1/7/18 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers- Moanin’ (1958)

Moanin’ stands as one of the archetypal hard bop compositions and albums of the era, for the intensity of Blakey’s drumming and the work of Morgan, Golson and Timmons, and for its combination of old-fashioned gospel and blues influences with a sophisticated modern jazz sensibility. The album was identified by jazz critic Scott Yanow  as one of the 17 Essential Hard Bop Recordings.  Continue reading

1/7/18 O&A NYC DANCE: Agon- New York City Ballet (1960)

Agon– the complete ballet with the original cast featuring Diana Adams, Todd Bolender, Jillana,  Arthur Mitchell, Richard Rapp, Francia Russell, Roy Tobias, and Violette Verdy.  Continue reading

12/30/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Misty Copland and Ailey Company Perform In Tribute To Carmen De Lavallade

Misty Copeland, Robert Fairchild and members of the Ailey Company performed in honor of Carmen de Lavallade during the Kennedy Center Honors.  Continue reading

12/17/17 O&A Gospel Sunday Holiday Series: CeCe Winans

Gospel Sundaybebeandcece-743-croppedCeCe Winans continues to bring in the holiday spirit with three Christmas songs  Because a Child is Born, Jesus Your Beautiful, and Oh, Holy Night (Live).
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11/3/17 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Viengsay Valdes And Brooklyn Mack- Diana And Acteon

For Brooklyn Mack, a principal dancer at The Washington Ballet, it is a dream come true: performing in the land of his ballet idol Carlos Acosta, one of the outstanding stars of the Royal Ballet of London.

Mack is one of over 20 U.S. based dancers who participated in the 24th International Havana Ballet Festival,  October 28th through Friday, November 7th, 2014. 

Viengsay Valdes & Brooklyn Mack – Diana & Acteon

10/29/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Katherine Dunham (1952)

Katherine Dunham and company performs West Indian Creole music and dance at the Cambridge Theatre, London (1952)

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10/25/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Ailey Releases Short Film Created In Paris

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancers appear in Rue Montorgueila joyful short film shot on the Parisian streets.  Ailey company members performed with local dancers and people of different backgrounds, talents and nationalities and it was released on October 24- United Nations Day

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10/9/17 O&A NYC Song Of The Day: Lin-Manuel Miranda – Almost Like Praying feat Artists for Puerto Rico [Music Video]

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, with a little help from celebrity friends released a song to raise funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Continue reading

9/25/17 O&A NYC- SONG OF THE DAY: Kenny Lattimore – For You

For You by Kenny Lattimore, is the third single from his debut album. Upon its release, critics hailed Kenny Lattimore as an album that hearkened back to the time of Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye when “R&B had more soul.  Continue reading

9/22/17 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: (Tango Queer)// A Don Agustín Bardi – Francisco y Lucrecio

Dancers Francisco Solá and Lucrecio Robledo perform Tango Queer directed by Carla Gutiérrez Yáñez, Belén Gutiérrez Yáñez videographer. Continue reading