Considered one of the most controversial and progressive composers of the 1970s and 80s, Julius Eastman’s music bonds minimalism, jazz, and pop to create a joyous mesmerizing experience. Building on the traditions of his minimalist contemporaries, such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass, his music has drive and propulsion, but is considered to be more influenced by organic harmonic changes than strict structures. Tragically, his music was nearly completely lost after he was evicted from his New York apartment in the late 1980s and his scores and music mostly lived on only with those who knew him after he died, alone, in 1990, and was nearly forgotten forever. Those who knew him as a strong vocal African-American queer artist say he left a deep impression on New York and that this late revitalization of his work will become a pillar in the development of contemporary music.
In this performance of Eastman’s Femenine, the Harlem Chamber Players and Talea Ensemble pay tribute to Eastman’s work as an important statement to the community and commitment to solidifying Eastman’s place in the canon.
Kassa Overall belongs to a rare class of musicians naturally fluent in both jazz performance and hip-hop production. As a jazz drummer, MC, singer and producer, he innovates with the force and ingenuity of his former employer, pianist Geri Allen. On his new release, I Think I’m Good, Overall collaborates with both standard-bearers such as pianists Vijay Iyer and rising stars (vibist Joel Ross, singer J Hoard, among others) to address a range of contemporary issues, including mental illness, which he considers from personal experience and in terms of society at large.
For this event, Overall will perform music from the new album. Following the performance, in discussion with series host Larry Blumenfeld and guest panelists, Overall will consider taboos and policy issues related to mental health, and its connections to creativity.
Join the Schomburg every Monday in March for this annual tradition during Women’s History Month featuring some of the best known and unsung performers in jazz today. Throughout the month, we will explore sounds from Haiti to a celebration of jazz pianist Hazel Scott’s centennial birthday.
A BALLAD FOR HAZEL SCOTT An evening dedicated to the work and life of jazz and classical pianist, and actress Hazel Scott. Join us as we celebrate her centennial birthday. We kick off the festival with a musical tribute from two piano virtuosos coupled with a conversation with Karen Chilton, author of Hazel Scott:The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, from Café Society to Hollywood to HUAC.
Tickets: MARCH 2ND ONLY General Admission $15
Schomburg Society Member* $15
ALL OTHER DAYS General Admission $35
Schomburg Society Member* $25
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.