Melissa Slocum – Harlem Jazz Series

Melissa SlocumMay 22, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Melissa Slocum has been performing worldwide since 1982, and worked with such legends as Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones. Comfortable in genres ranging from duo to big band, traditional to avant garde, she performed and recorded with Charli Persip and Superband, Ralph Peterson and the Fo’tet, Avery Brooks with Craig Harris, Howard Johnson and Gravity, Dakota Staton, Kevin Mahogany, the Firey String Sistas, and the all woman big band DIVA, among many others. Television appearances include Newport Jazz Festival 1999, Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Gala, BET Interview, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN with the Kevin Mahogany Quintet and CBS News with Lionel Hampton.  Ms. Slocum holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.

 

1st set: Noon – 12:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 1:00 – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

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

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James Brandon Lewis Trio – Harlem Jazz Series

May 18, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

James Brandon Lewis (b. 1983 Buffalo, NY) is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in today’s scene. Lewis has shared the stage with Ken Filano, Darius Jones and Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Mark Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others. Jazz legend Sonny Rollins endorsed Lewis as a “promising young player with the potential to do great things having listened to the Elders.” New York Times had this to say, “James Brandon Lewis is a jazz saxophonist in his ‘30s, raw toned but measured, doesn’t sound steeped in the current jazz academy values; there’s an independence about him.” Lewis leads numerous ensembles and is the co-founder of Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. Lewis attended Howard University, with a MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Featuring:

James Brandon Lewis – sax, Brad Jones – bass, and Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

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

House doors open at 7:30pm

Price: $20

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

Yayoi Ikawa – Harlem Jazz Series

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May 25, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised musically in New York, pianist/composer/educator Yayoi Ikawa is an experience in ingenuity and compassion. Being exposed to the diverse music scene in New York, Yayoi plays Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, African, and Caribbean music. Using music as a powerful communication tool, Yayoi strives to lift up humanity through understanding and encouraging herself and others. After a Nippon Crown release “Angel Eyes” in 2004, she self-produced “Color of Dreams” displaying her original compositions. In 2008, Yayoi started “The Bridge Project” to create musical dialogue between different cultures. Yayoi has worked with Reggie Workman, Michael Carvin, Howard Johnson, Michal Urbaniak, Salim Washington, Emeline Michel, James Germain, Daniel Bernard Roumain, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, The Meditations, Kaissa, Blitz the Ambassador, St Paul Baptist Church in Montclair NJ, the International Jazz and Dance Academy in Slovenia and more. Her musical activities can be seen on http://www.yayoiikawa.net

Featuring:

Yayoi Ikawa – piano/composition

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $15

Franz Hackl – Harlem Jazz Series

May 11, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Franz Hackl, trumpeter, composer and brass instrument maker is founder and artistic director of the Outreach Orchestra, Festival and Academy and leads his own group, Franz Hackl’s IDO Quartet His feed-forward approach, building on traditions and looking beyond the fashionable trend, leads to his distinctive style. As a trumpet player Franz has toured the international festival circuit and concert halls for over twenty years and performed in renown Jazz clubs like the Jazz Standard (as a leader), Blue Note, Birdland, and Sweet Basil to name a few. As a composer Franz was commissioned to write original music for the “Year of the Mountains” launch event at the United Nations for the opening of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, and has composed for numerous festivals and ensembles such as Tiroler Festspiele, Europ. Forum Alpbach, Klangspuren, Festival der Regionen and the Absolute Ensemble.

Featuring: Franz Hackl – trumpet

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

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

Price: $20

Jay Rodriguez – Harlem Jazz Series

May 1, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy-nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer and Arranger. He studied under a full scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, co-founded by Arnie Lawrence, who said, “Mr. Rodriguez is … a visionary… and a true light to hear and see.” Jay is the consummate artist; his resume reads like a Who’s Who of the music world. He has performed, produced recorded and/or arranged for a variety of artists and taught/lectured all over the world. Jay co-founded the NYC phenomenon, the Groove Collective, which influenced many modern hip hop and dance music bands.  Today’s performance is Soul Inflections – featuring new compositions for clarinet, flute and saxophones.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11am

Price: $15

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

Bob Stewart – Harlem Jazz Series

Bob Stewart – Harlem Jazz Series – May 4, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Bob Stewart.jpgOver the last 40 years Bob Stewart has established himself as both an innovative tuba player and equally creative jazz educator. As a band leader, recording artist, and featured soloist Mr. Stewart’s playing has been featured on over 80 recordings.  He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Charlie Haden, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Lester Bowie, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Arthur Blythe, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, David Murray, Chaka Khan, Dap Kings, and Aretha Franklin to name a few. While concertizing and touring both in the United States and internationally, Bob Stewart, a Grammy Nominated Tubist, maintains a faculty position as professor of Jazz History at The Juilliard School.  In 2012, Mr. Stewart established “The Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition” to inspire tuba players to lead their own ensembles, helping to establish new tuba repertoire. Mr. Stewart’s newest release is CONNECTIONS – Mind the Gap.

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

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

Harlem Jazz Series – Curtis Nowosad

April 24, 2 018 – 12pm

Curtis Nowosad is a New York-based drummer, composer and bandleader. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Nowosad has distinguished himself touring coast-to-coast and playing at clubs such as the Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s and Smalls with his quintet. He has performed in the bands of world-class musicians Marc Cary, Philip Harper, Craig Harris and Braxton Cook, among others and has performed at every major jazz festival in Canada and several in the US; his co-led group CNOTE holds a weekly residency at the legendary Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem. He has performed with three NEA Jazz Masters, Candido Camero, Dave Liebman and Jimmy Owens, and in 2013 he recorded with a fourth, pianist Kenny Barron.

1st Set: 12 Noon – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm Doors open at 11:30am

Cost: $15

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

More Info: www.harlemjazzboxx.com

 

Harlem Jazz Series – Jason Marshall

April 17, 2 018 – 12pm

Jason Marshall

Jason Marshall is a highly sought after and established fixture on the global music landscape.  A rare specimen even among the highly competitive New York City music scene, the Washington D.C. born saxophonist can be seen playing soul music with Aretha Franklin, Latin jazz with Arturo O’Farrill, pop with Desi Di Lauro, avant garde jazz with the Charlie Mingus Big Band, and rock music with the Young Presidents.  In addition, the graduate of the New School and Aaron Copeland School of Music can also be found performing weekly with the iconic NYC hip hop band, Nickle & Dime Ops, and with his own, The Jason Marshall Organ Trio in Harlem. Also a highly sought after composer and arranger, Mr. Marshall wrote and arranged the modern day classic “Miss Garvey, Miss Garvey!!” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2009.  He has also written and arranged music for the Taipei Jazz Orchestra and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.   His work for large ensemble can be heard most regularly performed by his critically acclaimed orchestra, the Jason Marshall Big Band.  The jazz orchestra will release its debut album Order of Magnitude this fall.

1st Set: 12 Noon – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm Doors open at 11:30am

Cost: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York NY 10027
More Info: www.harlemjazzboxx.com

Carla Cook Quartet – Harlem Jazz Series

November 14, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm

CARLA%20COOK%2019Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully — but she doesn’t stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you’d never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This native Detroiter, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you’ll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist or snob. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style. In 1999, Cook recorded her debut album, It’s All About Love. The CD enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. In 2000, Cook recorded her second album, Dem Bones and in 2002, she recorded Simply Natural, both for MAXJAZZ. Her albums continue to receive critical acclaim.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11am

Price: $15

Jay Rodriguez – Harlem Jazz Series

October 24, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy-nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer and Arranger. He studied under a full scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, co-founded by Arnie Lawrence, who said, “Mr. Rodriguez is … a visionary… and a true light to hear and see.” Jay is the consummate artist; his resume reads like a Who’s Who of the music world. He has performed, produced recorded and/or arranged for a variety of artists and taught/lectured all over the world. Jay co-founded the NYC phenomenon, the Groove Collective, which influenced many modern hip hop and dance music bands.  Today’s performance is Soul Inflections – featuring new compositions for clarinet, flute and saxophones.

1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11am

Price: $15