A Tribute to Hamiett Bluiett

June 4, 2017 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm bluiett_orig 4

A Tribute to Hamiett Bluiett presented by Arts for Art and Harlem Jazz Boxx.

Performers include: Pheeroan akLaff, Kelvyn Bell, James Carter, Cooper-Moore, Craig Harris’ Saints & Aints Brass Choir, DD Jackson, Kidd Jordan, Oliver Lake, William Parker, Antoine Roney, Kojo Roney, Quincy Troupe, Matthew Whitaker, James Jabbo Ware’s, Me We Them Orchestra …

Cost: $35 in advance; $40 at the door

House doors open at 4:15 pm

Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church
59 West 137th Street between Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10037 US

Carnegie Hall presents Neighborhood Concert: Michael Olatuja & Lagos Pepper Soup

January 23, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

micheele-oNigerian bassist, Michael Olatuja and his new group Lagos Pepper Soup perform a funky mix of jazz, R&B, gospel, and soul. Olatuja’s music is inspired by the musical and spiritual journeys that have taken him from Nigeria to New York. Listeners will get a taste of Lagos Pepper Soup when the group releases its eponymous album later this year.

Performers: Michael Olatuja & Lagos Pepper Soup ·· Michael Olatuja, Bass and Composer ·· Thana Alexa, Vocals ·· Samir Zarif, Saxophone ·· Manuel Valera, Piano and Keyboards ·· Obed Calvaire, Drums

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street New York NY 10037

https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/1/23/0700/PM/Neighborhood-Concert-Michael-Olatuja-Lagos-Pepper-Soup/

 

Firey String Sistas! – Harlem Jazz Series – December 16, 2016 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

fiery-strings-currentFirey String Sistas! celebrates the power, beauty and creativity of women. With a fresh, original style violinist Marlene Rice, cellist Nioka Workman, bassist Melissa Slocum, pianist-vocalist Mala Waldron and drummer Camille Gainer-Jones weave together Jazz, World music and tributes to their families. “JOYOUS”, a holiday chamber Jazz favorite. Firey String Sistas! is a touring chamber Jazz ensemble that is configured anywhere from duo to 20-piece orchestra for events throughout the year. The group is quickly gaining a reputation for presenting unique performances that include cultural, world and women’s views. They’ve performed at several cutting edge venues such as Harlem Summer Stage Amphitheater, Brooklyn Museum, the Puck Building, Center For Arts & Culture, South Orange Performing Arts Center (WBGO’s Jazz Kids Series), Harlem Gate House, Borough Hall Community College, Phillip Noris Houses, Symphony Space, UMass, Puffin Cultural Forum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Café Live, the Medgar Evers Jazzy Jazz Festival, the Coltrane Day Music Festival 2016 and the Greenpoint Arts Festival.

 Featuring:

Marlene Rice – violinist

Nioka Workman – cellist

Melissa Slocum – bassist

Mala Waldron – pianist-vocalist

– drummer

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $15

Milton Suggs – Harlem Jazz Series

November 29, 2016 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

milton-suggs“A commanding singer…steeped in tradition…but with modern sensibilities” is just one of the things Downbeat magazine had to say about Milton Suggs. Thus far, Milton has had the pleasure of sharing the stage or recording with such notable musicians as Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Sean Jones, Vincent Gardner, Winard Harper, and Wynton Marsalis. Milton has recorded and produced three studio albums and has received praise from in the popular publications Downbeat and Jazz Times magazines. His third studio album, Lyrical Volume I, was released in July 2012. He currently resides in New York where he performs his music frequently throughout the city while also establishing his presence as a recording and performing artist throughout the country.

Featuring: Milton Suggs – voice/piano, Noah Jackson – bass and Russell Carter – drums

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

Henry Grimes – Harlem Jazz Series – November 25, 2016 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

henrygrimesIn the 1950s and ‘60s, after receiving his music education at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia and at the Juilliard School in New York City, Henry Grimes (upright bass, violin, poetry) played acoustic bass with many master jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Pharaoh Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, and McCoy Tyner. Since then, Henry has played more than 5OO concerts and festivals in 28 countries, playing and recording with many of this era’s music heroes such as Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Roscoe Mitchell, Louis Moholo, David Murray, Zim Ngqawana, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Wadada Leo Smith, and once again, Cecil Taylor.  Henry can be heard on nearly 90 recordings, including a dozen recent ones, on various labels.

Featuring: Henry Grimes – bass, Andrew Lamb – sax and Warren Smith – drums

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $15

Franz Hackl – Harlem Jazz Series

Franz Hackl – Harlem Jazz Series – Harlem Jazz Series – November 22, 2016 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
jahr-der-berge-ny-tt-smallFranz Hackl, trumpeter, composer and brass instrument maker is founder and artistic director of the Outreach Orchestra, Festival and Academy and leads his own group, Franz Hackl’s IDO Quartet His feed-forward approach, building on traditions and looking beyond the fashionable trend, leads to his distinctive style. As a trumpet player Franz has toured the international festival circuit and concert halls for over twenty years and performed in renown Jazz clubs like the Jazz Standard (as a leader), Blue Note, Birdland, and Sweet Basil to name a few. As a composer Franz was commissioned to write original music for the “Year of the Mountains” launch event at the United Nations for the opening of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, and has composed for numerous festivals and ensembles such as Tiroler Festspiele, Europ. Forum Alpbach, Klangspuren, Festival der Regionen and the Absolute Ensemble.
Featuring: Franz Hakcl – trumpet, fluglhorn, Ron Oswanski – piano, accordion, Mark Egan – bass, and Mino Cinelu – percussion
Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church
59 West 137th Street
New York NY 10037
1st set: Noon – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30am
Price: $15

God’s Trombones – December 22nd and 23rd, 2016

craig-gt-2God’s Trombones is coming back home to Harlem this holiday season. Craig Harris will be performing his powerful musical interpretation of James Weldon Johnson’s Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, published in 1927. The collection of poems that refigure inspirational sermons by itinerant Negro preachers. There will only be two performances December 22nd and December 23rd, 2016.

Musicians

Craig Harris – Trombone

Alfred Patterson – Trombone

Art Baron – Trombone

Joe Daley – Euphonium

Bob Stewart – Tuba

Adam Klipple – Keyboards

Tony Lewis – Drums

Vocalists

LaTanya Hall – Principal/Vocals

Sam McKelton – Vocals – Tenor

Charlotte Small – Vocals – Soprano

Craig Harris, a trombonist, composer and longtime Harlem resident. When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him. From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, into the confrontational expressionism of the ‘60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word. He has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of progressive jazz’s most influential figures, and his projects display both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression. It is those two qualities that have dominated Craig’s past forty years of activity, bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world, into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, curator and artistic director.

“Under Harris’s direction, the highly talented performers blended art and spirituality in a way that brought the house down. The experience might best be described as a baptism in glorious sound.”

Daily Challenge – Joan H. Allen

“The audience wasn’t sure if they should holler “amen” or clap: they did both.”

New York Amsterdam News – Ron Scott

Price: $40

House doors open at 7:15p.m.

http://www.welcometoharlem.com/gods-trombone