In a week full of interesting art events in Harlem – Art Basle in the air – Morningsider is particularly excited by the innovative program to be produced in a collaboration between Harlem historian John Reddick and one of my favorite restaurants, Ristorante Settepani.

Starting with an opening reception on Thursday December 6, participants can enjoy an exhibition and walking tour profiling Harlem Black and Jewish music culture from 1890 to 1930.  For Jewish composers like Gershwin, Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, as well as their African American counterparts, Handy, Ellington and James Reese Europe and others, Harlem was not only home, but also a place where they developed and showcased their talents. John Reddick’s historic collection provides a wonderful window into the influences and collaborations between an array of talented artists that unfolded starting in the Ragtime era and advancing through the evolution of blues, jazz and American musical theater. What better way to experience Harlem Second Renaissance than getting an insiders view of the first one!

Hope to see you at the opening reception from 6 to 9pm at Ristorante Settipane!  For more information on the opening reception or ongoing walking tours call (917) 492-4806. All tours will leave from Ristorante Settepani at 196 Lenox Avenue @120th Street. The tour has been extended through March 31, 2013.