Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris and Harlem Nightsongs

April 7, 2020 12:00pm – 2:00pm

When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him. From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, into the confrontational expressionism of the ‘60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word. He has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of progressive jazz’s most important figures and his own projects display both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression. It is those two qualities that have dominated Craig’s forty years of activity, bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, music curator, and artistic director. Craig, who comes from a tradition of art as a cultural facilitation to help promote change, has employed his musical voice to comment on social injustice with projects including God’s Trombones, based on James Weldon Johnson’s book of sermons; Souls Within the Veil commemorating the centennial of W.E.B. DuBois’s seminal work; TriHarlenium, a sound portrait and 30-year musical time capsule of Harlem; and Brown Butterfly, a tribute to the exquisite movements of Muhammad Ali. 

Featuring: Craig Harris – trombone

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

Cost: $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

Harlem Jazz Series – Joseph Daley Tuba Trio

April 3, 2020 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Tuba Trio is an exploration into the improvisational concepts of the visionary composer & multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers and is dedicated to his memory.  It features Joseph Daley on tuba and euphonium, joined by Warren Smith on a drum set, bass marimba, marimba and a variety of percussion instruments, and Scott Robinson on a variety of reeds including tenor sax, bass sax, a jazzophone, contra-alto clarinet, and theremin. JOSEPH DALEY has performed on the adventurous music scene with remarkable artists and has produced several acclaimed projects for his JoDa Music label while continuing sideman duties with Liberation Music Orchestra, Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble, Gravity, and Hazmat Modine. WARREN SMITH is known for masterful percussion work with an endless array of jazz artists, a bevy of pop stars, and in countless studios and Broadway pit bands, as well as on more than 3,000 recordings. SCOTT ROBINSON is best known for his work with various styles of saxophones and has appeared on more than 200 LP and CD releases, including eleven under his leadership.

Featuring: Joseph Daley – tuba, Warren Smith – drums, and Scott Robinson – reeds

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

Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guitar and Vocals

March 21, 2020 9:00pm

Called a genius by music legend Eric Clapton, Kurt Rosenwinkel is widely considered to be the most important and influential jazz guitarist of his generation. A decade in the making, Caipi is Rosenwinkel’s love letter to Brazil. Taking a bold new direction, the full range of Rosenwinkel’s talents is on display as he sings and plays guitar, joined by musical collaborators from both the US and Brazil.

Tickets:  $39 to $49

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Location
Carnegie Hall
154 West 54th Street
New York NY 10020 US

James Carter

March 17, 2020 7:00pm

Known for stretching the boundaries on just about the entire saxophone and woodwind family, James Carter — as effective when erupting with volcanic extravagance on up-tempo stomps as in conveying the boudoir tenor saxophone function — mixes stormy romanticism and hard-boiled swagger channels the sound and sensibility of such ‘40s sax icons as Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and Earl Bostic, all personal heroes. In this evening’s edition of Desert Island Discs, Carter will present his all-time favorite tracks and discuss them in encyclopedic detail.

Free.

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Vol. 9: Kassa Overall – Sound Mind: The Gift, Curse, and Challenge of Mental Illness

March 10, 2020 7:00pm

Kassa Overall belongs to a rare class of musicians naturally fluent in both jazz performance and hip-hop production. As a jazz drummer, MC, singer and producer, he innovates with the force and ingenuity of his former employer, pianist Geri Allen. On his new release, I Think I’m Good, Overall collaborates with both standard-bearers such as pianists Vijay Iyer and rising stars (vibist Joel Ross, singer J Hoard, among others) to address a range of contemporary issues, including mental illness, which he considers from personal experience and in terms of society at large.

For this event, Overall will perform music from the new album. Following the performance, in discussion with series host Larry Blumenfeld and guest panelists, Overall will consider taboos and policy issues related to mental health, and its connections to creativity.

$0-$10 suggested donation

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

First Saturday Jam Session with David Durrah

March 7, 2020 2:00pm

Calling jazz musicians of all ages! Grab your instrument, bring a chart, and build your chops with Harlem icon David Durrah.

Don’t play an instrument? Saturday Sessions are a space for musicians and fans alike to soak up Harlem’s vibrant live music scene.

$10.00 Suggested Donation

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

2020 Women’s Jazz Festival Week 1: A Ballad for Hazel Scott

March 2, 2020 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Join the Schomburg every Monday in March for this annual tradition during Women’s History Month featuring some of the best known and unsung performers in jazz today. Throughout the month, we will explore sounds from Haiti to a celebration of jazz pianist Hazel Scott’s centennial birthday. 

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A BALLAD FOR HAZEL SCOTT
An evening dedicated to the work and life of jazz and classical pianist, and actress Hazel Scott. Join us as we celebrate her centennial birthday. We kick off the festival with a musical tribute from two piano virtuosos coupled with a conversation with Karen Chilton, author of Hazel Scott:The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, from Café Society to Hollywood to HUAC.

Tickets:
MARCH 2ND ONLY
General Admission $15
Schomburg Society Member* $15

ALL OTHER DAYS
General Admission $35
Schomburg Society Member* $25

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Location
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US