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Jonathan Batiste, Greg Thomas and More Set for National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Sept 2013

Jonathan Batiste, Greg Thomas and More Set for National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Sept 2013

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem has added a slew of new events with Jonathan Batiste. Below you will find the entire calendar of events for September with three new Jazz Is:Now! additions. The museum is also happy to announce that Greg Thomas will host next Tuesday's "Words on Bird" event accompanied by pianst Chris Pattishall.

All events are free with a minimal suggested donation and located at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem unless noted otherwise.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is located at 104 East 126th Street, Suite 2C, New York, NY 10035. Call 212-348-8300 or visit for more information.

Jazz Is: Now! with Jonathan Batiste

Monday, September 16: Part 1

Monday, September 23: Part 2

Monday, September 30: Part 3

7:00 - 8:30pm

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

$20 Suggested Donaton

We can give you 88 reasons to join us Monday nights this September and the first two are 1)Jonathan and 2)Batiste. Jonathan's long time series, Jazz Is: Now!, is back and just like his surprising and soul-nourishing music, we don't know where it's going to take us or who's going to join in but it's not to be missed!

We anticipate these events filling up very quickly so stay tuned and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to remain up-to-date on how to reserve a spot.

Tuesday, September 3

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Words on Bird hosted by Greg Thomas with musical guest Chris Pattishall

7:00 - 8:30pm

Location: The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

From a legendary interview with Paul Desmond to an album recorded by Jack Kerouac and Steve Allen, Charlie Parker's life has a rich legacy in the spoken word. In this evening, hosted by journalist Greg Thomas with special guest pianist Chris Pattishall, we explore Bird's famous interviews, his deep influence on the beat generation and invite our friends to share their original or favorite words written on Bird and/or the Bebop era. We welcome you to bring a poem or passage you love as we celebrate Birds literary legacy.

As a journalist, Greg has been published in the Village Voice, Salon, Guardian Observer, The Root, American Legacy, Savoy, and Uptown, among others, including the New York Daily News, for which he was Jazz Columnist for several years. As an editor, he worked with Forbes Media's American Legacy Woman magazine, and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Harlem World magazine. In 1995, the New York Association of Black Journalists honored him as winner of the Critique and Review newspaper award for "Marsalis Trumpets Truth as He Sees It," his review of Marsalis's first book, Sweet Swing Blues on the Road.

He has also worked in front of the camera and behind the scenes in video production. After graduating from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Public Policy and Minor in Music, Greg co-produced and directed several documentaries. In 1990, he was a winner in the Ethnic Expressions category of the Hometown USA Video Festival for "Holistic Health Care in the African American Community." Greg was on-air host and co-producer of two ten episode seasons of Jazz it Up!, an online jazz news and entertainment series with thirty-minute episodes. Jazz it Up! was nominated as finalist in the Outstanding Long Form-Entertainment category for National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-sponsored Global Media Award.

Tuesday, September 10

Jazz for Curious Listeners

Bird of a Nation: Charlie Parker and Clint Eastwood's Biopic with special guests Jimmy Heath and Robert O'Meally

7:00 - 9:00pm

Location: Maysles Cinema

343 Lenox Avenue between 127th & 128th

Clint Eastwood had the best of intentions when he created his Charlie Parker biopic Bird in 1988. Nonetheless, it perpetuated many of the myths that still dog jazz and its musicians. Parker is reduced to a fun-loving, headed for self-destruction man/child, totally devoid of the intelligence and maturity of the real Parker.

Krin Gabbard, professor of Comparative Literature at SUNY Stony Book, and author of Jammin' At The Margins, a groundbreaking study of jazz and film, will lead a panel as they and the audience react to segments of the Eastwood film.

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