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.
Lil Phillips is a Jazz Vocalist, Producer, and Bandleader. Lil and her trio have worked professionally in the New York metropolitan area and abroad for more than 18 years, and received enthusiastic responses from all types of audiences.
Music is definitely part of Darrell Green’s family pedigree – his father was a bass player after all – but this jazz drummer has his own preternatural sense of groove. Over a career that’s spanned more than two decades, Green has become a master technician and prolific sideman, sharing stages with everyone from Blue Note vibraphonist Stefon Harris to saxophonist Red Holloway.
A product of the Berkeley Schools' pioneering Jazz Project, multi-instrumentalist, Peter Apfelbaum began performing professionally while in his early teens.
Andrae Murchison grew up surrounded by traditional gospel music at home and in church. He first experienced playing music at The United House of Prayer as a drummer alongside his grandfather’s lead vocals.
Drummer, Shirazette Tinnin was born and raised in North Carolina. Her early influences were gospel music, R&B and soul music. Her stylistic influences would eventually expand into jazz, rock and music from many parts of the African diaspora.
Carlton Holmes is a pianist of exceptional talent, musicality, and creativity. His sensitivity and inventiveness has allowed him to be one of the most sought after musicians in the New York area.
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.