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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2018 NYADIFF – Gala Screening: Kinshasa Makambo

November 27, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm

SCREENING, Panel Discussion and Reception

In January 2015, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, sought a constitutional amendment that would allow him to be elected president for a third time.

This film documents the resulting demonstrations and follows three protagonists of the resistance. Ben, who lives in exile in New York, takes the advice of his fellow countrymen in exile and decides to join the struggle in the Congo. Jean Marie, who has just been released from prison, continues his public campaign for his country’s freedom and is persecuted by the secret service. Christian fights unperturbed in the streets of Kinshasa, even after former Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, on whom the opposition had pinned their hopes, dies and the movement against Kabila’s extension of his time in office seems paralyzed.

Should one resist in exile, or fight on the ground in the Congo? Should resistance be non-violent or should force be used if required? Filmed throughout with a handheld camera that stays very close to the protagonists, even in precarious conditions, Dieudo Hamadi explores the pros and cons of different forms of resistance.

As of September 2018, general elections are scheduled to be held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 23 December 2018, to determine a successor to incumbent President Joseph Kabila.

Cost: Film and Panel Discussion at 7:30pm: $15.00 (plus a $1.78 fee via Eventbrite;  Reception @ 6:30pm – Film & Panel @ 7:30pm: $25 (plus a $2.28 fee via Eventbrite).

Teachers College, Columbia University – MILBANK CHAPEL
525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027

More Info: http://www.nyadiff.org/

2018 NYADIFF – Gala Screening: They Had a Dream (Le Reve Francais)

November 25, 2018 | 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Gala Screening/US Premiere: THEY HAD A DREAM / Le Rêve Français
Q&A? with FIRMINE RICHARD & VIP reception. Red carpet @ 3pm and Screening @ 4pm.

They Had a Dream tells a story based on reality. It is both a social and a fictional saga, exploring the interconnected lives of two Guadeloupian families to reveal hidden or obscure aspects of French society.

In the Sixties, the idea of a ‘dream France’ appealed to many French West Indians and Reunion Islanders. The BUMIDOM (Bureau for the Development of Migration in Overseas Districts) encouraged them to leave their native lands to escape the poverty caused by the closure of sugar mills, among other factors.

Although they were overseas citizens of France, these people (some of whom were the victims of a compulsory emigration policy, while others had spontaneously decided to move to Metropolitan France) found that life there was very different than the one they had imagined.

Cost: Red Carpet @ 3PM, Film & Discussion Only: $20 (plus a $2.03 fee via Eventbrite); Film, Discussion & VIP Reception: $35 (plus a $2.79 fee via Eventbrite).

525 West 120th Street
New York NY 10027

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The Give Thanks Get Down – A DJ Dance Party!

Nov 24, 2018 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm

An evening of dance with the sounds of Amma Whatt & Ancestral Pact and DJ Team Underground Revival. In addition, an Afro-Cuban Orisha dance class will be taught by Master Dancer & Teacher Liethis Hechavarria, of the world-renowned Afro Cuban folkloric group, Oyu Oro. Featuring live drums! Together we will Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky and Get free!


Cost: $15

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

More Info: https://www.harlemstage.org/events-list/givethanks-getdown-2018

2018 NYADIFF Opening Night Flim: Timeless, A Virgin Islands Love Story

November 23, 2018 | 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Opening Night Film/NY PREMIERE: TIMELESS, A VIRGIN ISLANDS LOVE STORY – Q&A with Director & VIP Reception

Timeless is a love story that travels in time from 19th Century Ghana to the modern day Caribbean.

It is the story of Ajuwa, a Ghanaian warrior, who loses her soulmate to the slave trade. Their souls reunite in the present in the form of Malinda Benjamin, a Senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Alphonse Walcott, a gifted writer who has returned from New York. But the kindling of the relationship goes sour when Alphonse meets Bianca.

Some of the social issues explored in the film are human trafficking past and present, political corruption and immigration.

Cost: OPENING – Timeless includes: Red Carpet, Film + discussion: $25.00 (plus a $2.28 fee via Eventbrite); Red Carpet @ 6pm, Film, Discussion & Catered VIP Reception: $50.00 (plus a $3.55 fee via Eventbrite)

525 West 120th Street
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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Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

November 18, 2018 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

U.S./Mexico Unity Tour 2018 – Celebrating Our Shared Cultural History

Mexico’s most prestigious folkloric dance company presents a colorful evening of traditional music and dance with sophisticated costumes and powerful and accomplished dancers. Take a journey into the diverse Mexican cultures – past and present!

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández returns to the United States for an extended multi-city tour featuring renowned performances of the company’s classic choreography. This Company is the number one promoter of Mexican dance throughout the world.

Cost: $45 $40, $25 | Children 12 & under $10 any seat.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
250 Bedford Park Blvd West
Bronx, NY 10468

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Book Launch: Upright Bass: The Musical Life & Legacy of Jamil Nasser – A Jazz Memoir

November 10, 2018 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Upright Bass: The Musical Life and Legacy of Jamil Nasser – A Jazz Memoir
New York book launch.Vertical Visions Media Presents The Untold Story: “A book that uncovers why Miles Davis was so fascinated by the untold stories of how these Memphis musicians were so ahead of the others…”

About the Book:
George Joyner, Jamil Sulieman, and Jamil Nasser are three names that appear on the records of Phineas Newborn, Lou Donaldson, Ahmad Jamal, Red Garland and many more. These three names identify one jazz bassist, composer, and jazz advocate, who made an indelible mark in the jazz world for over fifty years. Upright Bass chronicles his evolution from a young bassist on Beale Street to a top-flight bassist on the New York Jazz scene. Miles Davis harbored curiosity about the environment that produced Jamil and three Memphis musicians he hired in 1963. Nasser’s narrative captures the untold stories of two piano giants Phineas Newborn and Oscar Dennard. He also shares anecdotes about his mentors: Papa Jo Jones, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, and Ray Brown. Moreover, Jamil describes his decade-long tenure with Ahmad Jamal, which included a life-threatening imprisonment in South America. Finally, we learn about his plight as an outspoken jazz artist fighting for greater union representation, the perils of heroin addiction in the music industry, media access, healthcare, and self-ownership.

About the Author:
Muneer Nasser is a musician, author, songwriter and historian. Born on June 3, 1967, to the late, great bassist Jamil Nasser, Muneer Nasser’s exposure to the jazz idiom was early and powerful. He has had the unique opportunity to meet many of the jazz greats that his father knew. Muneer’s lifelong commitment to jazz history evolved out of these encounters. Consequently, he has read over one hundred books, magazines, and conducted informal interviews with jazz masters whose answers stimulated his quest to document jazz history. Watch out for Muneer’s new CD release A Soldier’s Story available December 2018.

Guests include: Jimmy Owens, Lou Donaldson, Harold Mabern, Dick Griffin, Rufus Reid, George Coleman, Richard Wyands & others

Hosts: Jimmy Owens and Muneer Nasser; Book Presentation: Muneer Nasser and invited guests; and Book Signing: Meet the author and get your book signed. Please pre-order your book at http://www.jamilsnasser.com to ensure delivery of your book at event. Limited copies will be available for sale on-site. Media contact Amir Nasser, verticalvisionsmedia@gmail.com. Musical Notes: Musical tribute by Jamil’s friends and associates

“I loved the way Jamil played bass, so I asked him to join my band. His great bass playing and personality contributed much to my music.” B.B. King

Cost: Free. Please, RSVP via verticalvisionsmedia@gmail.com. 

St. Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue at 53rd Street
New York New York 10022

More Info: www.jamilsnasser.com