Jazzmobile – Jeremy Pelt

August 4, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm

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

Jazzmobile – TK Blue – 32nd Precinct

August 1, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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 – Houston Person

Jazzmobile – Houston Person

August 2, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

In the 1990s, Houston Person kept the soulful thick-toned tenor tradition of Gene Ammons alive, particularly in his work with organists. After learning piano as a youth, Person switched to tenor. While stationed in Germany with the Army, he played in groups that also included Eddie Harris, Lanny Morgan, Leo Wright, and Cedar Walton. Person picked up valuable experience as a member of Johnny Hammond’s group (1963-1966) and became a bandleader in the following years, often working with singer Etta Jones. A duo recording with Ran Blake was a nice change of pace, but most of Person’s playing has been done with blues-oriented organ groups. He recorded a consistently excellent series of albums for Muse, eventually switching to HighNote Records for 2006’s You Taught My Heart to Sing, 2007’s Thinking of You, and 2008’s Just Between Friends, which featured bassist Ron Carter. Released in 2012, Naturally, recorded at the famed Van Gelder Recording Studio, teamed Person with Cedar Walton on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums. He quickly returned with the similarly inclined 2013 effort Nice ‘n’ Easy, followed a year later by The Melody Lingers On. Person then delivered the rootsy and soulful Something Personal in 2015. In 2016, the saxophonist once again paired with bassist Carter for the duo album Chemistry.

Cost: FREE

Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027 US

Jazzmobile – Antoine Roney

July 26, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Along with being a world-renowned accomplished tenor and soprano saxophonist and clarinetist, Antoine Roney is the composer of 30 works for film and festivals from Turkey, Israel, Europe, West Africa and Asia. He has played with and has studied under the tutelage of many of the great Jazz musicians of our time such as Jackie McLean, Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter, Pharaoh Saunders, Clifford Jordan, Herman “Jr.” Cook, George Coleman, Ornette Coleman and many others. His career spans over three and a half decades. He was [more recently] the composer for “Bringing in da Spirit,” a twelve-time, award-winning documentary on African-American midwifery. Antoine has worked with jazz greats such as Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Wallace Roney, Cindy Blackman, Freddie Hubbard, Geri Allen, Chick Corea and Elvin Jones and has released 5 recordings as a leader. He is currently a member of “The Electric Miles Band” Co-led by Miles Davis lum Vince Wilburn, Jr., Darrell Jones, and Babe Irving III. He has also worked with Will Calhoun (Living Color) on the “Elvin Jones Project” and works and tours with duo, trio, and quartet projects of his own. Some of his recent projects include working with guitarist, William “Spaceman” Patterson; organist, Greg Lewis; and his prodigy son, Kojo Roney. Says Roney, “the collaboration with these guys is very creative and explosive! With many different elements of music!!”

Cost: FREE

Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027 US

Jazzmobile – Antonio Hart

July 19, 2017 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Antonio Hart has been long recognized as one of the most talented instrumentalist of his generation. In recent years he has been recognized as an important jazz educator. In his 20 years as a professional musician, he has performed and recorded with many jazz greats from Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson, Nat Adderley, and McCoy Tyner to Dave Holland. Hart’s study of Jazz began at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee and Joe Viola. The three teachers gave him the foundation he needed to develop into a professional musician. Because of the lessons learned at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Hart really thought it was important to have a balance between music and academia, so in his sophomore year, he became a Music Education Major. He made many friends at Berklee, but the most important was Roy Hargrove. They spent three years touring the world and recording Hargrove’s first three records. Hart considers Hargrove to be his brother in life and music. He even used Hargrove on his first recording “For the First Time”.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Hart also worked on a Master’s Degree at Queens College. There he had the opportunity to learn from the great Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd. Hart felt blessed and honored when Mr. Heath produced his second recording “Don’t You Know I Care.” His 1997 release, ‘Here I Stand’ Impulse records, earned Hart a 1997 Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo’ He has also been in much demand as a guest on over 100 recordings, and seven CDs as a leader. The latest, ‘All we Need’ Chiaroscuro Records. After 12 years at Queens College Hart was promoted to Full Professor. Hart also maintains an extensive performance schedule and continues to conduct workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He feels very blessed to have the balance of teaching, as well as, traveling around the world. In his off time, he practices martial arts, and listens to other styles of music for inspiration. Hart is constantly trying to honor his many teachers by continuing to study music and teach to the best of his ability.

Cost: FREE

Location
Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Elliot Pineiro & Sumbaswing

July 16, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Latin Jazz

Sumbaswing is a Latin Jazz sextet, led by saxophonist Elliot Pineiro. Active in the tri-state area for more than 20 years, Sumbaswing will have you grooving and dancing to its Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz harmonies.

Location:

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

110th Street and Lenox Avenue
New York NY 10079 US

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Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Something Positive

Jul 9, 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Afro-Caribbean

This ensemble of international dancers, singers, and musicians perform a mix of Afro-Caribbean traditional and dance music with a blend of poetry, storytelling, and theater.

FREE

Location:

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

110th Street and Lenox Avenue
New York NY 10079 US

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SummerStage: Vivian Green / Music with a Message / GrandWizzard Theodore

SummerStage - Vivian Green - June 29 2017

June 29, 2017 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

R&B chanteuse and balladeer, Vivian Green delivers feel good upbeat music with GrandWizzard Theodore,  DJ pioneer & inventor of the scratch. There will also be a 6pm pre-show workshop with Scratch Academy.

Vivian Green

The musically intrepid and fearless Vivian Green has long been known as a “balladeer,” a soulful, satin-voiced crooner with potent delivery. Her latest album, Vivid, is celebration of her talents, but is notably different than her other efforts. According to Green, it’s “fresh, spirited…sassy and funny at times.” The breakout single “Get Right Back to My Baby” is a playful track that compels you to dance with her siren-like, beckoning call. The Philadelphia born & bred Green grew up in a musically alive home, spurring her appetite for the art. As a teenager she already had a major professional credit to her name, as a co-writer with hometown heroes Boyz II Men. Lighting up jazz clubs throughout Philly, Green would eventually release “Emotional Roller Coaster” and a star was firmly born. Illuminating the silver screen in the Oscar nominated biopic De Lovely as a jazz singer, Green dazzles with her beauty, and advocating for children with special needs, she shines with her heart.

Music With A Message

Music With A Message (MWAM) is more than just music… MWAM captivates people of all ages by delivering powerful messages through soulful renditions of classical songs and innovative original compositions that raise awareness, encourage action and leave audiences inspired. This group is comprised of youth ranging from ages 6-21. This high-energy ensemble has entertained the masses at Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Great Adventures, Hershey Park, Apollo theater and many other venues. Under the leadership of Bervin Harris, accomplished musician and the director and CEO of Renaissance Youth Center, MWAM highlights the center’s dedication to musical expression, education and social and political change by performing for accomplished elected officials including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Mayor Bill De Blasio, and United State Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

GrandWizzard Theodore

Needle drops, scratching, and whole bag of previously unheard of deejay tricks: all were developed and perfected by Theodore Livingston. This Bronx native is indeed the sole creator of the vinyl manipulation technique known as ‘scratching,’ the quintessential, original component of deejay expression. Since he debuted this ubiquitously imitated practice, GWT has been regarded as a premier innovator in the hip hop space. His first group, Grandwizard Theodore & the Fantastic Five, are one of the original old-school hip hop ensembles. They released the indomitably funky single “Can I Get a Soul Clap” in 1982, and were soon after featured in the first ever hip hop DJ film, Wild Style, and subsequently the doc Scratch, where Theodore elucidates the origins of his signature move. His track “Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie” contains the line ‘Say turn it up,’ which has become one of the most well-known and sampled phrases in hip hop culture. Playing at shows all over the world, GWT has deejayed for Kurtis Blow, Roxanne Shante, Mele Mel, KRS-One and many more. He now teaches classes on the history of hip hop, and is represented on the small screen in the current Netflix hit The Get Down. 6pm workshop / 7pm show.

Cost: FREE.

Betsy Head Park

865 Thomas S Boyland Street
Brooklyn NY 11212

Website/More Info: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/vivian-green-music-message-grandwizzard-theodore/

 

SummerStage: Ginuwine / Boogie Blind

SummerStage - Ginuwine - 6 30 2017

June 30, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Ginuwine, a multi-platinum crooner remains the same OG delivering sexy, R&B classics.

Ginuwine – Elgin Baylor Lumpkin is a genuine gift. Named after the LA Laker legend, he took the stage name Ginuwine to signify his authentic sound and earnest style. He began his hardy career as a Swing Mob member, with fellow nascent performers Missy Elliot and Timbaland. He would later go on to collaborate with them on several efforts throughout the 90’s. His first album Ginuwine…The Bachelor contained the explosive hit “Pony,” written by Static Major (another Swing Mob alum) and produced by Timbaland, which ascended to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ginuwine’s sophomore release, 1999’s 100% Ginuwine, further showcased his silky voice and sultry R&B sensibilities. His 2001 smash single “Differences” climbed even higher on the Billboard 100, to #4, and reached the top spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Ginuwine made several other massively successful albums over the years and eventually formed the group TGT with Tank and Tyrese (they collectively released Three Kings in 2013). Today, Ginuwine continues to perform with panache, his voice the epitome of smooth. With numerous endorsement deals and television and film performances to his celebrity, Ginuwine has reached icon status.

Boogie Blind  – The New York native, dubbed “International Boogie Blind” by the DJs of Beatminerz Radio, produces original music, tours the world year-round and lends his signature scratches to records for recording artists who require his expertise during the mixing process. Blind, who was inspired by an uncle that deejayed during his childhood, eventually met and was taken under the wing of turntabalist legend Roc Raida of the X-Ecutioners. As part of the X-Men, Blind learned to execute the expert tricks and scratches now synonymous with his name. He is very varied in not only his technical capabilities, but in his ability to read the crowd, consistently keeping his thumb on the pulse of their rhythms. Boogie can slay a crowd of Swedish club kids with the best in techno, zip off to Australia to lay the smack down for MTV Garage, rock the revelers at MTV’s Fashionably Loud then return to his NYC home and wow turnablist crowds with his award-winning scratch and battle talents. He lives for every minute of it, stating “I am literally living the dream that I had as a kid.” IO

Cost: FREE.

Betsy Head Park

865 Thomas S. Boyland Street

Brooklyn, NY 11212

Website/More Info: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/ginuwine-boogie-blind/

 

KRS-One / DJ Chuck Chillout

SummerStage - KRS-One - DJ Chuck Chillout

June 25, 2017 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

KRS-One, the Teacher showcases his signature lyrical skill & messages that have made him a legend featuring a 4pm pre-show dance workshop with KwikStep.

KRS-One – A recipient of the Living Legend Award by Urban Music and a Lifetime Achievement Award by BET Hip Hop, KRS-One (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) is one of the most influential, definitive figures in rap. Born Lawrence Parker in the Bronx, he made his first impressions on the music scene in the 80’s as a charter member of Boogie Down Productions, which he started with DJ Scott La Rock. Their widely successful debut Criminal Minded rang with a powerful, unforgiving sound unlike any heard before, mixing lyrical finesse with imperative messages. By the 90’s, KRS-One was releasing albums under his own name, to much acclaim. His first solo record Return of the Boom Bap contained the track “Sound of da Police,” a catchy, booming anthem. His self-titled follow-up took things further in a political direction, with the song “Free Mumia,” raising heady, probing questions among many in the rap community. He would crank out nine more solo efforts and six collaborative albums before the thunderous Now Hear This dropped in 2015. From early on, he has been a fervent activist, as evidenced by his Stop the Violence project, which he founded and continues to run, and his vocal support of veganism.

DJ Chuck Chillout – Few disc jockeys are as chill as Charles Turner, who adopted the moniker, Chuck Chillout right around the time that a burgeoning new art form known as “hip hop” was developing. He rose to prominence (alongside hip hop initiators Run-D.M.C., Slick Rick and Salt-N-Pepa) as a DJ and producer on NYC’s hit radio station 98.7 KISS FM in the ‘80s. He released a record with emcee Kool Chip named Masters of the Rhythm, an essential hip hop mix, featuring the smash “I’m Large.” Turner would make the transition to ‘on-camera’ as a breakout VJ star on the hugely popular hip hop TV show Video Music Box. In 1995 Chuck became one of the first ever deejays to play hip hop in Japan, which led to a surge in popularity of the art form in that country. On hip hop, Chillout quipped “Japanese people were totally into the culture.” After many years spinning around the globe, with performances at the Essence Music Festival and beyond, DJ Chuck circled back to his origins in 2009 and rejoined the thriving KISS FM team.

Cost: FREE

Coffey Park

85 Richards Street at Verona St. btwn Richards St. and Dwight St.
Brooklyn NY 11231

Website/More Info: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/krs-one-dj-chuck-chillout/