Friday, Jul 11, 2008 • Harlem on My Mind: A Celebration of Jazz, Swing, and Tap Jams • Not a SDLI Event

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“Harlem on My Mind: A Celebration of Jazz, Swing, and Tap Jams”


WHAT:  For the Bronx Museum’s First Fridays! program, “Harlem on My Mind: A Celebration of Jazz, Swing, and Tap Jams,” the sounds of the Ray Abrams Big Swing Band – a powerful 17 piece group continuing the tradition of great jazz music created by the bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington – will surely “swing” you into motion. The event will also feature a tap and swing performance by the great young dancers of Hoofer’s House. Please note: Due to the July 4th holiday, this event will take place the second week in July.

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WHO:  Featuring the Ray Abrams Big Swing Band, lead jazz vocalist Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch, and dancers from Hoofer’s House. The event will be hosted by Rashida Bumbray from Hoofer’s House.

WHEN:  Friday, July 11, 6:00 – 10:00pm

WHERE:  The Bronx Museum of the Arts
South Wing – Lower Gallery
1040 Grand Concourse @ 165th Street
Bronx, NY 10456

Band: Ray Abrams Big Swing Band


This highly professional swing band, which actually started in the 50’s, under the vision of Hank Dougherty, was acquired by Brooklyn’s famous jazz saxophonist and prolific arranger, Ray Abrams. Ray passed on in 1997, but the band continues to entertain lovers of swing and classic-jazz. The 17 members of the band consistently recreate the unforgettable hard swinging, finger-snapping, toe-tapping sounds of the greatest swing-bands of the 40’s and 50’s. Our musical arrangements feature many of the band’s exceptional soloist, as well as swinging vocals and a fine selection of love ballads, uniquely sung by our featured vocalist, Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch.


The band’s library of musical arrangements, is lengthy and well rounded, ranging from the still modern sounding charts created by founder, Ray Abrams, to the swinging big-band charts from the minds of arrangers like Sam Nestico, Quincy Jones, Sy Oliver, Neal Hefti, and so many others. This valued musical library supports the bands ability to create a well-rounded program of classic-jazz as played by the bands of Basie, Ellington, Hawkins, Foster, Hampton, etc.

The band’s unique ability to perform to the spirit of the music and to swing at the drop of a hat, is consistently nourished by the very dedicated skills of the band’s leader, Ervin Simpson, who has led the band since 1998. No doubt, this ability to swing the most beloved songs from The Classic American Jazz Songbook, explains why the band continues to maintain a growing presence on LI and in the tri-state area.

Band Contact:
Don Echoles Conway at 917-674-4647 or

Organizer: This is not a Swing Dance Long Island Event (Not a SDLI Event)

The listed event is NOT sponsored by Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. This event was thought to be of interest to our SDLI’s members. Before traveling, always verify the event information directly with the organizer’s website, since things change and events do get canceled.

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