4/16/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Night Creature- An Ailey/Ellington Masterwork

Ailey All Access presents the online encore of Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature. This classic work is a perfect fusion of Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music. Continue reading

3/23/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Kaori Kobayashi – Nothing Gonna Change My Love for You

Kobayashi was born on October 20, 1981 in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Her father was a photographer and her mother, a piano teacher. Beginning at a very young age, Kobayashi learned to play the piano. When she was 13 years old she joined a brass band and started to play the flute.  Continue reading

3/9/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Marian Anderson Lincoln Memorial Concert- Voice of Freedom American Experience PBS

Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone placed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and stared out at a crowd of more than 75,000 people. She had been barred from performing at Constitutional Hall, but thanks to clever advocacy by Walter White of the NAACP and the aid of high-powered allies like Eleanor Roosevelt, the concert was now set to make history. Continue reading

2/16/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Grover Washington – Mister Magic Live

Mister Magic is the fourth album by jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., released in February 1975. The album topped both the soul and jazz albums chart and peaked at number ten on the pop chart. Continue reading

2/14/21 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Soundies: Jazz And Jive (1940s)

Soundies were an early form of music video. Developed prior to television, they played on 16mm film projectors that were viewed on small screens like a video jukebox and captured some of the top artists of the day. Continue reading

2/13/21 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY: Frances Davis- Her Story (Life Before & After Miles)

Frances Taylor Davis shares her life history as a pioneering dancer with Katherine Dunham Dance Company, her marriage to Miles Davis and renewal after as a survivor. Continue reading

2/4/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY BLACK HISTORY MONTH: George Benson – Give Me The Night

Give Me the Night is a song recorded by Jazz and R&B musician George Benson, which he released from his 1980 studio album of same title. It was written and composed by Heatwave’s keyboard player Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. Continue reading

11/15/20 SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ COINCERT: Christian Scott-Christian aTunde Adjuah: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Christian aTunde Adjuah is a two-disc studio album by fellow African-American jazz artist Christian Scott released on July 31,2012 by Concord Records. Continue reading

9/28/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: New Orleans (1947) Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman- Musical Movie

It’s the Lowdown of Wicked Old Basin Street! And the Music That Made It Wicked! A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman & his Orchestra, and others. Continue reading