On Saturday 19th of January I had the great honor of being invited to sing some Big Sexy Music at the New Amsterdam Music Association’s 108th Birthday Celebration dinner and dance in Harlem, New York City. The oldest African American music association in the USA, NAMA has served as a place for many musicians to gather after performances to socialize and to practice and it was not uncommon for the likes of John Coltrane or Max Roach to rehearse on the ground floor of the brownstone. In a word this place is legendary!
The 108th NAMA Birthday Dinner and Dance was held in the spacious basement of Salem Cullen Hall with over 150 members and special guests in attendance. The night was full of great music spanning the spectrum of jazz through to rock and roll and funk, including some standard favorites that got the entire room boogieing on the dance floor. Musical groups Blu Skyyzz and Shades of Blue brought the house down with original music as well as the likes of standard favorites such as the ‘Electric Slide’ which motivated even the most stationary guests to get up and turn it out. I felt very honored to be on stage at such an important event, singing not only one of my Big Sexy tunes but backup vocals for several other songs too. Fun times indeed! Check out NAMA and become a member!