Harlem Jazz Shrines Fes­ti­val is a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort among the fol­low­ing presenters:


The Apollo The­ater is one of Harlem’s, New York City’s, and America’s most iconic and endur­ing cul­tural insti­tu­tions. Since intro­duc­ing the first Ama­teur Night con­tests in 1934, the Apollo The­ater has played a major role in cul­ti­vat­ing artists and in the emer­gence of inno­v­a­tive musi­cal gen­res includ­ing jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Through­out its his­tory, the Apollo has been a cham­pion of jazz and jazz musi­cians. From the his­toric night in 1934 when Ella Fitzger­ald first won Ama­teur Night, to per­for­mances by Benny Carter, Julian “Can­non­ball” Adder­ley, Louis Arm­strong, Count Basie, Bil­lie Hol­i­day and Cab Cal­loway, the list of jazz greats who played the Apollo goes on and on. The Apollo Theater’s new vision is dri­ven by music and builds on its legacy, sup­port­ing the vision of artists and cura­tors, who are African Amer­i­can, cul­tur­ally diverse and emerg­ing, mid-career and estab­lished in their career. The Apollo will con­tinue to present his­tor­i­cally rel­e­vant work and pre­sen­ta­tions of more con­tem­po­rary work. To learn more, visit


Over 30 years,  Harlem Stage has become one of the nation’s lead­ing arts orga­ni­za­tions, achiev­ing this dis­tinc­tion through the com­mis­sion­ing and pre­sent­ing of chal­leng­ing, rel­e­vant and top­i­cal per­for­mances by artists of color and bring­ing them to socially con­scious audi­ences in the com­mu­ni­ties it serves.  Harlem Stage has a long-standing tra­di­tion of sup­port­ing such artists — around the cor­ner and across the globe — includ­ing leg­ends such as Harry Bela­fonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sun­di­ata, Abbey Lin­coln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, and Tito Puente as well as con­tem­po­rary artists like Bill T. Jones, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Tania Léon, Carl Han­cock Rux, Nora Chipau­mire and Jason Moran. Its edu­ca­tion pro­grams each year pro­vide 10,000 New York City chil­dren with access to a world of diverse cul­tures through the per­form­ing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the land­marked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gate­house — in an aban­doned space that was once the source of fresh water flow­ing to New York City, and is now a vital source of cre­ativ­ity, ideas and cul­ture. For more infor­ma­tion, visit



Jazzmo­bile, Inc., America’s old­est not-for-profit arts orga­ni­za­tion cre­ated just for jazz, was founded in 1964 by NEA Jazz Mas­ter Dr. Billy Tay­lor and Daphne Arn­stein. Its mis­sion is to present, pre­serve, pro­mote, and prop­a­gate Jazz – “America’s clas­si­cal music.” Jazzmo­bile pio­neered the con­cept of Jazz lecture-demonstrations and mobile Jazz per­for­mances pre­sented across New York City, and con­tin­ues to serve as a model for other Jazz music presentation-focused orga­ni­za­tions around the coun­try. Jazzmo­bile reaches approx­i­mately 50,000 peo­ple in New York City each year, con­sist­ing of multi-ethnic audi­ences of all ages and socio-economic lev­els, includ­ing the dis­abled. In order to reach the largest pos­si­ble audi­ence, all of Jazzmobile’s pro­gram­ming is pre­sented at no or low-cost to par­tic­i­pants. Other out­reach includes instruc­tional work­shops and pan­els and sym­posia that pro­vide a his­tor­i­cal frame­work for Jazz and its sig­nif­i­cance to Amer­i­can cul­ture. To learn more, visit


A lead­ing aca­d­e­mic and research uni­ver­sity, Colum­bia con­tin­u­ally seeks to advance the fron­tiers of knowl­edge and to fos­ter a cam­pus com­mu­nity deeply engaged in under­stand­ing and address­ing the com­plex global issues of our time. Columbia’s exten­sive pub­lic ser­vice ini­tia­tives, cul­tural col­lab­o­ra­tions, and com­mu­nity part­ner­ships help define the University’s under­ly­ing val­ues and mis­sion to edu­cate stu­dents to be both lead­ing schol­ars and informed, engaged cit­i­zens. Founded in 1754 as King’s Col­lege, Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity in the City of New York is the fifth old­est insti­tu­tion of higher learn­ing in the United States.

Sup­port for the University’s involve­ment in a project such as the Harlem Jazz Shrines Fes­ti­val is pro­vided by the fol­low­ing schools and pro­grams: Miller The­atre at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity School of the Arts, the Cen­ter for Jazz Stud­ies, Depart­ment of Art His­tory and Archae­ol­ogy, Insti­tute for Reli­gion, Cul­ture & Pub­lic Life, Insti­tute for Research in African-American Stud­ies, Office of Gov­ern­ment & Com­mu­nity Affairs and Office of Com­mu­nity Out­reach at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity School of the Arts. To learn more, visit