Harlem Jazz Series – Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin – Power of The Word In Our Hands

August 17, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin is an award-winning spoken-word performance-recording artist, actress, educator, and self-empowerment speaker. Gha’il was most recently featured in The Appel Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center in collaboration with Senakwami’s Studio, with pianist Julius Rodriguez. For the third year in a row, Gha’il rocked the house as host/performer in the 18th annual Fort Green Juneteenth Arts Festival Celebration. Ms. Benjamin’s collaboration with Jeff Haynes on the CD Storm King with the late great Pete Seeger was Grammy nominated and the winner of The Audiobook of the Year Award (Publishers Weekly). Ms. Benjamin coaches and facilitates an array of self-empowerment workshops and is featured in filmmaker Al Santana’s REPARATION BLUES, and China Colston’s DARK SEED and SWEET THANG. Via her own production company Talking Poems and Storytelling Production’s, she continues to customize poetry for any occasion. Her CD Spiritual Eclipse continues to inspire audiences.

Featuring: Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin – spoken word; Ayodele Maakheru – bass, vocal; and Hasan Bakr – percussion, vocal

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15 min break)
2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20 

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

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: West Side Story Reimagined Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band Poetry by La Bruja and Rich Villar

Aug 10, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Leonard Bernstein’s score to West Side Story fused progressive big-band jazz, lyric opera, modern dance, and Latin rhythms into a groundbreaking masterpiece that revolutionized the Broadway musical. Celebrate Maestro Bernstein’s centennial year with the Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. Just a few blocks from where the opening of the film was shot, they reimagine the timeless instrumental score using traditional Afro-Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Brazilian, Venezuelan, and Mexican rhythms, funk, rock, and jazz. Poets La Bruja and Rich Villar kick off the evening with an electrifying set of the spoken word.

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street
New York NY 10023

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