The friendship of giants Ralph Ellison, Romare Bearden, and Albert Murray inspires an exhibit of photos of contemporary musicians who’ve bonded through jazz. (above photo: James Hurt, Jacques Schwarz-Bart and Stephanie McKay)

Yes, this could turn out to be another typical New York City weekend: Too many tantalizing options to choose from.  So, if you head out to Long Island City on Saturday and then catch the show at Summerstage, you could also try to fit in another cool event.  Going on concurrently is the opening reception for Laylah Amatullah Barrayn’s photo exhibit, Kindred Cool.  Here’s the description, which makes me wish I could make the reception, too:

Kindred Cool is a photography project that uses relationship between Ralph Ellison, Romare Bearden and Albert Murray as an inspiration for documenting other friendships forged and fostered through a shared appreciation for jazz. Through photographic portraits, Kindred Cool serves as a visual documentary project showcasing the diversity of the jazz diaspora, that is, individuals who are inspired by American classical music: jazz. The subjects of Kindred Cool are a motley crew of jazz educators, vocalists and instrumentalists, rappers, aficionados, journalists, publicists, dancers and painters. A partial list of those photographed for Kindred Cool are Ellis Marsalis, Ladybug Mecca, Randy Weston, Mos Def, DJ Spooky, Vijay Iyer, Rhonda Ross, Brian Jackson, Farah Jasmine Griffin among many others of the "jazz society."

The reception runs from 3pm – 6pm, but the exhibit will be on display through September 14

If you’re planning on attending, both Laylah and the museum ask that you please RSVP.

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is located at

80 Hanson Place
at South Portland Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11217

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