SummerStage – Gregory Porter / Victory

Gregory PorterJune 2, 2018 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

While the sensational Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Gregory Porter cut his teeth singing and emulating his idol, Nat King Cole, he has a sound that’s all his own. In the past, he’s been praised by The New York Times for his unique approach to jazz, soul, and gospel. He’s joined by Victory, a once-in-a-generation talent who is a performance mainstay in Central Park, known for her blend of soul and folk that has moved the likes of Jay-Z.

Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Cost: FREE

Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10021

 

 

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Eddie Allen

Jun 1, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, author … Eddie Allen is one of the more versatile musicians on the New York scene. Playing everything from jazz to R&B/Pop to Latin to symphonic to Broadway, and everything in between. Eddie has worked with such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Billy Harper, Randy Weston, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Bobby Watson, Jon Faddis, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Joe Henderson and Steve Turre. He has recorded and performed with, as well as composed for Louis Hayes, Lester Bowie, Jack McDuff, Etta Jones & Houston Person, Mongo Santamaria, Chico Freeman, Charli Persip, and Vanessa Rubin. Eddie leads a quartet, a quintet, a Latin/Brasilian project, a large ensemble and a big band, who not only plays Eddie’s compositions and arrangements, but also the music of such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Rufus Reid as they come to lead the band.

Featuring:
Eddie Allen: Trumpet
Justin Jones: Alto Sax
Misha Tsiganov: Piano
Kenny Davis: Acoustic Bass
Darrell Greene: Drums

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 – 8:45pm

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

Location
Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York, NY 10027

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Andrew DruryMay 29, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Andrew Drury a drummer, composer, improviser, and educator. His work is animated by a lifelong fascination with rhythm, space, and a drum-based sensibility for melody and energy. Born and raised in the Seattle area, he studied with Ed Blackwell, Bill Lowe, Bill Barron, Robert O’Meally, and the writer Annie Dillard. Andrew Drury has played with a diverse assortment of musicians including Brad Mehldau, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Thomas Chapin, Joe Fonda, Mario Pavone, Wes Brown, David Bindman, Dicky Wells, Chris Lightcap, Matt Moran, Paul Flaherty, Michael Attias, Anthony Braxton, Jackie McLean, and Wadada Leo Smith. Working in genres and formats that fall outside what’s typically considered jazz, Andrew’s Earth Solos is an ongoing series of outdoor, site-specific drum set improvisations performed and photographed in desert, mountain, and industrial settings in the western US. As a freelance educator, Andrew has led nearly 1,000 junk percussion workshops and residencies in the US and Central America, in prisons, schools, theaters, reservations, museums, and elsewhere. Since 2002 he has taught composition in the NYC public schools via the Manhattan New Music Project, Carnegie Hall Weill Institute, and others.

Featuring:
Ku-umba Frank Lacy – trombone
Kevin Ray – bass
Andrew Drury – drums

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

Location:
Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York, NY 10027

Melissa Slocum – Harlem Jazz Series

May 22, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

MelissaSlocumMelissa Slocum has been performing worldwide since 1982, and worked with such legends as Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones. Comfortable in genres ranging from duo to big band, traditional to avant garde, she performed and recorded with Charli Persip and Superband, Ralph Peterson and the Fo’tet, Avery Brooks with Craig Harris, Howard Johnson and Gravity, Dakota Staton, Kevin Mahogany, the Firey String Sistas, and the all woman big band DIVA, among many others. Television appearances include Newport Jazz Festival 1999, Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Gala, BET Interview, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN with the Kevin Mahogany Quintet and CBS News with Lionel Hampton.  Ms. Slocum holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.

 

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church 

43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027 US

James Brandon Lewis Trio – Harlem Jazz Series

May 18, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

James Brandon Lewis (b. 1983 Buffalo, NY) is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in today’s scene. Lewis has shared the stage with Ken Filano, Darius Jones and Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Mark Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others. Jazz legend Sonny Rollins endorsed Lewis as a “promising young player with the potential to do great things having listened to the Elders.” New York Times had this to say, “James Brandon Lewis is a jazz saxophonist in his ‘30s, raw toned but measured, doesn’t sound steeped in the current jazz academy values; there’s an independence about him.” Lewis leads numerous ensembles and is the co-founder of Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. Lewis attended Howard University, with a MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Featuring:

James Brandon Lewis – sax, Brad Jones – bass, and Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

1st set: 7pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm

House doors open at 7:30pm

Price: $20

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York, NY 10027

Yayoi Ikawa – Harlem Jazz Series

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May 25, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised musically in New York, pianist/composer/educator Yayoi Ikawa is an experience in ingenuity and compassion. Being exposed to the diverse music scene in New York, Yayoi plays Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, African, and Caribbean music. Using music as a powerful communication tool, Yayoi strives to lift up humanity through understanding and encouraging herself and others. After a Nippon Crown release “Angel Eyes” in 2004, she self-produced “Color of Dreams” displaying her original compositions. In 2008, Yayoi started “The Bridge Project” to create musical dialogue between different cultures. Yayoi has worked with Reggie Workman, Michael Carvin, Howard Johnson, Michal Urbaniak, Salim Washington, Emeline Michel, James Germain, Daniel Bernard Roumain, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, The Meditations, Kaissa, Blitz the Ambassador, St Paul Baptist Church in Montclair NJ, the International Jazz and Dance Academy in Slovenia and more. Her musical activities can be seen on http://www.yayoiikawa.net

Featuring:

Yayoi Ikawa – piano/composition

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Dr. Lonnie Smith

lonnie smithMay 17, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

For more than five decades, Dr. Lonnie Smith has donned his iconic turban and cast a spell with the Hammond B-3 organ. Immersed in gospel, blues, and jazz from an early age, he cut his teeth on classic organ records by legends Wild Bill Davis and Jimmy Smith, while also absorbing the church organ sound. His soulful, funky style is instantly identifiable, and has made him the organist of choice for such jazz icons as George Benson and Lou Donaldson.

Performers: Dr. Lonnie Smith. Additional artists to be announced.

Cost: Free.

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031