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!
The DeJohnette – Coltrane – Garrison Trio is a multi-generational jazz supergroup. DeJohnette is a highly influential jazz drummer inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2007; Ravi Coltrane – post-bop jazz saxophonist – is the son of jazz pianist Alice Coltrane and saxophonist John Coltrane, who played with DeJohnette; Matthew Garrison is DeJohnette’s godson, and an accomplished bassist in his own right, described by the New York Times as “an electric bass virtuoso.” Fifty years ago DeJohnette played with Coltrane Garrison’s fathers in John Coltrane’s group; on the 2016 album In Movement, he plays Coltrane’s haunting elegy “Alabama” with their sons. Harpist Brandee Younger, a modern harpist, under the influence of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane herself will open the show.
Sugar Hill Mornings is a summer musical performance series presented by the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling in collaboration with the Jazz Foundation of America celebrating the longstanding history of musical genius inherent to Sugar Hill. The series has been devised to foster inter-generational exchange and reiterate themes present in the Museum’s exhibitions, amplifying the power of listening, memory, and the human voice as a tool for societal uplift.
This edition of Sugar Hill Mornings features neighborhood legend and a muse of exhibitions at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, Marjorie Eliot who exemplifies “playing from the heart.” She is best known for welcoming listeners into her apartment every Sunday since 1992, in celebration of life. Marjorie’s piano performance at Sugar Hill will tell the story of jazz.
Y Su Apollo Sound with Sammy González, Tito Cruz, Carlos Santos, and Endel Dueño
January 26, 2019 8:00pm
Roberto Roena is one of the most renowned salsa creators in Puerto Rico and around the world. He is famous for his participation in the Combo of Cortijo, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Fania, Puerto Rico All Stars and Legendary Apollo Sound.
He returns to the Lehman Center to celebrate more than 55 years of splendor, rhythm, and flavor of his musical talent! Special guests and Original Singers will include Sammy González, Tito Cruz and Carlos Santos, the voices behind great hits like Tu Loco, Loco, (his first hit), Mi Desengaño, Lamento de Concepción, Cui Cui, Avísale a Mi Contrario, Marejada Feliz, Peldaño, “Regaño al Corazón, and Progreso, and the legendary Master Timbalero Endel Dueño.
Alakande! Spread Joy! is a women’s percussive and vocal ensemble that spreads joy by way of music, dance, song, and verse from the African Diaspora. They play drums from West Africa, congas from the Caribbean, iron bells and shekeres like you haven’t heard them played before, and more. Their harmonies will soothe your soul. The word “Alakande” is an original creation by its founder and musical director Joan Ashley. Alakande means “Let’s go spread joy!” Recently Alakande! Spread Joy! had the honor of performing at Dance Africa’s “Tribute to Baba Chuck Davis.”
Madeleine Yayodele Nelson