Rising in the Heights with Leadlights & Jennie Mayfield


Rising in the Heights is a festival of free monthly public arts performances curated by Leadlights Ensemble in partnership with Word Up Community Bookshop. The festival celebrates the rich artistic contributions of Latinx and Black cultures and promotes children’s literacy through music and storytelling, with free book giveaways for all children who attend.  

Acclaimed jazz trombonist, composer, arranger, and Washington Heights resident Timothy James Robinson leads his band in music from the discography of Melba Doretta Liston, a famed trombone player from the twentieth century alongside her story in the biographical children’s book Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown, presented by Washington Heights NYPL children’s librarian Jennie Mayfield. Free copies of Little Melba and Her Big Trombone will be distributed to families. Local business Drip Sweat will provide juice samples and raffle class passes at this event. Gift cards to Native Noodles will be raffled.

Dates of next performances:
Friday, August 31 (rescheduled rain date for May performance)
Friday, September 30

Rising in the Heights is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, a regrant program supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone By Katheryn Russell-Brown, Frank Morrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781600608988
Published: Lee & Low Books - July 1st, 2014