Apollo Theater Celebrates A New Orleans to Harlem Jazz Weekend

Event takes place weekend of Nov. 8 in New York City

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On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Apollo Theater in New York City, will celebrate the birthplace of jazz with A New Orleans to Harlem Jazz Weekend. To kick off the celebratory weekend, the Theater will induct jazz legend and New Orleans’ most revered and celebrated native son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, into the Apollo Walk of Fame.

“The Apollo without a question has played a major role in the emergence of jazz music. From Ella Fitzgerald to Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong the Apollo’s lauded lineage has earned it the distinction of being one of Harlem’s original jazz shrines,” said Mikki Shepard, Executive Producer for the Apollo Theater. We are excited to celebrate Apollo’s jazz legacy, as well as the birthplace of this genre, by inducting Louis Armstrong into the Walk of Fame and presenting the New Orleans to Harlem Jazz Weekend.

The weekend plans include two special Apollo Music Café performances featuring jazz vibraphonist/composer, Stefon Harris and pianist, singer, songwriter, composer and descendant of New Orleans musical royalty, Jon Batiste; and a Mainstage concert with Irvin Mayfield, Jr. and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra featuring Aaron Neville.

Please see below for the full schedule and description of events:

Friday, Nov.7 — 10 p.m. (Doors open for bar and food at 9 p.m.)

Apollo Music Café: Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse

Featuring Stefon Harris and musicians from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Stefon Harris whose passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the current Jazz scene, brings his New Orleans style music to the Apollo soundstage. Heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most important young artists in Jazz,” vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is unquestionably developing what will be a long and extraordinary career. Widely recognized and lauded by both his peers and Jazz critics alike, the 35-year-old is committed to both exploring the rich potential of Jazz composition and blazing new trails on the vibraphone. Curated by Irvin Mayfield.

Tickets for Apollo Music Café are $20 and $15 in advance for the Apollo’s A-List. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.

Saturday, November 8th — 8 p.m.

Apollo Theater Presents Irvin Mayfield, Jr. and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

One of the most important figures in New Orleans’ Jazz scene–and the city’s Cultural Ambassador since 2003–Irvin Mayfield will curate a program that includes a Mainstage presentation with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Aaron Neville, and other New Orleans artists. The program will feature lesser-known 1950s/1960s R&B music in original, big band arrangements. The Apollo Theater has a long history of honoring New Orleans’ diverse music traditions. This presentation will build on this legacy to create innovative presentations drawn from the R&B tradition–another important genre fostered on the Apollo’s stage.

Tickets for Apollo Theater Presents Irvin Mayfield, Jr. and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra are $35 – $65. Groups: $29.75 – $55.25. Apollo Advantage: $24.50 – $46. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.

Saturday, November 8th – 10 p.m. (doors open for bar and food at 9 pm)

Apollo Music Café: Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse

Featuring Jon Batiste and musicians from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

This New Orleans style jam session will turn the Apollo’s Soundstage into a full-fledged party featuring pianist, singer, songwriter, composer and descendant of New Orleans musical royalty Jon Batiste. The New Orleans native has collaborated with musicians from across the musical spectrum; Prince, Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravtiz, and Wynton Marsalis among them. Also known for his acting and composing, Jon has been featured on HBO series “Treme” and in Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer” for which he co-wrote the score with Bruce Hornsby. Curated by Irvin Mayfield.

Tickets for Apollo Music Café are $20 and $15 in advance for the Apollo’s A-List. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.

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Wednesday — 10:00 am – 8:30 pm

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