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

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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 – Darius Jones

August 23, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted alto saxophonist and composer. He joined the New York music community in 2005, after living and studying in Richmond, VA. Darius comes from a diverse musical background, which led to his unique and soulful approach to music. His repertoire includes compositions and performances in electro-acoustic music, chamber ensembles; contemporary and avant-garde jazz groups, modern dance performances, and multi-media events. Darius has collaborated with other artists including Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, Oliver Lake Big Band, William Parker’s Essence of Ellington, Eric Revis Quartet, Trevor Dunn’s Proof Readers, Nasheet Waits “Equality” Quartet, Bill McHenry, Elliott Sharp, James Carter, Jason Moran, Andrew Cyrille, Ryan Sawyer, Angelica Sanchez, Yo La Tengo, Beans, Brandford Marsalis, Chad Taylor, Sean Conly, Alex Harding, Sun Ra Arkestra, Shazhad Ismaily, Aruan Ortiz, Fay Victor, and many more. Darius’ 2012 release, Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) was listed among NPR’s Best Top 10 Jazz Albums of that year.

Featuring:
Darius Jones – alto sax

1st set: 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm (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 – Vincent Chancey

August 13, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Over the past 25 years, Vincent Chancey has built a solid reputation as an accomplished and totally dedicated french horn player, performing in a wide variety of musical contexts, and as an increasingly active composer. In 2000 Mr. Chancey had the honor of playing a performance for Pope John Paul II’s 80th birthday concert. The french horn is Mr. Chancey’s natural voice and he is devoted to achieving wider recognition for the horn as a jazz instrument.

Featuring:
Vincent Chancey – french horn, pandiero

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $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 – Calvin Jones Trio

August 6, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Calvin Jones, the acoustic and electric bassist, was born in North Carolina. His recording resume numbers over forty CDs and he has toured and performed with Ray Anderson, Patti Austin, Don Braden, Cecil Brooks, Tom Brown, Alex Bugnon, Donald Byrd, Steve Coleman, Carla Cook, Ted Curson, Chico Freeman, Darrell Grant, Craig Harris, Jon Hendricks, Andrew Hill, Javon Jackson, Angela Johnson, Ronny Jordan, Eartha Kitt, Dave Koz, Les McCann, Greg Osby, Max Roach, Pharoah Sanders, and James “Blood” Ulmer, Emeline Michel, Johannes Mossinger to name a few. Mr. Jones has performed on Broadway with “Bring ‘N Da Noise, Bring ‘N Da Funk (including the first national tour), “Aint Nothin’ But The Blues”, “All Shook Up” and “The Janice Joplin Show.” Touring and performing has taken Mr. Jones to some forty countries and forty-five of the fifty U.S. states.

Featuring: Calvin Jones – bass.

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

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

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

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Alexis Marcelo Trio

July 30, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Alexis Marcelo is a pianist who creates a soulful New York City sound. He instinctively delivers a sound representative of a wide range of influences. Alexis’s training began when he began studying with JD Parran (AACM) at the Harlem School of the Arts and continued at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he studied composition with Yusef Lateef. Alexis has performed nationally and abroad at various festivals and prestigious venues, including the North Sea Jazz Festival (Yusef Lateef), the Detroit Jazz Festival (Yusef Lateef), Etnafest (Italy-Yusef Lateef), Mediawave Festival (Hungary-The Hub), and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Alexis has also recorded multiple albums with former professor and mentor Yusef Lateef. Recently Alexis recorded his first album and can be heard on current recordings of Adam Rudolph’s Go Orchestra & Moving Pictures, and a new recording with Malcolm Mooney (Can). Alexis Marcelo is a very unique pianist who looks to provide a soulful experience.

Musicians – Alexis Marcelo – piano, Caylen Bryant – bass, and Malik Washington – drums

Cost: $15

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

House doors open at 11:30 am

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

Virgin Island Jazz Collective

June 29, 2019 7:00pm

The VI Jazz Collective is an ensemble of young Virgin Islanders showcasing the musical heritage of the US Virgin Islands and their forefathers through the harmonic structure of jazz.

The VI Jazz Collective:

Keshawn Hardy – Trumpet
Sherwin Williams – Saxophone
Jairay Petty – Piano
Sam Smith – Bass
Joshua Farrell – Drums
Eljhaie Brathwaite – Steel Pan
Howard Peters – Vibes

Under the Direction of Mr. Dion Parson, these young musicians have been developing their musical craft since 2014 as members of the VI Youth Ensemble (VIYE) – a performance-based education program administered by United Jazz Foundation for musically talented Junior High and High School students on the US Virgin Islands.

The VI Jazz Collective provides an opportunity for VIYE alumni to spread their wings and represent the US Virgin Islands on a National and International level as part of the world-wide campaign “Made in the VI”; a collaboration between the Economic Development Agency (EDA) of the US Virgin Islands and United Jazz Foundation!

Tickets: $10

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