Join us for an unforgettable evening as Jazz Power Initiative proudly presents the Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam: Antoinette Montague’s “Here’s to the Ladies Who Swing and Bling,” a vibrant homage to iconic jazz women including Carrie Smith, Etta Jones and Mary Lou Williams, all of whom Ms. Montague had the honor to work with in real time. Featuring the mesmerizing vibes of Nikara Warren and the rhythmic artistry of tap dancer Karen Callaway Williams. Accompanied by Eli “Dr. E” Yamin on piano, Jerry Weldon, saxophone, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and David F. Gibson on drums. Prepare for an electrifying celebration of jazz’s legendary women. Don’t miss this fusion of talent and tribute!

March 13, 2024, 7-9 PM
Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, 530 W 166th St, New York, NY 10032

March 16, 2024, 4-6 PM
National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 58 W 129th St, New York, NY 10027

Admission is free at Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center and doors open at 6:30. Admission is suggested donation $10 at National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Jazz Power Initiative first launched its Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam series in 2017 in partnership with, and presented at, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, hosted and led by Managing and Artistic Director, pianist Eli Yamin (aka “Dr. E”). The first house band also showcased emerging jazz stars, including saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, and bassist Endea Owens.

Over the past six years, thousands of audience members have witnessed more than 100 professional artists, with over 250 “jammers” participating. These include over the past three years our Community Artists-In-Residence: vocalist Antoinette Montague (2022); percussionist and bandleader Annette A. Aguilar (2023), and trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, Steven Oquendo (2024); as well as performances by composer/vibraphonist Nikara Warren, tuba player Bob Stewart, violinist Curtis Stewart, clarinetist Evan Christopher, vocalists Charenee Wade and Catherine Russell, saxophonists Claire Daly, Jon Irabagon and Knoel Scott, percussionist Chembo Corniel, trombonist Ray Anderson, trumpeters James Zollar, Mark McGowan, EJ Allen, bassists Lonnie Plaxico, Elias Bailey, Melissa Slocum and Jennifer Vincent,  and dancer/choreographers Mickey Davidson, Max Pollak, Shireen Dickson, and Kim Holmes, as well as students from LaGuardia High School Jazz Band directed by Kevin Blancq, All City High School Latin Ensemble directed by Alberto Toro and Steven Oquendo, and Harlem Samba directed by Dr. Dana Monteiro.

Dr. Eli Yamin, JPI’s Managing and Artistic Director, notes: “The Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam is a heap of fun for jazz fans and anybody you know who might be moved by the sound of surprise, renewed by the feeling of soul and embraced by a diverse community of people who love music!”

Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam is produced by Jazz Power Initiative, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2003, is made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; the Howard Gilman Foundation; the Hispanic Federation; the National Jazz Museum in Harlem; Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York and the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development; the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and individual donors.