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

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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

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

Harlem Jazz Series – Antoine Roney

November 16, 2018 |7:00pm – 9:00pm

Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist, Antoine Roney grew up surrounded by music. After a short period learning the clarinet, he took an interest in the saxophone, after his older brother – renowned saxophonist Wallace – introduced him to John Coltrane’s Live at Birdland album. Inspired by what he heard, Roney pursued studies in both alto and tenor sax. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and attended college at the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with alto saxophonist, Jackie McLean. Antoine has released five albums as a leader, in addition to working with Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Arthur Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Geri Allen, Chick Corea and Elvin Jones, to name a few. Antoine also participated in the Miles Davis tribute project, Bitches Brew Revisited, with drummer Cindy Blackman.

Featuring: Antoine Roney – tenor saxophone

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

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 – Steve Swell

November 2, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. With over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader, Steve is a featured artist on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children. Steve was nominated for Trombonist of the Year in 2008 & 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, selected 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: Steve Swell – trombone

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

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 – Carla Cook

November 9, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Carla 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.

Featuring: Carla Cook – vocalist

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

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 – Cartlon Holmes

October 30, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Carlton Holmes is a pianist of exceptional talent, musicality, and creativity. His sensitivity and inventiveness has allowed him to be one of the most sought after musicians in the New York area. Carlton Holmes’ career in New York began after he completed his Masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music. He found himself playing diversified gigs, and soon became known as one of the ‘Young Lions’, playing with drum great Charli Persip for six years and beginning what is now a fifteen-year relationship with Master drummer Michael Carvin. Along with extensive studio work Carlton also composed and performed for many film and television productions as well as Broadway. In addition to leading his own bands, Carlton’s performing and recording credit includes work with Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Garrett, Branford Marsalis, Max Roach, Stevie Wonder, Diane Reeves, Regina Belle, Donald Bryd, Terumasa Hino, and many others. Carlton continues to play and record with drum sensation Cindy Blackman, saxophone great Carlos Garnett and guitarist Ronny Jordan.

Featuring: Carlton Holmes – piano

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

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