Harlem Jazz Boxx


Carolyn D. Johnson

Craig Harris

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

Mission Statement

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.


Harlem Jazz Series – The price is $15.

Are you ready to enjoy some of the best jazz being performed in New York City?  If so, make you way to Harlem any Tuesday afternoon or Friday evening and set back.   Each year thousands of visitors and tourists flock to Harlem club's seeking to experience and hear the soulful music that Harlem has come to be known for.  No more waiting for the lights to go down or paying a hefty price to enjoy the soulful immortal sounds and rhythms of Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis (to name just a few).  Their voices and music live on throughout the city as performers pay tribute to these greats every day.      

Every Tuesday afternoon and Friday evening Harlem play's host to some of today's most talented jazz musicians and history's greatest jazz music in a musical tribute of epic proportions. Concertgoers will spend each Tuesday afternoon or Friday evening surrounded by the cool vibrations of jazz as they are soothed and invigorated by seemingly magical strings and horns. This is an event for all of the senses, and it is meant to be both mentally and spiritually up lifting.

Tuesday Afternoon: There are two set: 1st set: Noon – 12:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 1:00 – 1:45.  The house doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Friday evening: There are two set: 1st set: 7:00p.m. – 7:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm.  The house doors open at 6:30pm.

Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor – The price is $60

Intimate jazz concert in a historic brownstone setting with hors d'oeuvres, wine, and dessert.  Mix and mingle with the musicians and homeowners, while enjoying live jazz and learning about these cherished homes in Harlem.

House doors open at 7:30 p.m. 

The event starts at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.