Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: Yoruba Remixed! A Sonic Journey Through the Sounds & Vibes of the African Diaspora

Lincoln_Center_-_Out_of_Doors_-_Yoruba_Remixed_-_Aug_5_2018_at_7pm.jpgAugust 5, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Join the Caribbean Cultural Center as they celebrate the legacy of its founder, Marta Moreno Vega with music and dance inspired by West African Yoruba traditions. Dance performances by the Something Positive Dance Company open and close this evening that also features live music from Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Yuba Iré and two celebrated Miami bands—Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos and PALO! In between, world-renowned DJs keep the vibe going with sets of remixed Yoruba songs.

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

Cost: FREE

Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street btwn Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
New York NY 10023

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: Made in NYC: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance

Lincoln_Center_-_Out_of_Doors_-_Made_in_NYC_-_Aug_5_2018.jpgAugust 5, 2018 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

For this 50th birthday celebration, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance calls upon some of its favorite artists—many of whom got their start with CTMD—for an eclectic, energetic afternoon of music reflecting the diversity of New York City’s neighborhoods. Among the guests are klezmer pioneer Andy Statman, Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, the groundbreaking Afro-Colombian band, Grupo Rebolu, and the miraculous Guinean dancer, drummer, and singer, Sidiki Conde and his group Tokounou.

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

Cost: FREE

Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street btwn Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
New York NY 10023

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Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Johnny Colon

June 16, 2018 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Johnny Colon is salsa royalty. Leader of the legendary Johnny Colon Orchestra and founder of the East Harlem Music School, he ascended the throne with his 1967 album, Boogaloo Blues, which popularized a sultry and swinging blend of R&B, soul, and mambo. He continues in his reign at the helm of his band, with soulful singing and smoking stints on percussion, piano, and trombone. With his most recent album, Keeping It Real, he puts his own unique spin on the Great American Songbook.

Cost: Free

El Museo del Barrio New York
1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
New York NY 10029

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Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Dr. Lonnie Smith

lonnie smithMay 17, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

For more than five decades, Dr. Lonnie Smith has donned his iconic turban and cast a spell with the Hammond B-3 organ. Immersed in gospel, blues, and jazz from an early age, he cut his teeth on classic organ records by legends Wild Bill Davis and Jimmy Smith, while also absorbing the church organ sound. His soulful, funky style is instantly identifiable, and has made him the organist of choice for such jazz icons as George Benson and Lou Donaldson.

Performers: Dr. Lonnie Smith. Additional artists to be announced.

Cost: Free.

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

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Matuto

MatutoMay 12, 2018 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Built around the core duo of guitarist Clay Ross and accordion player Rob Curto, Matuto (meaning “country boy”) offers a unique blend of blues, Latin jazz, and Appalachian bluegrass. Ross’s “rich vocabulary of folk, blues, and jazz” (The Wall Street Journal) perfectly complements Curto’s mastery of Brazilian forró music for a signature sound that is bolstered by bass, triangle and zabumba, a Brazilian bass drum.

Cost: FREE

Queens Library Flushing 
41-17 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Plena Libre

November 3, 2017 | 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Plena Libre performanImageGen2.jpgces are thrilling showcases, with hand drummers pounding out mesmerizing beats, raucous horns raising the roof, and swirling and soaring three-part vocal harmonies. Masters of the traditional Puerto Rican plena and bomba styles, Plena Libre fuses these traditions with modern Afro-Caribbean influences to put a new and always electrifying spin on this scintillating music. The Boston Herald described Plena Libre’s performances as “a mad weave of polyrhythms that simply sizzle.” Come and experience the heat.

Cost: FREE!

Bronx Museum of Arts 
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street
Bronx NY 10456
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Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: The George Gee Swing Orchestra at Flushing Town Hall

ImageGenOctober 13, 2017 | 8 PM

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” goes the eternal lyric. The George Gee Swing Orchestra’s brand of big-band music delivers plenty of swing, rocking rhythms, and razor sharp musicianship to set pulses racing. Bandleader Gee honors the great swing tradition immortalized by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and (of course) Duke Ellington, but puts his own stamp on the music. The band’s latest album is called Swing Makes You Happy—just hear them and you will smile.

Free

Flushing Town Hall
Main Theater
137-35 Northern Boulevard | Queens

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SummerStage Charlie Parker Jazz Festival – Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade

Charlie_Parker__August 26, 2017 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Each year we assemble some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Charlie Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. In the world of modern music, few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, celebrated as a bebop pioneer and for bringing jazz into the modern era.

This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz in New York, bringing together storied, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists. In recognition of this milestone, we have added a fourth night to the festival, featuring a full evening of dance in the lineup for the first time, and are partnering with the New School for Jazz and other local organizations to present panel discussions, workshops, and additional performances. The festival, from August 24 – 27, will feature both contemporaries of Charlie Parker as well as young jazz musicians that continue to shape and drive the art form.

Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade

The Lee Konitz Quartet is comprised of four of the most skillful jazz veterans working today. Under the leadership of Lee Konitz, the group has been thrilling audiences for quite a long time. Konitz, a premiere alto saxophonist, started out in Chicago, where he put a lot of hours into learning his craft. His early work saw him playing with Claude Thornhill Orchestra (arranged by Gil Evans), Stan Kenton’s Orchestra, pianist Lennie Tristano, and the Miles Davis Capitol Orchestra. He would then break out on his own, amassing a staggering list of essential jazz credentials. Adding a touch of international flare to the group is Dan Tepfer, their Paris-born pianist/composer. An improviser at heart, this talented musician has tickled the ivories alongside jazz behemoths of all natures, and has released several hit solo albums. With a keen interest in astrophysics, Tepfer has utilized his computer-science knowledge in conjunction with improvisational techniques to formulate a revolutionary jazz-centric algorithm. The Lee Konitz Quartet’s bassist is Jeremy Stratton, a local jazz hero from New York, who has played over the decades with a multitude of famed ensembles. Rounding out this colossal crew is George Schuller on drums. Schuller is well known in the jazz milieu, with numerous side bands under his belt, including the hit big band from the ‘80s, Orange Than Blue.

Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science

For Terri Lyne Carrington, it’s not just about sounding sweet. Along with her band Social Science, the princess of percussion has been melding her uncannily sophisticated drumming and composing abilities with impactful, relevant statements on the pressing social issues of today. With a lush composition of jazz, indie rock, contemporary classical and R&B, all reconfigured under the sweeping swath of freeform improvisation, Carrington is not afraid to mix things up. A revered mainstay in the business, she has a four-decade long career and three Grammy wins to her credit, but is not even remotely content to just coast on by. An activist, educator and warrior for freedom and racial & sex equality, Carrington is nothing shy of remarkable. She began in music as an undeniable drumming prodigy, receiving accolades from People magazine, EBONY and Modern Drummer, at just ten years of age. With oodles of television performances and alliances with humongous names in music, she has wowed audiences all over the world. With eight full length albums out, Carrington perennially brings her passion to the studio as well. Her latest release is a can’t-miss collaboration with a star-studded cadre of top female artists, The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL.

Louis Hayes

Born in Motown, Louis Sedell Hayes came up virtually ensconced in authentic Detroit music stylings. At a young age he discovered the piano, but when his father presented him with a set of drums, his true passion was ignited. Coming up in 1950’s Detroit, surrounded by jazz giants Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell and Doug Watkins (to name a few), Hayes was mentored by the legendary Papa Joe Jones. At only eighteen years old, he moved to NYC and joined the Horace Silver Quintet, skyrocketing him into the critical public eye, with his full drumming talents on display. In the 60’s Hayes became a part of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, further cementing his name into the catalogue of storied jazz percussionists. He would later be asked to play alongside star piano man Oscar Peterson, in a group where Hayes and bassist Sam Jones would become known as the “dynamic duo” of rhythm. As Hayes’ career progressed, he would lead several incarnations of bands under his own name, playing with jazz greats Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Junior Cooke, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon and eventually McCoy Tyner. His shows still explode with energy, as Hayes bangs away with perfect precision.

Charenee Wade

The wonderfully outspoken Charenee Wade is a brave new voice on the modern jazz frontier, intent on using her art form to exact social change. This exquisite improvisational jazz vocalist, composer and arranger is just getting started, too. Her numerous accolades include being named the First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition and being invited to perform her original songs with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her debut album Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson is a stirring tribute to socially-conscious musician/poet Scott-Heron, which also forecasts Wade’s own desire to rise up against the many forms of injustice still plaguing the world of today. Notable tracks include “Song of the Wind,” a heartfelt appreciation of the peace-seeking efforts of her mentors, “A Toast to the People,” a nuanced example of Wade’s deftness at storytelling through vocal dexterity, and “Home Is Where the Hatred Is,” a rousingly powerful jazz number where her dynamic talents are on full display. In addition to providing the gift of her voice to the world, Charenee passes along her love of music as a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College.

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park – 18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10027 US

Jazzmobile presents Camille Thurman at The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Camille_ThurmanAugust 25, 2017 7:00pm – 7:45pm

Camille Thurman, multitalented saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer, and educator is a young musician emerging on the horizon, acquiring an impressive list of accomplishments that extend well beyond her years. Her lush, velvety, rich & warm sound on the tenor saxophone has eluded others to compare her sound to the likeness of tenor greats Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, and Lester Young to name a few. Camille’s ability to sing 4 octaves and perform vocalese has given her the capability to influence audiences with melodies reminiscent of the sounds of Minnie Ripperton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan. Her ability to take the sounds evocative of yesteryear’s legends and creatively pair them with the nuances, edge, and freshness of today’s music has not only expanded the possibilities of jazz in the upcoming generation but also gained her the respect of audiences in Israel, Switzerland, and around the world.

An accomplished performer and composer in her own right, Camille has shared the stage with Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Golson, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, and many other jazz and R&B icons. Camille leads her own quartet, which has toured Russia, performed at the International Women in Jazz Festival, the Super Jazz Ashdod Israel Jazz Festival and many others around the world. Camille was a runner-up in the 2013 International Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition. She has appeared on BET’s Black Girls Rock as the saxophonist in the All Star Band and has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Jazz Standard, just to name a few. Camille released two albums on the Hot Tone Music Label – Origins and Spirit Child.

Free

Marcus Garvey Park – 18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue New York NY 10027 US

Jazzmobile – Ghanniyya Green Cabbell

ghanniyya_green_August 24, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Ghanniyya Green (Songstress/Actress) is a singer’s singer, a musician’s songstress, and a listeners delight. The result is a pleasure to the soul and an adventure in music that has not been heard for years. Throughout her career, such words as “Magical, Powerful, Wonderful, and Emotional” are used to describe this lady of song.

She has claimed and taken the flavor of her roots as a native New Yorker to project high drama and emotion theatrical vignettes into her style of singing. She has style, attitude, and a direct connection to the lyrics of the songs she sings. A mature and solid vice is heard from this lady from several New York Venues.

Cost: FREE

Cambria Heights Park – Francis Lewis Blvd & 121st Ave. btwn 219 St. and 222 St., Cambria Heights NY 11411 US