This past Sunday, I found myself in East Harlem in search of an evening of jazz. At the Manna House mini-theatre, at 338 East 106th street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, my expectations were exceeded. Manna House provides the stage for a collection of talented musicians to perform as part of the Music for Entertainment, Education and Enlightenment (MEEE) Jazz Concert Series. Concerts take place from 4:00-6:00pm on the first Sunday of each month through June. $7 for Students, $15 for Regular Admission.
On March 7th, The Bill Saxton All Stars performed a lively set to an intimate crowd. The audience was as expressive as the band. There was plenty of toe tapping, head bobbing and applause. The Manna mini-theatre is very relaxed and has a lot of character. With organic fruit juice cocktails served during intermission, it was the perfect way to round out the weekend.
If you missed the performance, you can still catch Bill Saxton every Friday night at Bill’s Place at 148 West 133rd Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues. The Bill Saxton Quartet performs two sets every Friday night at 10PM and 12AM. Admission is $15.
Tonya Marie Reid, CUSSW ’10