Jazzmobile – Brianna Thomas

July 28, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Brianna_Thomas_7“Brianna Thomas may well be the best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation.”
Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal. Brianna’s singing is deeply enriched by an understanding of the masterful voices of jazz past. Beyond a healthy serving of sass, Sarah Vaughn’s influence contributes to Brianna’s style the artistic savvy needed to communicate myriad moods and feelings as well as a keen instrumental perspective. Add to that a coyness reminiscent of Nancy Wilson, an Ella-esque skill and enthusiasm for scatting, and the stylistic breadth and vocal grandeur evocative of Dianne Reeves. Perhaps Brianna’s greatest asset is the soulfulness of her sound. Captivatingly unique, her sound moves in tones ranging from sweet invitations to assured convictions, establishing a personal and classic quality that leaves listeners swooning after her performances.

Brianna has blazed a path in the world of jazz and continues a stellar ascent. With dedication, hard work, and a sparkling personality, Brianna is sure to become one of jazz’s most prominent voices. The words of legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller best illustrate Brianna Thomas’ abilities, hailing her as a “marvelous new artist who has all it takes to reach the top of the jazz profession and music in general.”
“Ms. Thomas has a strong voice and a big range descended from Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter and routed through Dianne Reeves, with clarity and confidence and a little dirt.”
– Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park – 18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027 US

Jazzmobile – Jeremy Pelt

August 4, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Jeremy_Pelt_Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters. These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Pelt…maintains a consistent forward momentum.. while he transmits a modern-day sense of urgency with his songs. more » Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, John Hicks, Charli Persip, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Nancy Wilson and The Skatalites, to name a few.Pelt frequently performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard.

Pelt frequently performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, and the Duke Ellington Big Band, and is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes. As a leader, Pelt has recorded ten albums and has toured globally with his various ensembles, appearing at many major jazz festivals and concert venues.

Pelt’s recordings and performances have earned him critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal by legendary jazz writer and producer, Nat Hentoff, and was voted Rising Star on the trumpet, five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. Pelt is currently touring throughout the United States and Europe in support of his latest release, “Make Noise!” (Highnote rec. 2017).

Free
Marcus Garvey Park – 
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027 US

Jazzmobile – Antoine Roney

Antoine RoneyJuly 26, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Along with being a world-renowned accomplished tenor and soprano saxophonist and clarinetist, Antoine Roney is the composer of 30 works for film and festivals from Turkey, Israel, Europe, West Africa and Asia. He has played with and has studied under the tutelage of many of the great Jazz musicians of our time such as Jackie McLean, Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter, Pharaoh Saunders, Clifford Jordan, Herman “Jr.” Cook, George Coleman, Ornette Coleman and many others. His career spans over three and a half decades. He was [more recently] the composer for “Bringing in da Spirit,” a twelve-time, award-winning documentary on African-American midwifery. Antoine has worked with jazz greats such as Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Wallace Roney, Cindy Blackman, Freddie Hubbard, Geri Allen, Chick Corea and Elvin Jones and has released 5 recordings as a leader. He is currently a member of “The Electric Miles Band” Co-led by Miles Davis lum Vince Wilburn, Jr., Darrell Jones, and Babe Irving III. He has also worked with Will Calhoun (Living Color) on the “Elvin Jones Project” and works and tours with duo, trio, and quartet projects of his own. Some of his recent projects include working with guitarist, William “Spaceman” Patterson; organist, Greg Lewis; and his prodigy son, Kojo Roney. Says Roney, “the collaboration with these guys is very creative and explosive! With many different elements of music!!”

Cost: FREE

Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Ola Fresca

olafrescaJuly 16, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Tropical Latin Salsa

Ola Fresca brings a Latin sound directly from Brooklyn. The band weaves musical bridges connecting Cuban son, salsa, timba, and funk.

Sundays, June 18, 2017 – September 3, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)

FREE

Craig Harris and Tailgaters Tales – Harlem Jazz Series

craig-gt-2July 19, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm

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 important figures and his own 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 twenty 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.

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church – 59 West 137th Street,  New York NY 10037 US

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Jazzmobile – Antonio Hart

July 19, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Antonio Hart.jpgAntonio Hart has been long recognized as one of the most talented instrumentalist of his generation. In recent years he has been recognized as an important jazz educator. In his 20 years as a professional musician, he has performed and recorded with many jazz greats from Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson, Nat Adderley, and McCoy Tyner to Dave Holland. Hart’s study of Jazz began at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee and Joe Viola. The three teachers gave him the foundation he needed to develop into a professional musician. Because of the lessons learned at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Hart really thought it was important to have a balance between music and academia, so in his sophomore year, he became a Music Education Major. He made many friends at Berklee, but the most important was Roy Hargrove. They spent three years touring the world and recording Hargrove’s first three records. Hart considers Hargrove to be his brother in life and music. He even used Hargrove on his first recording “For the First Time”.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Hart also worked on a Master’s Degree at Queens College. There he had the opportunity to learn from the great Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd. Hart felt blessed and honored when Mr. Heath produced his second recording “Don’t You Know I Care.” His 1997 release, ‘Here I Stand’ Impulse records, earned Hart a 1997 Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo’ He has also been in much demand as a guest on over 100 recordings, and seven CDs as a leader. The latest, ‘All we Need’ Chiaroscuro Records. After 12 years at Queens College Hart was promoted to Full Professor. Hart also maintains an extensive performance schedule and continues to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He feels very blessed to have the balance of teaching, as well as, traveling around the world. In his off time, he practices martial arts, and listens to other styles of music for inspiration. Hart is constantly trying to honor his many teachers by continuing to study music and teach to the best of his ability.

Cost: FREE

Location
Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027 US

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