Harlem Jazz Series – Hilliard Greene Trio

August 7, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Hilliard Greene has been studying music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally for over twenty. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, Tango as well as the music of other continents and US regions, and solo performances. He performs widely in the New York City area, and in major cities throughout the world. Greene performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years, serving as his Musical Director from 1995 to 2013. Greene also was Cecil Taylor’s Concert Master for his group “Phtongos”. Greene was in residence at Minton’s a.k.a. legendary Minton’s Playhouse as the house bassist. Hilliard Greene has recently formed The In & Out Band, a trio using jazz standards as a vehicle for free improvisation. Also, he is co-leader of the classical crossover ensemble ZigZag Quartet. Greene produced three CD’s with his own ensemble The Jazz Expressions, a solo bass CD entitled “Alone”, and co-produced self-titled ZigZag Quartet CD.

Featuring:

Hilliard Greene – bass, Queen Esther – vocal, and Sharpe Radway – piano

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 – Dyer, Jones & Wimberly Trio

Michael Wimberly.pngJuly 31, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Michael Wimberly is a composer, percussionist, educator, and music producer based in Harlem, New York. Having recorded and toured internationally with innovative artists such as Charles Gayle, Steve Coleman, William Parker, Cooper-Moore, David Murray, and many others, Michael has earned his place in the pantheon of cutting-edge, avant-garde jazz drummers. As a djembe soloist Wimberly has been featured with Europe’s Rundfunk, Tonkuntsler, Leipzig, and the International Regions Symphony Orchestra performing “African Oratorio” by composer Daniel Schnyder. As a composer, Wimberly’s symphonic work, “Kora Saba,” has been performed by the Yakima Chamber Orchestra in Yakima, Washington, and the Sage City Symphony in Bennington, Vermont. His compositions also appear in dance companies Urban Bush Women, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Philadanco, Forces of Nature, Ailey II, Complexions, Ballet Noir, Alpha Omega, BalEthinic, Purelements, and The National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique. As president of Together with Music, and creator of the international percussion event Power of Drum, Wimberly is actively engaged with an alternative arts program whose mission is to make accessible to all youth, the learning of music and its relation to all the arts and sciences.

Dyer, Jones & Wimberly Trio: Melanie Dyer – Viola; Darius Jones – Saxophone; and Michael Wimberly – Percussion.

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

Price: $15

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Ahmed Abdullah’s DIASPORA – Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra

ahmed-abdullah-20111126070811July 27, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Ahmed Abdullah was born and raised in Harlem. In 2016, he performed in Harlem for the first time with his own band. Ahmed has been leading a band since 1972. Over the years he has worked with or recorded with bands led by Sam Rivers, Sun Ra, Rashied Ali, Ed Blackwell, Billy Bang, Arthur Blythe and Bluiett. Ahmed has been involved with notable collective ensembles like The Melodic Art-Tet, The Group and NAM. Abdullah has twelve recordings as a leader and is on at least other 25 recordings with Sun Ra and the Arkestra as well as recordings with the aforementioned artists. Besides playing trumpet, composing, singing, curating and educating, Ahmed is also a writer and has written a thesis that defines the art-form he is concerned with as Jazz: A Music of the Spirit. Ahmed currently teaches a Sun Ra Music and Philosophy course at the New School and is a NYC Department of Education Fellow teaching music to children.

Ahmed Abdullah’s DIASPORA – Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra: Monique Ngozi Nri – vocals/poetry; Don Chapman – saxophone; Donald Smith – piano; Radu Ben Juday – bass; Reggie Nicholson – drums; and Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet/vocals.

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

Price: $20

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Michael King Trio

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July 24, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Virtuosic pianist and Chicagoan native, Michael King began playing drums in his local church band at the early age of 4. This fortuitously melodic schooling nurtured an undeniable affinity to the piano and organ, the very seat that he began to occupy, by ear, at age 14. Mr. King is an alumni of Lincoln Park High School and the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory. He was selected to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute and The Ravinia Jazz Scholars program on merit scholarships. Michael has performed with Bobby Watson, Kevin Eubanks, Dave Liebeman, Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Joel Frahm, Rufus Reid, & Antonio Hart, among others. Currently you can catch Mr. King touring internationally with incredible talents such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Robin Eubanks, Marquis Hill, Theo Croker, Soul Understated, Melissa Aldana, & Marcus Printup.

Michael King Trio: Eric Wheeler – Bass; Kush Abadey – Drums and Michael King – Piano.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd Set: 1pm – 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

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris and Friends – STAND UP AND RESIST

Craig2 July 20 (3)The Summer of 1968 was one of PROTEST. Fifty years later, we are politically in the same place. To honor the Summer of 2018, we present STAND UP AND RESIST, a series of Friday evening concerts featuring Craig Harris and Friends. Craig will be joined by many of the artists who performed during the last four years for the Harlem Jazz Series.

Join us for three exceptional early evening performances on July 6th, July 13th and July 20th (Fridays) from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. We are offering these concerts as FUNDRAISERS! Please donate generously and support Harlem Jazz Boxx as we continue our mission to bring live and creative music to Harlem.

On Friday, July 20th at 7:00pm, the following artists will be performing:

Helga Davis – Vocals
Roger Parris – Poet
Jay Rodriguez – Saxophone
Adam Klipple – Keyboards
Calvin Jones – Bass
Shirazette Tinnin – Drums
Craig Harris – Trombone

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

Suggested donation: $20 or more

Sweet Lee Trio – Harlem Jazz Series

Lee OdomJuly 17, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

“Sweet” Lee Odom has been playing clarinet for years, along with other woodwind instruments, including flute and bass clarinet. A native of North Carolina, Lee ventured to New York City in 2011 where she quickly found her way into various musical communities. First, she studied the music industry then clarinet performance at Appalachian State University. The music by Sweet Lee and her accompanying bands has been sending lighting vibes throughout the boroughs of New York. With a fusion of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Classical, and free improvisation, “Sweet” Lee keeps the groove groovin’.

Featuring:

Lee Odom – sax, Alexis Marcelo – piano, and Larry Roland – bass

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd Set: 1pm – 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

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris and Friends – STAND UP AND RESIST

Craig2 July 6July 6, 2018 – 7 pm

The Summer of 1968 was one of PROTEST. Fifty years later, we are politically in the same place. To honor the Summer of 2018, we present STAND UP AND RESIST, a series of Friday evening concerts featuring Craig Harris and Friends. Craig will be joined by many of the artists who performed during the last four years for the Harlem Jazz Series.

Join us for three exceptional early evening performances on July 6th, July 13th and July 20th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. We are offering these concerts as FUNDRAISERS! Please donate generously and support Harlem Jazz Boxx as we continue our mission to bring live and creative music to Harlem.

On Friday, July 6th at 7:00pm, the following artists will be performing:

Carla Cook – Vocals
Tony Lewis – Drums
Jay Rodriguez – Saxophone
Craig Harris – Trombone
Melissa Slocum – Bass

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

Suggested donation: $20 or more

Greater Calvary Baptist Church

43-55 West 124th Street
New York NY 10027 US

JAAMBO – Harlem Jazz Series

June 8, 2018 – 7 pm

JAAMBO was created with all the infusions of African music from Mambo to West African and everything in between. JAAMBO is a collective of musicians from New York City, Trinidad and beyond with rich diverse cultural appetites. JAAMBO has appeared throughout the tri-state area, performing at Grant’s Tomb, St. John the Divine Church, the legendary Showman’s Jazz Club, and Harlem Stage.

Featuring:
Baba Donn Babatunde – percussion
Ronnie Roc – keyboards
Marcus Steele – steel pan
Richie Robles – bass
Mac Gollenhan – brass
Joel Cruz – winds
Michael Wimberly – drums
Arei Sekiguchi – drums

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 – 8:45pm

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

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

Bob Stewart – Harlem Jazz Series

May 4, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Over the last 40 years Bob Stewart has established himself as both an innovative tuba player and equally creative jazz educator. As a band leader, recording artist, and featured soloist Mr. Stewart’s playing has been featured on over 80 recordings.  He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Charlie Haden, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Lester Bowie, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Arthur Blythe, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, David Murray, Chaka Khan, Dap Kings, and Aretha Franklin to name a few. While concertizing and touring both in the United States and internationally, Bob Stewart, a Grammy Nominated Tubist, maintains a faculty position as professor of Jazz History at The Juilliard School.  In 2012, Mr. Stewart established “The Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition” to inspire tuba players to lead their own ensembles, helping to establish new tuba repertoire. Mr. Stewart’s newest release is CONNECTIONS – Mind the Gap.

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

1st set: 7pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20