August 30, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm
When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Young, Bechet, Hawkins, and Parker are mentioned. Quite a legacy – but well-deserved – for Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians: hard work, dedication to his art, and exceptional music. Lucky for us, Sonny is still here and blowing hard. “Of all of Trane’s lasting contributions, perhaps the greatest to the future of improvised music was his example of spiritual integrity and physical drive. Sonny blows with both.” – Howard Mandel
Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street New York NY 10027 US
August 25, 2017 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Camille Thurman, multitalented saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer, and educator is a young musician emerging on the horizon, acquiring an impressive list of accomplishments that extend well beyond her years. Her lush, velvety, rich & warm sound on the tenor saxophone has eluded others to compare her sound to the likeness of tenor greats Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, and Lester Young to name a few. Camille’s ability to sing 4 octaves and perform vocalese has given her the capability to influence audiences with melodies reminiscent of the sounds of Minnie Ripperton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan. Her ability to take the sounds evocative of yesteryear’s legends and creatively pair them with the nuances, edge, and freshness of today’s music has not only expanded the possibilities of jazz in the upcoming generation but also gained her the respect of audiences in Israel, Switzerland, and around the world.
An accomplished performer and composer in her own right, Camille has shared the stage with Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Golson, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, and many other jazz and R&B icons. Camille leads her own quartet, which has toured Russia, performed at the International Women in Jazz Festival, the Super Jazz Ashdod Israel Jazz Festival and many others around the world. Camille was a runner-up in the 2013 International Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition. She has appeared on BET’s Black Girls Rock as the saxophonist in the All Star Band and has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Jazz Standard, just to name a few. Camille released two albums on the Hot Tone Music Label – Origins and Spirit Child.
Marcus Garvey Park – 18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue New York NY 10027 US
August 24, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Ghanniyya Green (Songstress/Actress) is a singer’s singer, a musician’s songstress, and a listeners delight. The result is a pleasure to the soul and an adventure in music that has not been heard for years. Throughout her career, such words as “Magical, Powerful, Wonderful, and Emotional” are used to describe this lady of song.
She has claimed and taken the flavor of her roots as a native New Yorker to project high drama and emotion theatrical vignettes into her style of singing. She has style, attitude, and a direct connection to the lyrics of the songs she sings. A mature and solid vice is heard from this lady from several New York Venues.
Cambria Heights Park – Francis Lewis Blvd & 121st Ave. btwn 219 St. and 222 St., Cambria Heights NY 11411 US
August 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm
The NYC Parks and Recreation present “Jazzmobile on the Beach” in Harlem River Park. Entrances at ramps on Madison Ave/E. 135th Street and Fifth Ave/139th Street.
Bring a chair, a snack, and your friends for an evening of great jazz by the phenomenal jazz vocalist and a Winner of the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition:
Lynette Washington—with Music Director, Dennis Bell as they ROCK THE PARK!
Lynette Washington, jazz vocalist, is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her extensive music career in jazz, R&B, and gospel has taken her across the globe traveling as far as Australia. She has the gift and ability to sing in several languages including Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. She began her professional career at a young age and continued to soar as she performed in various national and international venues. Ms. Washington is a sought after artist for a variety of multicultural events.
Cost: Free Harlem River Park
Harlem River Drive and 128th Street New York NY U.S.
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 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