Harlem Jazz Series – Sam Newsome

May 24, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

New York-based saxophonist and composer Sam Newsome works primarily in the medium of solo saxophone, an approach for which he gained world-wide critical acclaim.  Many of the notes and sounds that comprise his compositions and improvisations are derived from his own personal sound palette of extended techniques. Newsome sees himself more along the lines of a visual artist who paints with notes and sounds rather than shapes and colors. “My music, “says Newsome, is a type of improvisatory art music in which jazz functions more as a resource than a musical genre to be interpreted with stylistic specificity. As a performer, Newsome often performs solo saxophone concerts around New York and across the country as well as leading his own trio with bassist Hilliard Greene and drummer Reggie Nicholson. He is a frequent collaborator with Andrew Cyrille, Fay Victor, Jean-Michel Pilc, David Liebman, and pianist Ethan Iverson. Newsome is also an associate professor of music at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, where he is the music program coordinator, and teaches courses in jazz improvisation, music theory, and directs the University’s jazz ensemble.

Featuring:

Sam Newsome – saxophone

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

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

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Harlem Jazz Series – Alex Layne

May 21, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

New York born bassist Alex Layne began his musical career in 1959 at Count Basie’s Night Club.  He went on to become a major player on the New York scene, where Alex performed with many great musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach, Freddy Hubbard, and Sonny Stitt. The bulk of Alex’s career was spent accompanying top vocalists, including Billy Eckstein, Carmen McRae, Gloria Lynn, Johnny Hartman, and Miriam Makeba to name a few. Alex Layne’s knowledge of music theory and its application to solo and group performance is of the highest order.  He is a formidable performer both as a soloist and as a member of a jazz rhythm section.  Alex’s skills are evident on both the acoustic bass and the electric bass guitar.  In addition, his experience also includes time spent performing with folk, blues, and rhythm and blues artists. Currently employed by the Jazz Foundation of America, Alex performs in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, as well as working with his own group in prominent New York City jazz clubs.

Featuring:

Alex Layne – bass,

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

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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 – Tulivu Cumberbatch

May 17, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Ms. Cumberbatch is a native of Brooklyn and has toured extensively in such places as the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, West Africa, Russia, Japan, and the United States. She has worked extensively with trumpeter Hannibal Loukumbe as the featured vocalist in two of his symphonies and also performed his suite “Fannie Lou Hamer” with the Kronos Quartet and “Love Poems to God” with dancer/choreographer, Dianne McIntyre and his ensemble. Ms. Cumberbath has performed with John Hicks, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Diedre Murray, Lonni Plaxico, Onaje-Alan Gumbs, Curtis Lundy, Cecil Brooks III, Steve Wilson, Andy Bey, Al Harewood, Cecil Payne, and Romero Lubambo, to name a few. She currently works with the Baritone Saxophones, the Ray Abrams Big Band, the Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble, and her own Magnificent Trio. Ms. Cumberbatch has produced three recordings on Ki-Ki Records and is soon to release the recording “Seasoned Elegance.” (www.tulivu.com)

Featuring:

Tulivu – voice

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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 – Sweet Lee Trio

May 14, 2019 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

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

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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 – Jason Marshall

May 10, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Jason Marshall is a highly sought after and established fixture on the global music landscape.  A rare specimen even among the highly competitive New York City music scene, the Washington D.C. born saxophonist can be seen playing soul music with Aretha Franklin, Latin jazz with Arturo O’Farrill, pop with Desi Di Lauro, avant garde jazz with the Charlie Mingus Big Band, and rock music with the Young Presidents.  In addition, the graduate of the New School and Aaron Copeland School of Music can also be found performing weekly with the iconic NYC hip hop band, Nickle & Dime Ops, and with his own, The Jason Marshall Organ Trio in Harlem. Also a highly sought after composer and arranger, Mr. Marshall wrote and arranged the modern day classic “Miss Garvey, Miss Garvey!!” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2009.  He has also written and arranged music for the Taipei Jazz Orchestra and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.   His work for large ensemble can be heard most regularly performed by his critically acclaimed orchestra, the Jason Marshall Big Band.  The jazz orchestra will release its debut album Order of Magnitude this fall.

Jason Marshall – sax

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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 – T. K. Blue

May 3, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

T.K. Blue began his life in music by playing trumpet from ages 8 to 10, then switching to drums for a year. After a hiatus, at age 17 he dedicated himself to music by learning flute. While attending New York University Blue threw himself headlong into music, concentrating on the saxophone. After performing and traveling extensively with Abdullah Ibrahim, T.K. moved to Paris where he recorded Egyptian Oasis, his first record as a leader, which sparked State Department tours to some 20 countries in Africa. Back in the USA since 1990, T.K. has worked constantly, in a wide range of styles and situations. Augmenting his long-term relationships as Musical Director with pianist Randy Weston and with the Spirit of Life Ensemble, for several years he was an adjunct professor at Suffolk Community College, and Montclair State University, as well as a full-time professor and director of jazz studies at Long Island University.

Featuring: T.K. Blue – saxophones

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

More Info:

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

Charlie Parker – The King of Bepop | Harlem Jazz Boxx

Credited as the inventor of the musical style of bebop, Charlie Parker was more than that. His success didn’t stop there. But let’s start at the beginning.

Charlie Parker “Bird” was born on August 29, 1920, in Kansas. Although he didn’t have any musical aspirations at an early age, his father’s musical background, however, was an element of influence for the young Parker. He started playing at the age of 11 and by 14 was an active part of his school band. Playing in clubs around Kansas, Parker worked hard to hone his musical talents.

A move to New York City in 1939 became a turning point in Parker’s life. He held several jobs but all of his free time was devoted to practicing. He soon joined bands that would perform at after-hours clubs in Harlem. During this time he continued his musical learning under the guidance of his teacher, Maury Deutsch. The same year, he discovered the method that eventually led to the development of bebop.

During the early years after its inception, bebop wasn’t fully accepted by the public. Jazz musicians were skeptical and rejected the new style. Once the recording ban lifted in 1945, bebop got the fame it deserved. Fans and jazz musicians were all ready to groove to the music. The music was new but refreshing, and so audiences all over the world were fascinated by the new sound. This accomplishment put Charlie Parker and his band in the spotlight.

While his stint with bebop paid off, Parker wanted to perform with a string section. Being a keen student of classical music, he wanted to experiment with the genre. And hence he worked with Norman Granz to record an album of ballads. In 1949, he made his European debut at the Paris International Jazz Festival.

While Charlie Parker was achieving successes in his professional life, his personal life started to affect his career. Substance abuse and heroin addiction affected his work but many of his works during this time had been labelled as remarkable. His command over his work made his pieces even more magical. Being gregarious and charismatic, Charlie Parker’s complex character didn’t show much. His music had the same nature, complex and thought-provoking.

His works forever changed the performance and writing of jazz music. As the big band era was slowly fading away, Charlie Parker gave the industry something new. It was the bebop that changed the gameplay in the jazz industry and thus highly influential saxophonist who had a penchant for fast and free-styled music.

Charlie Parker’s contributions to the jazz industry are numerous, but we can all agree that he went too soon. His music brought peace and solace to many others, but it had no such effect on him. He died on March 12, 1955, in New York City while he was staying at Stanhope Hotel.

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