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.
A native of Tokyo, pianist, composer and arranger, Yoichi Uzeki received his bachelor's degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his master's degree and the Sir Roland Hanna Award from Queens College, City University of New York.
Jonathan Finlayson has been recognized by the New York Times as "...an incisive and often surprising trumpeter," who is fascinated with composition."
New York native, bassist Keith Witty has straddled the worlds of Hip-Hop, popular music forms, and Jazz’s Avante Garde in his young career.
New York-based Roman Filiú has been a saxophonist, bandleader, composer for over 20 years. Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, he has played, recorded, and toured worldwide with a variety of artists.
Queen Esther is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, librettist, playwright, actor and recording artist. She received a BA from The New School (Screenwriting) and flourished in the alt-music/alt-theater scene.
Pete Drungle is a Bessie Award-winning composer and pianist who has made music with Ornette Coleman, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono, the Decoding Society and many others; he has composed scores for theater, television, film and video, and has collaborated with visual and performance artists
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.