National Jazz Museum in Harlem July 2012 Schedule

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National Jazz Museum in Harlem July 2012

Schedule

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Harlem Speaks

Helen Merrill, Vocalist

6:30 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 4D)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Helen Merrill, jazz vocalist, will perform at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Credit: www.croatia.org

Helen Merrill, jazz vocalist, will perform at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
Credit: www.croatia.org

An iconic vocalist with a warm, expressive voice, Helen Merrill’s infrequent recordings tend to be quite special with plenty of surprises and chance-taking. She started singing in public in 1944 and was with the Reggie Childs Orchestra during 1946-1947.

Merrill, who was married for a period to clarinetist Aaron Sachs, had opportunities to sit in with some of the top modernists of the time, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Bud Powell.

She was with Earl Hines in 1952 and started recording regularly for EmArcy in 1954. Her collaboration with Clifford Brown was her first classic. She made several notable EmArcy albums during 1954-1958 (including one in 1956 that helped bring Gil Evans out of retirement); all have been reissued in a large box.

After recording for Atco and Metrojazz in 1959, she moved to Italy for the next four years, touring often in Europe and Japan. Back in the U.S., Merrill teamed with pianist/arranger Dick Katz for a pair of notable and unpredictable Milestone dates (1967-1968) and then moved to Japan where she had a great success.

Helen Merrill returned to the United States in the mid-’70s and has since recorded for Inner City, Owl, EmArcy (including a reunion date with Gil Evans) Antilles, and Verve, which released her 2000 album Jelena Ana Milcetic a.k.a. Helen Merrill.

Please join us for an evening with a fascinating woman with a unique life story to tell.

Friday, July 31, 2012

Jazz for Curious Listeners

A Month With Louis Armstrong & Ricky Riccardi

Louis Armstrong In The Recording Studio

7:00 – 8:30pm

Location: NJMH Visitors Center

(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 4D)

FREE | For more information: 212-348-8300

Louis Armstrong’s recording career lasted from 1923 to 1971 and resulted in thousands of timeless recordings. In researching his book, “What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years,” Armstrong scholar Ricky Riccardi was fortunate to obtain rare session tapes capturing the trumpeter at work in the 1950s.

Riccardi will be playing many of these unissued performances from Louis’s Columbia, Verve and Mercury sessions, providing an intimate glimpse at a genius at work.