HARLEM STAGE / AARON DAVIS HALL, INC.: CHRONOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS
February-June 2015: Celebrations of the Year of James Baldwin and Billie Holiday's 100th birthday with: World premiere of Stranger on Earth, by Carl Hancock Rux; EMoves 16 with commissioned works celebrating Baldwin and Holiday; Nona Hendryx's Parallel Lives, the music of Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf; Jose James NY premiere of Yesterday I had the Blues: the Music of Billie Holiday; and the world premiere of Stew's Notes of a Native Song.
March 2014: Premiere of A Conversation with Mary Lou: Geri Allen's tribute to Mary Lou Williams with Carmen Lundy, directed by S. Epatha Merkerson.
April 2014: Launch of The Year of James Baldwin, conceived by Harlem Stage, at New York Live Arts
May 2013: Marc Carey celebrates Abbey Lincoln
October 2013: Final presentation of city-wide Blink Your Eyes festival celebrating the work of Sekou Sundiata – WeDaPeoples Cabaret
March 2012: Uptown Nights – A Tribe Called Quest Tribute.
May 2012: Harlem Jazz Shrines – Celebrating Cecil Taylor.
Sept/Oct. 2012: World premieres of Holding it Down: The Veteran's Dreams Project by Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd and Kyle Abraham's Pavement.
December 2012: Robert Glasper's Songs in the Key of Life.
May 2011: Launch of the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival with the Apollo and Jazzmobile and Columbia University. Premiere of Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party and creation of Blazing Tongues: the Writers and Singers of the Lenox Lounge.
October 2011: World premiere of WaterWorks series Visible by Nora Chipaumire and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. WeDaPeoples Cabaret curated by Carl Hancock Rux and featuring Nona Hendryx.
December 2011: Imani Uzuri's Mosaic: A Sacred Music Extravagnza.
December 2010: Off the Wall: Tribute to Michael Jackson and Craig Harris' God's Trombones.
June 2009: Chapel Chapter returns for final presentations after two year world tour.
August 2009: New series of outdoor concerts begins in PS161 track field with Bachata Roja.
Fall 2009: New series Uptown Nights launches with Marc Carey's 2012: The Hip Hop Experiment.
Fall 2007: WaterWorks commissions for Makandal and The Voice Within begin.
OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2006: Inaugural season of the Harlem Stage Gatehouse is launched with four commissioned works under the WaterWorks banner, a new program created for the Gatehouse. They are: Roger Guenveur Smith's Who Killed Bob Marley?; Tania Leon's Reflections; Sekou Sundiata's the 51st (dream) state (in partnership with BAM) and WeDaPeoples Cabaret and Days of Art and Ideas; and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's Chapel Chapter.
MARCH 11, 2005: Abbey Lincoln concert highlights the spring season.
April 11, 2005: Miguel Algarin, Bill T. Jones, Abbey Lincoln and Eddie Palmieri receive the Aaron Davis Hall Harlem Renaissance Award; with host, Tamara Tunie; with appearances by ; Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson; with performances by; Arthur Aviles, Avery Brooks, Giancarlo Esposito, Vernon Reid, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Hilton Ruiz.
DECEMBER 3 & 4, 2005: LISTEN HERE! 50 Years of Eddie Palmieri. Two evenings of concerts celebrating the legacy of Palmieri and his contributions to Latin Jazz and Salsa. Featuring, John Benitez, Ronnie Cuber, Donald Harrison, Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez, Conrad Herwig, Giovanni Hidalgo, Brian Lynch, Christian McBride; John Benitez, Jimmy Bosch, Jose Clausell, Nelson Gonzalez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Nelson Jaime, Karen Joseph, Brian Lynch, Herman Olivera, Johnny Rivero, Julio Salgado, Ray Viera, Richie Viruet, and special guest Ismael Quintana.
OCTOBER 17, 2003: Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. breaks ground announcing the start of the renovation of the 135th Street Gatehouse. The ground breaking ceremony included remarks from Patricia Harris, Deputy Mayor; Robert Jackson, NYC Council Member; Gregory Williams, CCNY President; Bill T. Jones, Choreographer; Larry Condon, Chairman of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.
APRIL 23, 2001: A Tribute to Maya Angelou, recipient of the 2001 Aaron Davis Hall Harlem Renaissance Award with performances/appearances by Ashford & Simpson, Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, George Faison, Cissy Houston, Chuck Jackson, Ben E. King, Tsidii Le Loka, Gloria Lynne, Max Roach, Sonia Sanchez, Paul Shaffer, Susan Taylor, Tamara Tunie, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2001: Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. conducts Visioning Session designed to include Community in the redevelopment of West 135th Street and Convent Ave. Participants included CCNY, P.S. 161, and NYC Parks Department. Official report released in winter of 2002.
1998: Patricia Cruz appointed Executive Director of Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.
1998: Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. honored with a special citation at the Bessie Awards for Dance Women/Living Legends. This work celebrates the vision and commitment of five African American dance legends including the directors of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Philadelphia Dance Company, Denver's Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Los Angeles' Lula Washington Dance Theater and Dallas Black Dance Theater.
JUNE 1998: Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. joins ten art presenters across the country to create Lost Jazz Shrines, a national celebration of the legendary dance halls, nightclubs and community centers that supported jazz throughout the century.
NOVEMBER, 1996: The Tongues of Fire Choir with Sekou Sundiata, Craig Harris, Miguel Algarin, Amiri Baraka, Jessica Hagedorn, Ntozake Shange, Quincy Troupe, Regina Carter, and Nona Hendryx.
FEBRUARY 18, 1995: WABC-TV's "American Heros" presentation produced by Sylvia Houston hosted from the Marian Anderson Theater including a segment reviewing ADH Inc.'s extensive programs.
MAY 14, 1995: ADH Inc.'s Jazz Institute of Harlem Series presents special Mother's Day concert with Ruth Brown and Jon Hendricks.
Since its inception in 1990, the series has presented such acclaimed productions as Max Roach's We Insist and JuJu: New York Jazz Today, celebrating the young "lions" of jazz today, including Jackie Terrasson, Roy Hargrove, Eric Reed, David Sanchez, Danilo Perez and others; August Wilson and the Blues, with Olu Dara; The Lost Jazz Shrines, a national project honoring the history of the jazz; Oh...So Many Stars – a tribute to the sidemen of the Paladium; Wholly Abbey, with Abbey Lincoln, The Obscure Works of Ellington and Strayhorn.
FALL 1994: Following the success of the New Faces/New Voices/New Visions series, Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. establishes the Fund for New Work to aid in the development of new artistic collaborations by culturally diverse artists. The Fund provides commissions and creation and development support for numerous artists growing its level of support significantly in the past 5 years.
1994: The HARLEM FILM FESTIVAL hosts its tenth year of programs dedicated to the work of independent filmmakers of color.
FALL 1994: Aaron Davis Hall, Inc. receives its first NYC support for the design of the 135th Street Gatehouse renovation project, thanks to the leadership of Borough President Ruth Messinger and Councilmember Stanley Michels and with the support of Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Schyler Chapin.
June 1990: Ted Koppel and Nightline conduct Town Hall meeting with newly released Nelson Mandela.
DECEMBER 1990: David Rodriguez appointed Executive Director.
1984: Young People's Series begins – later becomes International Series. Establishes itself as the largest performing arts series for young people in the New York City Public Schools, and a pioneer in presenting multi-cultural artists of a professional caliber formerly restricted largely to adult audiences. Expanding its reach, the Series is instituted in New York City Public Schools in 1995 and is awarded one of the first five-year implementation grants from the Annenberg Challenge to Arts Education in New York City. The Family Series is subsequently created.
1982: CCNY presents Gil Evans with the CCNY Jazz Band.
Initiation of Community Partnerships with significant partners including Caribbean Cultural Center, Dance Theater of Harlem (performing their annual season for over ten years at the Marian Anderson Theater); Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Boys Choir of Harlem, The AUDELCO Awards, and other organizations.