Saturday, December 3, 2016

About Us

Our mission is to keep late night jazz alive in its mecca. Harlem NY. is bringing live late night Jazz, Blues and Soul back to Harlem by connecting the finest musicians with the finest late night clubs providing that unique feeling you can only get in Harlem late night. We bring together Jazz masters and todays young lions preserving and recreating “the music” for future generations. We are where the heavy hitters meet to create.  We are where the after party is!

Harlem, once the home of world famous late night clubs and speakeasies has lost many of its iconic clubs over the years including, Smalls Paradise, Clark Monroes Uptown House, The Sugar Cane Club, Jimmys Chicken Shack, and more recently, La Famille, St. Nicks Pubs, and Lenox Lounge. has partnered with:

Jazz Foundation of America, Saving Jazz and musician at a time.

Keyed Up, is dedicated to one simple premise: we need more live jazz.

Harlem’s finest clubs and speakeasies to provide that authentic Harlem late night experiences… the real deal!

Our goals are straightforward:

*Provide gigs and freedom of expression for the world’s finest musicians…recreate a cultural renaissance.

* Provide an opportunity for new music and new artists to emerge.

* Connect the Generations—Bring together Jazz Masters and today’s Y
oung Lions.

* Bring music back to the Harlem community….. with no cover charge!!

* Promote “the music” as a force for cultural understanding and world harmony.
Spread joy, love, and fun… Keep The Music Alive!!

We need your help and your support.
Jazz Masters and Young Lions, come join us!
Everybody spread the word.

For more information:

Board of Directors:

Dakota Pippins:  Director & Co-Founder, Harlem Late Night Jazz

Dakota is President and Co-Founder of Harlem Late Night Jazz, Inc., a New York State Non-profit Corporation. Having grown up in the jazz and blues music cauldron of East St Louis, Dakota is an avid music lover and supporter. Dakota is proud to serve on the board of directors of the Jazz Foundation of America and the Hormel Foods Corporation.  He previously served as Director of Time Capsule, a United Nations NGO dedicated to the preservation of Jazz. Other prior board affiliations include: Harlem Children’s Zone, New York City Sports Commission, and the Goodwill Games. 

Paul R. Griffin: Director & Co-Founder, Harlem Late Night Jazz 

A resident of Harlem USA for 25 years years, Paul's work has centered around community.  He has worked for 1199 SEIU, National Urban League, as well as the Westchester Community Program.  That, coupled with over 5-years of restaurant and nightclub management, allows Paul to bring a wealth of industry knowledge and resources.  A passionate activist for youth programs, youth sports and community real estate development, and, an avid Jazz promoter and supporter of Harlem cultural arts organizations.  He has proudly served as Master of Ceremonies at various jazz venues and events throughout the Harlem Community.

C. Kelly WrightDirector & Co-Founder, Harlem Late Night Jazz
Not wrong but Wright..., Harlem Late Night Jazz, COO & Host is a world-renowned actress, singer, dancer of stage & screen. Highly noted for her contributions in the development of new theatrical works. Including Broadway's 4-time Tony Award-winning Memphis and Mountaintop. Aside from acting and singing on musical theatre stages Ms. Wright is a noted jazz, blues and soul artist, and the perfect host for Harlem Late Night Jazz where she, along with her partners and their ever-changing bands creates just the "W"right alchemy for one great late night after another!

Robin DownesDirector & Co-Founder, Harlem Late Night Jazz

Her musical roots began in Harlem, as a music major, at the High School of Music and Art.  The immersion into Jazz began as an undergraduate intern for Jazz Radio station, WRVR.  She is an over 25 year veteran of the entertainment / multimedia business. She has an Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in News and Documentary” with ABC NEWS “20/20” since 1981.  Her media outlet Robin Downes Network currently keeps up with "What's Up With Robin Downes".


  1. This place is perfect for any kind of night you're looking for. In the downstairs area at this event venue, you can enjoy a lounge setting while talking over drinks with a small party. Or, if you're looking to mingle or have a bite to eat, you can head upstairs.