Samuel Hargress and the Music of Paris Blues: A Community Event

Sunday, October 31, 2:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. 
The Bandshell in Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave. @ 153rd St.

Sponsored by City Artists Corps,  WeAct for Environmental Justice   and ZIP Code Memory Project: Practices of Justice and Repair

2:00 pm La Banda Ramirez Latin Jazz
3:20 pm  Beautiful Journey
4:00 pm  Les Goodson and the Holy Ghost Voodoo Power Band
5:00 pm  John Cooksey’s Spontaneous Combustion
5:40 pm  Tyrone Govan and der Secret 2

This concert honors Samuel Hargress, Jr. who opened his jazz club, “Paris Blues” on November 15, 1969, and proceeded to book live Jazz seven nights weekly. With no cover charge,  and with a full bar, free buffet, and family hospitality, Paris Blues became widely known as a great jazz  bar in Harlem. Visitors from all over the world were treated to a wide range of blues, jazz and Latin  jazz, and a regular jam night. Sam said that he named Paris Blues “to honor the city, soldiers and music  I grew to love,” as he served in the military in post-war Europe, where his grandfather had fought as a  member of the Harlem Hellfighters. 

Born in Demopolis, Alabama, in 1936, Sam Hargress, Jr. contracted the COVID virus and passed away  on April 10, 2020, one day past his 84th birthday. A civil rights activist throughout his lifetime, he had  received many awards and honors on federal, state, and local levels, and had received personal letters  from many community leaders, including Mayor Bill De Blasio, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Sam’s jazz club had its last night on March 15, 2020; La Banda Ramirez was  the band that night. Paris Blues remains closed at this time.

The Art of Covid Memorials: When Memory, Meaning, and Mourning Are Deferred

A Symposium with James Young, Kristin Urquiza, and Karla Funderburk

Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 at 5:00pm
Zoom Webinar

James E. Young is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic & Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he has taught since 1988, and Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst. Read more…

Kristin Urquiza is a proud product of public primary education and the first person in her family to go to college. She is Co-Executive Director of Marked by COVID, which she co-founded after her father needlessly passed away from COVID on June 30th. Marked By COVID is a national, grassroots-powered nonprofit that promotes accountability, recognition, justice, and a pandemic-free future by elevating truth and science. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from UC Berkeley, is a graduate of Yale University, and is the granddaughter of migrant and immigrant farm workers from Mexico and Oklahoma. She can be followed on Twitter @kdurquiza and @MarkedByCOVID.

Karla Funderburk is a Ceramic Artist and Master Carpenter. She earned an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 1984, with a focus on ceramic sculpture, installation and performance art. In 1991, she started MATTER, a handmade, custom furniture design and manufacturing business. She is currently creating the Memorial Crane Project, a collaborative installation honoring the victims of Covid-19. As this Memorial travels to various States. Through social media and the multiple press coverage, she receives Tsuru, (origami cranes) which she and a team of volunteers string and install in various venues throughout the US. Read more…