Black History Month at the Apollo Theater

Mary Burke | January 24, 2020

Join THIRTEEN on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the historic Apollo Theater as we kick off Black History Month by celebrating Miles Davis (1926 – 1991) during the free Apollo Open House 2020: Celebration of Cool, from 1 to 6 p.m. This day of performances and events is co-hosted by Apollo tour director, Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell, and MetroFocus host and producer Jenna Flanagan. Keanna Faircloth, host of WBGO’s Afternoon Jazz, will be the event’s DJ.

THIRTEEN is proud to attend and share two of its productions with the celebration. Stop by and meet us at our welcome table, where we’ll have giveaways, television program guides, and an opportunity to sign-up for our emails that share the best shows to watch each week.

3pm: American Masters Film Screening and Discussion

Miles Davis, Round Midnight Recording Session June 1956. Credit: Photographer Don Hunstein/Sony Music Archives.

Miles Davis, Round Midnight Recording Session. June 1956. Photo: Don Hunstein/Sony Music Archives.


Seating is first-come, first-served at this event. Be the first to see the documentary American Masters—Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool in advance of its February 25 premiere on THIRTEEN. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and respected figures in music, Miles Davis was an inspiring collaborator, a cultural icon, and an innovator. After the film screening at 3 p.m., the audience can gain more insight to Davis and the Grammy-nominated film itself in a post-film panel moderated by NJTV News Correspondent/Anchor and WBGO-FM host Michael Hill. Hear from the documentary’s director and producer Stanley Nelson, the legendary producer James Mtume, and rising jazz superstars Keyon Harrold, Angeleisha “Trumptess” Rogers, and Vince Wilburn.

Note: American Masters—Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool includes mature language and subject matter.

For the Kids

PBS Kids show The Rhythm of Roots of Arthur is a new one-hour Arthur Special on Kids Thirteen.


The soundstage is the scene of Apollo Open House 2020: For the Cool Kids. Hosted by the Apollo Music Café’s Jodine Dorce with Apollo Music Café DJ Hard Hittin’ Harry, this event offers activities for youth, such as performances from the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s Oom Bop Sh’Bam, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling’s “What is Cool about Harlem,” and more. Be sure to RSVP in advance for the free cool kid events.

2pm: PBS Kids: Arthur

RSVP for this event, recommended for kids ages 6-11.

THIRTEEN presents a screening of the new PBS KIDS special, The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur. Arthur is an animated series that airs daily on PBS Kids. It stars the aardvark Arthur, whose adventures with other animal friends help foster an interest in reading and writing, and encourage positive social skills.

To watch at home, check the The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur schedule for Kids Thirteen.


The afternoon open house also features a live performance from Apollo Music Café act Casey Benjamin, more children’s activities, and ends with an inspired performance by the Keyon Harrold Quintet.

Free tickets are available at the Apollo’s Box Office or via the Celebration of Cool site page, which has full description of all events.