Roots of South African Jazz

Hosted by Seton Hawkins W/Guests
As the first Jazz 78s made their way across the Atlantic to South Africa, they met up with South Africa’s own marabi culture, and a new musical styles was born. Join us as we explore through rare film and audio some of the earliest South African Jazz music that would come to inspire and inform masters like Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, and Abdullah Ibrahim.

Summer of Music: The Amazing Nina Simone

Sunday, July 12th, 6:30pm
Summer of Music: The Amazing Nina Simone
Presented by Maysles Cinema, African Film Festival, Inc and Reel Harlem: The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival

@ Jackie Robinson Park
(148th St. & Bradhurst Avenue)
Lawn Chairs Permitted

100% Free    Rain Location:  The Maysles Cinema (343 Lenox Ave/Malcolm X Blvd)

100% Free

Rain Location:
The Maysles Cinema
(343 Lenox Ave/Malcolm X Blvd)

Nina Simone: High Priestess of Soul
with DJ Reborn

Dr. Sam Waymon & His Musicians

(Jazz and Blues Legend and Nina Simone’s Brother)

Sam Waymon – Keyboard & Vocals
Brent Williams – Drums
Mario Giampaglia – Guitar
Laurents Hollands – Bass (also Musical Director)
Phyllis Kee – Guest Vocals

The Amazing Nina Simone
Introduced by director Jeff L. Lieberman and Sam Waymon.

Jeff L. Lieberman, 2015, 110 min.
The Amazing Nina Simone reveals the real Nina Simone through over 50 intimate
interviews with those who best knew the artistry and intentions of one
America’s true musical geniuses. The film follows Nina’s journey all
the way to the South of France and the place where she finally found
freedom and traces Nina’s roots from her upbringing in segregated
North Carolina.

Symphony in Riffs: Benny Carter

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Presents: Jazz on Film

Symphony in Riffs: Benny Carter

Hosted by Ed Berger with Special Guest Mrs. Hilma Carter

Symphony in Riffs: Benny Carter


Harrison Engle, 1989, 58 min

Benny Carter has such a prolific career, from breaking the color line for Hollywood composers, to being one of the most imitated saxophonists in jazz’s early years, to creating a new sound for jazz big bands in the 1930′s, that his Harlem accomplishments are frequently overlooked. It was Carter’s band that opened the new Apollo Theater in 1934, and in years to come, they were regularly featured at the Savoy Ballroom. We should also mention that Mr. Carter was an early booster of NJMH, a tradition Mrs. Hilma Carter has continued since his 2007 passing. This documentary film from 1988 caught Carter as he leapt undiminished into his 80′s. Hosted by Carter’s biographer and long-time record producer Ed Berger.