Ken Petti

Curator, Apollo Music Cafe, June 3 & 4, 2011Ken Petti is an acclaimed creative brand adviser in the fashion, entertainment and retail arena.  With a broad-based background in the areas of product development and promotions, cultural trend marketing, print, collateral and packaging design, as well as retail/show room/trade show design, Petti has been especially sought after for his unique clarity and vision in defining a brand’s core message.  “I’ve always seen the world through a heightened lens and try to incorporate that sensibility into all of my projects.”

Petti has consulted with and guided some of today’s foremost companies in developing branding and promotional alternatives to their existing marketing initiatives.  Most notably he has developed strategic programs for clients including: Ballet Hispanico, Calvin Klein, Victoria’s Secret, Erwin Pearl, Universal Studios, Federated Department Stores, Swarovski, Curious Pictures, Spiegel, Marvel Comics, Bombay Sapphire, and the William Morris Agency.

Harlem Jazz Shrines

The Apollo presents seven days of jazz heaven during the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival (May 4-10).  Events include Afro Latin Jazz Suite with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, a Family ShowtimeApollo Music Cafe performances, a Live Wire discussion on Harlem's music legacy and much more. MORE>>

Apollo 80th Birthday

Hosted by Wayne Brady, this blow-out bash features special tribute performances by Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, The Isley Brothers and more.  On June 10 the Spring Gala will celebrate eight decades of artistic brilliance developed on the Apollo stage. MORE>>


The Apollo's 2013-2014 season is made possible by lead support from Citi, the Coca-Cola Company, Troy and Keisha Dixon, Folonari Wines and Cavicchioli 1928, the Ford Foundation Fund for Global Programs, the Hearst Foundations, Robert K. Kraft, The Parsons Family Foundation, the Ronald O. Perelman Family Foundation, JoAnn Price, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Earl W. and Amanda Stafford, Time Warner Inc., the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, the Reginald Van Lee New Works Fund, the Apollo Board of Directors and many other generous donors.
Lead annual support is also provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.