Harlem Jazz Series – T. K. Blue

December 20, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

T.K. Blue began his life in music by playing trumpet from ages 8 to 10, then switching to drums for a year. After a hiatus, at age 17 he dedicated himself to music by learning flute. While attending New York University Blue threw himself headlong into music, concentrating on the saxophone. After performing and traveling extensively with Abdullah Ibrahim, T.K. moved to Paris where he recorded Egyptian Oasis, his first record as a leader, which sparked State Department tours to some 20 countries in Africa. Back in the USA since 1990, T.K. has worked constantly, in a wide range of styles and situations. Augmenting his long-term relationships as Musical Director with pianist Randy Weston and with the Spirit of Life Ensemble, for several years he was an adjunct professor at Suffolk Community College, and Montclair State University, as well as a full-time professor and director of jazz studies at Long Island University.

Featuring: T.K. Blue – saxophones

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

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

The Year in Jazz: A Critics Roundtable

December 10, 2019 7:00pm

Three leading music critics representing a range of perspectives and publications will converge in this annual critics’ roundtable, hosted and moderated by Nate Chinen, author, former music critic at The New York Times and current Director of Editorial Content at WBGO. The panel will discuss the music, the artists, and the moments that shaped jazz in 2019.

This year’s panel:

Martin Johnson
Since 1984, New York City-based writer Martin Johnson has contributed articles on music to a wide variety of publications, including Vogue, Rolling Stone, New York, The New York Times, Newsday, numerous other outlets and four books. He also writes about sports, craft beer, gender and age issues. You can usually find him in the back of the jazz club, either smiling on the inside or grinning outwardly.

Shannon J. Effinger
Shannon J. Effinger has been a freelance arts journalist for over a decade. Her writing on all things jazz and music regularly appears in Downbeat, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Bandcamp, EBONY, JazzTimes and Jazziz, among others. She’s also written playbills for HarlemStage and Carnegie Hall. Recently she was interviewed for the documentary UNIVERSE, the rediscovered orchestral suite by Wayne Shorter written more than fifty years ago for Miles Davis, and left unrecorded and largely untouched until now by Davis’ protégé, trumpeter Wallace Roney. She lives and works in Harlem.

Will Layman
Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician living in the Washington, DC area. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and WNYC’s “Soundcheck” as a jazz critic. He plays rock, funk, and jazz in the bars and clubs in and near the nation’s capital. His fiction and humor appear in print and online.

Free with RSVP.

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Jazz Series – Tulivu Cumberbatch

December 6, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Ms. Cumberbatch is a native of Brooklyn and has toured extensively in such places as the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, West Africa, Russia, Japan, and the United States. She has worked extensively with trumpeter Hannibal Loukumbe as the featured vocalist in two of his symphonies and also performed his suite “Fannie Lou Hamer” with the Kronos Quartet and “Love Poems to God” with dancer/choreographer, Dianne McIntyre and his ensemble. Ms. Cumberbath has performed with John Hicks, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Diedre Murray, Lonni Plaxico, Onaje-Alan Gumbs, Curtis Lundy, Cecil Brooks III, Steve Wilson, Andy Bey, Al Harewood, Cecil Payne, and Romero Lubambo, to name a few. She currently works with the Baritone Saxophones, the Ray Abrams Big Band, the Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble, and her own Magnificent Trio. Ms. Cumberbatch has produced three recordings on Ki-Ki Records and is soon to release the recording “Seasoned Elegance.”

Featuring: Tulivu – voice

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

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

Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse Ensemble “Be-bop Retrospective

December 5, 2019 7:00pm

“Be-bop Retrospective” will be performed by Mickey Bass and the New York Powerhouse Ensemble at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. This is made possible by Chamber Music America’s 2017 New Jazz Works Awards and funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Legendary Bassist & Bandleader Mickey Bass is a Hard-bop veteran. A ‘regular spark plug’ on the New York jazz scene for almost fifty years, the roster of sidemen who have come up through his bands reads as a veritable ‘who’s who’ on today’s jazz scene. Bass himself has had recordings stints with; Hank Mobley & Lee Morgan for Blue Note Records, Bobby Timmons on Prestige, and Curtis Fuller on Mainstream, and many others.

Tickets: $20

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Intergenerational Jazz Jam

December 8, 2019 2:00pm

Jazz Power Initiative’s Intergenerational Jazz Jam brings together singers, musicians, dancers, spoken word artists and audiences of all ages to experience the power of jazz, community, and swing. Jams take place on the second Sunday of each month from 2-5 PM at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem located at 58 West 129th Street in Manhattan.

Pianist and master educator Eli Yamin has a way of bringing people together through jazz. He’s a blues evangelist who partners an infectious love for the music with a passion for sharing it in ways that everyone can understand. His musical workshops, full of clapping, singing, dance and play, invite listeners to feel the music deep in their bones.

Here, Yamin and friends kick off the afternoon with a romping set of blues and jazz, followed by an all-ages jam session open to musicians, singers, and dancers of every stripe.

Tickets: $0 – $10

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Jazz Series – Tony Lewis

December 3, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Tony Lewis is a drummer/songwriter from the South Bronx, New York who has worked with a variety of stellar artists including Little Richard, Sting, Cyndi Lauper, Rakim, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, and Craig Harris. 

‘My defining moment in choosing to play the drums came from watching cats and listening. My dad, who used to play himself, was always bringing home Down Beat magazine so I would look at all the drum ads with Max Roach, Louie Bellson and Ed Shaughnessy of the Tonight Show band fame, Bernard Purdie, Jack DeJohnette, and Billy Cobham. One particular visual for me was watching the movie “The Glenn Miller Story” with James Stewart from 1954. There’s a scene where he’s performing (or acting like he is) in a little club jammin’ with Louis Armstrong. In the club there’s another drummer, the great Cozy Cole playing. Another drumming legend Gene Krupa, who played with Miller in real life happens to be in the club. So, the two start playing together on the same kit. While Cozy is sitting down on his own kit, Gene stands next to him playing his floor toms. The way these two got on while playing and created such a lovely little melody/groove on the kit, I was mesmerized, to say the least. In fact, it was inspiring to me to want to continue playing once I saw this.’

Tony Lewis – drums

1st set: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm (15 min break)
2nd Set: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm.

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

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

The Year in Jazz: A Critics Roundtable

December 10, 2019 7:00pm

Three leading music critics representing a range of perspectives and publications will converge in this annual critics’ roundtable, hosted and moderated by Nate Chinen, author, former music critic at The New York Times and current Director of Editorial Content at WBGO. The panel will discuss the music, the artists, and the moments that shaped jazz in 2019.

This year’s panel:

Martin Johnson
Since 1984, New York City-based writer Martin Johnson has contributed articles on music to a wide variety of publications, including Vogue, Rolling Stone, New York, The New York Times, Newsday, numerous other outlets and four books. He also writes about sports, craft beer, gender and age issues. You can usually find him in the back of the jazz club, either smiling on the inside or grinning outwardly.

Shannon J. Effinger
Shannon J. Effinger has been a freelance arts journalist for over a decade. Her writing on all things jazz and music regularly appears in Downbeat, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Bandcamp, EBONY, JazzTimes and Jazziz, among others. She’s also written playbills for HarlemStage and Carnegie Hall. Recently she was interviewed for the documentary UNIVERSE, the rediscovered orchestral suite by Wayne Shorter written more than fifty years ago for Miles Davis, and left unrecorded and largely untouched until now by Davis’ protégé, trumpeter Wallace Roney. She lives and works in Harlem.

Will Layman
Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician living in the Washington, DC area. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and WNYC’s “Soundcheck” as a jazz critic. He plays rock, funk, and jazz in the bars and clubs in and near the nation’s capital. His fiction and humor appear in print and online.

Free with RSVP.

More Info:

Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US