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

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

10/25/17 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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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

8/28/17 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Kendrick Lamar Performs ‘DNA’ & ‘Humble’ Medley at 2017 VMAs- MTV

Kendrick Lamar kicked off the 2017 VMA Awards with an explosive performance of DNA and Humble. Continue reading

8/26/17 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES- MUSIC: The Evolution Of Hip-Hop 1979- 2017


This Timeline shows how Hip-Hop has changed from 1979 up to 2017. Which Hip-Hop era do you prefer? Continue reading

12/28/17 O&A NYC: THROWBACK THURSDAY: I Wanna Be Ready (1986)


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In a long, brilliant career, Dudley Williams worked with such artists as Martha Graham, Talley Beatty, and Donald McKayle. Most significantly, he was a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for more than forty years. He will be forever linked to his interpretation of the solo I Wanna Be Ready from Alvin Ailey’s masterwork Revelations.

 “[Dudley Williams is] amazing—an inspiration to everybody, a real poet with movement.” –Alvin Ailey from Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey.

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9/20/17 (Repost) O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH Walestylez: Fela Kuti- Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense Live at Glastonbury Festival (1984)

Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti performing his hit Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense live at the 1984  Glastonbury Festival. Continue reading

8/10/17 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Lady Marmalade- Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink

The 2001 Lady Marmalade cover by singers Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink and rapper Lil’ Kim  recorded for the Moulin Rouge film soundtrack.  Continue reading