Cyrus Chestnut – The Saga of the Cross


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NEW YORK, NY, MARCH XX, 2017 — On Good Friday, April 14, 2017, 7:30 PM at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York, Jazz pianist/Howard University professor, Cyrus Chestnut, will perform a powerful composition that he especially wrote for the church, titled “The Saga of the Cross.” This exciting celebration of Good Friday will feature a jazz trio and choir. Concert proceeds will benefit the AbyWest campaign for the church’s construction of a new Education and Cultural Center.

Founded in 1808 by free African Americans and Ethiopian merchants living in New York City, The Abyssinian Baptist Church is the oldest African American Baptist church in New York State whose mission has always extended beyond its walls into the vast Harlem and greater New York communities. Abyssinian boasts a long rich history of prolific leadership, and commitment to social justice that serves the needs of both the local and global community. The church’s new Education and Cultural Center will continue to broaden that legacy.

As a composer, Cyrus brings a unique blend of traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, and gospel influences to his pieces. His latest work, African Reflections, also incorporates a new rhythm that inspired him after a recent trip to Senegal.  Abyssinian has traditionally included a wide range of genres in its Music Ministry including, Jazz, Blues, R&B and Hip Hop, as well as Spirituals and Gospel. It’s a natural fit!

Cyrus is delighted to be able to contribute to Abyssinian’s mission, especially as his own musical journey began as a child playing piano in the Baptist church of his hometown, Baltimore.

Purchase Tickets for “The Saga of the Cross” at The Abyssinian Baptist Church Bookstore, 132 Odell Clark Place (West 138th Street between Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.) on Sundays after the 9:00 AM and 11:30AM services,  and on-line via (Click “Buy Tickets” tab under “Good Friday” concert announcement).


Dizzy Gillespie Symphony Sessions sign to CAMI

Dizzy Gillespie Symphony Sessions sign to CAMI


We are delighted to announce that the Dizzy Gillespie Symphony Sessions are now signed to Columbia Artists Management. 

For Dizzy Gillespie, playing in a small combo was never enough. His artistry compelled him to seek and to create larger ensembles

The Symphony Sessions are now led by bassist John Lee, who brings together Dizzy Gillespie alumni performers with local symphonies to continue this wonderful legacy.

If you would like any further information on the Symphony Sessions, please contact Emily T. Yoon at CAMI on (212) 841 9509 or

Polly Gibbons review –

Polly Gibbons Review –

A great review for Polly Gibbons opening for Gladys Knight in Nottingham, from

“Polly’s vocals were firing on all cylinders tonight too. A really powerful performance, lots of light and shade in the material giving her the opportunity to show off her immaculate control, impressive range and above all else, her soul chops. To label Polly a jazz singer, would be doing her a disservice. She does that genre proud, but at the same time she is a born soul singer. Put the two together and you have something, or rather someone very special. Well, you have Suffolk-born Polly Gibbons.”

Read the full review at


Langston Hughes Project

Jazz FM Awards – Live Experience of the Year

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We are thrilled to announce that The Langston Hughes Project has won Jazz FM’s 2016 Live Experience of the Year award.

Ina Dittke & Associates helped bring the Langston Hughes Project to the Barbican in November 2015. It was performed by Professor Ron McCurdy and featured Ice-T as guest narrator, and received fantastic reviews.

Here’s a short video of the award being accepted by Ina and Judith Humenick (representing Ron McCurdy) plus a video speech from Ice-T!