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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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

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

Tulivu Cumberbatch – Harlem Jazz Series

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Tulivu Cumberbatch – November 18, 2016 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Ms. Cumberbatch is a native of Brooklyn and has toured extensively in such places as the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, West Africa, Russia, Japan, and the United States. She has worked extensively with trumpeter Hannibal Loukumbe as the featured vocalist in two of his symphonies and also performed his suite “Fannie Lou Hamer” with the Kronos Quartet and “Love Poems to God” with dancer/choreographer, Dianne McIntyre and his ensemble. Ms. Cumberbath has performed with John Hicks, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Diedre Murray, Lonni Plaxico, Onaje-Alan Gumbs, Curtis Lundy, Cecil Brooks III, Steve Wilson, Andy Bey, Al Harewood, Cecil Payne, and Romero Lubambo, to name a few. She currently works with the Baritone Saxophones, the Ray Abrams Big Band, the Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble, and her own Magnificent Trio. Ms. Cumberbatch has produced three recordings on Ki-Ki Records and is soon to release the recording “Seasoned Elegance.” (www.tulivu.com)

Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church 59 West 137th Street, New York NY 10037
1st set: 7pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8pm – 8:45pm
House doors open at 6:30pm
Price: $15