As of tomorrow, May 6, the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival will return to New York for its third year.

The festival features jazz groups and musicians playing classic and new jazz music in some of the city’s most famous and historic venues, which this year include the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, the Cowin Center and Columbia University, Ginny’s Super Club at Red Rooster, the famous jazz venues Alhambra Ballroom and Showman’s Jazz Club, and of course the Apollo Theater.

There will be several artists performing throughout the festival, with Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad, Bill Easley and his trio, Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet, and Jimmy Heath and Antonio Hart among the names in the frame.

The festival lasts until May 11 and celebrates the famous venues of the New York City jazz scene that made Harlem famous, starting back in the 1920s. Tickets to the festival are $10, though some shows may have free admission.

For those interested in jazz music, this festival cannot be missed, and organizers for it should work hard to make sure that it does not bypass the attention of local jazz fans. Printing companies can provide advertising materials through flyers and promotional posters that can be distributed throughout the city, especially in outer borough neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Astoria, or Long Island City.

Pprograms, given out to patrons at the shows, could also help to fill people in about the history of the various jazz venues in New York City.