Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris Quartet

December 11, 2018 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.

Featuring: Adam Klipple – piano, Calvin Jones – bass, Shirazette Tinnin – drums, and Craig Harris – trombone

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

Cost: $15

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Bruce Williams

November 23, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Alto saxophonist, Bruce Williams hails from Washington D.C. and has been on the New York scene for 25 years. Bruce is one of the most in-demand alto sax stylist and section player currently working. He has performed with a diverse list of artists including long relationships with the World Saxophone Quartet, Charles Tolliver, Count Basie Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, Frank Foster, Jimmy Scott, Stanley Cowell, Buster Williams, and Steve Turre. Bruce has a style that is described as warm, powerful, soulful, and electric.

Featuring Bruce Williams – saxophone

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
House doors open at 6:30pm

Cost: $20

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

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Sharp Radway Trio – Harlem Jazz Series

November 20, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Sharp Radway is a pianist/composer/arranger/author who is a native of Hartford, Connecticut and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.  He remains in demand throughout the country and abroad.  He is a formidable and seasoned bandleader, heading various groups of his own  (ie. his quintet, quartet, trio, big band and various vocal and instrumental duos.)  Sharp has worked with several Jazz luminaries as well as forefathers of the genre.  Among them  are Yusef Lateef, Benny Golson, Red Holloway, Peewee Ellis, Hamiet Bluiett, Slide Hampton, Curtis Fuller, Benny Powell, Steve Turre,  Fred Wesley, Frank Lacy, Kiane Zawadi, Bucky Pizzarelli, Diane Schuur, Joe Lee Wilson, Kevin Mahogany, Nnenna Freelon, James Spaulding, Louis Hayes, Greg Bandy, Ben Dixon, Winard Harper, Candido, Leopoldo Fleming, Russell Gunn, Ted Curson, Nicolas Payton, Eddie Henderson, and Randy Brecker and many more.  He also serves as music director, pianist, and arranger for The Celebration of Lionel Hampton Big Band and The New York City Ska Orchestra.  In addition to playing the piano he is also a prolific composer and arranger.

Featuring: Sharp Radway – piano; Hilliard Greene – bass; and Darrell Green – bass.

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

Cost: $15

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

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Harlem Jazz Series – Antoine Roney

November 16, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist, Antoine Roney grew up surrounded by music. After a short period learning the clarinet, he took an interest in the saxophone, after his older brother – renowned saxophonist Wallace – introduced him to John Coltrane’s Live at Birdland album. Inspired by what he heard, Roney pursued studies in both alto and tenor sax. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and attended college at the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with alto saxophonist, Jackie McLean. Antoine has released five albums as a leader, in addition to working with Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Geri Allen, Chick Corea and Elvin Jones, to name a few. Antoine also participated in the Miles Davis tribute project, Bitches Brew Revisited, with drummer Cindy Blackman.

Featuring: Antoine Roney – tenor saxophone

First set: 7pm – 7:45pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8pm – 8:45pm

Cost: $20

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 – Carla Cook

November 9, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully — but she doesn’t stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you’d never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This native Detroiter, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you’ll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist or snob. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style. In 1999, Cook recorded her debut album; It’s All About Love. The CD enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. In 2000, Cook recorded her second album, Dem Bones and in 2002, she recorded Simply Natural, both for MAXJAZZ. Her albums continue to receive critical acclaim.

Featuring: Carla Cook – vocalist

First set: 7pm – 7:45pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8pm – 8:45pm

Cost: $20

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

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Harlem Jazz Series – Shirazette Tinnin

October 26, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Drummer, Shirazette Tinnin was born and raised in North Carolina. Her early influences were gospel music, R&B and soul music.  Her stylistic influences would eventually expand into jazz, rock and music from many parts of the African diaspora. Currently residing in New York City, Shirazette was the house drummer for The Meredith Vieira Talk Show, Season 1 on NBC. Shirazette performs and tours frequently with premier bands and artists such as the Allan Harris Group, Tia Fuller Quartet, The Mimi Jones Band, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, Toshi Reagon, Women of the World Ensemble, Yuri Juarez, Queen Esther, Gabriel Algeria Afro Peruvian Sextet, Camille Thurman, Sydnee Winters, Natalie Douglass and many others.  Shirazette is also the leader of her own projects including the Shirazette and Sonic WallPaper Fusion Band (formally known as The Shirazette Experiment) and The Blue Popped Culture Trio. Shirazette is an active clinician, educator, mentor, composer, a certified personal trainer and published author. She is passionate about preserving the health, wellness, stamina and integrity of her craft.

Featuring:  Shirazette Tinnin – drummer

First set: 7pm – 7:45pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8pm – 8:45pm

Cost: $20

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

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

Harlem Jazz Series – Andrae Murchison

October 23, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Andrae Murchison grew up surrounded by traditional gospel music at home and in church. He first experienced playing music at The United House of Prayer as a drummer alongside his grandfather’s lead vocals. The UHOP brass bands introduced him to the trombone around the age of nine. The power of the music touched his soul and was the beginning to his musical journey as a trombonist and composer. Since his arrival to New York City, he has performed with Roy Hargrove, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Skatalites, Gregory Porter, Monty Alexander, Ravi Coltrane and many more. Murchison tours the world as a successful sideman, and also leads his own ensemble called “Murch Church.” So far, he has recorded and produced three albums as a leader. Murch’s music is a mixture of southern blues, gospel, soul, jazz, reggae, and funk. His compositions document his journey and is an honest testimony about where he comes from. In addition to performing, Murchison has served as a jazz clinician and low brass specialist at numerous institutions and communities around the world.

Featuring: Andrae Murchison – trombone

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

Cost: $15

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

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Harlem Jazz Series – Darrell Green Trio

October 16, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Music is definitely part of Darrell Green’s family pedigree – his father was a bass player after all – but this jazz drummer has his own preternatural sense of groove. Over a career that’s spanned more than two decades, Green has become a master technician and prolific sideman, sharing stages with everyone from Blue Note vibraphonist Stefon Harris to saxophonist Red Holloway. Though jazz is his primary focus, Green is conversant in every genre from straight-ahead jazz to Latin and West African music. In 2005 Green landed a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, where he began a comprehensive study of jazz performance. Shortly after that he began working with David Weiss, saxophonists JD Allen and Sherman Irby, and the Myron Waldon/Daron Barrett Quartet. He became a sought-after musician for both session work and live shows. Green has toured with James Hurt, James Zollar, Brad Leali, Jesse Davis, and Stacy Dillard. Currently, he is touring Pharoah Sanders, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sherman Irby, Steve Turre, Faye Carol, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and Jeremy Pelt. He is one of the most in-demand drummers in New York, Europe, and Japan.

Featuring: Darrell Green – drums; Wallace Roney, Jr. – trumpet; and Kevin Starks – bass

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

Cost: $15

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

 

Harlem Jazz Series – The Ras Moshe Burnett

October 9, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Ras Moshe Burnett (Theodore Burnett III) is a Jazz musician, saxophonist, poet, activist, teacher and returning student working toward a music therapy degree in the NY area. He hails from East New York-Brooklyn NY with maternal Grandparents who hail from Harlem NY. His paternal Grandfather Ted Burnett (“Barnett” professionally), played Tenor and Alto Saxophones after his arrival from Jamaica in the early 1930’s. Ras’ father, Yaakov Levi (Ted Burnett II) played Alto Sax, Flute and Bass Clarinet in the Brooklyn/Harlem area throughout the 70’s. Ras himself studied music in the public schools, (mentored in Jazz history by Don Payne in Junior High), and with his father and grandfather, eventually playing in reggae bands in the 80’s and early 90’s, then leading his own Jazz groups since 1987. Ras is a nine year member of Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble featuring Warren Smith, Joseph Daley, Gerald Veasley, Althea SullyCole and Lisette Santiago. Ras believes in the positive effect that Jazz and New Music can have on personal and socio-political life, and also utilizes Jazz for social movements in the Black community and human rights causes.

Featuring: Ras Moshe – reeds; Lee Odom – reeds; Melanie Dyer – viola; Alex Marcelo – piano; Larry Roland – bass and poetry; and Chuck Fertal – drums

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

Cost: $15

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

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

Harlem Jazz Series – Pete Drungle

September 28, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Pete Drungle is a Bessie Award-winning composer and pianist who has made music with Ornette Coleman, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono, the Decoding Society and many others; he has composed scores for theater, television, film and video, and has collaborated with visual and performance artists including Michael Portnoy, Rudolf Stingel, Marianne Vitale, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Agathe Snow and others. His music compositions, performances and sound design have accompanied exhibitions in Art-Basel Miami, the Whitney Biennial, and Performa 07, 09 and 11. As a pianist, Drungle is an intrepid, adventurous improviser – possibly best exemplified by his legendary 24-HOUR CONTINUOUS SOLO PIANO IMPROVISATION; Wire magazine’s Alan Licht remarked, “… In as much as free improvisation can be a real-time, stream of consciousness expression, Drungle’s epic event pushed it well beyond the limits usually imposed by the customary concert timetable…
That he was still functioning at a high level of creativity after 23 hours pays new testimony to the improvisational mindset. Drungle contributed the truest experiment in concert as performance art that PERFORMA had to offer.”

Featuring: Pete Drungle – piano

First set: 7pm-7:45pm (15 min break)
Second set: 8pm-8:45pm

Cost: $20

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

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