Just returned from a wonderful trip to the “Big Apple” with my wife. We caught two excellent jazz shows featuring guitarist Mike Stern at the Iridium Club. Both shows featured some excellent players, including Sonny Fortune (sax), Buster Williams (b), Victor Wooten (b), Dennis Chambers (dr) and Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Jimmy Cobb (dr). We tried to see the exhibit at the Tenement Museum, but it was too crowded. Be smart and buy tickets in advance. Unfortunately, I completely forgot about the slavery exhibit at the New York Historical Society. I’ve read nothing but positive reviews of the exhibit and even though scholars have been writing about slavery and race in the North for quite some time it is a topic that is sorely misunderstood by the general public. Hopefully we can catch it next time we are in town. For now check out this wonderful introductory video of the exhibit. I love the creativity and the way they utilize the old lithographs.
By the way, there is a brand new book on the subject that is slated to be published in the coming weeks that looks to be very interesting.