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Wall to Wall Harlem Resonance: Harlem Nights
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.




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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 05/11/2013 at Symphony Space.

This is the fourth and final 3-hour block of Wall to Wall Harlem Resonance, a day-long journey through the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance to the vibrant cultural scene thriving in Harlem today. Performers during this block included Tamara Tunie and Gregory Generet's "Harlem Renaissance Jazz Cabaret," Dandy Wellington's Theatrical/Musical/Fashion Show "Twilight in Harlem," The Inspirational Ensemble of Convent Avenue Baptist Church, and the Ailey School with Renee Robinson.

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Harlem Nights

8:00 PM-11:00 PM

A Harlem Renaissance Jazz Cabaret
Duke Ellington/Barney Bigard: Mood Indigo
Johnny Green/Edward Heyman: I Cover the Waterfront
Fats Waller: A Good Man is Hard to Find
Bernie Hanigan & Gordon Jenkins: When a Woman Loves a Man
Eubie Blake: I'm Just Wild about Harry
Anonymous: St. James Infirmary
Jack Palmer/Spencer Williams: I Found a New Baby
Duke Ellington: It Don't Mean A Thing
Tamara Tunie and Gregory Generet, vocals
Mike Renzi, musical director and piano,
Benny Benack III, trumpet
Gary Hasse, bass

Twilight in Harlem: A Theatrical/Musical/Fashion Show
Randal Jacobs, creative director
Dario Calmese, stage director
Dandy Wellington, music director
Lana Turner, fashion
Omar Lawrence-Campbell, costume designer

The Cast
Ana ‘Marie' Hoffman (Lana Fontaine)
Royce Barrera (Rhett Freeman)
Special appearance by Carmen de Lavallade (the Mystery Woman)
Rebecca Allan (the Landlady)

The Company
Akira-Adel, Ernesto Araujo, Melvin Clark, Alicia Dellimore, Jude Evans, Dewitt Fleming Jr., Valton Jackson, Natalia Johnson, Nedra Jones, Brian Lawton, Darius Leyland, Terry Lovette, Marcia Meade, Brianna Michelle, Brandon Parker, Yinka Parris, Victor Reddick, Samantha L. Siegal, Jerijah West

Dandy Wellington and His Band
Dandy Wellington, bandleader
Peter Anderson, Stantwan Kendrick, Yunie Mojica, reeds
Michael R. Davis, Wayne Tucker, trumpets
Shannon Barnett, trombone
Jesse Gelber, piano and arrangements
Walter Stinson, bass
Kevin McDonald, drums

The Singing Spirit
The Presence of the Lord is Here
Great and Marvelous
God Be Praised
The 23rd Psalm
I'm Gonna Wait on Jesus
Worship Medley
We Preach Jesus
Total Praise
The Days of Elijah
This Little Light of Mine
O Happy Day
The Inspirational Ensemble of Convent Avenue Baptist Church
Gregory Hopkins, music director

"Uptown" featuring Renee Robinson and The Ailey School
Take a vibrant tour through the Harlem Renaissance era in all its boisterous, swinging glory. In this ballet, choreographed by Matthew Rushing, legends like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Josephine Baker and their contemporaries come alive to the music of Fats Waller, Nat "King" Cole, and more.

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