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Harlem Speaks Series-Gloria Lynne (Mar10), Grady Tate (Mar. 24), Ed Cherry(Apr. 7), Milt Grayson (Apr. 21)

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The Jazz Museum in Harlem 104 East 126th Street New York, NY 10035 www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org

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Harlem Speaks Quartet of Stars Shine

Gloria Lynne (March 10) Grady Tate (March 24) Ed Cherry (April 7) Milt Grayson (April 21)

New York, NY (February 28, 2005) Harlem Speaks, the ongoing discussion series of the Jazz Museum in Harlem (held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.) which gives overdue tribute to people whose lives and legacy keep jazz alive in Harlem, will feature four illustrious artists during March and April of 2005.

Kicking off the new quartet of honorees, on March 10th, is the wondrous Gloria Lynne, a member of a generation of contralto singers embodying the sound of the golden era of jazz. She was born and raised in Harlem, and, like Ella Fitzgerald had before, won the Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest early in her career.

In the early sixties, Lynne had a series of hits, which introduced her to a wider audience. With tunes like “June Night," “Love I Found You," and the song she is most famous for, “I Wish You Love," Lynne established herself firmly in the pantheon of 20th century song stylists.

These hits prompted producers to pair her with Ray Charles and Billy Eckstine on tours across the country. In her 50+-year career, Lynne has recorded 45 albums. Even after the advent of rock and roll, she continued to perform for loyal fans around the world. One reviewer was so moved that he wrote, “My toes curled, so accusingly insightful was her delivery that it transcended the lyrics and became pure emotion.

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