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The Human Arts Association had its roots in the jazz scene in St. Louis, Mo. in the early 70's with such nascent luminaries as Charles Bobo Shaw, Lester Bowie, Julius Hemphill and Oliver Lake. When these young musicians moved to New York City, they brought the name of their organization along, and under the auspices of Ellen Stewart and La MaMa E.T.C. settled into a small theatre space on East Third Street, now the Nuyorican Poets Café. It was here that HAA began an extraordinary series of jazz performances becoming one of the best known venues for what would soon be known as the "Loft Jazz Scene" in the mid-70's. Jazz led to jazz with dance. Filmmaking came into play when the musicians opened their doors to the neighborhood, and as the musicians pursued stellar careers, artists from various fields filtered in. The rest is our HAA story...
Jazz Composer's Showcase at La MaMa Children's Workshop
Piano Giants at the Orpheum, New York City
May Music Festival at La MaMa Children's Workshop, a 15 concert jazz series co-sponsored by La MaMa E.T.C., including a special evening featuring film works by local independent artists.
Produced Continental Drift, a 30 min. 16mm educational film, which premiered at the Museum of Natural History.
Director: Paula Longendyke
Distributor: GMP FILMS
Music for Cartographers Jazz Series at La MaMa Children's Workshop and the Harlem Performance Center in collaboration with Innergetics Council, Inc. and Harlem Cultural Council. Featured such nascent jazz luminaries as Lester Bowie, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, David Murray.
Winter Music Festival at La MaMa Children's Workshop sponsored in part by Meet the Composers and La MaMa E.T.C./ 3 concerts featuring Hamiet Bluiett, Charles BoBo Shaw and Abdul Wadud.
50 Piece Lester Bowie Sho 'Nuff Orchestra at Symphony Space, NYC Sponsored in part by New York State Council on the Arts.