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

Craig Harris featuring David Murray – Harlem Jazz Series – October 28, 2016 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive and resourceful than David Murray. During the past 35 years, from the moment he first visited New York as a 20-year-old student, playing in a walkup loft, in 1975, David has careened forward in a cool, collected, rocket-david-murrary-2fueled streak. He has released over 150 albums under his own name. Yet more impressive than the numbers is the constancy of two abiding achievements: as a tenor saxophonist, he has perfected an instantly recognizable approach to improvisation that even in its freest flights acknowledges the gravity of a tradition he honors more than most; and he has altered the context for his improvisations as an infinite mosaic of musical challenges and explorations. David Murray goes down as a worthy successor for some of the biggest names in jazz, and he is now contributing to the rise of many young talents acclaimed by the critics.

Featuring:

David Murray – saxophone

Craig Harris – trombone

Adam Klipple – piano

Calvin Jones – bass

Tony Lewis – drums

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $15