ABOUT THE UPPER MANHATTAN EMPOWERMENT ZONE
The mission of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
(UMEZ) is “to sustain the economic revitalization of all communities
in Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances,
strategic investments and small business assistance.” UMEZ is one of
nine empowerment zones established by the Clinton Administration in
1994 to revitalize distressed communities by using public funds and
tax incentives as catalysts for private investment. Since 1996, UMEZ
invested $129 million in the neighborhoods north of 96th
Street, catalyzing one of the most impressive reinvestment
initiatives in urban America and revitalizing Harlem, East Harlem,
Washington Heights and Inwood.
Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ): http://umez.org
Kenneth J. Knuckles
President and CEO
Kenneth J. Knuckles has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of UMEZ since January 2003. Mr. Knuckles spent seven years at Columbia University where he was the Vice President of Support Services. In this senior administrative role he was the university’s Chief Procurement Officer, responsible for providing administrative and support services to the faculty and administration. His duties included management of the division responsible for more than $250 million in goods and services purchased annually.
Before joining Columbia University, from 1994 through 1995, Mr. Knuckles served as Senior Vice President for Economic Development at the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation; and from 1990 through 1993, during the David N. Dinkins mayoral administration, he was a Commissioner at the New York City Department of General Services. From 1987 through 1990, Knuckles served as Deputy Bronx Borough President during the first term of Fernando Ferrer. He served as an Assistant Housing Commissioner, as well as legal counsel to several city agencies. Mr. Knuckles is a member of the New York City Planning Commission, and in February 2002 was appointed Vice Chairman of that body by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Mr. Knuckles has a B.S. in architecture from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Senior Vice President
for Program and Nonprofit Investment
As the Senior Vice
President for Program and Nonprofit Investment at the Upper
Manhattan Empowerment Zone, MaurineKnighton is responsible for
overseeing the organization’s arts and cultural sector efforts in
the Upper Manhattan communities of Central and West Harlem, East
Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood. Ms. Knighton previously
served as Executive Producer and President of 651 ARTS, an arts
presenter with a mission to develop, produce and present arts and
cultural programming grounded in the African Diaspora. Other prior
positions include National Alliances Program Manager of the
Nonprofit Finance Fund, Managing Director of Penumbra Theatre
Company, and fund raiser for the United Negro College Fund. Ms. Knighton was part of the consulting team for the design of
The Ford Foundation's Working Capital Fund for mid-sized, culturally
specific arts organizations. She has consulted with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Children's Museum and the Cultural
Facilities Fund on management and marketing issues. She serves as an
advisor for New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance
Project, and is a member of the board of directors of the
Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Ms. Knighton holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern
Jazzmobile, Inc., the oldest not for profit arts organization in the United States created just for jazz, was founded in 1964 by jazz master Dr. Billy Taylor and Daphne Arnstein. Jazzmobile's mission is to present, preserve, promote, and propagate jazz – “America’s classical music." This mission is implemented through quality jazz education and performance programs: workshops, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, and arts enrichment programs, as well as performances in clubs and major concert halls here and abroad.
Nationally and internationally, Jazzmobile is well known and highly respected for its success in pioneering jazz education programs and the concept of presenting out-of-doors mobile jazz performances. Since the beginning, Jazzmobile has earned a reputation for presenting quality free arts education programs in New York City schools; free summer mobile jazz concerts throughout New York City and the metropolitan area; and concerts and jam sessions in clubs, performance halls, and unique locations. Over the years, these performance programs have been brought to cities throughout the United States, in Hong Kong, and Europe. Jazzmobile is also a founding member of the Harlem Strategic Cultural Collaborative (HSCC).
Through these program offerings, Jazzmobile serves a quarter of a million people in New York City and its outlying areas each year, and continues to serve as a model for other similar jazz programs and organizations.
Jazzmobile, Inc : http://www.jazzmobile.org
Executive Director & CEO
Bell-Stevens is the CEO & Executive Director of Jazzmobile,
Inc., Prior to joining Jazzmobile, Ms. Bell-Stevens served as Director of Marketing and Creative Services, Jazz at Lincoln Center. She served for 20 years as the Executive Producer of the “An Afternoon of Jazz” festival, and is a former Director of Public Relations and Special Events for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. She serves on the boards of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Jazz Studies Department at Columbia University, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM Community Advisory Board, the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, Society of Singers/East Coast, and the Carter Burden Center for the Aging. She is former president of the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women. Ms. Bell-Stevens has a Master’s degree in education, with a concentration in management, from Cambridge College
ABOUT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
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 issues of our time. Columbia's extensive
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
ABOUT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR JAZZ STUDIES
The mission of the Center for Jazz Studies is to
draw upon jazz, a music without borders and ultimately without
limits, as a model for the integration of forward-thinking models of
scholarly inquiry with innovative teaching and community dialogue.
The Center's focus sees the interdisciplinary expansion of the
intellectual conversation surrounding jazz, and especially its
lifeblood practice, improvisation, as tracing a path toward the
development of new knowledge that illuminates the human condition.
Our mission, which emphasizes the themes of globalization,
technology, and community, is realized by promoting research and
writing by innovative scholars in the arts, humanities, and
sciences; encouraging excellence in the teaching of jazz music and
culture; and presenting public programs – concerts, symposia,
lectures and exhibitions – that complement and extend the Center’s
research and teaching missions.
Lee C. Bollinger, President
Center for Jazz Studies
George E. Lewis, Director
Farah Jasmine Griffin, Associate Director
Robert G. O’Meally, Founding Director Emeritus
Ann Douglas, Parr Professor of Comparative Literature
Brent Edwards, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
John F. Szwed, Director, Jazz Studies Online and Professor of Music and Jazz Studies
Christopher Washburne, Associate Professor of Music
Dan Beaudoin, Program Officer
Yulanda Denoon, Program Coordinator
Melissa Jones, Project Manager, Jazz Studies Online
Sierra Soleil, Webmaster, Office Assistant
Rick White, Consulting Producer
Jackie Harris, Consulting Producer
George E. Lewis
Edwin H. Case Professor
of American Music
Director, Center for Jazz
George E. Lewis serves as the Edwin H. Case
Professor of American Music, and as the Director of the Center for
The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, an
Alpert Award in the Arts in 1999, and fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts, Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard
Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. A
member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis' work as composer, improvisor, performer
and interpreter explores electronic and computer music,
computer-based multimedia installations, text-sound works, and
notated and improvisative forms, and is documented on more than 120
recordings. His published articles on music, experimental video,
visual art, and cultural studies have appeared in numerous scholarly
journals and edited volumes, and his book, Power Stronger Than
Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music, is forthcoming
from the University of Chicago Press in Fall 2007.
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Associate Director, Center for Jazz Studies
Farah Jasmine Griffin is considered one of the top African-Americanists in the country. She received her B.A. from Harvard (1985) and her Ph.D. from Yale (1992) Professor Griffin’s major fields of interest are African American literature, music, history and politics. The recipient of numerous honors and awards for her teaching and scholarship, in 1996-97 Professor Griffin was a fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She is the author of Who Set You Flowin'?: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford University Press, 1995), the co-editor (with Cheryl Fish) of Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African American Travel Writing (Beacon, 1998), and the editor of Beloved Sisters and Loving Friends: Letters from Addie Brown and Rebecca Primus (Knopf, 1999). Her most recent book, If You Can't Be Free Be A Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday, was published in 2001 by the Free Press.
Robert G. O’Meally
Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English
Professor O’Meally received his B.A. from Stanford (1970) and his Ph.D. from Harvard (1975). His major interests are African-American literature, music, and painting. He has written extensively on Ralph Ellison, including The Craft of Ralph Ellison (Harvard, 1980), and a collection of papers for which he served as editor, New Essays on Invisible Man (Cambridge, 1989). Prof. O'Meally has written a biography of Billie Holiday entitled Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday and a documentary of the same name (which has been shown on public TV). He edited Tales of the Congaree (University of North Carolina, 1990), a collection of black folk tales; he co-edited a volume entitled History and Memory in African American Culture (Oxford, 1994). He is a co-editor of the Norton Anthology of African American Literature. His new projects include a monograph on painting, literature, and jazz, Seeing Jazz (Smithsonian, 1997); a five CD set with booklet, Jazz Singers (Smithsonian, 1997); and an edition of essays, The Jazz Cadence of American Culture (Columbia, 1998). Professor O’Meally was the Founding Director of the Center for Jazz Studies from 1999 to 2007.
Parr Professor of
Professor Douglas teaches twentieth-century American literature, film, music, and politics, with an emphasis on the Cold War era, African-American culture, and post-colonial approaches. In Spring 2002, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for her work in History. She received her B.A. from Harvard in 1964, B.Phil. from Oxford in 1966, and Ph.D. from Harvard in 1970. Before Columbia, Professor Douglas taught at Princeton from 1970-74 -- the first woman to teach in its English Department. She received a Bicentennial Preceptorship from Princeton for distinguished teaching in 1974, and a fellowship from the National Humanities Center in 1978-79 after publishing The Feminization of American Culture (1977). She received an NEH and Guggenheim fellowship for 1993-94. Her study Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920's (Farrar, Straus, 1995) received, among other honors, the Alfred Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association, the Lionel Trilling Award from Columbia University, and the Merle Curti Intellectual History Award from the Organization of American Historians. She has published numerous essays, articles and book reviews on American culture. She is currently at work on a book, Noir Nation: Hollywood Movies and American Urban Culture, 1940-1960.
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Brent Edwards was an associate professor in the English Departmentat Rutgers University, and started at Columbia University as the Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor of Jazz Studies in the Spring of 2007.
Professor Edwards has now joined the faculty of Columbia's Department of English.? He is the author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism?(Harvard University Press, 2003) and the co-editor of Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia University Press, 2004). He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Callaloo and Transition and is the co-editor of Social Text.
John F. Szwed
Director, Jazz Studies Online
Professor of Music and Jazz Studies
John F. Szwed has been at Yale since 1982, where he has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Anthropology and Acting Chair of African-American Studies. In addition to serving on Yale’s faculty, Szwed is President and producer for the non-profit music production company Brilliant Corners, which is based in New York City. In the Spring Semester of 2007-08 academic year, Dr. Szwed will join Columbia's Department of Music.
Professor Szwed holds both an M.A. in Communications and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Antropology from The Ohio State University. His research and teaching have garnered him national recognition, including fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. In addition to numerous publications ranging from anthropological studies.
of Newfoundland to liner notes for Impulse and Riverside Records, Szwed’s has recently published two books on jazz, Space is the Place: Sun R’?s Life on Earth (1997) and So What: The Life of Miles Davis (2002).?His current projects with Brilliant Corners include The Collected Recordings of Zora Neale Hurston and Tribute to the October Revolution in Jazz, both forthcoming on Evidence Records.
Associate Professor of Music
Christopher Washburne is Associate Professor in the Department of Music at Columbia University and is the head of the Center’s Jazz Performance program. He also holds a teaching position in the jazz department at the New School for Social Research. He received his BM from the University of Wisconsin, his MM from the New England Conservatory (1988), and his Ph.D. from Columbia University (1999).??
A visiting professor of music at Harvard in 2005, his academic work includes the publication of numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa, and his book New York Salsa will be published in 2007 by Temple University Press. He is the co-editor of the volume? Bad Music:? The Music We Love To Hate (Routledge, 2004).?Washburne freelances as a studio musician and performs trombone, bass trombone, tuba, didjeridu, and percussion with various classical, jazz, rock, and Latin groups in New York City. He also tours extensively with various groups and has concertized throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
|The Marian Anderson Theater at Aaron Davis
150 Convent Avenue @ 135th St
The Marian Anderson Theater is the main auditorium of Aaron Davis Hall,
located on the campus of City College. Aaron Davis Hall was completed
in 1979, and its Marian Anderson Theater was dedicated in 1994, shortly
after the death of the celebrated Metropolitan Opera contralto. The 750-seat
Marian Anderson Theater is one of the performance spaces of Harlem Stage,
which fosters the creation and development of new works by performing
artists of color, and provides a valuable forum for culturally diverse
artists, community-based performing arts organizations and regionally-significant
arts groups. On October 24, 2006, Harlem Stage opened its newest space,
The Gatehouse, and launched three new programs: WaterWorks, Harlem Stride
and Harlem Stage Partners.
|El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue @ 104th St
As the only museum in New York City that specializes in representing
the cultures of the Caribbean and Latin America, El Museo del Barrio
has a significant impact on the cultural life of New York City. Celebrated
for the sustained excellence of its collections, exhibitions and public
programming, El Museo is a major stop on Manhattan’s Museum Mile.
Founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents
and community activists in East Harlem, El Museo del Barrio has evolved
into New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, having expanded
its mission to represent the diversity of art and culture in all of the
Caribbean and Latin America. Its beautifully restored Teatro Heckscher
(formerly the Heckscher Theatre) was designed as a children’s theatre
along the lines of a small-scale Broadway house, with a proscenium arch,
an orchestra pit, and enormous wall murals, Scenes from Children's Literature,
by the illustrator and painter Willy Pogany.
|The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
3940 Broadway (betw 165-166 St)
The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center honors
the lives and legacies of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz by promoting
human and civil rights through knowledge of the history and culture of
the African Diaspora; education and self-empowerment; family values;
and racial and religious reconciliation. The Center features the largest
exhibition on Malcolm X available anywhere in the world, with multimedia
presentations on the lives and work of these two important social leaders
of the 20th century. The Center, which opened in 2005, is located at
the site of the historic Audubon Ballroom and Theater, which originally
opened in 1912. The Audubon Ballroom is the site where Malcolm X was
assassinated in 1965. The building is also home to the Audubon Biomedical
Science and Technology Park, the first biomedical research and biotechnology
park in New York City.
|Harlem School of the Arts
645 St. Nicholas Avenue (north of 141st St)
The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) serves over 3,000 students annually
in four core artistic disciplines: dance, music, theater and the visual
arts. HSA’s mission is to enrich the lives of youth and their families
in the Harlem community and beyond, through training in and exposure
to the arts. HSA’s programs recognize both the intrinsic value
of the arts in everyday life and the ways in which arts education enhances
academic achievement – by developing self-confidence, discipline
and learning skills in young adults. The organization has a long-standing
history of training young artists from African-American and Latino communities
throughout New York City. HSA is committed to meeting the challenges
of the 21st century by expanding its programs to ensure that HSA students
have access to cutting edge technology in today's information-driven
288 Lenox Avenue / Malcolm X Blvd (betw 124-125 St)
The historic Lenox Lounge has been in the Harlem community since 1939,
serving as the backdrop for such jazz legends as Billie Holiday, Miles
Davis, and John Coltrane. The Jazz Club, also known as the Zebra Room,
was once used by the Harlem Renaissance writes James Baldwin and Langston
Hughes. It was also said to be a hangout for Malcolm X. An extensive
1999 restoration brought the Lenox Lounge back to its original splendor.
375 West 125th Street (betw Morningside – St. Nicholas
Since 1942, this soulful haunt of Harlem's old guard has been home to
such greats as Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington and Pearl
Bailey. Showman’s moved to its current location in August 1998.
A Hammond B-3 organ graces the stage, and is put to good use by Danny
Mixon, Seleno Clarke, Nathan Lucas and Preacher Robins, among others.
|Creole Restaurant & Jazz Café
2167 Third Avenue @ 118th St
Creole offers Creole cuisine by way of New Orleans, as well as live Jazz
and R&B Wednesdays through Sundays, including a Jazz & Gospel
Brunch on Sunday afternoons.
|Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Drive @ 145th Street
Riverbank, which opened in 1993, is a 28-acre multi-level landscaped
recreational facility and the only state park in Manhattan. Inspired
by urban rooftop designs in Japan, the park rises 69 feet above the Hudson
River. Riverbank’s amenities include a covered skating rink, an
800-seat cultural theater, an athletic complex, and a restaurant. Outdoor
sports amenities include pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, a softball
field, and a running track with a football/soccer field. Riverbank boasts
spectacular promenade views of the Hudson River, the Palisade Mountains
and the George Washington Bridge. At water level, there is a 900-seat
amphitheater and docking facilities for excursion and fishing boats
COLUMBIA/HARLEM FESTIVAL OF GLOBAL JAZZ
The production of the
Columbia/Harlem Festival of Global Jazz represents a collaborative
effort among Columbia University, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment
Zone, and Jazzmobile, Inc. Gratitude is extended to all who
contributed their expertise and dedication to this Festival.
Lee Bollinger, President
George Lewis, Director
Farah Jasmine Griffin,
Robert G. O’Meally, Director Emeritus
Beaudoin, Program Officer
Yulanda Denoon, Program
Sierra Soleil, Webmaster, Office Assistant
White, Consulting Producer
Jackie Harris, Consulting Producer
Office of Government and Community Affairs
Executive Vice President
Marcia Lynn Sells, Assistant Vice
President, Program Development and Initiatives
Lamar Lovelace, Project Coordinator
Office of Communications & Public Affairs
David M. Stone,
Executive Vice President
Anne Burt, Senior Press
Victoria Benitez, Press Officer
University Programs and Events
Natasha Lambropoulos, Assistant
Darcy Thompson, Executive Assistant
UPPER MANHATTAN EMPOWERMENT ZONE
Kenneth J. Knuckles,
President & CEO
Maurine D. Knighton, Senior Vice
Robin Bell-Stevens, Executive Director,
Columbia/Harlem Festival of Global Jazz Website Created
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Richard A. Martin, Sr.
Executive Producer, CEO
Sandra Oei, Designer
Ife Vanterpool, Producer
Diane Stradling, Associate Producer