Sylvia Alston held her 17th annual Labor Day barbecue in Sugar Hill, Harlem, and the venue entertainment was provided by the Fred Staton Jazz Band from the New Amsterdam Musical Association with jazz vocalist Anette St.John. Also on the entertainment menu was solo tenor saxophone player and singer, the Prince of Harlem, Lonnie Youngblood with his incredible song stylists of jazz and popular songs.
The crowd was predominately seniors, to name a few: Tajah Murdock, Ruth Clark, Kobe Noreba and and husband Sam Ash, vocalist JaRon Eanes, jazz vocalist Melba Joyce, jazz pianist Emmett Kemp, vocalist Gia Williams, Council Members Robert Jackson and Inez Dickens, Edward Sisters Realty and the family of late jazz percussionist Lester Jenkins.
Everyone had a wonderful time with sweet memories of a long ago Harlem jazz fest that happened weekly instead of annually. Of course, there were also the wonderful barbecue ribs and chicken, potato and crabmeat salad, collard greens and open bar with champagne ﬂowing like water. It all really made for a wonderful Labor Day.
The event have been sponsored for past 17th years at the Belvedere Apartment by Kenneth Friedman, the landlord at Friedman Management Corp.