The New Amsterdam Musical Association (NAMA), founded in 1904 and incorporated on Jan. 9, 1905, is the oldest musical organization founded for Black musicians in the United States. Members including James Reese Europe, Eubie Blake, John Coltrane, Max Roach and others rehearsed on the ground floor of NAMA’s brownstone, and NAMA allowed musicians to live in the upper rooms when they came to town. The organization celebrated 100 years in its landmark building with a gala held at Harlem School of the Arts, St. Nicholas Ave. Imani Scott welcomed awardees including Willie Mack, Steve Sink, Don Baron Sr., Antoinette Hamlin, Robeson Norton and Gia Williams. Councilmember Gale Brewer and Congressman Adriano Espaillat presented certificates and proclamations to members.

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