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Harlem historian and Columbia University Community Scholar John Reddick brings Harlem to life with this riveting look at the neighborhood's history and the pulsing creativity it nurtured at the dawn of the 20th century, crafting modern music and the American songbook as we know it. Through sheet music, recordings, and other documents, Reddick illustrates the cultural links between Harlem's turn-of-the-century African American composers (James Reese Europe, H.T. Burleigh) and its Jewish composers (George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers) and the back-and-forth influence they had on jazz and popular music. Join us to explore how African American and Jewish musicians expressed their outsider feelings in society through their art.
John Reddick has been a resident of Harlem since 1980 and has architectural experience extending to work on Harlem's public arts projects, including the Frederick Douglass Circle and the Ralph Ellison Memorial.
The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
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