Harlem, like much of NYC, has many special places which are off the beaten path - and there's usually a special person that sets the tone for such places.
Marjorie Eliot is one of those special people, and her home at 555 Edgecombe Avenue is one of those special places in Harlem's history.
There are many locations throughout NYC to hear some great jazz, but very few can match the magic and intimacy of Ms. Eliot's Parlor Jazz Sundays. Each Sunday, in her home, Ms. Eliot hosts a free jazz concert to locals and tourists alike, and has for the past 22 years!
The building itself at 555 Edgecombe Avenue also has significant Harlem history. Technically now part of Washington Heights due to rezoning in the area, the building has been the home to Duke Ellington, Paul Robeson, Count Basie & several other African-American notables of years gone by. The building today stands as a registered landmark.
If you have yet to visit Ms. Eliot's Parlor Jazz Sunday, you are in for a special, authentic Harlem experience! To get a sample of Ms. Eliot's Parlor Jazz Concert, see the video below:
Ms. Eliot is extending gracious consideration to the HarlemGo Meetup group by opening her home early for an exclusive concert. We will meetup in the front of 555 Edgecombe Ave. (which is between 159th & 160th Streets) at 1pm and then head upstairs to get settled at 1:15pm. Our concert starts at 1:30pm and will run until 3pm.
Seating will be very limited (50 seats max), so RSVPs will be limited to members only - no pluses.
Special Note* - Although our concert is free, please consider offering a donation to the house when the offering bucket goes around. What you care to offer is totally up to you, but let's return courtesy with consideration.
Afterwards - we'll visit Heights Tavern (heightstavernnyc.com) for brunch. Heights Tavern is located at 3910 Broadway (at 164th Street) and is a short walk from 555 Edgecombe.
Directions to Marjorie Eliot's (555 Edgecombe Avenue)
By Train: Take the 'C' train (local) to 163 Street/Amsterdam Avenue. Walk to 160th street and Amsterdam, make a left and walk one block east (opposite direction of Broadway) to Edgecombe Ave. Make a right and you're in front of the building. The #1 train to 157th Street (Broadway) is an alternative.
By Bus: The M2, M3, M100, and M101 all have stops nearby.
As always, if you have any questions, running late, or need further directions for driving, street parking, etc. call/text Daniel at 774.275.3646. Thanks!