206 West 118th Street
Harlem, New York, June 18, 2019 – Jazzmobile Inc. and Minton’s Playhouse have entered into a new partnership to present live music at the iconic Minton’s Playhouse jazz club, 206 West 118th Street, in Harlem.
This open-ended residency will begin on Independence Day with pianist Nat Adderley, Jr. and will continue every Thursday evening with a world-class jazz band. The Summer lineup will be announced at the opening celebration on July 4.
The Jazzmobile Residency concerts will be presented on following Thursdays with set times at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. The classic Minton’s Playhouse restaurant will be available for appetizers and dinner each week.
One of the most important shrines in the history of jazz, Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem was the place where Bebop was born and where the foundations of modern jazz were established. Founded in 1938 by the saxophonist Henry Minton, the club became the setting for a revolution in jazz. Among the legends who graced the stage were Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Charlie Christian, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Billy Eckstine, Erroll Garner and more. After a fire, the club closed in 1974, but more than 30 years later, it reopened in 2006. Today, Minton’s remains the home of some of the world’s finest jazz.
Jazzmobile, is the oldest not-for-profit arts organization created just for jazz in the country. In 2019 Jazzmobile is presenting SUMMERFEST, New York City’s longest running Jazz Festival, all summer long. Founded in 1964 by National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Dr. Billy Taylor and philanthropist Ms. Daphne Arnstein with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, Jazzmobile has a mission to present, preserve, promote, and propagate America’s classical jazz through quality music education and performance programs. To learn more, visit jazzmobile.org.
Nat Adderley Jr. was born in Quincy, Florida on May 23, 1955. The scion of a famed jazz family, he grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, moving to that suburban New York City community with his family when he was five years old. He started playing piano as a child and had his first song, “I’m on My Way”, recorded by his uncle Cannonball on the 1967 album Why Am I Treated So Bad! by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet when the young Nat Adderley was only 11 years old. While at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, Adderley first met Luther Vandross, who attended Taft High School in the Bronx. It is with Vandross, who Adderley would later spend much of his musical career. He attended Yale University, graduating with a degree in African American studies
While living in Houston, Texas, he was the music arranger for the 1981 album Never Too Much which became Vandross’s first hit with the title track, which reached number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and fourth on the dance charts. He continued working with Vandross, whom he called “a hilarious guy, a great employer, a great friend, and an incredible musician”, until the singer’s stroke in February 2003 that effectively ended his career.
Adderley has returned to his jazz roots, performing his own works, as well as tributes to both his father and uncle. He cites his influences as Chick Corea, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. In a 2009 interview with the Star-Ledger he said pianists “who are killing me” include Kenny Barron, Herbie Hancock, Cedar Walton and Joe Zawinul.