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2020 Inaugural Benefit Concert & Gala

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Harlem Late Night Jazz, Inc.
2020 Inaugural Benefit Gala & Concert

The Jazz Tree Lives


All-Star Performances Including:


James Carter

Special Guest Performances include...


Kojo Roney


Omar Edwards


Brandee Younger


Sista Zock


Ronnie Burrage

...A 20-Piece HLNJ Orchestra

Macy Gray
Honorary Co-Chair

6:00PM VIP Cocktail Reception & Buffet

8:00PM Concert Begins

11:00PM After Party (Detail to Follow)

Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Keeping the Music Alive in Harlem


Our 2020 Inaugural Harlem Late Night Jazz, Inc., Benefit Gala & Concert promises to bring Harlem and the jazz community at large, a world-class party for the ages! Featuring: James Carter and ELEW, and performances by Omar Edwards, Savion Glover, Patience Higgins, Kojo Roney, Bill Saxton, Sis. Zock and many more including the 20-piece Harlem Late Night Jazz Orchestra lead by Musical Director, Ronnie Burrage and Honorary Co-Chair, Macy Gray. And honoring: The Honorable Charlie Rangel and Legendary Pianist, Singer, Flautist & Composer, Donald Smith.

Putting an action to our passion for jazz, in 2016, Harlem Late Night Jazz, Inc. was formed. Formed with the simple mission of keeping the music alive in Harlem, at a time when Harlem was facing the loss of many of it’s iconic clubs. The fatal fire and demolition of the beloved St. Nick’s Pub being the latest in a series of devastating blows to the Harlem Jazz community.

What we created is a new model providing critical support to the preservation of live Jazz, Blues and Soul in Harlem. Connecting the finest musicians with Harlem’s finest clubs providing that unique experience you can only get from a Harlem late night. Three years, three GANYC Award Nominations, and a Congressional Proclamation later the jazz tree lives and we are celebrating! We are celebrating a clear vision of what the next three years can offer. We are celebrating the efforts of the more than 1,000 musicians who have graced a Harlem stage in the name of Harlem Late Night Jazz. We invite you to celebrate with us.

Harlem Late Night Jazz is more than just a party; it’s a mission. We are grateful to the Jazz Foundation of America for supporting our mission. We encourage you to join the mission, support the mission, and this March 19, 2020 celebrate the mission!

Meet our Honorary Co-Chair Grammy Award Winner Macy Gray

Grammy-Award Winner, Macy Gray serves as our 2020 Honorary Co-Chair. Her earthy rasp and soulful sounds keeps this global star shining and so necessary 20 years and 10 albums after her first smash “I Try”.

Sponsor / Donor Packages



Premium center seating
Listed as Archangel of HLNJ in Gala Program
1 VIP ticket to Private Gala Cocktail Reception, 
1 VIP Meet and Greet with Gala Artists
1 VIP ticket to HLNJ Inaugural Benefit Gala Concert
2 VIP tickets to HLNJ Private Gala After Party (location tba separately)
1 HLNJ VIP Passport for free entry (and recognition) to select HLNJ venue events in 2020
2 Jazz Tree T Shirt

Guardian Angel

Premium Seating
Listed as Guardian Angel of HLNJ in Gala Program
1 VIP ticket to Private Gala Cocktail Reception, 
1 VIP Meet and Greet with Gala Artists
1 VIP ticket to HLNJ Inaugural Benefit Gala Concert
1 VIP tickets to HLNJ Private Gala After Party (location tba separately)
1 HLNJ VIP Passport for free entry to selected HLNJ venue events during 2020
1 Jazz Tree T Shirt


1 ticket to HLNJ Inaugural Benefit Gala Concert
1 HLNJ Passport for free entry to selected HLNJ venue events during 2020
1 Jazz Tree T Shirt


1 ticket to HLNJ Inaugural Benefit Gala Concert
1 Jazz Tree T Shirt


Harlem Late Night Jazz Inc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation 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!

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

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!

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.

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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