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

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

Black Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Igmar Thomas / Talib Kweli / Keyon Harrold & Special Guests

August 17, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

As a kickoff to the national Future Sounds tour highlighting communities across the country, this concert celebrates the 50th year anniversary of the Harlem Cultural Festival. Taking place in the summer of 1969, the original festival held a series of concerts in Mount Morris Park (now known as Marcus Garvey Park), to celebrate black pride, empowerment, music, and culture, and featured the likes of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Jesse Jackson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, and others.

Curated by Neal Ludevig, a founder of the Harlem Arts Festival, musical direction by Igmar Thomas (who has collaborated and led with the likes of Wyclef Jean, Mos Def, Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill and Nas), co-hosted by Talib Kweli, the fiercely independent MC known for his incisive, hard-hitting socially conscious raps and for Black Star, and with jazz trumpeter and singer Keyon Harrold (who has performed with Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Rihanna, and most recently was heard on Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis documentary Miles Ahead, this concert will feature a number of surprise special guests.

Cost: Free

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

La Sonora Ponceña / Jose “El Canario” Alberto / DJ Lucho

August 18, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

La Sonora Ponceña (“The Ponce Sound”) is one of New York’s longest running salsa bands; Formed in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1954 by Enrique Lucca Caraballo and Antonio Santaella, the group has recorded 32 albums and is still going strong, now directed by Caraballo’s son Papo Lucca. The band is joined by Jose “El Canario” Alberto, the Dominican salsa vocalist who moved from Santo Domingo to Puerto Rico as a young boy and got his name (“The Canary”) on account of his virtuosic whistling ability. Alberto moved to New York in 1977 and got his break with Tipica ’73, going on to start his own band and collaborate with the likes of Sonny Bravo, Mario Rivera, and Leopoldo Pineda. They’re both supported by the Bronx’s DJ Lucho, a mentee of freestyle legend “Little” Louie Vega.

Cost: Free

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Location
Ford Ampitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
3052 W 21st St
Brooklyn NY 11224 USA

VP Records 40th Anniversary: Elephant Man / Junior Reid / Estelle / Raging Fyah

August 10, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

It’s been 40 years since Vincent and Patricia Chin set up VP Records in Jamaica, Queens; the success of that shop would prompt them to found VP Records, now one of the most important sources of reggae and dancehall music in the world. To celebrate, VP hosts a showcase with some of its illustrious alumni: Elephant Man, whose 2003 hit “Pon di River, Pon di Bank” and collaborations with Wyclef Jean and Busta Rhymes helped further blur the lines between dancehall and hip hop; Junior Reid, the former Black Uhuru vocalist whose 1989 classic “One Blood” has spawned countless remakes and interpolations; Estelle, the genre-bending, Grammy-winning English singer best known for her Kanye West collaboration “American Boy” and now has her own album, Lover’s Rock, with VP; and Grammy-nominated Raging Fyah, a five-piece band from Kingston, Jamaica that makes music bound to the roots rock reggae tradition.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 US

Harlem Jazz Series – Vincent Chancey

August 13, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Over the past 25 years, Vincent Chancey has built a solid reputation as an accomplished and totally dedicated french horn player, performing in a wide variety of musical contexts, and as an increasingly active composer. In 2000 Mr. Chancey had the honor of playing a performance for Pope John Paul II’s 80th birthday concert. The french horn is Mr. Chancey’s natural voice and he is devoted to achieving wider recognition for the horn as a jazz instrument.

Featuring:
Vincent Chancey – french horn, pandiero

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

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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

Eddie Palmieri / Baby Power / DJ Lucho / DJ Eddie Batiz

August 11, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The legendary salsero Eddie Palmieri is a Bronx music legend. After playing Carnegie Hall by age 11, the Puerto Rican Grammy Award-winning pianist, bandleader, musician, and composer founded the bands La Perfecta and the Afro-Cuban supergroup Harlem River Drive, helping shift the sounds of salsa, incorporating more trombones and flute for a new “trombanga” style.

Cost: Free

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Location
East River Park
420 FDR Drive
New York NY 10019 US

Lila Downs / Lido Pimienta / DJ Ripley

August 11, 2019 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The daughter of an American professor father and Mixtec singer mother, the Oaxaca-born singer-songwriter and actress Lila Downs has long been a champion of Mexico’s indigenous populations; For evidence, look no further than the video for her duet with Juanes “La Patria Modina,” which highlights the real-world after effects of NAFTA and the US-Mexico drug war on indigenous Mexicans. While her early work was often jazzy, she quickly evolved into a folkloric style, and eventually would dabble in ranchera, bolero, blues, and soul, singing in indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl and Purépecha on her way to winning a Grammy (Pecados y Milagros, 2010) and three Latin Grammy awards. She’s joined by indigenous Colombian-Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter Lido Pimienta, who pairs traditional indigenous and afro-Colombian rhythms with next-gen synthesizers and electronic compositions—she won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize for her LP La Papessa. With DJ Ripley, a Brooklyn/Philly-based border-busting DJ that celebrates people’s stories across race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality with global street bass sounds.

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Summerstage
71st Street and East River Drive
New York NY 10021 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

Alceu Valenca / Cordel do Fogo Encantado / Labaq / DJ Grace Kelly

July 27, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

A showcase of Brazilian music from across the spectrum highlighting the unequivocal cultural richness of the country’s Northeast. From the parched hinterlands of Pernambuco to a vast catalog of music that has topped the charts in Brazil, Alceu Valença encompasses modern and tropical sounds without losing his undeniable roots from Brazil’s Northeast. This performance marks his first time in the U.S. since his 1993 SummerStage debut. He’s joined by Cordel do Fogo Encantado, a musical-poetic rock influenced group who have a reputation for dramatic theatrical performances with massive drum sets; LaBaq, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who splits her time between Europe and Brazil and typically writes gentle songs bursting with emotion but has been recently dabbling in electronica dissonance; and DJ Grace Kelly, the Berlin-via-Bahia DJ who presents Afro Brazilian music and Latin American sounds such as Baile Funk filtered through electro and house.

With the Institutional Support of the Consulate General of Brazil in New York

Cost: Free

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Location
Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York NY 10021 US