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

Advertisements

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

 

Bruce Edwards Trio – Safe House Jazz Parlor

April 6, 2017 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

This 2-hour intimate experience provides a haven where music lovers can relax and engage with musicians while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, wine and dessert. This exceptional evening runs the 1st Thursday of every month with different musicians performing at various homes in Harlem.

 Guitarist/Composer Bruce Edwards was a member of Sun Ra’s Arkestra from 1984-1992, traveling all over the planet and appearing on recordings such as “Sun Ra Sextet Live at the Village Vanguard”, “Destination Unknown”, “A Night in East Berlin” and more. In addition, Bruce has performed/recorded with artists such as James Carter (CD: At the Crossroads) Charles Tolliver, and GE Smith and Lenny Pickett of the Saturday Night Live Band to name just a few. Called “a Master of his instrument” by John Kelman of All About Jazz, for the past several years Bruce has focused on composing and producing music for films and TV, winning a Telly Award for his original music and sound design in 2006, as well as teaching guitar for Jazzmobile, The New School, and privately.

Bruce Edwards – guitar

George Delancey – bass

Reggie Nicholson – drums

 

Included:

Live Jazz Concert

Hors d’oeuvres, wine and dessert

House doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The event starts at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Price: $60

Oliver Lake Band – Harlem Jazz Series

April 4, 2017 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

The artistic scope of renowned saxophonist, composer, painter, and poet Oliver Lake’s half-century-long career is unparalleled. An extensive resume of his collaborations includes a veritable who’s who of the jazz vanguard. Oliver’s efforts extend far beyond the music, with his creation of the non-profit Passin’ Thru organization, becoming a mainstay at Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, publishing two books of poetry and frequently producing visual artwork for exhibitions across the country. Lake’s output as an exacting and unequivocally original composer has long been celebrated, highlighted by commissions awarded from the Library of Congress, the Rockefeller Foundation ASCAP, the International Association for Jazz Education, Composers Forum and the McKim Foundation. He has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and was also presented with the Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award at the Kennedy Center in 2006. In 2014, Oliver was honored with the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award, a multi-year grant awarded to American artists in the fields of jazz, theater and dance.

The Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series is artistically directed by Craig Harris, a trombonist, composer and longtime Harlem resident. Harris has been a major figure in the Harlem jazz scene since 1976. He has performed throughout the USA and abroad with some of the genre’s most important figures.

House doors open at 11:30 a.m. 

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

Price: $15

Firey String Sistas! – Harlem Jazz Series – December 16, 2016 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

file.jpgFirey String Sistas! celebrates the power, beauty and creativity of women. With a fresh, original style violinist Marlene Rice, cellist Nioka Workman, bassist Melissa Slocum, pianist-vocalist Mala Waldron and drummer Camille Gainer-Jones weave together Jazz, World music and tributes to their families. “JOYOUS”, a holiday chamber Jazz favorite. Firey String Sistas! is a touring chamber Jazz ensemble that is configured anywhere from duo to 20-piece orchestra for events throughout the year. The group is quickly gaining a reputation for presenting unique performances that include cultural, world and women’s views. They’ve performed at several cutting edge venues such as Harlem Summer Stage Amphitheater, Brooklyn Museum, the Puck Building, Center For Arts & Culture, South Orange Performing Arts Center (WBGO’s Jazz Kids Series), Harlem Gate House, Borough Hall Community College, Phillip Noris Houses, Symphony Space, UMass, Puffin Cultural Forum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Café Live, the Medgar Evers Jazzy Jazz Festival, the Coltrane Day Music Festival 2016 and the Greenpoint Arts Festival.

 Featuring:

Marlene Rice – violinist

Nioka Workman – cellist

Melissa Slocum – bassist

Mala Waldron – pianist-vocalist

Camille Gainer-Jones – drummer

 

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $15

Milton Suggs – Harlem Jazz Series

Milton Suggs – Harlem Jazz Series

November 29, 2016 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

milton-suggs“A commanding singer…steeped in tradition…but with modern sensibilities” is just one of the things Downbeat magazine had to say about Milton Suggs. Thus far, Milton has had the pleasure of sharing the stage or recording with such notable musicians as Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Sean Jones, Vincent Gardner, Winard Harper, and Wynton Marsalis. Milton has recorded and produced three studio albums and has received praise from in the popular publications Downbeat and Jazz Times magazines. His third studio album, Lyrical Volume I, was released in July 2012. He currently resides in New York where he performs his music frequently throughout the city while also establishing his presence as a recording and performing artist throughout the country.

Featuring: Milton Suggs – voice/piano, Noah Jackson – bass and Russell Carter – drums

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church

59 West 137th Street

New York NY 10037

http://ow.ly/Xj5t30539yq

Henry Grimes – Harlem Jazz Series

Henry Grimes – Harlem Jazz Series

November 25, 2016 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

henrygrimesIn the 1950s and ‘60s, after receiving his music education at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia and at the Juilliard School in New York City, Henry Grimes (upright bass, violin, poetry) played acoustic bass with many master jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Pharaoh Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, and McCoy Tyner. Since then, Henry has played more than 5OO concerts and festivals in 28 countries, playing and recording with many of this era’s music heroes such as Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Roscoe Mitchell, Louis Moholo, David Murray, Zim Ngqawana, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Wadada Leo Smith, and once again, Cecil Taylor.  Henry can be heard on nearly 90 recordings, including a dozen recent ones, on various labels.

Featuring:

Henry Grimes – bass, Andrew Lamb – sax and Warren Smith – drums

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

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $15

Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church

59 West 137th Street

New York NY 10037

http://ow.ly/Wq4L30538YQ

Tulivu Cumberbatch – Harlem Jazz Series

Tulivu Cumberbatch – Harlem Jazz Series – November 18, 2016 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

file.jpgMs. Cumberbatch is a native of Brooklyn and has toured extensively in such places as the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, West Africa, Russia, Japan, and the United States. She has worked extensively with trumpeter Hannibal Loukumbe as the featured vocalist in two of his symphonies and also performed his suite “Fannie Lou Hamer” with the Kronos Quartet and “Love Poems to God” with dancer/choreographer, Dianne McIntyre and his ensemble. Ms. Cumberbath has performed with John Hicks, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Diedre Murray, Lonni Plaxico, Onaje-Alan Gumbs, Curtis Lundy, Cecil Brooks III, Steve Wilson, Andy Bey, Al Harewood, Cecil Payne, and Romero Lubambo, to name a few. She currently works with the Baritone Saxophones, the Ray Abrams Big Band, the Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble, and her own Magnificent Trio. Ms. Cumberbatch has produced three recordings on Ki-Ki Records and is soon to release the recording “Seasoned Elegance.” (www.tulivu.com)

Featuring:

Tulivu – voice, Rod Williams – piano, Rachiim Ausar Sahu – bass, and Mark Johnson drums

Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church 59 West 137th Street, New York NY 10037
1st set: 7pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8pm – 8:45pm
House doors open at 6:30pm
Price: $15

God’s Trombones – December 22nd and 23rd, 2016

craig-gt-2God’s Trombones is coming back home to Harlem this holiday season. Craig Harris will be performing his powerful musical interpretation of James Weldon Johnson’s Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, published in 1927. The collection of poems that refigure inspirational sermons by itinerant Negro preachers. There will only be two performances December 22nd and December 23rd, 2016.

Musicians

Craig Harris – Trombone

Alfred Patterson – Trombone

Art Baron – Trombone

Joe Daley – Euphonium

Bob Stewart – Tuba

Adam Klipple – Keyboards

Tony Lewis – Drums

Vocalists

LaTanya Hall – Principal/Vocals

Sam McKelton – Vocals – Tenor

Charlotte Small – Vocals – Soprano

Craig Harris, a trombonist, composer and longtime Harlem resident. 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 influential figures, and his 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 past 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, curator and artistic director.

“Under Harris’s direction, the highly talented performers blended art and spirituality in a way that brought the house down. The experience might best be described as a baptism in glorious sound.”

Daily Challenge – Joan H. Allen

“The audience wasn’t sure if they should holler “amen” or clap: they did both.”

New York Amsterdam News – Ron Scott

Price: $40

House doors open at 7:15p.m.

http://www.welcometoharlem.com/gods-trombone

Bruce Williams – Harlem Jazz Series

Bruce Williams – Harlem Jazz Series

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

buce-williams-2Alto 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.

Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church – 59 West 137th Street, NY NY 10037

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15