Harlem Jazz Series – Jay Rodriguez

December 28, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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.

Featuring:  Featuring: Jay Rodriguez – reeds, Alex Blake – bass, and Victor Jones – drums

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

Cost: $20

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

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Harlem Jazz Series – Fay Victor

December 21, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

In command, infectious, energetic and strong, Fay Victor hypnotizes audiences, whether she sings a blues, sculpts a free piece, or reinvents a Herbie Nichols tune. Running the full gamut of human emotion in an original mix of traditional song forms and free improvisation – “FreeSong” – is Victor’s trademark approach to improvised vocal music. The trademark not only applies to Victor’s own groups and original music but also to esteemed ensembles and bandleaders that feature her unique vocal abilities. In fact, the ensembles where Victor is featured rarely, if ever, have vocalists in them. In addition to working on the Fay Victor Ensemble’s new release, Victor is also developing a project of the iconic pianist Herbie Nichols, and has a monthly residency at the 55 Bar in the West Village. With her active groups or as a featured guest, Victor performs extensively around New York City and internationally, and has collaborated with an extensive list of notable musicians.

Featuring: Fay Victor – voice, Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone, Aruan Ortiz – piano, and Ken Filano – double bass

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

Cost: $20

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Jorge Sylvester

December 14, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

A unique innovator in the idiom of creative music, Jorge Sylvester’s sound is reminiscent of another time in jazz history when artists like Dolphy and Ornette were exploding on the scene and experimenting with concepts that would ultimately revolutionize music at large. A throwback to the future, Mr. Sylvester has been on the cutting edge of that scene since 1980 when he first came to New York City. His blend of African-Caribbean rhythms with new music is what gives Sylvester his distinguished voice. An impressive composer and arranger, Sylvester has performed with Stefon Harris, Rodney Kendrick, Karl Berger, the David Murray Big Band, poet Sekou Sundiata, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, the Oliver Lake Big Band, Kuumba Frank Lacy’s Vibe Tribe, the Next Legacy Orchestra, Joe Bowie’s Defunkt Big Band and Nora McCarthy, with whom he also co-leads several groups, namely The ConceptualMotion Orchestra and A Small Dream In Red. Mr. Sylvester performs frequently and conducts workshops throughout the United States teaching his unique approach to composition using Afro-Caribbean rhythms.cted Trombonist of the Year 2008 – 2010, 2012 and 2014 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina, received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award and selected by the Downbeat Critics Poll in the Trombone category from 2010 – 2014. Steve is a teaching artist through the American Composers Orchestra, Healing Arts Initiative, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, and the Jazz Foundation of America.

Featuring: Jorge Sylvester – alto saxophone and compositions, Nora McCarthy – voice, poetry and compositions, Donald Nicks – double bass, and Tcheser Holmes – drums

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

Cost: $20

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris Quartet

December 11, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him. From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, into the confrontational expressionism of the ‘60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word. He has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of progressive jazz’s most important figures and his own projects display both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression. It is those two qualities that have dominated Craig’s forty years of activity, bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, music curator, and artistic director. Craig, who comes from a tradition of art as a cultural facilitation to help promote change, has employed his musical voice to comment on social injustice with projects including God’s Trombones, based on James Weldon Johnson’s book of sermons.

Featuring: Adam Klipple – piano, Calvin Jones – bass, Shirazette Tinnin – drums, and Craig Harris – trombone

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

Cost: $15

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

Move and Groove: Vinyasa Jazz Flow

December 8, 2018 3:30 pm

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem invites you to our monthly program: Move and Groove. Join us every second Saturday afternoon for a 60 minute vinyasa flow set to tlive jazz. This carefully curated sequence seamlessly unites mind and body with skillful postures and mindful breathing. Flow towards deep relaxation.

Our yoga class will be led by certified Yoga Instructor and jazz enthusiast Courtney Liddell.

About Your Teacher:

Courtney Liddell was first exposed to yoga through a family friend and yoga instructor at the age of six. Several years later she began to establish a regular practice when friends from a boot camp class coerced her into attending her first vinyasa flow class. Courtney went on to complete her 200 hour training at Sonic Yoga in 2013 and has also completed a chair yoga training with Sunlight Yoga.

A continuous student, Courtney seeks to share her yoga practice through an energetic flow, the exploration of sound healing and the belief that yoga is accessible for every mind and body. Her teaching experience includes, the Harlem YMCA, Asali Yoga and Family Yoga at the Bronx Settlement Community Center.

How much does class cost?

Cost:$15

Is there an age requirement?

Yes. In order to participate in class you must be 18 or older. If you are under 18, a legal guardian must sign a liability release form before class begins.

What do I need to bring?

Yoga mats are not provided. Please bring your own yoga mat, towel, and water.

Tell me about the facilities.

There is one large ground floor with two bathrooms. While the National Jazz Museum in Harlem has coat hooks and space to leave shoes, we are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.

What time does class start?

Class will promptly begin 4:00pm. Our policy is first come, first practice. We ask that you please give yourself enough time to sign a liability release form, change, set up your mat, stretch, and settle in.

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

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

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