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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Harlem Jazz Series – Stafford Hunter

September 4, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Stafford Hunter is a Philadelphia native and three-time Grammy-nominated trombonist and sea shells plays (and sometimes vocalist). He became a professional musician at the age of 16. Stafford has performed at former-US President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural. Since then, the trombonist has performed, recorded and toured all over the world with Illinois Jacquet, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie & Brass Fantasy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Charli Persip, Charles Tolliver, Tony Bennett, Roy Hargrove, Donald Byrd Dance Troupe, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Joss Stone, Orrin Evans, the Mingus Big Band, Lauryn Hill, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Reggie Workman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Dionne Warwick, Lenny Kravitz, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amy Winehouse, Oliver Lake, Steve Turre & Sanctified Shells, and has been a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra since 1998 among other groups. Stafford manages to tour the USA, South America, Europe, and Asia with his own groups and frequently gives master classes, lectures, concerts around the world.

Featuring: Stafford Hunter – trombone

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 Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027

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Harlem Jazz Series – Stafford Hunter

September 4, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Stafford Hunter is a Philadelphia native and three-time Grammy-nominated trombonist and sea shells plays (and sometimes vocalist). He became a professional musician at the age of 16. Stafford has performed at former-US President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural. Since then, the trombonist has performed, recorded and toured all over the world with Illinois Jacquet, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie & Brass Fantasy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Charli Persip, Charles Tolliver, Tony Bennett, Roy Hargrove, Donald Byrd Dance Troupe, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Joss Stone, Orrin Evans, the Mingus Big Band, Lauryn Hill, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Reggie Workman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Dionne Warwick, Lenny Kravitz, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amy Winehouse, Oliver Lake, Steve Turre & Sanctified Shells, and has been a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra since 1998 among other groups. Stafford manages to tour the USA, South America, Europe, and Asia with his own groups and frequently gives master classes, lectures, concerts around the world.

Featuring: Stafford Hunter – trombone

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 Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027

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Harlem Jazz Series – Calvin Jones Trio

August 28, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Calvin Jones, an acoustic and electric bassist, was born in North Carolina. His recording resume numbers over forty CDs and he has toured and performed with Ray Anderson, Patti Austin, Don Braden, Cecil Brooks, Tom Brown, Alex Bugnon, Donald Byrd, Steve Coleman, Carla Cook, Ted Curson, Chico Freeman, Darrell Grant, Craig Harris, Jon Hendricks, Andrew Hill, Javon Jackson, Angela Johnson, Ronny Jordan, Eartha Kitt, Dave Koz, Les McCann, Greg Osby, Max Roach, Pharoah Sanders, and James “Blood” Ulmer, Emeline Michel, Johannes Mossinger to name a few. Mr. Jones has performed on Broadway with “Bring ‘N Da Noise, Bring ‘N Da Funk (including the first national tour), “Aint Nothin’ But The Blues”, “All Shook Up” and “The Janice Joplin Show.” Touring and performing has taken Mr. Jones to some forty countries and forty-five of the fifty U.S. states.

Featuring:  Misha Tsiganov – piano; Chris Eddleton – drums; and Calvin Jones – 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 Street
New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Jazz Series – The Freedom Art Quartet (F.A.Q.) ft. Lloyd Haber

August 24, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

The Freedom Art Quartet (F.A.Q.) is a melodic exploration in improvised music. Formed in New York City in 1991 by Lloyd Haber and Omar Kabir, the group’s diverse ethnic and compositional structure is a breath of fresh air needed to represent today’s music scene. “Our purpose is to explore and create in depth, the limitless dimensions of the art form.” The F.A.Q. has performed in various clubs, art galleries, and colleges at home and abroad. Festivals include the Heineken Jazz Festival, the Fire Wall festival, and the UVA Jazz Festival. Their debut recording “Spirits Awake” was met with positive reviews around the world. The Freedom Art Quartet was selected to appear on “NYC Disk Makers Best of the unsigned Bands” Compilation CD. Their music also appeared in the independent film from New Line Cinema, “Happenstance.” Throughout the years, many innovative artists have played within the core group including Ornette Coleman, Fred Hopkins, Ravi Coltrane, J.D. Parren, Abraham Burton, Jaribu Shahid, Brad Jones, Andy McCloud, Roy Campbell, Alex Harding, Jay Collins, and Patience Higgins among others.

Featuring:

Darius Jones – saxophone; Omar Kabir – trumpet; Kevin Ray – bass; Lloyd Haber – saxophone.

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

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

 

Harlem Jazz Series – The J.D. Allen Trio

Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” J.D. Allen is one of the most thoughtful jazz saxophonists on the scene today. The Detroit native’s apprenticeship has largely been in New York, where he has performed, recorded, and toured with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Betty Carter, Louis Hayes, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, and contemporaries Cindy Blackman, Orrin Evans, Marcus Gilmore, Russell Gunn, and Me’shell N’degeocello, Dave Douglas among others.  J.D.’s debut album, In Search Of…  (red records), won him the Best New Artist award in Italy and reviewers praised him for his original compositions and bold playing. That same year J.D. began touring and recording with drummer Cindy Blackman’s Quartet, where he remains a member. His second release, Pharoah’s Children (Criss Cross), was one of Jazziz Magazine’s Critics Pics Top 10 Albums of the Year. J.D. is a member of the Romare Bearden Homecoming Jazz All-Star Band.

Featuring: Gregg August – bass; Rudy Royston – drums; and JD Allen – saxophone

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

Price: $20

Location 

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

Harlem Jazz Series – In The Tradition and Beyond Trio featuring Richard Fairfax

August 14, 2018 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.

Richard Fairfax’s In The Tradition and Beyond Trio: Yoichi Uzeki – piano; Taru Alexander – drums; and 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