The Memory Arts Café is a series of free cultural events for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, their caregivers, family members, friends, and the general public.
The Café is co-produced by New York Memory Center and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Each program features local professional guest artists including musicians, magicians, poets and dancers.
Every Café is free and open to the public. Please join us next time. You’ll be glad you did!
Partially funded by Axe-Houghton Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, New York State Department of
Health, and the Poetry Foundation, with further support and partial funding from 305 West End Ave.
Thanks to our new supporter, Acadia Pharmaceuticals, for adding their sponsorship
to the Memory Arts Cafe.
Read about arts programs, including New York Memory Center's Memory Arts Cafe in this article from City Limits Magazine, NYC’s Older Adults Find Community in Remote Art Programs by David Brand.
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Welcome Back! to the New York Memory Center for our
“New York Classics” Memory Arts Café
In Person at the Center!
Featuring The Open Mind with
Rodney Chapman, saxophonist,
and drummer Vijay Anderson
Saturday, September 11 • Noon
at New York Memory Center
199 14th Street, Brooklyn
Please let us know if you plan to come. RSVP to the office at 718-499-7701
Live Jazz Music!
Delicious Classic American Food: Hot dogs, apple pie, cheesecake, and more!
See old friends and make new friends.
We look forward to seeing YOU in person again!
(Vaccinations required; masks indoors)
Chapman is a Brooklyn-based free jazz/Avant Garde Saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, Rapper, Hip Hop Producer, and artist/painter, known internationally as "Godfather Don." He is a legendary underground MC/beatmaker who has produced and performed on records featuring NAS, Kool Keith, and Sun Ra Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah’s "Diaspora" band.
Together with Vijay Anderson as “Open Mind,” they investigate standard jazz tunes, attempting to take them as “far out” as possible while retaining the structural elements of the “song”...specifically: the melodic component!
Past Programs at the Memory Arts Cafe
Red Hot Jazz with jazz singer and flutist Nancy Redd
THANKS Nancy for joining us on July 28!
Nancy Redd sings and plays jazz flute. She works with students of all ages to maintain the integrity and class of jazz music, for those who grew up with it and to introduce a new generation to the genre. She has opened for Grammy Award Winning Artists: Jennifer Holiday, Ronnie Laws, The Four Tops and for blues giant Solomon Burke. See her website for more information.
Thanks to Gary Glazner for bringing us these excellent programs and for hosting the Memory Arts Cafe.
Nancy and Ola show off their fancy fingernails.
Some of us listening to beautiful jazz flute.
Thanks to flutist and writer Eugenia Zukerman for another great Memory Arts Caf on June 23.
Eugenia Zukerman, a flutist and writer, has performed with major orchestras and music festivals internationally. She has been the arts correspondent on CBS Sunday Morning for more than 25 years, as well as the artistic director of the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado for 13 years. She graduated from the Julliard School of Music and is the author of many books including Like Falling Through a Cloud. For more information visit www.eugeniazukerman.com.
Renowned Middle Eastern dance artist, international performer, choreographer and teacher of belly dance, Myra Krien, entertained us at the Memory Arts Cafe on May 19 on Zoom.
She talked about the beautiful headpiece she had on, which came from Afghanistan, and about how she got interested in Middle Eastern dance. She danced to beautiful music too. And it was all hosted by Gary Glazner as usual. thanks to percussionist David Azarch for joining us too.
Thank you, Myra!
Myra Krien is a renowned Middle Eastern dance artist, an international performer, choreographer and teacher of belly dance. Krien has performed on some of America's most prestigious stages, toured internationally, performed for PBS and Japanese television and been reviewed by national publications such as Dance Magazine, Bliss and the Santa Fean.
April's Memory Arts Café with Jesse Neuman on Trumpet and Kitty Cat Greedy on Meow was great fun.
Jesse Neuman has been an active member of New York City’s creative music scene for the past 15 years, as a trumpeter. He is also the founder and director of MUSICWORKS, a company that presents interactive arts workshops to students of all ages. He is currently the Diversity Equity and Inclusion artist in residence at Princeton Academy.
Greedy the Kitty Cat got his name, because when he was little he'd sit in the food bowl and eat his way out!
His distinctive vocal stylings are the cat's pajamas.
He's a real growl and meower.
He has cat-nipped with all the greats from
Snoop Catty Cat to Lady ClawGa.
St. Patrick's Day was well celebrated with guest artist Ray McNiece,
who introduced us to Irish Mouth Music and told us about his drum, called the bodhrán. It's a drum of Irish origin, made with a goatskin cover and played with a beater. He told us about his Irish origins and taught us the classic Irish song, "Johnny McAdoo."
We learned about Irish sheep herding in Prospect Park, and you can click on this image to watch the video and read the story too.
Thank you, Ray, for taking the time out of his own St. Patrick's day celebrations to join us, and to host Gary Glazner for another great Cafe.
Thanks so much to Lillian Pearl the Jazz Pup and Singer and Improviser Extraordinaire, Jenna Mammina who joined on for the Memory Arts Cafe on January 27.
Listen to Jenna improvise a song using each person's name and their favorite color. Hosted by poet Gary Glazner. Co-produced by the New York Memory Center and the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.