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"The five Italianate-style structures, located between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, were built in the 1850s. Iconic songs like “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and “God Bless America” were published in the Alley during the boom of the sheet-music business at the turn of the 20th century. African-American composers coming from the Jim Crow-era South and Jewish composers fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe, “created unprecedented opportunities for themselves as mainstream songwriters and music publishers,” Sarah Moses, an LPC staff member, said during the hearing.

But at the hearing back in April, a representative for Yair Levy, who owns one of the buildings, testified against the designation, arguing that designating the buildings would celebrate a history of bigotry that permeates the music published during this time.

Commissioners rebutted that claim during today’s hearing, arguing that the designation is important to recognize what happened during that era.

“This designation does not celebrate racist imagery found in some of Tin Pan Alley sheet music, but it must acknowledge it and put it in a context of American history,” said Commissioner John Gustaffson. “We are preserving … to avoid people saying things like ‘it wasn’t like that,’ [or] ‘it did not happen.’”...

“Tin Pan Alley forms an indelible part of not only our city’s history, but also national identity,” "

Can’t wait to see this!

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Happy Birthday to Marco Rizo! While perhaps not a household name, Mr Rizo's music was heard in likely every American household at some point from the 1950s-70s and his influence continues to be felt. As pianist and orchestrator for the “I Love Lucy Show” from 1951 to 1957, pianist-arranger for the “Bob Hope Radio Show”, his work with hundreds of top artists, and with inner-city youth his musical prowess and dedication enriched the lives of many. His work was a huge part of synthesizing Cuban traditional music with European classical, jazz, and folklore traditions, influencing many of his contemporaries and generations to come.

Marco studied harmony and composition with Spanish composer Pedro San Juan and was an honor student at the Havana School of Music. In 1940 he immigrated to the US and attended the Juilliard School of Music, with Igor Stravinsky at UCLA.

In his later years he founded the not for profit organization, "The Marco Rizo Latin American Music Project: (AKA SAMPI), presenting Latin American music workshops to students in inner-city neighborhoods under the sponsorship of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Arts Connection. Carrying along all the needed percussion instruments, Mr. Rizo introduced this art form to minority children whose heritage was rooted in the music they were learning to play. Mr. Rizo was known to kids in East Harlem, the South Bronx, Sunset Park, Bushwick, Brooklyn, Corona, Jamaica, Queens and Chinatown and his work spread appreciation for Latin music and culture to students in universities, colleges, high schools, and public schools.

Mr. Rizo was awarded the Silver Medal of the French Academy of Arts, Science and Letters for outstanding achievements in the field of Latin Music. As a pianist, he recorded some 30 albums. He had a light, sure touch, and his playing combined classical technique with the syncopation of the Afro-Cuban tradition and the swing of Jazz.
His own piano and orchestral compositions include “Suite Campesina”, “Ñáñigo”, “Danzas Cubanas”, “José Martí- Sinfonía Cubana”, “Broadway Concerto”, “Suite of the Americas”, “Suite Española”, “Visions of New York”.
Mr. Rizo passed away on September 8th of 1998 in Manhattan.

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This article is from 2015 but shows how the place of music has changed so much. Music is as important as ever but in a world obsessed with market value it needs more philanthropic support than ever.

“Aside from the club’s main vision to unite a happier and healthier community of old folks, for Simon Casson, it is also an attempt to create a crossover between the younger and the older generations. “I think we’ve lost a lot of interaction between the ages, it’s not the type of thing that capitalism encourages.” (The Guardian)”

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The musical history of Needle Park

Gil Evans MOMENT at the NYPL for the Performing Arts

IMG_5450MOMENT NYC is extremely excited to announce that we will be co-hosting a panel discussion and listening session on Gil Evans’ life and legacy, with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Please join us Sat Dec 15th from 11am-1pm at the Vincent Astor Gallery of the NYPL for the Performing Arts located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. (more information here)

We will be celebrating Gil Evans’ work with a panel discussion and listening session covering one of the greatest jazz arrangers of all time. The panel will include biographer Stephanie Crease; Gil Evans’ son, Miles; music and recorded sound librarian, David McMullin; and guests. We will present rare and unreleased material from the Evans’ family archive, highlights from the libraries collection, and listen to some of the upcoming Gil Evans Orchestra release — their first studio recording in 40 years.

Gil Evans was a pioneer and major influence in the New York City jazz scene, and around the world. His work spanned multiple generations and genres, from his early awing arrangements and most well-known work with Miles Davis to his influence in fusion, free jazz, and beyond, his impact on music can still be felt today.

The libraries Vincent Astor Gallery is designated specifically for critical listening. This will be a very special and exclusive event that anyone with an interest in Gil Evans and New York City history should not miss.

This is a free event.

You can register for the event here.

The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis.

Why not listen to a little Gil Evans right now!

Happy Birthday Joey Ramone May 19th 1951

Can you pick him out of this line up? 

Jeff Hyman aka Joey Ramone 2nd grade class photo 1959 PS196 Queens, NY (back row center)


Tonight Mickey Leigh presents the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at The Studio @ Webster Hall. Limited tickets available

Three Generations: Changing the Direction of Concert Music, April 6

Carnegie Hall Presents
Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Three Generations: Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich

Zankel Hall

Limited Availability.

Call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.




PHILIP GLASS String Quartet No. 5

STEVE REICH Different Trains

Performance includes a discussion with Steve Reich and Nadia Sirota, host of Q2 Music’s Meet the Composer podcast

Three Generations: Changing the Direction of Concert Music

I have curated this series of four concerts to demonstrate how concert music has changed from the mid-20th century to the present by pivoting from serial / random chance / atonal music—in which discernible harmony, rhythm, or melody was difficult or impossible to hear—to a powerful restoration of all these musical basics in totally new ways.

The first generation to initiate those changes are now in their 70s or 80s and include Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, and John Adams. The music of these composers then interested a younger generation now approaching their 60s, including Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, who formed the Bang on a Can collective. In turn, a still younger generation, now approaching their 40s, took up both of these earlier generations and carried all these ideas even further. This very large generation is represented here by Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly.

In addition to the performance of their music by several outstanding ensembles—including Ensemble Signal, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the JACK Quartet—many of these composers will discuss their music after the concerts.

—Steve Reich 

Pioneering Guitarist Larry Coryell Passes Away at Age 73

Larry CoryellPioneering guitarist Larry Coryell, died of natural causes in New York City on February 19, 2017, at the age of 73. Known as the godfather of jazz fusion, Coryell worked with many notables throughout his career such as John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Miroslav Vitouš, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Alphonse Mouzon, Gary Burton, Randy Brecker, The 5th Dimension, Chico Hamilton, Herbie Mann, Charles Mingus, Bob Moses, Kenny Barron, and Chico O’Farill among many others. Coryell made his home in New York where he came in 1965 to study guitar. He was a highly respected guitar player whose career connected the worlds of jazz, rock and classical. Coryell worked on numerous projects and recordings as a sideman and leader and was still an active performer, appearing at the Iridium in midtown Manhattan the only the night before he passed away.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held at New York City’s SGI-USA Buddhist temple on Friday February 24th.

MOMENT Benefit For Diversity Through Music Education – FEB 16 Nublu

Thursday Feb 16th 8pm-Late at Nublu’s new venue 151 Ave C. All profits will go to MOMENT NYC’s education programs – supporting diversity through NYC music history education. Come join a fun party for a great cause! We will be celebrating Dave Mancuso’s life and inspiration with Groove Collective All Stars, DJs Jeannie Hopper (WBAI/LSL), Chris Annibell (Afrokinetic), Nappy G (Wonderwheel), Aquarian birthday celebration + Special guests.

Nublu, Groove Collective, Dave Mancuso

“Love Saves The Day…Again!”
Tribute to Dave Mancuso w/ LoftKidLuis
DJ’s  Jeannie Hopper (LSL/WBAI) / Chris Annibell (Afrokinetic)
Nappy G (Wonder Wheel) Aquarian Celebration
8pm – late  Thurs Feb 16 nublu 151 Ave C

$20 suggested donation
All profits go to the MOMENT NYC Education Program

New York City’s diversity is central to it’s unique artistic soul. Let’s help keep it that way!
Join the MOMENT NYC Community, supporting the legacy and future of New York’s vibrant musical diversity.

David Mancuso’s life and work exemplify, our core values of diversity, community, and love of music. His enormous impact on the music scene in New York and around the world are an indelible part of New York City music history. We are extremely happy to have Luis “LoftKid” Vargas from the Loft family say a few words about his memories of David and his experiences at the Loft.

Groove Collective performed at Loft events in the early 90s, which had great significance for the group. Members of the band + guests will be on hand doing live mash ups with some Loft classics and old school NYC grooves.

This event is being hosted by the MOMENT NYC Community.
MOMENT NYC is a 501c3 non-profit that brings NYC music history to schools and is founding a museum of NYC music.  All profits from this event will go directly to MOMENT NYC’s education program.