Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo

Jazz Legend Jimmy Scott Moves Harlem to Tears

After 70 years in the music business there is only one way to know for sure you still have what it takes to move an audience,and that is the ability to make them laugh, cry and give you a standing ovation, all at once. Such was the scene at the conclusion of iconic vocalist Jimmy Scott’s performance at Ginny’s Supper Club. Scott performed an intimate set which included his classics, “I Cried for You,” “When Did You Leave Heaven?” and “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool.” It was on the song “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” that Scott most deeply affected the audience, as one woman was visibly brought to tears. But it wasn’t all sadness, as Scott joked about his multiple marriages and expressed his joy in performing in Harlem.

Visual artist Antonio Alonso is also grateful to be in Harlem with his new exhibition “Watching Me, Watching You” at Weston United’s Gallery M. Alonso may reside in Portugal but he was born in Angola and identifies heavily with the cultural history of Africa and Harlem. In his exhibition he pays homage to his native land by expressing its rich hues through vibrant patterns on silk, paper bags and more. “Africa is open space and there are long sunsets and the changing colors. My work is to mix them and to play with colors,” he says. “When I lived in Portugal everything was very dark and gray, and the paintings helped me to survive in that environment.”

“Street,” the latest art exhibition at Art in Flux Harlem, is inspired by everyday surroundings. Curated by Erin Goldberger, the exhibition features photography, painting and sculpture that address those who are empowered to embrace their strength and those still searching for a way to be free of harassment and abuse. The opening night had a packed house that reveled in the art work and musical performances by Harlem Arts Alliance and Souleo Enterprises’ CULTURE CRASHERS members Solomon Hicks and Georgie Exinord.

Hicks and Exinord, along with other musical artists, will definitely want to check out the New Music Seminar (NMS), which launches June 17th. This year the event debuts its 2012  “Artist On The Verge Top 100 Chart.” The project is designed to give greater exposure to musicians deemed with the best chance of breaking into the mainstream. The top three artists will perform at NMS and have the chance to win $200,000 in marketing, promotion, music equipment and consultations from some of the top industry leaders in their respective fields. According to Tom Silverman, founder and executive director of NMS as well as founder and CEO of Tommy Boy Records, one of the best tools for artists is YouTube. “I think a presence on YouTube is important. People hear your music and they want to share it with people. So create music that grabs people the first time in 20 seconds, ‘cause that’s as long an attention span as people have. You need to really stand out,” he advises.

This week there will be a few standouts at the New York Public Library with more free programs produced by Souleo Enterprises, including drag queen/literary inspired makeovers; the second installment of the panel on LGBT hip-hop; and a panel featuring Madonna and Bette Midler celebrity impersonators. We can’t guarantee you’ll laugh, cry and give a standing ovation all at once but you’ll definitely have a good time.

Editor’s Note: Visit http://www.nypl.org/events/calendar for details regarding the New York Public Library’s upcoming events!

Souleo Enterprises, LLC is the umbrella company that creates and produces entertaining, empowering and informative media and philanthropic projects by founder, Souleo.

This article is courtesy of our partner The Harlem Arts Alliance

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The Harlem Arts Alliance is a not for profit arts service organization celebrating 10 years of service to a prestigious list of members such as the Apollo Theater, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Columbia University, Harlem Stage (Aaron Davis Hall) and over 850 more cultural/arts institutions and individuals. The weekly column, Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo, covers the intersection of the arts, culture and entertainment in Harlem and the greater NYC area.

For more information on HAA please visit: www.harlemaa.org 

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