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.


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

“What is the Soundtrack to Harlem’s Future?”

November 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM

“What is the Soundtrack to Harlem’s Future?” A Harlem Stage Think Tank Event – Calling all Harlem residents, artists, scholars and activists. Join us for an interactive evening of dynamic dialogue, performance and engagement as we explore community, gentrification, music and the future of Harlem as the inaugural cohort of the Harlem Stage Think Tank presents their creative responses to the question “What is the Soundtrack to Harlem’s Future?” The Harlem Stage Think Tank is a vibrant community of diverse minds including artists, scholars, journalists, entrepreneurs, activists, Harlem residents and audience members brought together to explore a field of inquiry around one central question.

The Harlem Stage Think Tank Event will have a specialty menu of light bites and beverages and will be followed by a DJ dance party. For more info:

Cost: FREE

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


Darius Jones – Harlem Jazz Series – October 25, 2016 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Darius Jones
is an extraordinarily gifted alto saxophonist and composer. He comes from a diverse musical background, which led to his unique and soulful approach to music. His repertoire includes compositions and performances in electro-acoustic music, chamber ensembles; contemporary and avant-garde jazz groups, modern dance performances, and multi-media events. Darius has collaborated with other artists including Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, Oliver Lake Big Band, William Parker’s Essence of Ellington, Eric Revis Quartet, Trevor Dunn’s Proof Readers, Nasheet Waits “Equality” Quartet, Bill McHenry, Elliott Sharp, James Carter, Jason Moran, Andrew Cyrille, Ryan Sawyer, Angelica Sanchez, Yo La Tengo, Beans, Brandford Marsalis, Chad Taylor, Sean Conly, Alex Harding, Sun Ra Arkestra, Shazhad Ismaily, Aruan Ortiz, Fay Victor, and many more. Darius’ 2012 release, Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) was listed among NPR’s Best Top 10 Jazz Albums of that year.

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

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

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An Evening of Musical Masters

Abby London-Crawford In Association with The Sanctuary Arts Initiative


“An Evening of Musical Masters”

$20 for the Evening
Doors open at 6:45 pm.
General seating. Cash only.
All tickets purchased at door.
Reservations may be made in advance at or at 646.206.2080;
but reserved only until 7PM on the evening of the concert.

7:30 PM
T.K. Blue, Sax, Flute
Zaccai Curtis, Piano

8:30 PM
Dick Griffin, Trombone, Piano
Michael Wimberly, Percussion, Vibes

9:30 PM
Elektra Kurtis and Ensemble Elektra:
Elektra Kurtis, Violin
Curtis Stewart, Violin
Kenny Davis, Electric Bass
Reggie Nicholson, Drums

Photo Credits:
R.I. Sutherland-Cohen for T.K. Blue, Dick Griffin; Alexandra Ionescu for Michael Wimberly; Gulnara Khamatova for Zaccai Curtis; Marta Monko for Ensemble Elektra.

“Even though the church is located behind and across from Port Authority, its sanctuary is ideal for music, as it offers an environment that envelopes you immediately with its calming and welcoming ambience,” says Ms. London-Crawford, the producer of the event.

For over ten years Ms. London-Crawford has been the festival manager of the Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center’s annual “Rhythm in the Kitchen” Music Festival, which had its beginnings in this very church, Metro Baptist, in 2006, and 2007, before being relocated to another neighborhood church. HKCC will produce their future festivals at Metro Baptist. This evening, however, is Ms. London-Crawford’s first independently produced concert.

Ms. London-Crawford has also been a volunteer in two of the many services at Metro: the winter clothing closet and the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project, which has been growing vegetables for its community-based Food Pantry on its roof for six years now.

“I am inspired by the work of the Sanctuary Arts Initiative, the site of exciting music, dance, social events, and film, and am grateful that its director, Lily Womble, was eager to welcome me with this concert. It is perfect that they are feeding folks in body, and now spirit through the arts.”


“I don’t like to categorize or label music, or box it in,” Ms. London-Crawford points out. But I titled this concert, “An Evening of Musical Masters,” for a reason. What is a master? Each musical artist on this program exemplifies the true meaning of a musical master: one who takes up the lessons and legacy of his or her mentors; learns; does not rest on his or her laurels; and moves the music forward, often becoming a teacher in turn.

“Regardless of age, we recognize brilliance when we hear it. We hear the traditions, influences of the ‘elders,’ all the creative forces exercised for an inspired, deeply felt communication between player and listener/participant.

“At the concert, we will hear written and arranged compositions, as well as spontaneously improvised ones. These moments are often remembered for a lifetime. Such mastery in music uplifts, and that artistry can be a healing force. I know the musicians on this program feel that way every time they play.”

Phone: 646.206.2080

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410 West 40th Street

Yayoi Ikawa – Harlem Jazz Series

Yayoi Ikawa – Harlem Jazz Series

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm


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


Tivon Pennicott – tenor sax Ricky Rodriguez – bass Daniel Dor – drums Yayoi Ikawa – piano/composition

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

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

Craig Harris – Harlem Jazz Series – October 14, 2016 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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.

Craig Harris – trombone
Adam Klipple – piano
Calvin Jones – bass
Tony Lewis – drums

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $15

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

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