WHDC Updates

WHDC & Partners Host Successful 1st Annual Harlem Jazz & Music Festival

September 3, 2019

What a way to wind down the summer Harlem! West Harlem Development Corporation and its partners (HARLEM WEEK and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone) celebrated the inauguration of the Annual Harlem Jazz & Music Festival. This much anticipated, international music and culture festival, celebrated 17 genres of music from around the world, all which are embedded in the fabled Harlem music and cultural experiences, ranging from its Southern, Caribbean, Latin, Cuban, European, African, Asian and South American roots.

HJMF also aligned itself with one of WHDC’s core focus areas – economic development. The festival gave opportunities for a variety of local vendors to offer their products to attendees – often selling out! We anticipate seeing more vendors in the coming years.


It truly turned out to be a first-class music festival. Standing room only crowds and events packed out indoor and outdoor concerts venues, gospel services at select houses of worship, jazz brunches, nite club events at famous venues and much more – all in the world-renowned cultural capital of Black and Hispanic America.

Here is just a sample of the wonderful moments captured during the ten-day Harlem take over. Special thanks to all of the attendees, venues, artists, and volunteers who made the event better than we could ever imagine. The Annual Harlem Jazz & Music Festival will see you in 2020!