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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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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