i love it when life suddenly takes you to new places you would never have dreamed of. last may i was on a panel at the techcocktail conference in chicago, and ended up meeting david gardner, a really great up-and-comer in the tech space. through david, i was able to meet kabir sehgal, and then found myself a guest at his nyc event, “little great night in harlem” hosted by jude law & time warner chairman dick parsons. the event celebrated the mission of the jazz foundation of america, introducing us to some of their members and of course, the music and musicians.
i missed their earlier event in december and decided there was no way i was missing this one. here are a few highlights from the trip…
- forget planes and trains – they got no wifi! i decided to try the bolt bus instead – which has decent legroom, comfy seats and wifi. the trip actually flew by, i got a lot done online and they dropped us off at 33rd and 7th by 2pm.
- dancing in the famous alhambra ballroom in harlem, where billie holiday sang back in the day. i didn’t think i’d dance but after dave pulled me out to the dance floor, i just kept going until my 4 inch heels couldn’t kick anymore.
- sitting next to and chatting with mr danny glover. i didn’t get to talk with blythe danner but she spoke to the group and was stunning. she read a letter from jude law who wasn’t able to make it due to an injury. see pics of them here.
- saying hello to dick parson’s, who didn’t believe i was old enough to have worked at aol for almost 13 years. how very kind of him. that man can dance.
- watching sweet georgia brown get down and dirty (if you don’t believe me – watch her with danny glover in this video clip)! shes got a voice that just does not stop. i got my very own sweet georgia hug from her after the show.
- all of the talent was amazing – but after the show a few of us got a private concert back at my hotel… we found a vacant ballroom with a piano where jazz pianist eric lewis entertained us until 3am. i can’t even describe what a treat this was. i’ve been listening to these clips nonstop. check out the embedded video below (thanks somewhatfrank for taking them!).
- after a few hours of sleep, i threw on some clothes and joined frank’s tweet-up downtown at the comfort diner. we had great conversations with nate, charlie, mike and ian – and the food made the morning trek worth it.
despite the weather and then the plane crashing in the hudson (our bus was very connected to the news!), i kind of wanted to stay for a few more days. but new york is close and i’ll be back up. MANY THANKS to kabir, dave, and all the great people i met – jeff, brent, eric, wendy and everyone else.
enjoy some pics and videos from the night.