Stretchin’ out Uptown Friday night

One of my best [and favorite clients] is Harlem Stage, a non-profit on the City College campus located at 135th Street & Convent Avenue. Harlem Stage “celebrates and perpetuates the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem and the indelible impression it has made on American culture” according to their Mission Statement.

The program tends to mix music (mainly Jazz, Funk, R&B and World) with modern dance and spoken word. And there are certain artists that have established working relationships with Harlem Stage. Christian Scott, also known as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is one of those artists. The New Orleans native is a very talented & Grammy-nominated trumpeter, composer and producer. A week ago he hosted the two night Stretch Music Festival. Each night he presented several other artists for short sets before finishing the night with his own band. I was only there for opening night on Friday.

To start it all off with Mardi Gras season upon us, Christian came out as Chief Adjudah & The Brave and presented a Black Indian ceremony in which he wore a traditional Mardi Gras Indian chief costume. This was followed by the saxophonist, Braxton Cook and then the brother/sister duo Samora Pinderhughes & Elena Pinderhughes

Here is a gallery of images from a very fun, well-curated evening in Harlem.

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