August 18, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm
Solomon Hicks has been called “Lil” B.B. King, East Montgomery and King Solomon by his fans from NYC, nationally and internationally.
He is the real deal…the next best thing out of New York City. Solomon has been in the biz since age 13 as the lead guitarist and performer at the Cotton Club, with a 13-piece band. He recorded his first CD, Embryonic, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band.
Solomon is also at B.B. King’s, Minton’s Playhouse, Terra Blues (in the Village), The Garage, Red Rooster, Shanghai Jazz (in New Jersey), Jazzmobile (Jazz Shrines), Settepani, Iridium, Gran Piatro (Jazz on the 5th), Ginny’s Supper Club, Harlem Arts Alliance events and many other clubs in the Tri-State Area.
Solomon teaches music theory, beginner guitar, and advanced guitar. He has taught music to children at the Children’s Aid Society.
Marcus Garvey Park – 18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10027 US
August 19, 2017 6:00pm – 10:00pm
At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of a manuscript for a book of a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Through I Am Not Your Negro, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
Preceded by the short film 90 Days
Directed by Nathan Hale Williams & Jennia Fredrique Aponte, 19 min., USA
Music: House Party spun by DJ M. Forde
Music begins at 6:00PM; Films at 8:00PM or sundown.
Location: St. Nicholas Park – S<!–
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August 13, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Ernest “Chico” Alvarez Peraza is a Cuban-American vocalist and bandleader. Chico has actively been performing Afro-Cuban and Latin American music for the past 50 years, and has been awarded for his contributions to the musical art-form known as Latin Jazz.
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)
The 24th annual Harlem Meer Performance Festival brings the best local talent in music and dance to Central Park! Enjoy jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music while admiring the lakeside views. All ages are welcome.
August 15, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saxophonist, Eric Person is a renowned performer, composer, arranger and bandleader; who over the years has had the good fortune to experience a variety of fulfilling musical situations with the masters of modern music consisting of McCoy Tyner, Dave Holland, Donald Byrd, Sam Rivers and Chico Hamliton, just to name a few. Eric’s music has far reaching harmonic and melodic beauty which is delivered with cutting edge intensity. His music transcends the common terrain of contemporary jazz. As a saxophonist, he takes his alto and soprano saxophones into the stratosphere with soaring solos that reveal the element of surprise, a sought after lyricism, only surpassed by his unfettered imagination.
Eric Person’s 10 CD releases under his leadership on Soul Note and his own Distinction Records label have all garnered great reviews from the critics. In Jazztimes, Critic Bill Milkowski reviewing his Rhythm Edge CD called Eric “a risk-taking improviser, accomplished composer and inveterate swinger.” Critic Russ Musto of All About Jazz Magazine while reviewing his Live at Big Sur CD said, “Person is more then fine; he’s a major talent of his generation.”
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – 334 Furman Street at Water St. and John St. btwn Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn NY 11201 US
August 11, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm
Jazzmobile’s Summerfest! – Craig Harris, arranger, composer and trombonist. 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, and into the confrontational expressionism of the ’60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word.
Location: Marcus Garvey Park 18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue New York NY 10027 US
August 9, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Jazzmobile presents Alyson Williams. Williams, the daughter of bandleader and trumpeter Bobby Booker, she began her career by singing background vocals for various artists including, Curtis Hairston, Melba Moore (“Love’s Coming At Ya”), B. B. & Q. Band, Cashflow, Unlimited Touch, Bobby Brown and Barbara Mitchell before joining the group High Fashion, which also featured Meli’sa Morgan. After they disbanded, Alyson sang with the group The Affair before moving onto a solo career.
Location: Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial Riverside Drive and 122nd Street New York NY 10027 US
August 5, 2017 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Bring a picnic, blanket, and dancing shoes for the 10th rendition of this fun event! Co-presented with Jazzmobile, Great Jazz on the Great Hill features live music and swing dancing in a beautiful park setting. This event is free. Tickets are not required.
The Jimmy Heath Big Band
Legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath takes the stage with his 14-piece swinging big band. Heath is a three-time Grammy Award nominee and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.
The Allan Harris Band
International award-winning jazz vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Allan Harris has been described as having a “formidable baritone [voice] with… husky edges and deep resonant low notes.” His performances cover ballads reminiscent of Nat King Cole and swinging Frank Sinatra standards.
Matthew Whitaker Trio
A 16-year-old organist and pianist, Matthew Whitaker first began playing music at the age of three, taught himself the Hammond B3 organ at the age of nine, and four years later became the youngest artist endorsed by Hammond. His artistic resume is outstanding for any young musician; for a blind musician, it is even more impressive.
…and other special guests
Great Hill – Central Park – West 106th Street and Central Park West, New York NY 10025