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

 

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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

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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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Harlem Jazz Series – Queen Esther

September 25, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Queen Esther is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, librettist, playwright, actor and recording artist. She received a BA from The New School (Screenwriting) and flourished in the alt-music/alt-theater scene. After forming the critically acclaimed avant-blues duo Hoosegow (Mighty/Homestead) with guitarist, Elliot Sharp, she beat out more than 6,000 hopefuls to land a plum role in the original cast of the first national tour of the Broadway musical RENT. Career highlights include a weekly hour-long USO-style variety show that welcomed Broadway performers and show folk to entertain the Ground Zero relief workers for free; a 2002 AUDELCO-award nomination for her star turn in George C. Wolfe’s new musical Harlem Song; the 2008 Grand Prize in the Jazzmobile Jazz Vocal Competition; headlining at The Apollo Theater with her self-penned musical The Billie Holiday Project, featuring her jazz quintet The Hot Five. Queen Esther continues to tour internationally with Mr. James “Blood” Ulmer in various configurations, including The Black Rock Experience as well as her own projects.

Featuring:  Queen Esther – vocalist

1st set: 12:00pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

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

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Harlem Jazz Series – Keith Witty

September 18, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

New York native, bassist Keith Witty has straddled the worlds of Hip-Hop, popular music forms, and Jazz’s Avante Garde in his young career. Before graduating in 2000from Wesleyan University, he made his recording debut with the Anthony Braxton Quartet, followed by work in the bands of Guillermo E. Brown and David S. Ware.  Keith’s first engagement with Ware was the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Sonny Rollins and Max Roach, with both legends in attendance. In 2007, Keith formally joined Ware’s new quartet. That same year, he joined the touring band of Grammy-nominated singer and song-writer Amel Larrieux, with whom he has toured extensively. In 2010, Keith joined the band of acclaimed East African vocalist, Somi, and simultaneously, Keith has collaborated with some of the most innovative musicians of Jazz’s upcoming generation, playing in bands led by Matana Roberts, Taylor Ho Bynum, Pyeng Threadgill, and Jonathan Finlayson. A dedicated educator, Keith was the New York City Opera Education Program’s composer-in-residence for 10 years.

Featuring:  Keith Witty – bass

1st set: 12:00pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

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

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Harlem Jazz Series – Roman Filiu

September 21, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

New York-based Roman Filiú has been a saxophonist, bandleader, composer for over 20 years. Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, he has played, recorded, and toured worldwide with a variety of artists. Currently, a member of Henry Threadgill’s Ensemble Double Up, and Roman leads several groups himself such as Quarteria, as well as the Roman Filiú Quartet. Among his many collaborations, Román has played in Chucho Valdés’ Irakere, has been the musical director of David Murray´s Big Band and has played with outstanding musicians Andrew Cyrille, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Coleman, Dafnis Prieto, Milford Graves, Miguel Zenón, Doug Hammond, Nasheet Waits, Michele Rosewoman, Omara PorFtuondo, Marcus Gilmore, Lázaro Ross, Alain Pérez, Iván Melón Lewis, Román Díaz, Damion Reid, Pablo Milanés, Liberty Ellman, Stephan Crump, Pepe Rivero, Adam Rogers, Rez Abassi, Roy Hargrove, and Chano Domínguez to name a few. The musician has been a recipient of the Jazz Gallery Commission Series, the Langnau Jazz Fest Artist in Residence, the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Award, and the Lucas Artist Residency.

Featuring:  Roman Filui

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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Harlem Jazz Series – Jonathan Finlayson

September 14, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Jonathan Finlayson has been recognized by the New York Times as “…an incisive and often surprising trumpeter,” who is …fascinated with composition.” Finlayson is a disciple of the saxophonist/composer/conceptualist, Steve Coleman, having joined his band Five Elements in 2000 at the age of 18. He is widely admired for his ability to tackle cutting-edge musical concepts with aplomb. Finlayson has performed and recorded in groups led by Craig Taborn and Henry Threadgill and played alongside notables such as Von Freeman, Jason Moran, and Vijay Iyer.

Featuring:  Jonathan Finlayson – trumpeter

Cost: $20

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

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