Great Voices in Harlem with Danny Glover, Queen Esther, Randy Weston and other greats – Harlem Arts Salon at MIST Harlem 46 W 116 Street NYC
Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015 from 2:00 – 6:00pm
Danny Glover photo by Brian Bowen
Harlem, New York – The Harlem Arts Salon presents a jazzy, bluesy Sunday afternoon of music, poetry, an intimate chat with participating artists, food, art exhibition/silent auction on March 8, 2015, from 2:00 to 6:00pm at Harlem-MIST, 46 West 116 Street in Harlem. This event is a fundraiser for The Gloster Project, a free summer arts camp for kids in rural Southwestern Mississippi, an initiative of Margaret Porter Troupe Arts Projects. Donation: $125 per person. Includes talk, performances, buffet luncheon, catered by the chefs at Madiba Restaurant, a special guest appearance by actor, Danny Glover, one of our biggest supporters, an art exhibition of paintings by Gloster native, Lana R. Porter, and a silent auction.
A dazzling list of musical greats are on the program, including Randy Weston, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, the versatile singer Queen Esther, and Grammy Award winning jazz singer and composer, Gregory Porter. Interspersed in this dazzling afternoon are NYC bluesman Tomas Doncker with David Barnes, the incomparable singer/pianist, Donald Smith, a taste of poetry from Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Quincy Troupe, a smattering of funk from deFunkt meister Kelvyn Bell, guitarist and musical director for the event. Mr. Bell has also compiled a phenomenal house band of veteran musicians including the illustrious percussionist Will Calhoun of Living Colour fame, bassist Mark Peterson and Kellis “Kellindo” Parker, lead guitarist with Janelle Monae. Afro-futurist electronics music man Eric Douglas Porter, aka Afrikan Sciences, will DJ and weave a spiritually uplifting musical vibe with his selection of jazz, soul, and roots music that is “sophisticated but also gut bucket gritty….” The afternoon pops off with an art exhibit, silent auction, and delicious buffet luncheon.
All proceeds for this event will benefit The Gloster Project and are deemed contributions to Margaret Porter Troupe Arts Projects. Proceeds from this event will help fund the second year of The Gloster Project, building on the success of its launch last July, when Margaret Porter Troupe brought six distinguished artists from New York City to Gloster, Mississippi and gave kids 7-17 years old a memorable three weeks of free arts instruction.
*Margaret Porter Troupe Arts Projects is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Margaret Porter Troupe Arts Projects must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only. The value of the March 8 event is $50. Any contribution above that amount tax deductible to the extent permitted by the law.
About The Gloster Project
The Gloster Project Summer Arts Camp 2014
The Gloster Project was created out of the simple idea that kids do best when they have access to education, and we believe that the arts give children a bigger sense of the world, and ultimately, a bigger sense of themselves. The arts also teach reading, writing, editing, listening, speaking, performing and most of all – critical thinking. We firmly believe that exposure to the arts, culture, and history should be available to everyone, especially to kids in chronically underserved areas like Gloster, Mississippi.
Last summer Kelvyn Bell, Ebony Noelle Golden, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Nambi E. Kelley, Quincy Troupe, and Carlos Uribe gave 45 kids ages 7 to 17 years three weeks of learning fun with free instruction in the basics of poetry, guitar, drawing, painting and musical theater production.
About the Harlem Arts Salon
Reinvigorating a tradition that recalls the salons of A’Lelia Walker during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 30s, Margaret Porter Troupe and her husband poet, writer, and Miles Davis biographer, Quincy Troupe have been presenting programming in Harlem in the intimacy of their historic Graham Court apartments for ten years.
Notable recent guests have included: Toni Morrison, Randy Weston, Ishmael Reed, Amiri Baraka, former USA poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, new literary sensation, Marlon James, baritone saxophonist, Hamiet Bluiett, stunning new tenor sax James Brandon Lewis, basketball legend Earl “the Pearl” Monroe, and Caribbean novelist, Earl Lovelace, Elizabeth Nunez and a stellar list of other creative luminaries such as Ron Carter, John Edgar Wideman, Maryse Conde, Oliver Lake, Mildred Howard, the list is so long….