The National Jazz Museum In Harlem



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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is New York City's museum dedicated to preservation and celebration of Harlem's rich jazz history. The idea for the The National Jazz Museum In Harlem was conceived in 1995 and moved into its current location the Harlem neighborhood in 2001. Based at 104 East 126th Street, the museum emphasizes the role Harlem has played in the nurturing and cultivation of jazz as a home to legends such as Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, John Coltrane, and Billie Holiday. Harlem still plays an important role in contemporary jazz culture and executive director Loren Schoenberg and co-director Christian McBride aim to foster the spirit of the music as a dynamic entity that stretches far into the past and as well as the future. The The National Jazz Museum In Harlem plans to move into a permanent location at Mart 125, an Upper Manhattan landmark right across from the historic Apollo Theatre.