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NJMH Artistic Director, Bandleader Christian McBride

The Roots & Routes of Jazz: The Culture of Business in Harlem

Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Aaron Davis Hall at City College of New York

NJMH honorees will include individuals and institutions that represent the Museum’s vision to make the jazz in Harlem experience accessible to every person on the planet. The Museum’s Legend of Jazz award recognizes an individual who has brought jazz innovation to generation upon generation of audiences, Community Service is presented to a Harlem organization that exemplifies the Museum’s vision in action, and Social Responsibility is awarded to an institution that demonstrates outstanding support of the Museum’s mission and vision.

5:30 pm · VIP Reception, Photos, Special Performance by Jazzmeia Horn
6:45 pm · Concert: A Christian McBride Situation with opening DJ set by Special Guest Angelika Beener | DJ KulturedChild

We are inviting jazz venues to host A Christian McBride Situation gala watch parties and restaurants to host post-gala dinners for our guests.

The soul of jazz is in the joy of discovery, the spirit of improvisation and the feeling evoked by the unexpected blue note that briefly pauses your breath just long enough to remind you, you are alive in the present, in the moment. A Christian McBride Situation was born in a moment at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival. When members of Christian’s scheduled group had to cancel, his manager said “Uh-oh. Looks like we have a Christian McBride situation.”

Christian’s response? No problem. He grabbed some of his friends at the festival – pianist/keyboardist Patrice Rushen, turntablist DJ Logic – and created “A Christian McBride Situation.”

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Become a Sponsor

Your gift brings jazz education workshops to thousands of students in New York City this year, from Pre-K to 12th grade. It helps the Museum keep hundreds of jazz artists working and brings live online performances from the Museum to the world. Join our growing network of sponsors and supporters who invest in and celebrate Harlem as a hub of jazz. In support of our many programs, you will help us…

All Sponsors Receive

Sponsor Levels & Benefits

$50,000+ Producer
  • 10 Tickets to Gala concert & Pre-gala VIP Reception and Honoree Presentation
  • Reserved use of Museum exhibit space for one private event (Capacity up to 30 attendees)
  • Live performance by NJMH Jazz Quintet
$25,000+ Palladium
  • 8 Tickets to Gala concert & Pre-gala VIP Reception and Honoree Presentation
  • Live performance by NJMH Jazz Quartet
$15,000+ Platinum
  • 6 Tickets to Gala concert & Pre-gala VIP Reception and Honoree Presentation
  • Live performance by NJMH Jazz Trio
$10,000+ Gold
  • 4 Tickets to Gala concert & Pre-gala VIP Reception and Honoree Presentation
  • Live performance by NJMH Jazz Artist
$5,000+ Silver
  • 4 Tickets to Gala concert & Pre-gala VIP Reception and Honoree Presentation
  • Jazz & Spirits Tasting for 4 with Harlem-based winery, craft brewer or distiller at the Museum
$2,500+ Signature
  • 2 Tickets to Gala concert & Pre-gala VIP Reception and Honoree Presentation
  • Advance VIP viewing of recorded NJMH performance or event with live artist Q&A
$1,500+ Benefactor
  • 2 Tickets to Gala concert & Pre-gala VIP Reception and Honoree Presentation
$600+ Patron
  • 1 Ticket to Gala concert & Pre-gala VIP Reception and Honoree Presentation

Journal Ads & Logos

Virtual NJMH Gala Journal ads will be displayed during the event. Logos will appear on the Museum’s website for one year. Final ads with fee must be submitted by May 23, 2022, to appear in the journal. Ad fee is included with all Sponsor level gifts. Email galajournal@jmih.org for more information.

COVID Disclaimer

Health and safety are of the highest priorities for the Museum and we are actively monitoring recommendations regarding COVID-19. To ensure our gala proceeds in the safest way, we reserve the right to put in place measures we determine necessary to help ensure how we may best be able to ensure the enjoyment and safety of our audience. Prior to the event, we will contact attendees with updated information.

Gala Committee Chair Sam Mayer, Dr. Tamara Dildy, Jeff D’Onofrio, Jai Jacob, Timothy L. Porter, Sue Vo and Lloyd Williams

Photos, left to right: Valerie Simpson & ensemble at the 2021 Gala. Alphonso Horn Trio, Summer 2021 at NAC. Celebrating the 105th birthday of Mongo Santamaria with Melvis Santa & ensemble. Aaron Davis Hall at City College of New York.

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