Harlem Jazz Series – Yayoi Ikawa

June 14, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised musically in New York, pianist/composer/educator Yayoi Ikawa is an experience in ingenuity and compassion. Being exposed to the diverse music scene in New York, Yayoi plays Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, African, and Caribbean music. Using music as a powerful communication tool, Yayoi strives to lift up humanity through understanding and encouraging herself and others. After a Nippon Crown release “Angel Eyes” in 2004, she self-produced “Color of Dreams” displaying her original compositions. In 2008, Yayoi started “The Bridge Project” to create musical dialogue between different cultures. Yayoi has worked with Reggie Workman, Michael Carvin, Howard Johnson, Michal Urbaniak, Salim Washington, Emeline Michel, James Germain, Daniel Bernard Roumain, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, The Meditations, Kaissa, Blitz the Ambassador, St Paul Baptist Church in Montclair NJ, the International Jazz and Dance Academy in Slovenia and more. Her musical activities can be seen on http://www.yayoiikawa.net

Featuring:

Yayoi Ikawa – piano/composition

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

House doors open at 7:30 pm

Price: $20

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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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

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Harlem Jazz Series – Richard Fairfax

June 11, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Richard Fairfax is a native New Yorker who has participated in a wide spectrum of cultural activities throughout the last five decades. He was a sideman in professional bands, occasionally backing up star performers like the Four Tops and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. He studied music performance and composition with Makanda Ken McIntyre and Warren Smith, playing with them and other exceptional musicians on the New York City jazz scene throughout the 1980’s and 90’s.  Mr. Fairfax collaborated with socially, politically conscious theater-poetry-dance-music groups, including The Sedition Ensemble, Elliot Bratton’s Message and the We Owe Somebody Collective. Over many years of employment at ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax performed his original compositions with musically talented co-workers for special events. In Harlem where Mr. Fairfax resides, he produced and performed the “Freedom Summer 2008” series, which featured some of his works with community discussions of historical events and their contemporary relevance. Since retirement from ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax continues to write, publish and perform his own compositions, collaborating often with the cyborg species Automata Africanus and sometimes with the finest human musicians.

Featuring: Richard Fairfax – reeds.

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Tony Lewis Trio

June 4, 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,  Yayoi Lina Ikawa – piano, and Gary Foote – bass

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

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

More Info: 

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 – Melissa Slocum

June 7, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Melissa Slocum has been performing worldwide since 1982, and worked with such legends as Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones. Comfortable in genres ranging from duo to big band, traditional to avant garde, she performed and recorded with Charli Persip and Superband, Ralph Peterson and the Fo’tet, Avery Brooks with Craig Harris, Howard Johnson and Gravity, Dakota Staton, Kevin Mahogany, the Firey String Sistas, and the all woman big band DIVA, among many others. Television appearances include Newport Jazz Festival 1999, Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Gala, BET Interview, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN with the Kevin Mahogany Quintet and CBS News with Lionel Hampton.  Ms. Slocum holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.

Featuring:

Melissa Slocum – bass 

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

Contact: Harlem Jazz Boxx

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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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

Chamber Music America

May 31, 2019 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Presented in collaboration with Chamber Music America

Celebrate the 7th Annual National Chamber Music Month with Chamber Music America, featuring the music of jazz drummer and bandleader, Kendrick Scott, “blessed with great feel, technical prowess and impeccable taste” (The San Diego Union-Tribune), who will be joined by his ensemble, Oracle. The program will also include new contemporary works performed by the Attacca Quartet. Whether you’re an avid classical music listener, jazz fan, or an adventurous concertgoer, this program will have something for you. This concert is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CMA’s National Chamber Music Month is an annual initiative, which promotes performances, residencies, interactive discussions, and other events across the country to increase awareness of the small ensemble music field.

Tickets: RSVP

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Location
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031 US

Harlem Jazz Series – Eddie Allen

May 31, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Sam Newsome

May 24, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

New York-based saxophonist and composer Sam Newsome works primarily in the medium of solo saxophone, an approach for which he gained world-wide critical acclaim.  Many of the notes and sounds that comprise his compositions and improvisations are derived from his own personal sound palette of extended techniques. Newsome sees himself more along the lines of a visual artist who paints with notes and sounds rather than shapes and colors. “My music, “says Newsome, is a type of improvisatory art music in which jazz functions more as a resource than a musical genre to be interpreted with stylistic specificity. As a performer, Newsome often performs solo saxophone concerts around New York and across the country as well as leading his own trio with bassist Hilliard Greene and drummer Reggie Nicholson. He is a frequent collaborator with Andrew Cyrille, Fay Victor, Jean-Michel Pilc, David Liebman, and pianist Ethan Iverson. Newsome is also an associate professor of music at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, where he is the music program coordinator, and teaches courses in jazz improvisation, music theory, and directs the University’s jazz ensemble.

Featuring:

Sam Newsome – saxophone

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

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

More Info:

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