Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Chico Alvarez & The Palomonte Orchestra

chicoalvarezpalomonteorchestraAugust 13, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Salsa

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)

FREE

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.

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Jazzmobile – Person2Person: Eric Person & Houston Person Plus Central Brooklyn Jazz All-Stars

August 15, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Eric_Person_-_8_-15_-_2017Saxophonist, 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.”

Cost: FREE
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – 334 Furman Street at Water St. and John St. btwn Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn NY 11201 US

Jazzmobile – TK Blue – 32nd Precinct

August 1, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

TK_Blue_-T.K. Blue has worked constantly in a wide range of musical setting. He was musical director, arranger and composer with the Spirit of Life Ensemble at the world famous jazz club called Sweet Basil in NYC. He also formed a band with James Weidman called TaJa. They released their debut CD, Live At Birdland.

T.K.’s first stateside debut, Introducing Talib Kibwe was released on the Evidence label. Coupled with his masterful facility on saxophones and flutes, compositional insight and recording experiences, T.K. is among the new breed of artist-educators fully prepared to carry the message of jazz to students of all ages.

T.K. Blue began a long term relationship with NYC based Arkadia Jazz, which released two of his projects: Another Blue and Eyes Of The Elders. A third project was recorded but never released called The Tide Of Love. Arkadia’s founder Bob Karcy comments “ T.K. is a major talent with both his playing and compositional ideas. I’m impressed by the lyricism in his soloing, even when playing at a very high energy level. I think he has a unique and very contemporary sound that comes from the past and looks to the future.”  In 2004 T.K. Blue had the extreme pleasure and privilege of joining The Jazz Expressions, which was the backup band for NEA JAZZ MASTER and vocal legend Little Jimmy Scott. Blue worked with Jimmy for close to 10 years until his passing. They made several tours and recordings.

Cost: FREE

Location: 32nd Precinct – N.Y.P.D.

West 135th St. betw Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvds
New York NY 10030 U.S.

Jazzmobile – Jeremy Pelt

August 4, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Jeremy_Pelt_Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters. These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Pelt…maintains a consistent forward momentum.. while he transmits a modern-day sense of urgency with his songs. more » Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, John Hicks, Charli Persip, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Nancy Wilson and The Skatalites, to name a few.Pelt frequently performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard.

Pelt frequently performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, and the Duke Ellington Big Band, and is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes. As a leader, Pelt has recorded ten albums and has toured globally with his various ensembles, appearing at many major jazz festivals and concert venues.

Pelt’s recordings and performances have earned him critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal by legendary jazz writer and producer, Nat Hentoff, and was voted Rising Star on the trumpet, five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. Pelt is currently touring throughout the United States and Europe in support of his latest release, “Make Noise!” (Highnote rec. 2017).

Free
Marcus Garvey Park – 
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027 US