Intergenerational Jam Session

January 12, 2020 2:00pm

Jazz Power Initiative’s Intergenerational Jazz Jam brings together singers, musicians, dancers, spoken word artists and audiences of all ages to experience the power of jazz, community, and swing. Jams take place on the second Sunday of each month from 2-5 PM at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem located at 58 West 129th Street in Manhattan.

Pianist and master educator Eli Yamin has a way of bringing people together through jazz. He’s a blues evangelist who partners an infectious love for the music with a passion for sharing it in ways that everyone can understand. His musical workshops, full of clapping, singing, dance and play, invite listeners to feel the music deep in their bones.

Here, Yamin and friends kick off the afternoon with a romping set of blues and jazz, followed by an all-ages jam session open to musicians, singers, and dancers of every stripe.

Tickets: RSVP

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris and Harlem Nightsongs

December 31, 2019 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; Souls Within the Veil commemorating the centennial of W.E.B. DuBois’s seminal work; TriHarlenium, a sound portrait and 30-year musical time capsule of Harlem; and Brown Butterfly, a tribute to the exquisite movements of Muhammad Ali. 

Featuring: Craig Harris – trombone

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

Cost: $15

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

Mickey Bass New York Powerhouse Ensemble “Be-bop Retrospective

December 5, 2019 7:00pm

“Be-bop Retrospective” will be performed by Mickey Bass and the New York Powerhouse Ensemble at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. This is made possible by Chamber Music America’s 2017 New Jazz Works Awards and funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Legendary Bassist & Bandleader Mickey Bass is a Hard-bop veteran. A ‘regular spark plug’ on the New York jazz scene for almost fifty years, the roster of sidemen who have come up through his bands reads as a veritable ‘who’s who’ on today’s jazz scene. Bass himself has had recordings stints with; Hank Mobley & Lee Morgan for Blue Note Records, Bobby Timmons on Prestige, and Curtis Fuller on Mainstream, and many others.

Tickets: $20

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Jazz Series – Emily Sundblad Pete Drungle Band

Emily Sundblad is a singer, artist, and gallerist based in New York. She has performed and exhibited worldwide. Emily and composer/pianist Pete Drungle have collaborated since 2009. They have created concerts and musical experiences for venues such as The Kitchen, NYC, The Serpentine, London and Club Silencio Paris as well as many art galleries including Greenspon Gallery and Hauser and Wirth, NYC and Galerie Neu, Berlin. They have worked with The Wall Street Trinity Choir, the guitarist Matt Sweeney and many others. Emily and Pete composed all the music and lyrics for this concert.  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.

Featuring: Emily Sundblad – vocals, Pete Drungle – piano, Jay Rodriguez – reeds, Nanaco Tarui – violin, Lonnie Plaxico – bass, and Pheeroan Aklaff – drums

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

Price: $20

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

 

Harlem Jazz Series – CompCord Ensemble

November 29, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Composers Concordance presents CompCord Ensemble with ‘Chamber Behavior’. Music was written for an eclectic combination of violin, trumpet, bass clarinet, electric guitar, and tap dancer. Compositions and arrangements by Seth Boustead, Dan Cooper, Peter Jarvis, Mark Kostabi, Wayne Du Maine, Melanie Mitrano, Ginka Mizuki, Gene Pritsker, Max Pollak, and Carlton Wilkinson, as well as arrangements of music by Billy Strayhorn, on whose birthday this event occurs. Composers Concordance, founded in 1984 strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

Featuring: Dan Auerbach – violin, Wayne Du Maine – trumpet, Gene Pritsker – e. guitar, Michiyo Suzuki – bass clarinet, Max Pollak – tap dancer, Melanie Mitrano – voice, and Peter Jarvis – conductor

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

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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 – Fostina Dixon & Winds of Change

November 12, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Fostina Dixon’s soulful, jazzy, funky, gospel sound is as unique as it is mesmerizing. One of the few female jazz instrumentalists to front her own band, Winds of Change, the saxophonist, composer, vocalist and educator’s 2017 comeback album, “Here We Go Again” has garnered complimentary reviews, and is “a thoroughly engaging journey that seamlessly transports the listener with spiritual-like soundscapes.  On the title track, she adeptly showcases her virtuosic flair juxtaposing melody and improvisation.” After a storied early career that included playing alongside such jazz greats as Abbey Lincoln, Melba Liston, Frank Foster, James “Blood” Ulmer, and touring with Marvin Gaye, Fostina was compelled to move back to her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, where she made significant contributions to the arts and education scenes. Fostina has received a Christi Award for her contributions to promoting the arts in the community, an Outstanding Arts Educator Award from the Delaware Board of Education, and an Outstanding Contributor award from the Council of Jazz Advocates for her work as an arts educator and the Founder and longtime Executive Director of the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band.

Featuring: Fostina Dixon – sax/vocals, Ronnie Burrage – drums, Emanuel “Chulo” Gatewood – bass, and Paul Odeh – keyboards

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

Cost: $15

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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 – Sista Zock’s Trio

November 15, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Harlem based artist, Sista Zock’s music straddles the fence between Spoken Word/Song and Jazz Hip-Hop and Jazz.  ZOCK has been performing in and around NYC since 2006 with various artist Dennis Davis, Gregory Porter, Chip Crawford, Lakecia Benjamin, Aziza Miller, Lady Cantrese, Kelvyn Bell.  She has worked alongside and or shared the stage/film with Wole Soyinka, Ben Vereen, Erykah Badu, Stephen Baldwin, Loretta Divine, Doug E Fresh and more. Her performance can be intimate enough for a living room setting or can power up a small city with drumming, dancing and live models.  Her body of work is dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers, the ones who have sacrificed their lives for the betterment of others, the Victims of senseless killings, to the ones who are ahead of their time and the ones whose time has yet to come.    Zakiyyah has appeared on stage, film and TV.  She is an ensemble member of Knoxville, Tennessee’s company The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.  Her mentor and dear friend Abiodun Oyewole of “The Last Poets”, is featured on her recent album “ZOCK SOLID, Where the Stem Meets the Root”.

Featuring: Sista Zock – vocals, Sharif Kales – trumpet  Alexis Marcelo – piano  Norman Edwards Jr – drums

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

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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 – Alexis Marcelo Trio

July 30, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Alexis Marcelo is a pianist who creates a soulful New York City sound. He instinctively delivers a sound representative of a wide range of influences. Alexis’s training began when he began studying with JD Parran (AACM) at the Harlem School of the Arts and continued at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he studied composition with Yusef Lateef. Alexis has performed nationally and abroad at various festivals and prestigious venues, including the North Sea Jazz Festival (Yusef Lateef), the Detroit Jazz Festival (Yusef Lateef), Etnafest (Italy-Yusef Lateef), Mediawave Festival (Hungary-The Hub), and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Alexis has also recorded multiple albums with former professor and mentor Yusef Lateef. Recently Alexis recorded his first album and can be heard on current recordings of Adam Rudolph’s Go Orchestra & Moving Pictures, and a new recording with Malcolm Mooney (Can). Alexis Marcelo is a very unique pianist who looks to provide a soulful experience.

Musicians – Alexis Marcelo – piano, Caylen Bryant – bass, and Malik Washington – drums

Cost: $15

1st set: noon – 12:45 pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

House doors open at 11:30 am

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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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 – Yoichi Uzeki

July 9, 2019 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

A native of Tokyo, pianist, composer and arranger, Yoichi Uzeki received his bachelor’s degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his master’s degree and the Sir Roland Hanna Award from Queens College, City University of New York. Yoichi played the piano on a historical recording session with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Ornette Coleman in 2010. This “For The Love of Ornette” CD is available world-wide. Currently, Yoichi has several own projects from trio to big band in the United States and Japan, and he is a music faculty at York College, City University of New York. He has performed in several ongoing projects by Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Oliver Lake, Jeff King, Webb Thomas, Carl Bartlett Jr., Hot Crescents (Co-led by Satoru Ohashi), and Battle Jazz Big Band of Japan, among others. His music and charts have performed by many bands throughout the world. Additionally, he has performed with Pharoah Sanders, Terell Stafford, James Spaulding, Tim Warfield Jr., Craig Harris, Vanessa Rubin, Carla Cook, Bobby Porcelli, Cecil Bridgewater, Frank Lacy, Najee, Chanda Rule, Wolfgang Puschnig, and many more.

Featuring: Yoichi Uzeki – piano

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 – Art Baron

June 25, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Arthur Baron is a trombonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. His defining work was with Duke Ellington, where he toured and recorded from 1973 – 1974.  He has worked with a host of luminaries, including Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, BB King, and Cab Calloway.  In 2006 he was a member of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions Band, touring Europe and the US.  There he performed on trombone, sousaphone, penny whistles & mandolin. He has received several commissions, including Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Art has been deeply involved with education, conducting workshop/clinics and guest appearances with a variety of age groups from pre-school to colleges and universities. In addition, Art was featured nightly as a soloist in the Broadway hit, AFTER MIDNIGHT, bringing his Ellington expertise to the production. Currently, he leads The Duke’s Men, an ensemble of Ellington alumni, and is a mainstay at The Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, with his group Art Baron & Friends. Today, Art’s 

Musicians – Art Baron – trombone

House doors open 11:30am

1st set 12 – 12:45pm; 2nd set 1 – 1:45pm 

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

Phone: 212-662-7779

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