Harlem Jazz Series – James Brandon Lewis

June 28, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

James Brandon Lewis (b. 1983 Buffalo, NY) is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in today’s scene. Lewis has shared the stage with Ken Filano, Darius Jones and Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Mark Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others. Jazz legend Sonny Rollins endorsed Lewis as a “promising young player with the potential to do great things having listened to the Elders.” New York Times had this to say, “James Brandon Lewis is a jazz saxophonist in his ‘30s, raw toned but measured, doesn’t sound steeped in the current jazz academy values; there’s an independence about him.” Lewis leads numerous ensembles and is the co-founder of Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. Lewis attended Howard University, with a MFA from California Institute of the Arts. 

Featuring:
James Brandon Lewis – 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
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

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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

Harlem Jazz Series – Kelvyn Bell

June 18, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

One who creates art using sound, guitarist/composer Kelvyn Bell has created a 35 year legacy as one of New York’s most diverse creative artists. After composing for theatre and film, Mr. Bell is currently focused on expressing his talents through live performance of original works. The Kelvyn Bell Fo Tet is an experimental ensemble he created to reflect the spirit of “right now music.” Utilizing New York’s top musicians, the band’s material includes new music from Kelvyn’s upcoming acoustic guitar CD as well as the current release of his internationally acclaimed avant-funk band Kelvynator. Kelvyn recorded and traveled as a sideman with music legends Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, DeFunkt, Cassandra Wilson, Craig Harris, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, James Carter and many others. Kelvyn Bell brings a diversity of influences and experience to his music that is sure to have you dancing, clapping and thinking higher thoughts all at once. 

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Musicians – Kelvyn Bell – guitar

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

Phone: 212-662-7779

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 Boxx – Carla Cook Quartet

June 21, 2019 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 – vocals

First set: 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Cost: $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 – Yayoi Ikawa

June 14, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised musically in New York, pianist/composer/educator Yayoi Ikawa is an experience in ingenuity and compassion. Being exposed to the diverse music scene in New York, Yayoi plays Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, African, and Caribbean music. Using music as a powerful communication tool, Yayoi strives to lift up humanity through understanding and encouraging herself and others. After a Nippon Crown release “Angel Eyes” in 2004, she self-produced “Color of Dreams” displaying her original compositions. In 2008, Yayoi started “The Bridge Project” to create musical dialogue between different cultures. Yayoi has worked with Reggie Workman, Michael Carvin, Howard Johnson, Michal Urbaniak, Salim Washington, Emeline Michel, James Germain, Daniel Bernard Roumain, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, The Meditations, Kaissa, Blitz the Ambassador, St Paul Baptist Church in Montclair NJ, the International Jazz and Dance Academy in Slovenia and more. Her musical activities can be seen on http://www.yayoiikawa.net

Featuring:

Yayoi Ikawa – piano/composition

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

House doors open at 7:30 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 – Richard Fairfax

June 11, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Richard Fairfax is a native New Yorker who has participated in a wide spectrum of cultural activities throughout the last five decades. He was a sideman in professional bands, occasionally backing up star performers like the Four Tops and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. He studied music performance and composition with Makanda Ken McIntyre and Warren Smith, playing with them and other exceptional musicians on the New York City jazz scene throughout the 1980’s and 90’s.  Mr. Fairfax collaborated with socially, politically conscious theater-poetry-dance-music groups, including The Sedition Ensemble, Elliot Bratton’s Message and the We Owe Somebody Collective. Over many years of employment at ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax performed his original compositions with musically talented co-workers for special events. In Harlem where Mr. Fairfax resides, he produced and performed the “Freedom Summer 2008” series, which featured some of his works with community discussions of historical events and their contemporary relevance. Since retirement from ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax continues to write, publish and perform his own compositions, collaborating often with the cyborg species Automata Africanus and sometimes with the finest human musicians.

Featuring: Richard Fairfax – reeds.

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 – Tony Lewis Trio

June 4, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Tony Lewis is a drummer/songwriter from the South Bronx, New York who has worked with a variety of stellar artists including Little Richard, Sting, Cyndi Lauper, Rakim, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, and Craig Harris. 

‘My defining moment in choosing to play the drums came from watching cats and listening. My dad, who used to play himself, was always bringing home Down Beat magazine so I would look at all the drum ads with Max Roach, Louie Bellson and Ed Shaughnessy of the Tonight Show band fame, Bernard Purdie, Jack DeJohnette, and Billy Cobham. One particular visual for me was watching the movie “The Glenn Miller Story” with James Stewart from 1954. There’s a scene where he’s performing (or acting like he is) in a little club jammin’ with Louis Armstrong. In the club there’s another drummer, the great Cozy Cole playing. Another drumming legend Gene Krupa, who played with Miller in real life happens to be in the club. So, the two start playing together on the same kit. While Cozy is sitting down on his own kit, Gene stands next to him playing his floor toms. The way these two got on while playing and created such a lovely little melody/groove on the kit, I was mesmerized, to say the least. In fact, it was inspiring to me to want to continue playing once I saw this.’

Tony Lewis – Drums,  Yayoi Lina Ikawa – piano, and Gary Foote – bass

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

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