Harlem Jazz Series – Peter Apfelbaum

October 19, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

A product of the Berkeley Schools’ pioneering Jazz Project, multi-instrumentalist, Peter Apfelbaum began performing professionally while in his early teens. Apfelbaum aligns himself with the “structuralists” (Braxton’s word), like Braxton himself, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Karl Berger, Ed Wilkerson, Tim Berne, Doug Wieselman, Carla Bley, Warren Smith, Julius Hemphill, Leo Smith, Arvo Paart, Sam Rivers, Ron Miles, Oliver Lake, Gina Leishman, Pierre Dorge, Bob Moses, John Zorn, Anthony Davis and others who, in the aftermath of the explosion of musical structure in the sixties, are putting the pieces back together in different ways. “My vocabulary reflects the fact that I started life as a drummer and was trained as a sub-teenager in jazz theory, blues, gospel music. As a teenager, I was inundated with jazz, African and Latin music, was involved in group improvisation on a regular basis, listened to a lot of 20th century classical music, worked in R&B, reggae, blues, Latin, African, Jazz, Funk, Middle Eastern and Indian bands, and for as long as I can remember, have been fascinated by how sounds fit together.”

Featuring:  Peter Apfelbaum – saxophone

First set: 7pm – 7:45pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8pm – 8:45pm

Cost: $20

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

 

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Harlem Jazz Series – Darrell Green Trio

October 16, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Music is definitely part of Darrell Green’s family pedigree – his father was a bass player after all – but this jazz drummer has his own preternatural sense of groove. Over a career that’s spanned more than two decades, Green has become a master technician and prolific sideman, sharing stages with everyone from Blue Note vibraphonist Stefon Harris to saxophonist Red Holloway. Though jazz is his primary focus, Green is conversant in every genre from straight-ahead jazz to Latin and West African music. In 2005 Green landed a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, where he began a comprehensive study of jazz performance. Shortly after that he began working with David Weiss, saxophonists JD Allen and Sherman Irby, and the Myron Waldon/Daron Barrett Quartet. He became a sought-after musician for both session work and live shows. Green has toured with James Hurt, James Zollar, Brad Leali, Jesse Davis, and Stacy Dillard. Currently, he is touring Pharoah Sanders, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sherman Irby, Steve Turre, Faye Carol, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and Jeremy Pelt. He is one of the most in-demand drummers in New York, Europe, and Japan.

Featuring: Darrell Green – drums; Wallace Roney, Jr. – trumpet; and Kevin Starks – bass

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break); Second set: 1pm-1:45pm

Cost: $15

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

 

Lil Phillips and Jazz Trio

October 12, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Lil Phillips is a Jazz Vocalist, Producer, and Bandleader. Lil and her trio have worked professionally in the New York metropolitan area and abroad for more than 18 years, and received enthusiastic responses from all types of audiences. Performances include outstanding original materials, as well as jazz and pop standards. She is also the featured vocalist with jazz ensembles, and several big bands. In addition to the refreshingly original songs written by Jim Phillips, Lil is noted for her polished delivery of a wide range of vocal jazz styles. In her debut CD “Pull Out Those Dreams”, Lil sings brilliant music and lyrics by Jim Phillips. “A Lot of Livin’ To Do” (Release Pending), recorded after the death of her husband, is a collection of jazz standards selected to emphasize Lil’s undaunted zest for life and creative expression. Lil was Honoree at the 2013 International Women in Jazz Festival. Most recently, Lil Phillips has distinguished herself by her outstanding performances as Dinah Washington, in Roz Nixon’s “S.S Nirvana: Jazz on the High Seas” and in short version of Robert Frey’s play “An Evening with Dinah Washington”.

Featuring: Lil Phillips – vocals, Anthony Wonsley – piano, Chris Hanley – bass, and Malik Washington – drums

Cost: $20

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

 

Harlem Jazz Series – The Ras Moshe Burnett

October 9, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Ras Moshe Burnett (Theodore Burnett III) is a Jazz musician, saxophonist, poet, activist, teacher and returning student working toward a music therapy degree in the NY area. He hails from East New York-Brooklyn NY with maternal Grandparents who hail from Harlem NY. His paternal Grandfather Ted Burnett (“Barnett” professionally), played Tenor and Alto Saxophones after his arrival from Jamaica in the early 1930’s. Ras’ father, Yaakov Levi (Ted Burnett II) played Alto Sax, Flute and Bass Clarinet in the Brooklyn/Harlem area throughout the 70’s. Ras himself studied music in the public schools, (mentored in Jazz history by Don Payne in Junior High), and with his father and grandfather, eventually playing in reggae bands in the 80’s and early 90’s, then leading his own Jazz groups since 1987. Ras is a nine year member of Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble featuring Warren Smith, Joseph Daley, Gerald Veasley, Althea SullyCole and Lisette Santiago. Ras believes in the positive effect that Jazz and New Music can have on personal and socio-political life, and also utilizes Jazz for social movements in the Black community and human rights causes.

Featuring: Ras Moshe – reeds; Lee Odom – reeds; Melanie Dyer – viola; Alex Marcelo – piano; Larry Roland – bass and poetry; and Chuck Fertal – drums

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break); Second set: 1pm-1:45pm

Cost: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

Taru Alexander Trio

October 2, 2018 – 12pm

taru black and whiteTaru Alexander is an award-winning American jazz drummer, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is a son of jazz legend Roland Alexander, an American post-bop jazz tenor saxophone player from Boston, Massachusetts. During his three decades of professional successful career, Taru appeared as a sideman on more than fifty albums.

As a leader, Taru recorded in 2014 album titled KoJo Time released under the JAZZLEADSHEETS.COM label paying tribute to his father, legendary tenor saxophone player Roland Alexander by playing his original compositions.

Taru performed domestically and internationally with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Roland Alexander, Roy Hargrove, Carlos Garnett, Rodney Kendrick, Branford Marsalis, Danny Mixon, Gary Bartz, Carlos Garnett, Reggie Workman, Bill Saxton, Kenny Davis, Lonnie Plaxico, Bill Lee and many more…

Featuring: Taru Alexander – drums, Benito Gonzales – piano, and Radu Ben Judah – bass

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break)
Second set: 1pm-1:45pm

Cost: $15

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Pete Drungle

September 28, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Pete Drungle is a Bessie Award-winning composer and pianist who has made music with Ornette Coleman, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono, the Decoding Society and many others; he has composed scores for theater, television, film and video, and has collaborated with visual and performance artists including Michael Portnoy, Rudolf Stingel, Marianne Vitale, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Agathe Snow and others. His music compositions, performances and sound design have accompanied exhibitions in Art-Basel Miami, the Whitney Biennial, and Performa 07, 09 and 11. As a pianist, Drungle is an intrepid, adventurous improviser – possibly best exemplified by his legendary 24-HOUR CONTINUOUS SOLO PIANO IMPROVISATION; Wire magazine’s Alan Licht remarked, “… In as much as free improvisation can be a real-time, stream of consciousness expression, Drungle’s epic event pushed it well beyond the limits usually imposed by the customary concert timetable…
That he was still functioning at a high level of creativity after 23 hours pays new testimony to the improvisational mindset. Drungle contributed the truest experiment in concert as performance art that PERFORMA had to offer.”

Featuring: Pete Drungle – piano

First set: 7pm-7:45pm (15 min break)
Second set: 8pm-8:45pm

Cost: $20

Greater Calvary Baptist Church 
43-55 West 124th
New York NY 10027 US

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Harlem Jazz Series – Queen Esther

September 25, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Queen Esther is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, librettist, playwright, actor and recording artist. She received a BA from The New School (Screenwriting) and flourished in the alt-music/alt-theater scene. After forming the critically acclaimed avant-blues duo Hoosegow (Mighty/Homestead) with guitarist, Elliot Sharp, she beat out more than 6,000 hopefuls to land a plum role in the original cast of the first national tour of the Broadway musical RENT. Career highlights include a weekly hour-long USO-style variety show that welcomed Broadway performers and show folk to entertain the Ground Zero relief workers for free; a 2002 AUDELCO-award nomination for her star turn in George C. Wolfe’s new musical Harlem Song; the 2008 Grand Prize in the Jazzmobile Jazz Vocal Competition; headlining at The Apollo Theater with her self-penned musical The Billie Holiday Project, featuring her jazz quintet The Hot Five. Queen Esther continues to tour internationally with Mr. James “Blood” Ulmer in various configurations, including The Black Rock Experience as well as her own projects.

Featuring:  Queen Esther – vocalist

1st set: 12:00pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church 
43-55 West 124th
New York NY 10027 US

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