Omar / Nakhane / DJ Wildcat

August 14, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

British soul singer Omar Lye-Fook was likely always destined to be a musician. The son of Byron Lye-Fook, a studio musician and drummer who worked with the likes of Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones, Omar was classically trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music, and plays the trumpet, piano and percussion. Considered by some to be the ‘father’ of British neo soul, his throwback sound appeared to be ahead of its time, proving to be more influential in the canon than on the charts—he counts India.Arie, Erykah Badu, and his idol, Stevie Wonder among his fans. Since his debut album There’s Nothing Like This (1990), he’s dabbled in ragga, hip-hop, funk, jazz-pop, rock, and Caribbean dance sounds. He’s joined by Nakhane, a London-based Xhosa polymath who has published a novel (Piggy Boy Blues) and acted in a feature film (Inxeba, or “The Wound”) in addition to his musical output. But it’s his music that soars highest, with an unmistakable voice that floats over experimental electro pop compositions with lyrics that—like much of his other work—tackle the subject of queer identity in conservative society, like his recent duet with ANOHNI, “New Brighton.”

Cost: Free

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Location
Marcus Garvey Park-Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Jazz Series – Calvin Jones Trio

August 6, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Calvin Jones, the 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: 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

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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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 – Andrea Brachfeld

July 19, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Flutist, composer, arranger, producer, educator, business owner, Andrea Brachfeld, is a graduate of The High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. Study with Hubert Laws, Jimmy Heath, George Coleman, and Mike Longo helped her develop her own improvisational style. Since she began her professional career as a musician at age 16, she has recorded and played many different genres of music including Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, Charanga, funk, Country Western, and devotional music. Some of the many artists she has associated with include Tito Puente, Hubert Laws, Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton, Wallace Roney, Wycliffe Gordon, Ray Barretto, Dave Valentín, Ray Barretto, Wayne Wallace, Bobby Carcassés, Oscar Hernandez, Alfredo de la Fé, Ralph Irrizarry, Joe Newman, Nestor Torres, Kenwood Dennard, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, and Bill O’ Connell among many others. Andrea currently tours with her own group, Andrea Brachfeld and Insight featuring Bill O’ Connell, Harvie S and Jason Tiemann, the Wallace Roney “Universe” Orchestra and The Bill O’ Connell Quartet / Dave Valentín Tribute Band featuring Lincoln Goines and Robby Ameen.

Featuring: Andrea Brachfeld – Flute

First set: 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Cost: $20

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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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 – Santi Debriano

July 12, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Santi Debriano has proven to be one of the most versatile and creative musicians to emerge from the New York jazz scene. Santi has a body of music that embraces a variety of traditions and genres. His virtuosic abilities on acoustic bass and guitar, combined with his vast range of experience has brought him to a position of eminence as one of the most inventive and innovative of performers. His work as a leader has been documented on several brilliant recordings with the groups Panamaniacs and Circlechant, the bass trio Castle Magic and his collaborations with guitarists Paul Meyers and Roni Ben Hur. Santi has eight CDs as leader and some 100 recordings as a sideman. He has performed and recorded with some of the most notable musicians of our time, including Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Sonny Fortune, Chico Freeman, Pharaoh Sanders, and Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Louis Hayes, Danilo Perez, Bill Pierce, and Randy Weston among others. Santi’s performance career has crossed many stylistic boundaries, from straight ahead jazz to latin jazz to the avant garde. Santi Debriano is also very active in music education, at all grade levels.

Featuring: Santi Debriano – acoustic bass and guitar

First set: 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Cost: $20

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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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 – Bruce Edwards

July 16, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

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. 

Featuring: Bruce Edwards – guitarist

First set: 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm; 15 min break; Second set: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Cost: $15

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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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 – Yoichi Uzeki

July 9, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

A native of Tokyo, pianist, composer and arranger, Yoichi Uzeki received his bachelor’s degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and his master’s degree and the Sir Roland Hanna Award from Queens College, City University of New York. Yoichi played the piano on a historical recording session with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Ornette Coleman in 2010. This “For The Love of Ornette” CD is available world-wide. Currently, Yoichi has several own projects from trio to big band in the United States and Japan, and he is a music faculty at York College, City University of New York. He has performed in several ongoing projects by Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Oliver Lake, Jeff King, Webb Thomas, Carl Bartlett Jr., Hot Crescents (Co-led by Satoru Ohashi), and Battle Jazz Big Band of Japan, among others. His music and charts have performed by many bands throughout the world. Additionally, he has performed with Pharoah Sanders, Terell Stafford, James Spaulding, Tim Warfield Jr., Craig Harris, Vanessa Rubin, Carla Cook, Bobby Porcelli, Cecil Bridgewater, Frank Lacy, Najee, Chanda Rule, Wolfgang Puschnig, and many more.

Featuring:  Yoichi Uzeki – piano

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

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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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 – Lonnie Plaxico

July 5, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Chicago-born Lonnie Plaxico inherited a gift for music that was discovered and nurtured early. At the age of just fourteen, Lonnie Plaxico turned professional, playing the electric and acoustic bass with equal facility. In 1980 Plaxico moved to New York and his first extended tenure was with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers; Lonnie performed on twelve of Blakey’s albums. In 1986 he joined Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, continuing with that group until 1993. Presently, Plaxico is the musical director and featured bassist for Cassandra Wilson; their award-winning collaboration has now spanned fifteen years. Plaxico has appeared with such luminaries as Sonny Stitt, Junior Cook, David Murray, Alice Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Sample, Abbey Lincoln, and Dizzy Gillespie. Just as noteworthy are his performances with younger artists — among them Steve Coleman, Rachelle Farrell and Dianne Reeves. He has also recorded five critically acclaimed albums as a leader.

Cost: $15

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

House doors open at 11:30 am

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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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

Everybooty 2019

June 29, 2019 9:00pm

BAM presents Everybooty

“The parties are plentiful during Pride Week, but Everybooty at Brooklyn Academy of Music is set to become the arty-queer event of the season.”
OUT.com

Everybooty descends on BAM this WorldPride weekend for a four-floor, more-is-more art party with the glitteriest critters of the queer art and nightlife worlds. This radical evening of revelry fills the BAM Fisher from basement to rooftop with performances, DJs, installations, and general ruckus, serving up too much as just enough.

New for 2019: a piano lounge for group singalongs, hosted by Marc Oleszko and featuring special guests Salty Brine, Jo Lampert, Erin Markey, Tasha Michelle, and more! Andre J., Switch n’ Play, Flower Tortilla, Lady Quesa’Dilla, Viva Vidalia, Theydy Bedbug, and the House of LaBeija bring life to the Fishman Space, plus DJ sets by Papi Juice and J Clef and decor by Melo Davis. Photographs by internationally acclaimed artist project, Kings & Queens, will be featured in the lower lobby.

All tickets: $30

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Phony Ppl / Conya Doss

June 27, 2019 12:00pm

“a matured fusion of modern-pop songcraft, live-band hip-hop drive, classic-R&B singing and instrumental Steely Dan poise”
—Rolling Stone on Phony Ppl

The video for Phony Ppl’s “Before You Get A Boyfriend” opens to these five friends from Crown Heights in a familiar pose: hanging out on the front stoop of a Brooklyn brownstone. Singer Elbee Thrie’s warm vocals blend with laid-back grooves to showcase this young band’s affection for bossa nova, classic hip-hop, and 90s rap. Since the release of their album Yesterday’s Tomorrow in 2015—highlighted by Rolling Stone after a rock critic saw the group performing in a subway station—Phony Ppl has performed with Erykah Badu, Fetty Wap, and the Roots. They are joined on the MetroTech stage with an opening performance by indie soul singer Conya Doss, whose smooth, soaring vocals have won her a dedicated following even without the support of a major record label.

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Location
MetroTech Commons
304 Bridge St
Brooklyn NY 11201 USA

Summer on the Hudson: Everybody Tango!

June 6, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

This event repeats every week on Thursday between June 6, 2019 and July 25, 2019.

Enjoy introductory Argentine Tango lessons, music, and dancing in the open air.

Lessons are held at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. with social dance time between lessons.

Live music and dancers will be featured on June 6 and July 25.

Cost: Free

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Location
West Harlem Piers
125th Street and Marginal Street
New York NY U.S.