Harlem Jazz Boxx


Jazz… It’s the Heart of Harlem

Are you ready to enjoy some of the best live jazz music in NYC? Thousands of visitors flock to Harlem clubs every year, seeking the soulful music that represents the very heart of Harlem. And now you can hear the best live jazz music in Harlem – and pretty much anywhere else – day or night, for less than the cost of your breakfast.

Our Harlem Jazz Series

Harlem Jazz Boxx focuses on a single groove: bringing live jazz music in Harlem to the masses. We invite you to kick back to a nice mix of seasoned and up-and-coming jazz musicians who bring their A-game to every performance.

Daytime – Tuesdays from 12 pm - 2 pm for only $15

Nighttime – Fridays from 7 pm - 9 pm for only $20

Best of all, it is FREE with New York City Explorer Pass and The New York Pass!

Ringing through the city – Jazz for all

No more waiting for the sun to go down, no more hefty prices for the joy of good music! Experience the immortal sounds and rhythms of the greatest jazz champions in the world, musicians such as Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Miles Davis. Their music rings throughout the city as great jazz players pay them tribute … day in, day out.


Harlem Jazz Boxx has been bringing you live jazz since 2014. Spearheaded by three united entities – Craig Harris, Carolyn Johnson, and the Arts & Education Continuum – Harlem Jazz Boxx forms a happy collaboration that consistently presents the very best live jazz in Harlem. It’s a rare sort of synergy, a win/win for the lucky listeners, for the jazz musicians themselves, and especially for our beloved Harlem.

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 its visitor center. Welcome to Harlem has been in business for over ten years and we are proud to be a successful NYC- and New York State-certified, minority- and women-owned business. We are a full-service tour company that reverberates to the vibrant 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 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 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

The mission statement of the Arts & Education Continuum is far-reaching and twofold:

1.    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.

2.    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 of members that have varied professional artistic and administrative experience, we will work diligently to facilitate these goals.


Below is a list of the splendid jazz musicians who have performed for the Harlem Jazz Series and Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor. The links go to various jazz musician biographies, where you will find professional jazz musician photos, jazz musician videos, and their social media information. Get to know them and you’ll vastly increase your understanding and enjoyment of jazz!


We offer our visitors the best live jazz in Harlem for an economical price. And we guarantee that you will find both the music and the value astonishing.

Harlem Jazz Series

Every Tuesday afternoon and Friday evening Harlem plays host to some of today's most talented jazz musicians and history's greatest jazz music in musical tributes of epic proportions. Concertgoers will experience total immersion in the cool vibrations of jazz, and find themselves simultaneously soothed and invigorated by the irresistible interaction of strings and horns, rhythms and vocals. This is an event for all of the senses, both mentally and spiritually uplifting.

Tuesday afternoon – (Two sets) - $15

1st set: Noon – 12:45 pm (15-min break), 2nd set: 1:00 – 1:45 pm.

The house doors open at 11:30 am.

Friday evening – (Two sets) - $20

1st set: 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm.

The house doors open at 6:30 pm.


Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 West 124th Street, New York, NY 10027

Harlem Safe House Jazz Parlor – The price is $60

Create an unforgettable memory at this intimate jazz concert in a historic brownstone setting with hors d'oeuvres, wine, dessert – and of course, the best live jazz music in Harlem! 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 pm.

The event starts at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.


Be sure to check the calendar page for our Harlem Jazz Series frequently. You never know what fabulous jazz musicians will be drawn to our great venues next! Just click on any live jazz performance event for tons of details about the players and their music, along with their performance videos.