Harlem Jazz Series – Linda May Han Oh Quintet

August 31, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Linda May Han Oh – Born in Malaysia and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Linda started classical piano at age four and took up clarinet at eleven and bassoon at thirteen. At fifteen, Linda dabbled on electric bass, playing jazz in the high school and community big bands. She was accepted into the W.A Academy of Performing Arts and started taking lessons on double bass. She is a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, received an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Semi-Finals and received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year. Linda has performed with Steve Wilson, Kenny Barron, Dave Douglas, Kevin Hayes and Cyrus Chestnut in addition to releasing two albums as a leader. Linda is also working on a string quartet concept “Concert in the Dark” where the musicians play with specific movements throughout the audience with very minimal lighting to enhance the listening experience and create a spatial surround sound effect. (www.lindaohmusic.com)

Featuring: Ben Wendel – saxophone; Matthew Stevens – guitar; Fabian Almazan – piano; Allan Mednard – drums; and Linda May Han Oh – bass

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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Harlem Jazz Series – Kahlil Kwame Bell Trio

August 21, 2018 – 12pm

Kahlil Kwame Bell, having made nearly 90 recordings with numerous musical icons and legends as well as with his own talented band, has been called “one of the most prolific musicians in the industry today.” He plays over 1,000 percussion instruments and has experimented with wood and clay flutes. His musical output varies from jazz to rock to hip-hop; from European classical to world music; from spirituals to spoken word accompaniments. His layering of sounds and instruments, sometimes blended with unique rhythms, reflects his view of the unity of cultures through music. His work for other musicians, as well as his renditions of his own compositions, can be heard almost daily on jazz and world music radio programs worldwide. Bell uses an innovative percussion instrument called the slappaphone, whose unusual sound captivates all who hear it. Asked about the instrument, Bell says, “The slappaphone called me when I first heard it and it has become my voice … offering rhythm and melody to the listener.”

Featuring:
Jovan Alexander – saxophone
Ian Baggette – bass
Kahlil Kwame Bell – drums

1st set: 12:00pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $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 – Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin – Power of The Word In Our Hands

August 17, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin is an award-winning spoken-word performance-recording artist, actress, educator, and self-empowerment speaker. Gha’il was most recently featured in The Appel Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center in collaboration with Senakwami’s Studio, with pianist Julius Rodriguez. For the third year in a row, Gha’il rocked the house as host/performer in the 18th annual Fort Green Juneteenth Arts Festival Celebration. Ms. Benjamin’s collaboration with Jeff Haynes on the CD Storm King with the late great Pete Seeger was Grammy nominated and the winner of The Audiobook of the Year Award (Publishers Weekly). Ms. Benjamin coaches and facilitates an array of self-empowerment workshops and is featured in filmmaker Al Santana’s REPARATION BLUES, and China Colston’s DARK SEED and SWEET THANG. Via her own production company Talking Poems and Storytelling Production’s, she continues to customize poetry for any occasion. Her CD Spiritual Eclipse continues to inspire audiences.

Featuring: Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin – spoken word; Ayodele Maakheru – bass, vocal; and Hasan Bakr – percussion, vocal

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

Price: $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 – Calvin Jones Trio

August 28, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Calvin Jones, an acoustic and electric bassist, was born in North Carolina. His recording resume numbers over forty CDs and he has toured and performed with Ray Anderson, Patti Austin, Don Braden, Cecil Brooks, Tom Brown, Alex Bugnon, Donald Byrd, Steve Coleman, Carla Cook, Ted Curson, Chico Freeman, Darrell Grant, Craig Harris, Jon Hendricks, Andrew Hill, Javon Jackson, Angela Johnson, Ronny Jordan, Eartha Kitt, Dave Koz, Les McCann, Greg Osby, Max Roach, Pharoah Sanders, and James “Blood” Ulmer, Emeline Michel, Johannes Mossinger to name a few. Mr. Jones has performed on Broadway with “Bring ‘N Da Noise, Bring ‘N Da Funk (including the first national tour), “Aint Nothin’ But The Blues”, “All Shook Up” and “The Janice Joplin Show.” Touring and performing has taken Mr. Jones to some forty countries and forty-five of the fifty U.S. states.

Featuring: Misha Tsiganov – piano; Chris Eddleton – drums; and Calvin Jones – bass.

1st set: 12:00pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York NY 10027

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Harlem Jazz Series – The Freedom Art Quartet (F.A.Q.) ft. Lloyd Haber

August 24, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

he Freedom Art Quartet (F.A.Q.) is a melodic exploration in improvised music. Formed in New York City in 1991 by Lloyd Haber and Omar Kabir, the group’s diverse ethnic and compositional structure is a breath of fresh air needed to represent today’s music scene. “Our purpose is to explore and create in depth, the limitless dimensions of the art form.” The F.A.Q. has performed in various clubs, art galleries, and colleges at home and abroad. Festivals include the Heineken Jazz Festival, the Fire Wall festival, and the UVA Jazz Festival. Their debut recording “Spirits Awake” was met with positive reviews around the world. The Freedom Art Quartet was selected to appear on “NYC Disk Makers Best of the unsigned Bands” Compilation CD. Their music also appeared in the independent film from New Line Cinema, “Happenstance.” Throughout the years, many innovative artists have played within the core group including
Ornette Coleman, Fred Hopkins, Ravi Coltrane, J.D. Parren, Abraham Burton, Jaribu Shahid, Brad Jones, Andy McCloud, Roy Campbell, Alex Harding, Jay Collins, and Patience Higgins among others.

Featuring:   Darius Jones – saxophone; Omar Kabir – trumpet; Kevin Ray – bass; and Lloyd Haber – saxophone.

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

Price: $20 

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York NY 10027

 

 

Harlem Jazz Series – The J.D. Allen Trio

Hailed by the New York Times as “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” J.D. Allen is one of the most thoughtful jazz saxophonists on the scene today. The Detroit native’s apprenticeship has largely been in New York, where he has performed, recorded, and toured with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Betty Carter, Louis Hayes, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, and contemporaries Cindy Blackman, Orrin Evans, Marcus Gilmore, Russell Gunn, and Me’shell N’degeocello, Dave Douglas among others.  J.D.’s debut album, In Search Of…  (red records), won him the Best New Artist award in Italy and reviewers praised him for his original compositions and bold playing. That same year J.D. began touring and recording with drummer Cindy Blackman’s Quartet, where he remains a member. His second release, Pharoah’s Children (Criss Cross), was one of Jazziz Magazine’s Critics Pics Top 10 Albums of the Year. J.D. is a member of the Romare Bearden Homecoming Jazz All-Star Band.

Featuring: Gregg August – bass; Rudy Royston – drums; and JD Allen – saxophone

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

Price: $20

Location 

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Jazz Series – In The Tradition and Beyond Trio featuring Richard Fairfax

August 14, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Richard Fairfax is a native New Yorker who has participated in a wide spectrum of cultural activities throughout the last five decades. He was a sideman in professional bands, occasionally backing up star performers like the Four Tops and Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes. He studied music performance and composition with Makanda Ken McIntyre and Warren Smith, playing with them and other exceptional musicians on the New York City jazz scene throughout the 1980’s and 90’s. Mr. Fairfax collaborated with socially, politically conscious theater-poetry-dance-music groups, including The Sedition Ensemble, Elliot Bratton’s Message and the We Owe Somebody Collective. Over many years of employment at ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax performed his original compositions with musically talented co-workers for special events. In Harlem where Mr. Fairfax resides, he produced and performed the “Freedom Summer 2008” series, which featured some of his works with community discussions of historical events and their contemporary relevance. Since retirement from ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax continues to write, publish and perform his own compositions, collaborating often with the cyborg species Automata Africanus and sometimes with the finest human musicians.

Richard Fairfax’s In The Tradition and Beyond Trio: Yoichi Uzeki – piano; Taru Alexander – drums; and Richard Fairfax – reeds.

1st set: 12:00pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30 am

Cost:  $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York, NY 10027

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Harlem Jazz Series – Hilliard Greene Trio

August 7, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Hilliard Greene has been studying music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally over twenty. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, Tango as well as the music of other continents and US regions, and solo performances. He performs widely in the New York City area, and in major cities throughout the world. Greene performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years, serving as his Musical Director from 1995 to 2013. Greene also was Cecil Taylor’s Concert Master for his group “Phtongos”. Greene was in residence at Minton’s a.k.a. legendary Minton’s Playhouse as the house bassist. Hilliard Greene has recently formed The In&Out Band, a trio using jazz standards as a vehicle for free improvisation. Also, he is co-leader of the classical crossover ensemble ZigZag Quartet. Greene produced three CD’s with his own ensemble The Jazz Expressions, a solo bass CD entitled “Alone”, and co-produced self-titled ZigZag Quartet CD.

Featuring:

Hilliard Greene – bass
Queen Esther – vocal
Sharpe Radway – piano

1st set: 12:00pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street 
New York NY 10027

 

Harlem Jazz Series – Ahmed Abdullah’s DIASPORA – Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra

July 27, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Ahmed Abdullah was born and raised in Harlem. In 2016, he performed in Harlem for the first time with his own band. Ahmed has been leading a band since 1972. Over the years he has worked with or recorded with bands led by Sam Rivers, Sun Ra, Rashied Ali, Ed Blackwell, Billy Bang, Arthur Blythe and Hamiet Bluiett. Ahmed has been involved with notable collective ensembles like The Melodic Art-Tet, The Group and NAM. Abdullah has twelve recordings as a leader and is on at least other 25 recordings with Sun Ra and the Arkestra as well as recordings with the aforementioned artists. Besides playing trumpet, composing, singing, curating and educating, Ahmed is also a writer and has written a thesis that defines the art-form he is concerned with as Jazz: A Music of the Spirit. Ahmed currently teaches a Sun Ra Music and Philosophy course at the New School and is a NYC Department of Education Fellow teaching music to children.

Ahmed Abdullah’s DIASPORA – Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra:  Monique Ngozi Nri – vocalist and poet; Reggie Nicholson – drums; Radu Ben Judah – bass; Donald Smith – piano; Don Chapman – tenor saxophone and Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet

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

Price: $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 – Michael King Trio

July 24, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Virtuosic pianist and Chicagoan native, Michael King began playing drums in his local church band at the early age of 4. This fortuitously melodic schooling nurtured an undeniable affinity to the piano and organ, the very seat that he began to occupy, by ear, at age 14. Mr. King is an alumni of Lincoln Park High School and the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory. He was selected to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute and The Ravinia Jazz Scholars program on merit scholarships. Michael has performed with Bobby Watson, Kevin Eubanks, Dave Liebeman, Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Joel Frahm, Rufus Reid, & Antonio Hart, among others. Currently you can catch Mr. King touring internationally with incredible talents such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Robin Eubanks, Marquis Hill, Theo Croker, Soul Understated, Melissa Aldana, & Marcus Printup.

Michael King Trio: Eric Wheeler – Bass; Kush Abadey – Drums and Michael King – Piano.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $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