Sean Gilligan lives in Harlem. One day, while walking along his street, he met an old neighbor named Peanut. Peanut began telling Sean about their block and the history held within. Sean learned how Peanut had once been a great dancer and about their neighbor Poncho, a legendary conga player who’d once played for Fidel Castro during his historic visit with Malcolm X. Enthralled by these stories, Sean soaked in as much in as he could. Then, last winter Peanut passed away, and Sean realized how many stories he’d taken with him. At that moment, Sean became committed to gathering and sharing the stories of his fellow Harlem residents.
The Sublime Miss Kosi: ”I first met Kosi at an open mic at Paris Blues. I was taking pictures of the Les Goodson Quartet for Paula to send out to the Harlem Blogs. I asked Kosi if I could take a picture of her and she asked me “What’s it for?
Samuel Hargress Jr. is the owner of Paris Blues bar in Harlem, New York. While experiencing dramatic changes around him, Sam created a timeless place where regulars wear godfather hats, snakeskin leather shoes, and 1940′s styled zoot suits. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/training/mr-blues
Two weeks ago I had the good fortune to photograph a great musical event in Harlem. It was Lester Goodson’s (Legendary New York Street Musician) Birthday Celebration. Many of his friends came out to perform with Les on this special occasion. To name a few Miles Griffith- Vocals- Les Goodson- Tenor/Alto Sax- Marcus Perciani -KeyBoard- John Cooksey -Drums – Don Pate- Bass – Rakiem Walker – Sax -Lou Vega – Guitar – Floyd Byran Davis – Spoken Word …. and many other special guests!
Special Thanks to the Musicians, Sam, and the Paris Blues Family!