Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: West Side Story Reimagined Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band Poetry by La Bruja and Rich Villar

Aug 10, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Leonard Bernstein’s score to West Side Story fused progressive big-band jazz, lyric opera, modern dance, and Latin rhythms into a groundbreaking masterpiece that revolutionized the Broadway musical. Celebrate Maestro Bernstein’s centennial year with the Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. Just a few blocks from where the opening of the film was shot, they reimagine the timeless instrumental score using traditional Afro-Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Brazilian, Venezuelan, and Mexican rhythms, funk, rock, and jazz. Poets La Bruja and Rich Villar kick off the evening with an electrifying set of the spoken word.

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street
New York NY 10023

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Harlem Jazz Series – Hilliard Greene Trio

August 7, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Hilliard Greene has been studying music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally for over twenty. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, Tango as well as the music of other continents and US regions, and solo performances. He performs widely in the New York City area, and in major cities throughout the world. Greene performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years, serving as his Musical Director from 1995 to 2013. Greene also was Cecil Taylor’s Concert Master for his group “Phtongos”. Greene was in residence at Minton’s a.k.a. legendary Minton’s Playhouse as the house bassist. Hilliard Greene has recently formed The In & Out Band, a trio using jazz standards as a vehicle for free improvisation. Also, he is co-leader of the classical crossover ensemble ZigZag Quartet. Greene produced three CD’s with his own ensemble The Jazz Expressions, a solo bass CD entitled “Alone”, and co-produced self-titled ZigZag Quartet CD.

Featuring:

Hilliard Greene – bass, Queen Esther – vocal, and Sharpe Radway – piano

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

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

Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – Bill Saxton

August 8, 2018 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Bill has composed more than 80 musical compositions. Tunes such as “Beneath the Surface”, “One for Booker” and “Priorities” earned a three-star rating and critical acclaim in Downbeat and BeBop and Beyond magazines.

In Harlem, he also established himself as a bandleader of world-class musicians for over ten years being joined by Bobby Watson, Hilton Ruiz, Bobby Forester and John Hicks.

Bill rejuvenated a historical jazz landmark when he opened “Bill’s Place” in 2006. In 1927 during prohibition, the famous Swing Street, 133rd Street between Lenox and Seventh Avenues, was the after-hours hangout for Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Moms Mabley, Langston Hughes, and the like. The popular joint at 148 West 133rd, a speakeasy, was home to Willie the Lion Smith on piano and a place in Harlem, for little known, young Billie Holiday. This space is now alive and full of the spirit of the jazz of the past.

Bill’s Place is continuing the purist legacy of serious straight-ahead-jazz. Bill Saxton lives his African American heritage and represents Harlem at its best. He is Jazz.

Cost: FREE

Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027

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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

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

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Andrew DruryMay 29, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Andrew Drury a drummer, composer, improviser, and educator. His work is animated by a lifelong fascination with rhythm, space, and a drum-based sensibility for melody and energy. Born and raised in the Seattle area, he studied with Ed Blackwell, Bill Lowe, Bill Barron, Robert O’Meally, and the writer Annie Dillard. Andrew Drury has played with a diverse assortment of musicians including Brad Mehldau, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Thomas Chapin, Joe Fonda, Mario Pavone, Wes Brown, David Bindman, Dicky Wells, Chris Lightcap, Matt Moran, Paul Flaherty, Michael Attias, Anthony Braxton, Jackie McLean, and Wadada Leo Smith. Working in genres and formats that fall outside what’s typically considered jazz, Andrew’s Earth Solos is an ongoing series of outdoor, site-specific drum set improvisations performed and photographed in desert, mountain, and industrial settings in the western US. As a freelance educator, Andrew has led nearly 1,000 junk percussion workshops and residencies in the US and Central America, in prisons, schools, theaters, reservations, museums, and elsewhere. Since 2002 he has taught composition in the NYC public schools via the Manhattan New Music Project, Carnegie Hall Weill Institute, and others.

Featuring:
Ku-umba Frank Lacy – trombone
Kevin Ray – bass
Andrew Drury – drums

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

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