The Art of the Transition: A Conversation on Next Steps

August 21, 2019 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Hosted by Danni Gee, SummerStage Dance Curator & former Alvin Ailey principal dancer, with celebrated dancers Alicia Graf-Mack, Desmond Richardson & Bebe Neuwirth.

Join us as we talk with celebrated dancers, Alicia Graf-Mack, Desmond Richardson & Bebe Neuwirth*, about the unique challenges artists face around career transition.

RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at rsvp@cityparksfoundation.org

* Guest speakers may be subject to change

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

 

Carnival of the Animals (Work-in-Progress Excerpt) with Wendy Whelan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph / Film – Restless Creature: Wen

August 21, 2019 8:00pm – 10:00pm

with Choreography by Francesca Harper

Wendy Whelan- once called “America’s greatest contemporary ballerina” by the NY Times—brings an excerpt of a new work-in-progress inspired by Saint-Saëns’ composition to SummerStage. She’s joined by acclaimed spoken-word artist and playwright, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who will open the show with a solo poetry performance followed by the Whelan collaboration. The evening will continue with a screening of the 2013 documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, which follows Whelan as she struggles to recover from a potentially career-ending injury and reinvent herself as a dancer beyond the world of ballet.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

Harlem Jazz Series – Darius Jones

August 23, 2019 – 7 PM

Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted alto saxophonist and composer. He joined the New York music community in 2005, after living and studying in Richmond, VA. Darius 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.

Featuring:
Darius Jones – alto sax

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

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Location
Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027 US

Native Soul Tribute to Clark Terry & Screening: “Keep on Keepin’ on”

August 21, 2019 6:00pm – 7:15pm

6:00 – 7:15PM jazz concert

7:45 – 9:15PM movie screening

Native Soul Tribute to Clark Terry

A hard-swinging collaborative quartet, Native Soul has been a regular on the jazz album charts for over a decade. Featuring Peter Brainin (saxophone), Noah Haidu (piano), Marcus McLaurine (bass), and Steve Johns (drums), they will present a special Charlie Parker Jazz Festival tribute to swing and bebop trumpeter Clark Terry, with whom McLaurine played for more than 25 years.

“Keep on Keepin’ On” (2014)

In this film, Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry mentors blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin as he prepares to compete in an international competition. The film features Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Justin Kauflin, Arturo Sandoval and is directed by Alan Hicks.

FREE WITH RSVP

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Location
Hansborough Recreation Center
35 West 134 Street
New York NY 10037 US

Omar / Nakhane / DJ Wildcat

August 14, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

British soul singer Omar Lye-Fook was likely always destined to be a musician. The son of Byron Lye-Fook, a studio musician and drummer who worked with the likes of Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones, Omar was classically trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music, and plays the trumpet, piano and percussion. Considered by some to be the ‘father’ of British neo soul, his throwback sound appeared to be ahead of its time, proving to be more influential in the canon than on the charts—he counts India.Arie, Erykah Badu, and his idol, Stevie Wonder among his fans. Since his debut album There’s Nothing Like This (1990), he’s dabbled in ragga, hip-hop, funk, jazz-pop, rock, and Caribbean dance sounds. He’s joined by Nakhane, a London-based Xhosa polymath who has published a novel (Piggy Boy Blues) and acted in a feature film (Inxeba, or “The Wound”) in addition to his musical output. But it’s his music that soars highest, with an unmistakable voice that floats over experimental electro pop compositions with lyrics that—like much of his other work—tackle the subject of queer identity in conservative society, like his recent duet with ANOHNI, “New Brighton.”

Cost: Free

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Location
Marcus Garvey Park-Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027 US

Unpacking Jazz and Gender Justice

August 22, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

What would jazz sound like in a culture without patriarchy? Join jazz drummer, composer and singer Terri Lyne Carrington with special guests for a discussion on jazz, equity, and justice as transformation. This panel is presented by the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and moderated by managing director, Aja Burrell Wood.

FREE WITH RSVP.

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Black Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Igmar Thomas / Talib Kweli / Keyon Harrold & Special Guests

August 17, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

As a kickoff to the national Future Sounds tour highlighting communities across the country, this concert celebrates the 50th year anniversary of the Harlem Cultural Festival. Taking place in the summer of 1969, the original festival held a series of concerts in Mount Morris Park (now known as Marcus Garvey Park), to celebrate black pride, empowerment, music, and culture, and featured the likes of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Jesse Jackson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, and others.

Curated by Neal Ludevig, a founder of the Harlem Arts Festival, musical direction by Igmar Thomas (who has collaborated and led with the likes of Wyclef Jean, Mos Def, Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill and Nas), co-hosted by Talib Kweli, the fiercely independent MC known for his incisive, hard-hitting socially conscious raps and for Black Star, and with jazz trumpeter and singer Keyon Harrold (who has performed with Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Rihanna, and most recently was heard on Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis documentary Miles Ahead, this concert will feature a number of surprise special guests.

Cost: Free

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

Selena for Sanctuary: Kali Uchis / Cuco / Helado Negro / IV Jay / Ambar Lucio / Jasper Bones / DJ Principe Q / Santuario House Band with Music Direction by Adrian Quesada

August 18, 2019 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Building off the success of last year’s Selena for Sanctuary, a free Selena-themed outdoor concert in support of immigration rights, organizer, artist manager, and activist Doris Muñoz, is bringing the event to SummerStage for 2019. Born of a series of benefit concerts she put together in Southern California in 2017 called Solidarity for Sanctuary, Muñoz’s dance parties raise funds to help immigrants navigate the bureaucratic minefield that is U.S. immigration policy to set them on the path to citizenship. This year’s party is headlined by Kali Uchis, a Colombian-American singer with a critically acclaimed debut LP (2018’s Isolation) and collaborations with Gorillaz, Juanes and Daniel Caesar. She’s supported by Cuco, an ascendant Chicano bedroom pop star who is set to drop his debut album with Interscope after a prolonged bidding war; Ambar Lucid, an 18-year-old Dominican and Mexican-American singer-songwriter from New Jersey who writes bilingual tunes and wield finger-picked guitars and spaced out electronics with equal aplomb; Principe Q, a DJ and producer who spins R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, kuduro, and dembow; and the Santuario House Band, led by music director Adrian Quesada.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

La Sonora Ponceña / Jose “El Canario” Alberto / DJ Lucho

August 18, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

La Sonora Ponceña (“The Ponce Sound”) is one of New York’s longest running salsa bands; Formed in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1954 by Enrique Lucca Caraballo and Antonio Santaella, the group has recorded 32 albums and is still going strong, now directed by Caraballo’s son Papo Lucca. The band is joined by Jose “El Canario” Alberto, the Dominican salsa vocalist who moved from Santo Domingo to Puerto Rico as a young boy and got his name (“The Canary”) on account of his virtuosic whistling ability. Alberto moved to New York in 1977 and got his break with Tipica ’73, going on to start his own band and collaborate with the likes of Sonny Bravo, Mario Rivera, and Leopoldo Pineda. They’re both supported by the Bronx’s DJ Lucho, a mentee of freestyle legend “Little” Louie Vega.

Cost: Free

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Location
Ford Ampitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
3052 W 21st St
Brooklyn NY 11224 USA

The Clark Center 60th Anniversary Tribute: George Faison Universal Dance Experience / 5Plus Ensemble / Dyane Harvey / Juel D. Lane / Amy Hall Garner Dancers / HSA Dance Ensemble

August 15, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

In celebration of the Clark Center’s 60th anniversary, the showcase upholds the mission of a space to cultivate emerging artists, with room for dancers and choreographers from every demographic to feel comfortable to create the work they want to make. It has long served as an incubator for young talent and many of the choreographers who worked at the center have gone on to create their own companies. Much of the all-star lineup has been around since the center first opened. Tony-Award winner, George Faison, will be creating a new work for his Universal Dance Experience ; 5Plus Ensemble features dancers 50 years of age and older, including former Ailey dancers, Hope Clarke and Michael Thomas; Dyane Harvey (an alumni of George Faison’s company) is a founding member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre) and award recipient, including multiple AUDELCO Awards as well as a recent nomination for Outstanding Revival for “HEX”, by Eleo Pomare at the 2019 Bessie Awards; Juel D. Lane has been a featured choreographer for Ailey II and had work commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet; Amy Hall Garner has choreographed, coached, and worked as a creative consultant on projects such as Law & Order, and Chappelle’s Show, and teaches at New York University’s New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts; and The HSA Dance Ensemble features young dancers from the Harlem School of The Arts, and led by former Ailey dancer, Aubrey Lynch.

Free dance classes are held on stage before dance performances. All are welcome and no RSVP is required.

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