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TWO SETS: 7:30 PM &



HAPPY HOUR 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Music was unavoidable in Marc Cary’s household growing up. His mother was a cellist and his great-grandmother was an ivory tickler in silent movie houses who would also spend her evenings doing stride duets with Eubie Blake. Cootie Williams also happened to be a cousin of his grandfather’s Cary started his professional music career by playing on the go-go scene in Washington D.C. Cary is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School for Arts. At the age of 21 and fresh from school, he felt as if he had the adequate knowledge and talent to do something great.

Eventually, Cary moved to New York City and started working with big-name musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, and Abbey Lincoln. Lincoln was an essential influence in Cary’s career; thanks to his performances with Lincoln, Cary’s rhythmic style was able to reach a broader audience. Through his experience and newfound recognition, Cary was recruited to be a pianist for mainstream artists such as Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, and Lauryn Hill.

Cary recorded his first album as a leader, “Cary On,” in 1995. Since then, he has recorded 12 more albums over the span of 20 years. His most recent album was released in 2015 under the name “Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 2,”

Cary teaches jazz improvisation classes at the Manhattan School of Music and The Julliard School.



This is not your ordinary jam session. Each week, the aim is to build and explore a new common repertoire with original arrangements in the live arena through ensemble work.

Harlem Sessions cover a wide span of music, from the performers and composers who developed this music, to our modern day peers and is a celebration of some of the greatest Black and American composers of our time and of our heritage.

In the spirit of all the creativity that came before us here in Harlem, we want to create new standards as community.