Carolyn D. Johnson
Carolyn D. Johnson is president of Welcome to Harlem a boutique-tour company focusing on the rich history and cultural diversity of Harlem and visitor center. We have been in business for over ten years and a NYC and NY State certified minority and women-owned business. We are a full service tour company that responds to the pulse of Harlem and its unique enclaves. Johnson is a graduate of the City University of New York, a New York City licensed tour guide and co-author of the Harlem Travel Guide.
Craig Harris: Trombonist, Composer, Conceptualist, Educator and Curator of the Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series. Mr. Harris brings 40 years of innovation, craftsmanship and excellence to improvisational music. In his projects, including God’s Trombones, Brown Butterfly and Tri Harlenium, Mr. Harris moves far beyond the confines of the jazz world and into the sphere of multimedia and performance art. With his bands Cold Sweat, Tailgaters Tales and Nation of Imagination he displays a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression. He has been a major figure in jazz working with such notable artists as Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jaki Byard, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Lester Bowie, The WORLD Saxophone Quartet, The Roots, RAKIM to name a few. Mr. Harris brings the breadth of this experience to the Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series and presents the full spectrum of this great American art form. Music that will inspire, educate and entertain.
Arts & Education Continuum
To support all aspects of the performing and visual arts. Our vision is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the music which is indigenous to North America: blues, jazz, gospel and all genres which derive from our African American heritage.
To create a community of lifelong, independent learners in reading, writing and mathematics that will empower all participants with passion and a love of education.
With an active board of directors and advisory board that have varied professional artistic and administrative experience we will work diligently to facilitate these goals.
Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully -- but she doesn't stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers.
Malik Washington was born in Boston, Massachusetts to two musician parents who started him on his path to music.
Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist, Antoine Roney grew up surrounded by music. After a short period learning the clarinet, he took an interest in the saxophone, after his older brother - renowned saxophonist Wallace - introduced him to John Coltrane's Live at Birdland album.
Sharp Radway is a pianist/composer/arranger/author who is a native of Hartford, Connecticut and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He remains in demand throughout the country and abroad.
Alto saxophonist, Bruce Williams hails from Washington D.C. and has been on the New York scene for 25 years.
Corcoran Holt, a son of Washington, DC, began playing djembe and other West African percussion instruments at the age of 4.
Award-winning, New York-based vocal virtuoso, Gino Sitson is from the Cameroon, Central Africa.
This one hour holiday season Harlem Gospel Concert will bring joy to your heart and soul. Gospel music is a powerfully uplifting experience that everyone should experience.