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 – Dick Griffin

August 2, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Dick Griffin is one of today’s leading trombone players. Griffin has developed a highly personalized playing style, which he calls “circularphonics”. His ability to combine playing chords on the trombone with circular breathing is unrivaled among Jazz trombonists. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz and Soul, as well as appearing with several symphony orchestras. A short list of the luminaries Mr. Griffin has worked with includes: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Tito Puente, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, James Brown, Harry Belafonte, Michael Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, George Benson, Abdullah Ibrahim, Archie Shepp, Hilton Ruiz, James Carter, and David Murray. Griffin is also a painter, with showings in New York and Europe. These expressionistic images grace the covers of two of his CDs: Time Will Tell and Homage to Sun Ra.

Featuring: Dick Griffin – trombone

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

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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