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Pianist Marc Cary Continues His Speakeasy Thursday Night Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club

Ginny's Supper Club

308 Lenox Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10027

Photos of Gin Fizz club, where Harlem Sessions started, by Caroline Conejero; right side photo of Francesco Pini (l.) and Marc Cary (r.)

Every Thursday night Marc Cary continues his Harlem Sessions jams, now taking place at Ginny’s Supper Club (the downstairs space of the top-tier restaurant Red Rooster). Cary had started the sessions at the speakeasy Gin Fizz, next door to the Red Rooster at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue. The weekly Thursday night Harlem Sessions, hosted by keyboardist/composer/bandleader Cary, has become established as a special cultural event. The jam session starts late (10:30) unlike the current trend in NYC where clubs are shuttered by 11. It’s a drop-in experience that has been packing in crowds that also include a variety of musicians who celebrate the neighborhood’s cultural legacy. Cary calls the shots beforehand on repertoire for the evening, so the sessions steer clear of jazz chaos. Past sessions guests have ranged from Duke Ellington Vocal Competition winner Charles Turner to Lauryn Hill’s current horn section (Igmar Thomas, Sharif Clayton, James Casey). A pianist who came up gracing the bandstand with such vocal icons as Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter, Cary delivers a dynamic presence that fuels the jazz-and-beyond spirit, which is one more sign that Harlem as a burgeoning cultural scene is experiencing yet another renaissance like the old days of jazz and poetry. (Note: Best to schedule ahead because Cary at times takes his jam session crew to the road.) —Dan Ouellette


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