Built as a country house, the Mansion provided the Morris and Jumel families and their guests with a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of New York City. The Mansion’s occupants did not lack for entertainment. While many rooms in the house were used for social functions, no room was better suited for the performance of live music than the Mansion’s Octagonal Drawing Room. Today, the tradition of live music continues at Morris-Jumel Mansion with Classical and Jazz performances in the Octagonal Drawing Room.
Music at Morris-Jumel
This classical music series takes place in Autumn and Spring each year and features baroque and other styles of chamber music performed in the Mansion’s 18th century Octagonal Drawing Room; a space originally designed for concerts of just this variety. Brooklyn Baroque, a group of classical chamber musicians based in that borough, invites guest artists from around the world to join them in playing the works of 18th and 19th century composers from the European and American traditions. A chance to meet the musicians, browse the museum and enjoy a casual reception is provided after each concert at no additional charge. Please check our calendar for dates, ticket prices and program information.
Jazz at the Mansion
Duke Ellington said that the Morris-Jumel Mansion was the crown at the top of Sugar Hill, a neighborhood famous for its illustrious Harlem Renaissance residents, many of whom were key players in the world of jazz music. Well, we haven’t forgotten his words or the rich tradition of art and music that surrounds us in Upper Manhattan and to keep the tradition alive, Parlor Entertainment (artistic director Marjorie Eliot) and the Morris-Jumel Mansion hosts a popular jazz series free to the public each Summer. Jazz lovers enjoy an entire week of free jazz concerts with topnotch NYC musicians in a setting known for its rich tradition in this unique American art form. The series begins with concerts held in our Octagonal Drawing Room and culminates in a festive lawn concert on the weekend. Check the calendar of events for specific dates, times, program information, and how to make reservations.