Uptown Jazz: New York, the Destination

When: Saturday, May 25, 2024, 1:00pm

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Dandy Wellington, a Black man in a gray striped suit dances in front of his seven piece jazz band in the Museum's rotunda. Behind them, guests in 1920s dress enjoy the performance.
Image - Filip Wolak

Whether it’s crossing the Brooklyn Bridge or traversing the Hudson River, the quest of getting to New York has been immortalized in song many times over. With help from the dynamic dancing duo The Uptown Belles, Dandy Wellington and his band will explore the songs that hail the five boroughs as a destination number one. 

Before the band plays, get moving with swing dance lessons and a performance by The Harlem Swing Dance Society.

Dance Demo Class at 1pm
Sets at 1:30pm & 2:45pm

Make a day of it! Wet your whistle at the Park View Bar and enjoy custom cocktails on our Fifth Avenue terrace starting at 1pm. Don't forget to head up to the third floor to experience our centennial exhibition This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culturewhich inspired this program.

About Dandy Wellington:
Dandy Wellington is a bandleader, entertainer, event producer, and creative consultant, born-and-raised in Harlem, New York. Influenced by the style and skill of classic entertainers of the past but with his feet planted in the present, it’s no surprise that he has made a name for himself across the globe. From producing stylish events all over New York to performances in St. Petersburg, London, and Sydney, Dandy solidifies himself as not only an impeccably dressed man-about-town, but a bonafide man-of-the-world. Dandy’s signature panache and eye for detail have earned him features in The Financial Times, Country Living, The Robb Report, Vogue Magazine, and various other outlets renowned for their taste and sophistication. 

About The Harlem Swing Dance Society:
The Harlem Swing Dance Society (THSDS) is the premiere Harlem organization promoting, preserving, propagating, and protecting Harlem’s rich Lindy Hop and Swing Dance culture in its Harlem home.  They have worked with various Harlem organizations, partnering and bringing awareness to this rich culture that was perfected at Harlem's famed Savoy Ballroom. "Come back to where it all began."

A silhouette of a couple dancing next to the text: THe Harlem Swing Dance Society "Come Back to Where It All Began" Leading Harlem's Lindy Hop Intiative


Uptown Jazz is part of our ongoing Soul of the City concert series, made possible with support from John and Patricia Heller.


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