On Sept. 27, private equity real estate firm Brickman and real estate sales and marketing firm CORE hosted a special rooftop concert at One Museum Mile featuring the legendary Harlem Blues & Jazz Band.
The band’s members have a combined 500 years of performing experience, have toured all over the world and won renown for upholding classic and swing jazz and blues tradition.
Located at 1280 Fifth Avenue, the Robert A.M. Stern-designed One Museum Mile is a premier luxury residential development in the Upper Carnegie Hill neighborhood along Upper Fifth Avenue.
Guests included One Museum Mile residents, real estate brokers, real estate and music media, and executive members of the Duke Ellington Society and National Jazz Museum in Harlem—all of whom gathered 21 stories aloft to enjoy a evening immersed in music, and surrounded by panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline at sunset Central Park.
Jazz aficionado, band founder and curator Al Vollmer introduced the band, which was formed in 1973 and has included dozens of jazz musicians throughout its storied past, all of which played Classic Jazz and Blues alongside legends including Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., and Duke Ellington.
Current members and the night’s performers included Joey Morant (vocals and trumpet), Art Barron (trombone), Michael Max Fleming (bass), Fred Wurtzel (guitar), “Zeke” Mullins (keyboard), Jackie Williams (drums), and Fred Staton (tenor saxophone), who is the group’s reigning elder at ninety-seven years old. With One Museum Mile adjacent to Duke Ellington Circle and amphitheater, it was only fitting that Master of Ceremonies Morant led the group through Ellington classics including “Take the A Train” and “C Jam Blues”.
“We are a rapt audience today, and are thrilled to be hosting this esteemed group as we celebrate the fall season,” said Tom Postilio, founding member and managing director of CORE, the building’s exclusive sales and marketing team.
“The building, now at 40% sold and in contract, is feeling more and more like a community and we are glad to see so many of our happy residents here.”
Vollmer added, “It was such a special evening to get the whole band together, and the rooftop’s backdrop was incredible. We would definitely like to do another show at One Musem Mile in the future.”
One Museum Mile is located at 1280 Fifth Avenue and offers studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes, some with outdoor terraces, as well as penthouses ranging up to 2,118-square feet, which are available for immediate occupancy. The property offers a full range of amenities including fitness center, dining room and catering kitchen, lounge, children’s playroom, and rooftop pool and BBQ. The building will house the future Museum of African Art.