Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris and Harlem Nightsongs

December 17, 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: Richard Fairfax – reeds James Stewart – reeds Jay Rodriguez – reeds Eddie Allen – trumpet Franz Hackl – trumpet Craig Harris – trombone Calvin Jones – bass Yoichi Uzeki – piano Curtis Nowosad – drums

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 – 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 – Jay Rodriguez

November 19, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy-nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer, and Arranger. He studied under a full scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, co-founded by Arnie Lawrence, who said, “Mr. Rodriguez is … a visionary… and true light to hear and see.” Jay is the consummate artist; his resume reads like a Who’s Who of the music world. He has performed, produced recorded and/or arranged for a variety of artists and taught/lectured all over the world. Jay co-founded the NYC phenomenon, the Groove Collective, which influenced many modern hip-hop and dance music bands. Today’s performance is Soul Inflections – featuring new compositions for clarinet, flute and saxophones.

Featuring:  Jay Rodriguez – reeds

First set: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm; 15 min break;
Second set: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Cost: $15

More Info:

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 – 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

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