Harlem Jazz Series – Darius Jones

August 23, 2019 – 7 PM

Darius Jones is an extraordinarily gifted alto saxophonist and composer. He joined the New York music community in 2005, after living and studying in Richmond, VA. Darius comes from a diverse musical background, which led to his unique and soulful approach to music. His repertoire includes compositions and performances in electro-acoustic music, chamber ensembles; contemporary and avant-garde jazz groups, modern dance performances, and multi-media events. Darius has collaborated with other artists including Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, Oliver Lake Big Band, William Parker’s Essence of Ellington, Eric Revis Quartet, Trevor Dunn’s Proof Readers, Nasheet Waits “Equality” Quartet, Bill McHenry, Elliott Sharp, James Carter, Jason Moran, Andrew Cyrille, Ryan Sawyer, Angelica Sanchez, Yo La Tengo, Beans, Brandford Marsalis, Chad Taylor, Sean Conly, Alex Harding, Sun Ra Arkestra, Shazhad Ismaily, Aruan Ortiz, Fay Victor, and many more. Darius’ 2012 release, Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) was listed among NPR’s Best Top 10 Jazz Albums of that year.

Featuring:
Darius Jones – alto sax

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

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Price: $20

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

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 – In The Tradition and Beyond Trio featuring Richard Fairfax

August 14, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Richard Fairfax is a native New Yorker who has participated in a wide spectrum of cultural activities throughout the last five decades. He was a sideman in professional bands, occasionally backing up star performers like the Four Tops and Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes. He studied music performance and composition with Makanda Ken McIntyre and Warren Smith, playing with them and other exceptional musicians on the New York City jazz scene throughout the 1980’s and 90’s. Mr. Fairfax collaborated with socially, politically conscious theater-poetry-dance-music groups, including The Sedition Ensemble, Elliot Bratton’s Message and the We Owe Somebody Collective. Over many years of employment at ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax performed his original compositions with musically talented co-workers for special events. In Harlem where Mr. Fairfax resides, he produced and performed the “Freedom Summer 2008” series, which featured some of his works with community discussions of historical events and their contemporary relevance. Since retirement from ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax continues to write, publish and perform his own compositions, collaborating often with the cyborg species Automata Africanus and sometimes with the finest human musicians.

Richard Fairfax’s In The Tradition and Beyond Trio: Yoichi Uzeki – piano; Taru Alexander – drums; and Richard Fairfax – reeds.

1st set: 12:00pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30 am

Cost:  $15

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

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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

Great Jazz on the Great Hill 2017

August 5, 2017 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Bring a picnic, blanket, and dancing shoes for the 10th rendition of this fun event! Co-presented with Jazzmobile, Great Jazz on the Great Hill features live music and swing dancing in a beautiful park setting. This event is free. Tickets are not required.

Performances by:

The Jimmy Heath Big Band
Legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath takes the stage with his 14-piece swinging big band. Heath is a three-time Grammy Award nominee and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.

The Allan Harris Band
International award-winning jazz vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Allan Harris has been described as having a “formidable baritone [voice] with… husky edges and
deep resonant low notes.” His performances cover ballads reminiscent of Nat King Cole and swinging Frank Sinatra standards.

Matthew Whitaker Trio
A 16-year-old organist and pianist, Matthew Whitaker first began playing music at the age of three, taught himself the Hammond B3 organ at the age of nine, and four years later became the youngest artist endorsed by Hammond. His artistic resume is outstanding for any young musician; for a blind musician, it is even more impressive.

…and other special guests

Location Details
Great Hill – Central Park

West 106th Street and Central Park West
New York NY 10025 US

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