Harlem Jazz Series – Gino Sitson

November 30, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Award-winning, New York-based vocal virtuoso, Gino Sitson is from Cameroon, Central Africa. He and his siblings were introduced to blues, jazz and African traditional music early in life. Mr. Sitson is a pioneer of a new generation of multi-culturally influenced African musicians; his daring musical projects combine in a most innovative way jazz, gospel, blues and traditional African polyphonies, polyrhythms and melodies. By freely combining his trademark vocal acrobatics with a breathtakingly creative command of oral and body percussions and miscellaneous effects, Mr. Sitson forges an eloquent vocabulary capable of communicating far beyond any limits of language or custom. Gino Sitson’s four-octave vocal range plus his skills as a composer and arranger put him in high demand.

Featuring: Gino Sitson

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Cost: $20 

Greater Calvary Baptist Church

43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

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Carnegie Hall Citywide: Deva Mahal

December 1, 2018 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

A rare combination of masterful songwriting and breathtaking vocal talent, Deva Mahal steps into the spotlight on her debut, Run Deep, an album of pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge. Taking inspiration from the idea of strength through vulnerability, Mahal connects with her audience with raw honesty, rich musicality, and emotionally searing songs of love and loss, and the power of the human spirit to overcome.

Cost: FREE

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11238-6052

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Uptown Nights: Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Scope

December 1, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Sarah Elizabeth Charles and her band SCOPE have been together for nine years and continue to re-define their musical space. Through live performance and educational engagement, Sarah has shared her vision for what sonic landscapes have the potential to be. Harnessing freedom of expression, social commentary and ever-changing dialogue, this band’s name speaks for itself. SCOPE is the possibility and the opportunity to deal with something. What Sarah has chosen to deal with is a message for young people and for the public that we are all unique human beings worthy of exploring our true selves and sharing it with the world. During this performance, the audience will experience music from SCOPE’s newest record, Free of Form which includes protest/socially reflective material that serves as a form of questioning, celebration, individuality, unification and much more.

All ticket sales are final, no refunds or exchanges. Valid ID required to pick up tickets.

Cost: $25

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031

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Harlem Jazz Series – Bruce Williams

November 23, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Alto saxophonist, Bruce Williams hails from Washington D.C. and has been on the New York scene for 25 years. Bruce is one of the most in-demand alto sax stylist and section player currently working. He has performed with a diverse list of artists including long relationships with the World Saxophone Quartet, Charles Tolliver, Count Basie Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, Frank Foster, Jimmy Scott, Stanley Cowell, Buster Williams, and Steve Turre. Bruce has a style that is described as warm, powerful, soulful, and electric.

Featuring Bruce Williams – saxophone

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
House doors open at 6:30pm

Cost: $20

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

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Harlem Jazz Series – Corcoran Holt Trio

Corcoran Holt - HAJS - Nov 27 2018

November 27, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Corcoran Holt, a son of Washington, DC, began playing djembe and other West African percussion instruments at the age of 4.  Corcoran feels called to the bass and his work is about honoring the ancestors. Corcoran feels blessed and gives thanks to the many jazz legends and greats with whom he has worked. Corcoran performs regularly at many of the top music festivals and venues around the world. Some have included The North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, The Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola to name a few. Corcoran has performed through North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Currently, Corcoran leads his own group and is the regular bassist in the Kenny Garrett Quintet. Corcoran also works with numerous bands throughout the world and he is based in NYC and also serves as a djembe drummer/music therapist at Greater Harlem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he plays for his elders.

Featuring: Corcoran Holt – bass; Stacy Dillard – saxophone; and Chris Beck – drums

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break); Second set: 1pm-1:45pm

Cost: $15

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

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

Harlem Jazz Series – Sharp Radway Trio

November 20, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Sharp Radway is a pianist/composer/arranger/author who is a native of Hartford, Connecticut and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.  He remains in demand throughout the country and abroad.  He is a formidable and seasoned bandleader, heading various groups of his own  (ie. his quintet, quartet, trio, big band and various vocal and instrumental duos.)  Sharp has worked with several Jazz luminaries as well as forefathers of the genre.  Among them  are Yusef Lateef, Benny Golson, Red Holloway, Peewee Ellis, Hamiet Bluiett, Slide Hampton, Curtis Fuller, Benny Powell, Steve Turre,  Fred Wesley, Frank Lacy, Kiane Zawadi, Bucky Pizzarelli, Diane Schuur, Joe Lee Wilson, Kevin Mahogany, Nnenna Freelon, James Spaulding, Louis Hayes, Greg Bandy, Ben Dixon, Winard Harper, Candido, Leopoldo Fleming, Russell Gunn, Ted Curson, Nicolas Payton, Eddie Henderson, and Randy Brecker and many more.  He also serves as music director, pianist, and arranger for The Celebration of Lionel Hampton Big Band and The New York City Ska Orchestra.  In addition to playing the piano he is also a prolific composer and arranger.

Featuring: Sharp Radway – piano; Hilliard Greene – bass; and Darrell Green – bass.

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break); Second set: 1pm-1:45pm

Cost: $15

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

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Harlem Jazz Series – Malik Washington Trio

November 13, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Malik Washington was born in Boston, Massachusetts to two musician parents who started him on his path to music. He began playing drums at the age of three and since has built a reputation as a fresh new sound on drums. Malik’s credentials include performances with ABC;s Dancing with the Starts road trip, Olu Dara, Marcus Belgrave, Larry Ridley, Akil Desaan the Newyorican Poetry Slam All-Stars, Soul Squad and Frank Lacy. Malik has studied with Dennis Davis, Mark Johnson, Kenwood Dennard, Warren Smith, Bob Stewart, et al. As a clinician he has appeared at and has been featured in the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, the New England Jazz Alliance symposia on musical instruction in the public schools and as a guest of the African-American Jazz Caucus. Malik is currently a freelance artist in New York and can be heard on the most recent recording of the Harlem Art Ensemble entitled “Harlem Homecoming.”

Featuring: Malik Washington – drums; Mark Sherman – piano; and Hamish Smith – bass

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break); Second set: 1pm-1:45pm

Cost: $15

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Ed Cherry Trio

November 6, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Ed Cherry is a great, soulful, swinging underrated player deserving of wider recognition.” “An expressive instrumentalist, Cherry has a hip, melodic approach that is a refreshing contrast to guitarists who frequently resort to playing “finger music,” the execution of rapid streams of notes that serve no musical purpose other than to fill space.” Guitarist Ed Cherry has been playing professionally since the early ’70s, as a sideman to musicians such as Tim Hardin, Jimmy McGriff, Henry Threadgill and Jimmy Smith. Most famously, he spent over fifteen years in Dizzy Gillespie’s band, remaining with the group until the trumpeter’s death in 1993. Since then Ed has performed and recorded with a host of stellar musicians including Paquito D’Rivera, John Patton, Roy Hargrove, Hamiet Bluiett, and John Faddis to name a few. Right now, Ed is a member of vocalist Paula West quartet as well as leading his own trio. In addition to his exceptional work as a sideman and as a critically acclaimed leader, Ed Cherry also has impressive credentials as a music educator, and is currently on staff at ‘jazzmobile’ here NYC.

Featuring: Orion Turre – drums; Kyle Koehler – organ; and Ed Cherry – guitar

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break); Second set: 1pm-1:45pm

Cost: $15

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

More Info: http://harlemjazzboxx.com

WaterWorks Conversation and Cocktail Party with Jason “Timbuktu” Diakite

November 15, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

This evening is dedicated to reflecting on the visionary artists and works presented at Harlem Stage through our signature commissioning program, WaterWorks. We will highlight the significance of the program (past, present and future) while creating space for dialogue, community and transformational ideas.

Join us for an intimate cocktail party examining the journey of transnational MC, musician, author, and WaterWorks artist, Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité as he brings to life a new theater project inspired by his debut book A Drop of Midnight. He will be in conversation with scholar and author Monica Miller followed by a riveting performance.

Born of American parents with roots in Harlem by way of South Carolina and Pennsylvania, this first generation Swedish artist unpacks racism, bigotry, artistry, family and belonging through an unflinching narrative that dares to ask the questions: Where do I belong? Who are my people? Does my skin define me? Music, text and visuals weave a compelling story that journeys across continents and musical genres. Jason will be accompanied by a live band: The Rakiem Walker Project.

Cost: $50.00

Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031

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Harlem Jazz Series – Antoine Roney

November 16, 2018 |7:00pm – 9:00pm

Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist, Antoine Roney grew up surrounded by music. After a short period learning the clarinet, he took an interest in the saxophone, after his older brother – renowned saxophonist Wallace – introduced him to John Coltrane’s Live at Birdland album. Inspired by what he heard, Roney pursued studies in both alto and tenor sax. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and attended college at the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with alto saxophonist, Jackie McLean. Antoine has released five albums as a leader, in addition to working with Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Geri Allen, Chick Corea and Elvin Jones, to name a few. Antoine also participated in the Miles Davis tribute project, Bitches Brew Revisited, with drummer Cindy Blackman.

Featuring: Antoine Roney – tenor saxophone

First set: 7pm – 7:45pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8pm – 8:45pm

Cost: $20

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

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