SOLD OUT- Jazz Is: Now – Cleo Reed presents – Malaya – Jazz is Freedom

Malaya is a California-based multi-disciplinary artist from Detroit, Michigan. She grew up surrounded by music, and her love for the art form only grew stronger with time.

Malaya attended Berklee College of Music, which not long after led to collaborations with the likes of Terrace Martin, Snoop Dogg and many others. Along with sharing the stage with many greats during her time in California, she’s also appeared on two Grammy-nominated albums.

In addition to her music career, Malaya has a passion for all things creative. She is an avid painter and sculptor, and finds inspiration in the beauty of the world around her. With her unique blend of talent and creativity, Malaya is a rising star in the music industry, and is set to be one of this generation’s greatest artistic geniuses.

6pm – Doors and DJ set
7pm – performance

Cisco- keys
Burnis- bass
Dom- drums
Kevin- modular
Kamilah- background vocals


About the Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellowships

Since its founding, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem has provided young artists with opportunities to perform as well as curate concerts and events. NJMH Artistic Director Christian McBride started curating performances and presentations at the Museum in 2006, and Artistic Director Jon Batiste began in 2010 while a student at Juilliard.  The excitement and energy those events brought to our community inform our current programming and creative vision. As Christian and Jon became globally recognized jazz ambassadors, the Museum continued to provide emerging artists with career-enhancing opportunities to curate events at the Museum.  In 2022, we formalized this initiative as the Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellowships, with generous funding from the New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship Program.  Our second cohort of Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellows includes drummer and producer Gengis Don and sound composer, performer, and multi-disciplinary artist Cleo Reed.

Gengis and Cleo will be performing and curating a variety of events at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem throughout 2023.

Tue, Jul 11
6:00 pm

National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Current & Upcoming Events

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Thu, Jun 06 – Sat, Jun 29
Jazz Is: Now – Faith Quashie Quintet – Curated by Liany Mateo
Thu, Jun 13
7:00 pm

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