About Us


Harlem Late Night Jazz is a non-profit (501-c3) dedicated to maintaining and growing a vibrant jazz scene in Harlem. Our mission is to “keep the music alive” in its mecca…. Harlem, NY.

Harlem Late Night Jazz, Inc. is bringing live late night Jazz, Blues and Soul back to Harlem by connecting the finest musicians with Harlem’s finest clubs. Because we jam late night, we provide an opportunity for the worlds greatest musicians to come together, play music, and invent. We provide music lovers that unique feeling you can only get when the masters are in the groove. We re-create the symbiotic relationship between the Harlem audience and musicians that elevates the performance. The musicians have more fun….and just play better!!

We are also working to build both an audience and heightened appreciation for jazz among the younger generations. We bring together Jazz masters and today’s young lions preserving and recreating “the music” for future generations. Over the past year we are proud to have brought over 200 of the world’s greatest musicians to music venues across Harlem. We are so very grateful to the great musicians and to Harlem’s finest clubs and speakeasies for joining us in our mission.

We are proud be recipients of a 2017 Congressional Proclamation for our contributions to Harlem culture. We are also proud to have been twice nominated for an Apple Award for outstanding achievement in support of NYC culture in 2018 and in 2019 by the Guides Association of NYC. Harlem Late Night Jazz Inc. has partnered with the Jazz Foundation of America, Saving Jazz and Blues…one musician at a time. We vow to continue our mission BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP….. TO KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE!

Please support us, we are a 501c3!

We vow to continue our mission and invite you to join in our mission to keep the music alive.

Our Goals


Special thanks to our Founding Sponsor, The Jazz Foundation of America

Jazz Foundation Of America

Keyed Up!

Harlem Stage

Solomon Kuffs

Mist Harlem

Harlem Chamber

Jazz Foundation Of America


Board of Directors

Dakota Pippins

Director & Co-Founder, Harlem Late Night Jazz

Dakota is President and Co-Founder of Harlem Late Night Jazz, Inc., a New York State Non-profit Corporation. Having grown up in the jazz and blues music cauldron of East St Louis, Dakota is an avid music lover and supporter. Dakota is proud to serve on the board of directors of the Jazz Foundation of America and the Hormel Foods Corporation.  He previously served as Director of Time Capsule, a United Nations NGO dedicated to the preservation of Jazz. Other prior board affiliations include: Harlem Children’s Zone, New York City Sports Commission, and the Goodwill Games.

Paul R. Griffin

Director & Co-Founder, Harlem Late Night Jazz

A resident of Harlem USA for 25 years years, Paul’s work has centered around community.  He has worked for 1199 SEIU, National Urban League, as well as the Westchester Community Program.  That, coupled with over 5-years of restaurant and nightclub management, allows Paul to bring a wealth of industry knowledge and resources.  A passionate activist for youth programs, youth sports and community real estate development, and, an avid Jazz promoter and supporter of Harlem cultural arts organizations.  He has proudly served as Master of Ceremonies at various jazz venues and events throughout the Harlem Community.

C. Kelly Wright

Director & Co-Founder, Harlem Late Night Jazz

Not wrong but Wright…, Harlem Late Night Jazz, COO & Host is a world-renowned actress, singer, dancer of stage & screen. Highly noted for her contributions in the development of new theatrical works. Including Broadway’s 4-time Tony Award-winning Memphis and Mountaintop. Aside from acting and singing on musical theatre stages Ms. Wright is a noted jazz, blues and soul artist, and the perfect host for Harlem Late Night Jazz where she, along with her partners and their ever-changing bands creates just the “W”right alchemy for one great late night after another!

Robin Downes

Director & Co-Founder, Harlem Late Night Jazz

Her musical roots began in Harlem, as a music major, at the High School of Music and Art.  The immersion into Jazz began as an undergraduate intern for Jazz Radio station, WRVR.  She is an over 25 year veteran of the entertainment / multimedia business. She has an Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in News and Documentary” with ABC NEWS “20/20” since 1981.  Her media outlet Robin Downes Network currently keeps up with “What’s Up With Robin Downes”.

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