Monthly Archives: May 2011

Love Thy Neighbor – Gil Scott-Heron

“Voice of black culture,” “polymath,” “musician and poet,” “spoken-word musician,” “composer, musician, poet, and author,” “godfather of rap,” “poet and music pioneer,” “influential poet/musician helped inspire rap, “US activist, poet and singer.” These are just a few of the headlines … Continue reading

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Beats For Your Week – Jamaica Funk (Queens, baby!)

With the First Annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival just wrapped up, it’s the perfect moment to think about jazz–past, present, and future. The latest issue of the always hot Wax Poetics does just that. Here at 106th Street, music is … Continue reading

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The Apollo Shines for Harlem Jazz Shrines

Last weekend, the Apollo went back-to-the-future of its historic past as it hosted “Jazz à la Carte,” a variety show featuring comedy, dance, and live music–and part of the weeklong (and first annual) Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival. The show, “Wycliffe Gordon’s … Continue reading

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Beats For Your Week – The Stumblebums

Out of nowhere comes the sudden and beautiful din of a trumpet, a tuba, drums, and a raspy shout. No, you’re not in New Orleans. You’re out way too late in downtown NYC, and The Stumblebums are here to keep … Continue reading

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Off Season Block Island Bliss

Block Island is amazing in the summer: sandy beaches, relaxing bike rides, feasts of grilled fish, and drinks on a historic hotel deck. However, it’s the off season when this tiny and often overlooked island really shines. This time of … Continue reading

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Beats For Your Week – Elis Regina

Elis Regina…oh, my how lovely…here’s another favorite

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