Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris and Harlem Nightsongs

April 28, 2020 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

Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris and Harlem Nightsongs

April 21, 2020 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

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 Harlem Nightsongs

April 14, 2020 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

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 Harlem Nightsongs

April 7, 2020 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

More Info:

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

James Carter

March 17, 2020 7:00pm

Known for stretching the boundaries on just about the entire saxophone and woodwind family, James Carter — as effective when erupting with volcanic extravagance on up-tempo stomps as in conveying the boudoir tenor saxophone function — mixes stormy romanticism and hard-boiled swagger channels the sound and sensibility of such ‘40s sax icons as Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and Earl Bostic, all personal heroes. In this evening’s edition of Desert Island Discs, Carter will present his all-time favorite tracks and discuss them in encyclopedic detail.

Free.

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

Monday Night Jam

February 24, 2020 6:30pm

The Jazz Foundation helps keep the spirit of the music alive by hosting a jam session at the musicians’ union in midtown Manhattan. The event, organized and funded by JFA, is free and open to the public.

Monday Night Jam offers seasoned veterans a place to meet, perform, and network. It also presents up-and-comers with the opportunity to find mentors and learn from the originals.

It has become a fixture in the jazz community as an informal gathering spot for artists and fans alike.

The jam showcases the living tradition of the music—on any given night, you could see four generations of musicians, from former members of the Count Basie band to teenage prodigies, all sharing the stage together. There’s really nothing else like it in New York.

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

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

More Info:

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

More Info:

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