Dave Valentin benefit, Ella celebrated, Harlem Jazz Shrines Fest

Ron Scott | 1/10/2013, 12:52 p.m.

For more information on the month's events, call (212) 348-8300.

Harlem was once the jazz capital of the world, and the now annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival is keeping the tradition alive and swinging May 7-13. For its second year, the Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile have joined forces to continue this rich legacy of music, bringing both established and emerging artists to the stage.

Most of the events are offered at the affordable price of $10 and will take place throughout Harlem, including Lenox Lounge, Showman's Cafe and more.

On May 8, Harlem Stage presents "Blazing Tongues: The Singers & Writers of Lenox Lounge," with Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch singing Fitzgerald songs, plus actress Beareather Reddy reading author Paule Marshall. The show takes place at the Lenox Lounge at 7 p.m. There is a two-drink minimum.

That same evening at 8 p.m., the Harlem Stage Gatehouse presents "Celebrating Cecil: Tribute to Club Harlem," with Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Amina Claudine Myers and Amiri Baraka.

"Cecil Taylor must be acknowledged as one of the musicians whose approach to the playing of the music extended its boundaries and created a stylistic paradigm that has touched many other musicians," noted poet, playwright and author Baraka. "I've known Cecil since the late '50s, when he started playing at the very old Five Spot, when it was just a Bowery bar.

"Vijay Iyer and Amina Meyers are two of the really important stylists to come after Cecil, but with their own unique approaches."

For the festival's complete schedule, visit harlemjazzshrines.com.