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New Jazz Composition Celebrates 30 Years of Harlem’s History
August 17 and 19th performances will pay tribute to the legendary Max Roach

Craig Harris
Craig S. Harris

Columbia University has teamed up with Community Works, a leading arts-education organization and New Heritage Theatre Group, the oldest not-for-profit Black theater in New York City, to co-sponsor the Public Spaces presentations of a new evening-length jazz composition called TriHarLenium, by world-renowned composer and jazz trombonist Craig S. Harris.

TriHarLenium, described by Harris as a sound portrait of his Harlem neighborhood, honors the history and evolution of this rich community from 1976 to 2006. Beginning Friday, August 17, TriHarLenium will have five performances in and around Upper Manhattan. The performances will interweave the vocals and instruments of Harris’ Nation of Imagination band with different special guest performers at each venue.


August 17, 2007, 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Columbus Ave. between 62nd Street and 66th Street

August 19, 2007, 3:00 p.m.
A Great Day in Harlem, 135th Street Stage

August 23, 2007, 6:30 p.m.
Morningside Park
114th Street and Morningside Avenue

September 6, 2007, 5:30 p.m.
Apollo Stage
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell

The Public Spaces Concert Series builds upon four symposia/performances held from November 2006 to February 2007 in which diverse panels of artists, scholars, historians, community activists, clergy, and other prominent Harlemites shared their reflections of the community's past thirty years.

Performances on Friday August 17 and Sunday August 19 will be dedicated to the memory of Max Roach, the legendary jazz drummer, who died on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the age of 83.

Columbia professor Robert O’Meally, founder of the Columbia Center for Jazz Studies, has been working with Harris, Voza Rivers, executive producer of New Heritage Theatre Group, and Barbara Horowitz, founder and president of Community Works, to bring scholarly and historical context to the public around the creation of TriHarLenium.

To further capture the history of TriHarLenium, Professor Jamal Joseph, filmmaker, writer, producer, and chair of Columbia University’s School of the Arts film division, has documented the project. Clips from his film will be shown at selected performances. 

The first performance on August 17, at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, will feature an introduction and historical analysis by Professor Farah Griffin, who teaches in the department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia and is Associate Director of the Center for Jazz Studies.  All of the performances listed above are free and open to the public.

– Written by Anne Burt. Photograph by Hubert Williams.

Published: Aug. 16, 2007
Last modified: Aug 17, 2007