Sugar Hill launches our NEW composer series with Marjorie Eliot, in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America.
Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. The great minds of jazz expand the possibilities of song. Ellington wrote prolifically for the players in his band, becoming one of the great American composers. Monk defined the individualism of the bebop era, and reconfigured the workings of harmony for musicians like Parker, whose triumph was not just on the saxophone, but in writing, and in claiming as his own material like Ray Noble’s “Cherokee”.
About the Marjorie Eliot Composer Series
A neighborhood legend and a longtime collaborator with both the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling and the Jazz Foundation of America, Marjorie Eliot exemplifies “playing from the heart.” A multi-talented artist in the fields of jazz and theatre, she is best known for welcoming listeners into her Edgecombe Avenue parlor every Sunday since 1992, in celebration of life.
For this series, for children of all ages, Eliot examines the composers and the historical context behind the songs that comprise the story of jazz. “The American Songbook is a gift to the world,” says Eliot, “we all can share it.”
Honoring SHOLA LYNCH, Filmmaker & Curator. Sound Curator
J. PERIOD, Producer of The Hamilton Mixtape. Evoking the power of play, [press] PLAY is the Museum’s first annual benefit – a festive evening for adults to explore exhibitions, storytelling prompts and interactive arts activities throughout our 17,000 sq ft state-of-the-art Museum. Hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks inspired by childhood will be served. Funds raised will directly support the Museum’s mission-driven arts-education initiatives and contemporary art exhibitions.
HOST COMMITTEE: Nevah Assang | Ellen Baxter | Kristen Chard |Teresita Fernández | Derek Fordjour, Thelma Golden | Colleen Keegan | Femi Kusimo | Princess V. Lyles | Julissa Reynoso
Ramona K. Roopnarine | Eva Sandler | Lorna Simpson | Mary Ann Villari | Saya Woolfalk
MUSEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Ellen Baxter, President | Neil A. Bhargava, Secretary & Treasurer | Nevah Assang, Marie Dutton Brown | Derek Fordjour | Femi Kusimo | Princess V. Lyles | Georgina Ngozi
Julissa Reynoso | Sheri Sandler |Steve Seidel | Lauren Kelley, Ex Officio
ABOUT OUR HONOREE SHOLA LYNCH: Award-winning American Filmmaker Shola Lynch is best known for the feature documentary FREE ANGELA & All Political Prisoners and the Peabody award-winning documentary CHISHOLM ‘72: Unbought & Unbossed. Lynch has a tremendous repertoire of independent film work and projects that have fed her passion to bring history to life. She is also the Curator of the Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library. Notably, during the 1970’s as a child, Lynch was also a featured member of the cast of Sesame Street.
This year’s month-long arts festival kicks off.
Saturday, February 13, 2:00-4:00 PM
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum
of Art & Storytelling
898 St. Nicholas Avenue @ W. 155 St.
This month’s Story Time celebrates our People, Places, Things: Selections from The Studio Museum in Harlem exhibit with stories, poetry, and jazz. Stay afterwards to make art that tells the stories of your world! Continue reading STORY TIME: TALES ON SUGAR HILL