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The Montefiore Park SUMMER Jazz Fest 2024


Saturday Jazz Acts all start at 6:00 PM and run until 7:30 PM
Rain date following Sunday

JULY 13th @ 6pm

Santi Debriano & Bembé Arktet

JULY 20th @ 6pm

Victor Solano

JULY 27th @ 6pm

Michael Pallas


The Montefiore Park SUMMER Jazz Fest 2024

Every Saturday:
Jul 13 – Sept 28, 2024

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Montefiore Square

The West Harlem Arts Alliance will continue to present the Montefiore Park Jazz Fest for the remainder of the summer due to the generous support of the West Harlem Development Corporation. 

The extension of the Saturday evening 6pm Jazz presentations at Montefiore Park will be presented in collaboration with Dakota Pippins, Artistic Director of Harlem Late Night Jazz, and with continuing curation by Gwen Black & the Art and Jazzfest NYC, and Chelsea Johnson of iamchelseaiam.

The now Montefiore SUMMER Jazz Fest will continue to highlight the legacy and contemporary diversity of jazz and all its current manifestations representing its history and present day trajectories.

The Montefiore “Summer” Jazz Fest is presented in collaboration with the Montefiore Park Neighborhood Association, NYC Parks, Partnership for Parks, and the CityParks Foundation’s GREENFUND Grassroots grant.

The Montefiore Park SUMMER Jazz Fest 2024

Collaborators with WHAA

About co-presenter Dakota Pippins and “Harlem Late Night Jazz”

Dakota A. Pippins, is CEO of Pippins Strategies LLC, Member of the Board of Directors, Hormel Foods Corporation, where he chairs the Corporate Governance Committee, Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University where he formerly served as Director of NYU’s Management Institute. He recently completed his 20th year of service. Dakota has over 30 years of executive management experience in a variety of industries, and lectures at colleges and universities as part of Urban League Black Executive Exchange program.

Dakota currently teaches Sustainable Development Management and Marketing at New York University and consults/lectures extensively. He maintains that successful marketers in the 21st century must connect their brands to strongly held “human family” values that promote the triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit. Dakota was recently recognized as a Sustainability Steward at the 2009 Sustainable Planet Film Festival in New York.

During 1995 and 1996, Dakota Pippins worked and traveled extensively throughout West Africa. He co-founded Sustainable Community Development Network, Incorporated (SCDN) an organization dedicated to building sustainable communities in both the United States and Africa.

His advisory and charitable activities include, serving on the board of directors: The Jazz Foundation of America, Harlem Jazz Scene which sponsors and supports the Harlem Youth Jazz Band and other Harlem based activities, former board member of Harlem Children’s Zone a project based on a holistic approach to ending poverty and bettering lives of children, former Director of Time Capsule, a UN NGO dedicated to Jazz, former board member of the New York City Sports Commission and the Goodwill Games, former President of Board of Harlem’s Oldest Cooperative, The Garrison Apts, and currently works with numerous Harlem based companies who are actively involved in bettering lives, including: Harlem Brewing Co, 5th Ave Basketball Classic, Palo In, and now with the West Harlem Arts Alliance.

About co-curator Gwen Black and “Arts and Jazzfest NYC”

Gwendolyn Black, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York.  Ms. Black is a fine artist, curator, producer, teaching artist, illustrator, writer, and art consultant.

Ms. Black has over 25+ years’ experience organizing and producing events. Since 1988, she has been using her work to “uplift the community through the arts” and to further the importance of arts and education.

Since 1990, Ms. Black has been a creative force in presenting the visual arts citywide. She is the first curator and producer to present “one exhibition” in multiple spaces and multiple boroughs simultaneously. Since this time, over 35 years, she has also been at the forefront of advocating for the visual side of jazz music. She is widely known for her annual Arts and Jazzfest NYC™/Visual Arts and JazzfestNYC™, now in its 21st year and Jazz By The Water™ now in its 4th year.

Through her annual festival she has featured over 400 visual artists (100 artists per exhibition highlighted by jazz music) including master artists Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, and Faith Ringgold along with master jazz musicians Randy Weston, Andre Strobe, Emme Kemp, and Author Quincy Troupe, among many others. Under her Jazz By The Water™ concert series on Governors Island, she features over 75 musicians plus a production crew during the summer jazz series.

In 2003, 1998 & 1996 she received the LMCC (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) for her Beauty & The Beat: Women In Jazz™ an exhibition and jazz performance series which augments the contributions of women instrumentalists, composers, and vocalists to our great art form jazz. And since 2021 she has received the LMCC Creative Engagement Grant for her ongoing Arts and Jazzfest NYC™ series on Governor’s Island.

For further information about Arts and Jazzfest NYC™ go to

About co-curator Chelsea Johnson of “iamchelseaiam”

Chelsea Johnson, professionally known as iamchelseaiam is an artist, musical entrepreneur, and curator dedicated to quality music. From 2015 – 2020 she served as creator and curator of Songwriter Sunday, a showcase and open mic with a keen focus on lyrics. Through her Songwriter Sunday platform, she has collaborated to host residencies in Harlem (Nabe Harlem), The Bronx (iNine Bistro) and the Lower East Side (SourMouse NYC). Most recently in association with the National Jazz Museum of Harlem she curated and oversaw the Community Board 9 grant in June 2023 which showcased 6 events showcasing musical groups in the Harlem area ranging in Jazz, R&B and Hip Hop. This project was in collaboration with the NYC Parks Foundation, WHAA, Good Vibes in the Park, Dear Mama Coffee, and the Porch NYC.

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