The Harlem Renaissance represented an explosively creative, resolutely empowering era—a cornucopia of expression and entertainment that formed America’s music and pursuit for Civil Rights. Today’s performers stoke this wildfire’s embers to spark new innovation in the iconic neighborhood. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum, Harlem 100 presents sounds and ideas from Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday, and more in a modern-day variety-show homage to evenings at the Apollo, Cotton Club or Alhambra. Dubbed a “full-bore entertainer” by The New York Times, Michael Mwenso and his backing band, the Shakes, are joined by special-guest vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Brianna Thomas and tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman. Harlem 100 is certain to satisfy your soul and let the good times roll.
PRE-SHOW TALK | 7PM | STEWART CENTER 310
Join Dr. Cornelius Bynum, an Associate Professor in the Department of History, for a discussion about the evening’s performance.