Wycliffe Gordon

Jazzmobile’s multifaceted programming is the vehicle employed to support our mission while affecting a positive economic impact on the communities we serve.

Our performance programs featuring acclaimed performers bring jazz to neighborhood streets, parks, and community and senior centers in all five boroughs of New York City as well as local Harlem venues.

Are you a professional Jazz musician looking to take it to the next level? Do you enjoy singing or performing Jazz just for fun? Or are you seeking instruction for your child or school classes? Are you a lifelong student of Jazz and want to know the historical influence and the latest trends in today’s music? Jazzmobile offers a variety of Jazz education programs for professional artists, New York City public school students and Jazz enthusiasts. Here, those who teach also do: many of our most popular performers also serve as our instructors.

Jazzmobile’s programs have become the model that others emulate across the United States.

One of our most popular annual events is Great Jazz on the Great Hill in beautiful Central Park. Each year, in partnership with the Central Park Conservancy, and other sponsors such as JPMorgan Chase Bank, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, we turn Central Park’s Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade and the Great Hill into a huge jazz festival and dance floor. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a cooler for a true " New York City moment" .

Do you think you’re the best Jazz singer in New York City? Since 2004, Jazzmobile, Inc. has selected the " Best of the Best" in its annual Jazzmobile Jazz Vocal Competition.

Contestants vie for the top spot in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Winners are selected by a panel of industry professionals. Our judges have included, among others, Master Jazz pianist, educator, composer, and founder of Jazzmobile, Billy Taylor; Drummer, bandleader and composer T.S. Monk; and Jazz singer and educator Gloria Lynne.

Jazzmobile partners with The Apollo Theater and Harlem Stage to present the HARLEM JAZZ SHRINES FESTIVAL. Debuting May, 2011, JAZZ SHRINES is "The Apple’s" latest entry into the annals of what makes New York the epicenter of the jazz global world.

It’s a 7-day festival with a difference -celebrating the classic clubs and venues that made Harlem USA the jazz mecca beginning in the 1920’s. While it’s a nostalgic look back at the greatness of the past, this festival’s pulse is the present, showcasing an array of today’s top and emerging talent and showing that what’s happening right now in Harlem really is where it’s at!

Think of Jazzmobile and you probably think of our free Summerfest mobile concerts, attended by more than 100,000 people annually across New York City and the surrounding areas. Together with our partners—neighborhood associations and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation—Jazzmobile has brought top talent to under-served communities whose residents cannot afford to purchase tickets to the clubs and concert halls. In addition to our neighborhood concerts our performances are held in large outdoor venues, such as Grant’s Tomb and Marcus Garvey Park, drawing audiences from other boroughs and communities outside New York City.

Join us for some hot Jazz on a cool night during our Jazzmobile Winterfest. Our Summerfest is so popular, we’ve been asked to bring the party indoors. Beginning in January for two months, we bring quality programming to clubs, cultural landmarks and other venues across Harlem.

In 1968, Dr. Billy Taylor developed a jazz appreciation curriculum to expose New York City elementary, junior high, and high school students to Jazz as an art form. School music programs come and go and often ignore Jazz. From February to May, talented Jazzmobile performers descend on schools across the city, conducting free, 45 to 60 minute musical and oral presentations that include:

  • the history and evolution of Jazz
  • ways one can listen to and enjoy the music
  • a student discussion
  • an excellent performance by an artist the students would normally not get a chance to hear

Jazzmobile’s Saturday Jazz Workshops were started in 1969. The 16-week sessions bring aspiring artists together with Jazz masters like Dr. Billy Taylor and Cecil Bridgewater and other talented performers in a supportive learning environment. Located at the Wadleigh Secondary (High) School for Visual and Performing Arts in Central Harlem, the project attracts more than 200 students of all ages each semester. Many of our graduates go on to successful musical careers. The program attracts a diverse student population from the five-boroughs of New York City, nearby New Jersey, Southern Connecticut, Long Island, and Westchester County.

Students develop their technical and performing skills in:

  • harmony and theory
  • reading proficiency
  • composition
  • instrument technique development
  • ensemble and improvisational playing

Following an audition, students are placed in a beginning, intermediate or advance class. Sessions begin in the fall. Registration details are available each September.

In addition to our tracks for professionals and jazz enthusiasts, our For Young Emerging Artists (YEA!) program is for those middle and high school students participating in in-school programs who want to learn more. YEA! students learn:

  • music reading proficiency
  • improvisation
  • harmony
  • theory
  • ensemble performance

Their session culminates in a performance presented by Jazzmobile Inc.

Limited experience? We even have a beginner’s music education program. " Gateway," which starts a student of any age from square one, helps them to move on to the regular student body.

Upright Bass All Levels Mickey Bass
Trumpet Intermediate Cecil Bridgewater
Trumpet Intermediate Jeremy Pelt
Vibes All Levels Warren Smith
Electric Bass All Levels Michael Fleming
Accompany Marion All Levels Sasha Perry
Percussion All Levels Roland Guerrero
Saxophone Beginners Gerald Hayes
Saxophone Intermediate Patience Higgins
Saxophone Advanced Charles Davis
Guitar Beginner Bruce Edwards
Guitar Intermediate Michael Howell
Guitar Advanced Rick Stone
Vocals Beginners Charenee Wade
Vocal Intermediate Nancy Marano
Vocal Advanced Marion Cowings
Piano Beginners Danny Mixon
Piano Intermediate Alan Palmer
Piano Adv Piano & Int. Theory Dan Kaufman
Drums All Levels Khalil Bell
Trombone All Levels Kiane Zawadi
Gateway & Strings All Levels Darnell (Jay) Starkes

Jazzmobile brings together some of the brightest minds in Jazz music, from acclaimed artists to academics to critics, to discuss emerging issues in Jazz culture. Held in partnership with esteemed institutions, our seminars and panel discussions offer interesting takes on issues surrounding the music.