Alakande! Spread Joy! – Harlem Jazz Series

June 22, 2018 – 7 pm

Alakande! Spread Joy! is a women’s percussive and vocal ensemble that spreads joy by way of music, dance, song, and verse from the African Diaspora. They play drums from West Africa, congas from the Caribbean, iron bells and shekeres like you haven’t heard them played before, and more. Their harmonies will soothe your soul. The word “Alakande” is an original creation by its founder and musical director Joan Ashley. Alakande means “Let’s go spread joy!” Recently Alakande! Spread Joy! had the honor of performing at Dance Africa’s “Tribute to Baba Chuck Davis.”

Featuring:

Joan Ashley
Caren Calder
Tracey Johnson
Madeleine Yayodele Nelson
Marsha Perry-Starkes
Susan Rapalee

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 – 8:45pm

House Doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

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Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Johnny Colon

June 16, 2018 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Johnny Colon is salsa royalty. Leader of the legendary Johnny Colon Orchestra and founder of the East Harlem Music School, he ascended the throne with his 1967 album, Boogaloo Blues, which popularized a sultry and swinging blend of R&B, soul, and mambo. He continues in his reign at the helm of his band, with soulful singing and smoking stints on percussion, piano, and trombone. With his most recent album, Keeping It Real, he puts his own unique spin on the Great American Songbook.

Cost: Free

El Museo del Barrio New York
1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
New York NY 10029

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James Stewart Quartet – Harlem Jazz Series

June 12, 2018 – 12pm  

James Stewart was born in Trenton, New Jersey and began playing the clarinet and alto saxophone in middle school, adding the tenor saxophone and flute in his high school years under the direction of the late Thomas Gryce (brother of George General or GiGi Gryce.) James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from New Jersey City University in 1980, and over the years has performed with Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Frank Foster, Randy Weston, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, Danny Mixon, Oliver Lake, Gloria Gaynor, The Lionel Hampton Big Band, The Temptations, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. James has recorded with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Oliver Lake, an NPR broadcast with Randy Weston, and Danny Mixon. James recently retired from teaching for the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

Featuring:

James Stewart – sax/flute
Noriko Kamo – piano
Beldon Bullock – bass
George Gray – drums

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

JAAMBO – Harlem Jazz Series

June 8, 2018 – 7 pm

JAAMBO was created with all the infusions of African music from Mambo to West African and everything in between. JAAMBO is a collective of musicians from New York City, Trinidad and beyond with rich diverse cultural appetites. JAAMBO has appeared throughout the tri-state area, performing at Grant’s Tomb, St. John the Divine Church, the legendary Showman’s Jazz Club, and Harlem Stage.

Featuring:
Baba Donn Babatunde – percussion
Ronnie Roc – keyboards
Marcus Steele – steel pan
Richie Robles – bass
Mac Gollenhan – brass
Joel Cruz – winds
Michael Wimberly – drums
Arei Sekiguchi – drums

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 – 8:45pm

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

Greater Calvary Baptist Church – 43-55 West 124th Street, New York, NY 10027

Tommy Campbell Tea-Trio – Harlem Jazz Series

June 5, 2018 – 12 pm

Tommy Campbell grew up outside of Philadelphia steeped in a musical environment, permeated with the notes of his father, an organist and singer, and his uncle, Jimmy Smith, the renowned Hammond B-3 virtuoso. Tommy attended the Berklee College of Music where he majored in instrumental performance (1979) and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. Campbell’s long tenure with Dizzy began in the late 70’s, and continued through the 80’s and 90’s, and concluded with a personal jam session with the renowned master several months before Gillespie’s passing in January1993. Tommy has been inspired by legendary drummers such as Buddy Rich, Billy Cobham, Max Roach, the late greats Art Blakey and Tony Williams. Mr. Campbell has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of Jazz’s leading talents, performing as a regular member with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, John McLaughlin, The Manhattan Transfer, Kevin Eubanks, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Jordan, Tania Maria, Gary Burton, and a host of other Jazz greats. Tommy’s intelligent, exciting and stylistically authentic drumming has established him as a leading member of a new generation of Jazz Masters.

Featuring:

Paul Bollenbeck – guitar
Essiet Okon Essiet – bass
Tommy Campbell – drums

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church – 43-55 West 124th Street, New York, NY 10027


 

SummerStage – Gregory Porter / Victory

Gregory PorterJune 2, 2018 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

While the sensational Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Gregory Porter cut his teeth singing and emulating his idol, Nat King Cole, he has a sound that’s all his own. In the past, he’s been praised by The New York Times for his unique approach to jazz, soul, and gospel. He’s joined by Victory, a once-in-a-generation talent who is a performance mainstay in Central Park, known for her blend of soul and folk that has moved the likes of Jay-Z.

Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Cost: FREE

Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10021

 

 

Eddie Allen

Jun 1, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author … Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. Playing everything from jazz to R&B/Pop to Latin to symphonic to Broadway, and everything in between. Eddie has worked with such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre. He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person, Mongo Santamaria, Chico Freeman, Charli Persip, and Vanessa Rubin. Eddie leads a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project, a large ensemble and a big band, who not only plays Eddie’s compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band.

Featuring:
Eddie Allen: Trumpet
Justin Jones: Alto Sax
Misha Tsiganov: Piano
Kenny Davis: Acoustic Bass
Darrell Greene: Drums

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 – 8:45pm

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

Location
Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York, NY 10027