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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Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2018

August 23 – 26, 2018 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm

n the world of modern music, few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, celebrated as a bebop pioneer and for bringing jazz into the modern era. Our annual festival celebrates Parker and his work. The festival, held each August in lower Manhattan and Harlem, features both contemporaries of Charlie Parker as well as young jazz musicians that continue to shape and drive the art form.

Locations: Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem and Tompkins Square Park, East 7th St. & Ave. A, NY, NY 10009

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027

More Info: https://cityparksfoundation.org/charlieparker/

 

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

Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – A Jazzmobile Family Celebration & Special Salute to Denny Farrell Harlem/Havana & Artz, Rootz, Rhythm

August 12, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

JAAMBO was created with all the infusions of African music from mambo to West African and everything in between. Jaambo is a collective of musicians from New York City, Trinidad and beyond with rich, diverse cultural appetites. Come and party with the invigorating sounds of Jaambo. Their mission is to make you dance.

Jaambo has appeared throughout the tri-state area including performances at Grant’s Tomb, St. John the Divine, Showman’s Jazz Club, and Harlem Stage. They have also partnered with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Jazzmobile and the Harlem Arts Alliance. They are available for corporate events.

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

We chose the name Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (HRO) because it is the residence and birthplace of several of our members. The word renaissance means rebirth or revival and our mission is to revive the music of the Big Band Era and to preserve this music in its living form by giving recognition to some of its leading figures: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Pops Louie Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lucky Millinder, Earl Fatha Hines, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton and many others. The Orchestra’s goal is to re-establish Harlem as the Big Band Mecca of the world.

Over the past two decades, HRO has performed in some of the most prestigious Concert Halls, Jazz Festivals and in many other events. Including Lincoln Center/Mid-Summer Night Swing, Town Hall, The Apollo Theater, Cape May Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Arts Center, The Westchester Jazz Festival, The infamous Copacabana, Great Jazz on the Great Hill presented by Jazz Mobile Inc., Plaza Hotel and the Rainbow Room. We have also appeared in various films and videos including, an HBO Special on the life of Swing Dance innovator Frankie Manning. We did a music special on the Discovery Channel entitled,”Drop Me Off In Harlem,” that was also shown on channel Thirteen PBS(WNET). One of our performances was videotaped on WDR/ARD (Germany) Good Life T.V., and we were filmed by Fuji Television Network Inc. (Japan). HRO has been recognized and featured in a plethors of publications and media for our contributions to the arts. The following is a sample of various media who have commended the HRO: United Nations Jazz Society Publication, the Amsterdam News, New Beginnings Magazine, the NY Daily News, Swing Live Magazine, the NY Times, the New York Press and the Village Voice. HRO is dedicated to keeping the spirit of Big Band Swing Music alive and thriving. Whether in a live performance or educating the next generation of musicians, we will remain a guardian and proponent of a great musical tradition. https://www.reverbnation.com/HRO

Cost: FREE
Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Drive – enter at 145th Street
New York NY 10031

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Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – Craig Harris

August 17, 2018 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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, and into the confrontational expressionism of the ’60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word.

Craig has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of progressive jazz’ most important figures – including Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jaki Byard, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Lester Bowie, The WORLD Saxophone Quartet, The Roots, RAKIM and the list goes on and on – his own projects displayed both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression. And it’s those two qualities that have dominated Craig’s past 15 years of activity, bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world and into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, curator, and artistic director. His projects include Souls Within the Veil, composed to commemorate the centennial of W. E. B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk; Brown Butterfly, a multi-media work based on the movement of Muhammad Ali with video, dance, and music; and God’s Trombones, based on James Weldon Johnson’s classic collection of poems that refigure inspirational sermons by itinerant Negro preachers.

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park-Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
18 Mount Morris Park West
New York NY 10027

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Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – SAGE – Harlem Week Salute: “Women Transforming Our World”

August 10, 2018 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Sage is an all-women’s jazz, blues and contemporary ensemble featuring Ragan Whiteside on flute and vocals, Lakecia Benjamin on saxophone, Miki Hayama on piano, Kersten Stevens on violin, Endea Owens on bass, and Shirazette Tinnen on drums. Part contemporary, part sassy, part nostalgic, these ladies deliver what every music audience is looking for, the best in the art. The group and its members have opened for and appeared with Ray Charles, Denzel Washington, Regina Carter, the Duke Ellington Show Choir and many others. This unique group has headlined at both of the major Inaugural Balls honoring President Obama, Major League Baseball All-Stars Games and the World Classic in San Diego and The Martha’s Vineyard Jazz and Blues Festival. $10 donation requested at door will benefit the Witness Project of Lower Westchester, a Breast Cancer support group.

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park-Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
18 Mount Morris Park West
New York NY 10027
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