bandstand_picSuga in My Bowl radio presents a new feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

We start with the subject of tonight’s show, Pat Metheny. His new Unity Group has a new release called Kin coming out early next year and will have New York City metro area shows in March. They’re at Red Bank NJ’s Count Basie Theater on the 23rd, Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts in Connecticut on the 25th, and in New York City’s Town Hall Theater on the 28th. Listeners beyond the immediate broadcast area should note that he’ll be touring the rest of the US and Europe during the spring. Metheny fans should check on tickets early since his shows sell out.

With the holiday season approaching, schedules are light, but there are a few shows for you to check out this week.

Pianist Geri Allen leads a quartet including drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts at the Village Vanguard from December 17th to the 22nd.

Organist Akiko Tsuruga appears at Showman’s on West 125th St on the 19th.

Trombonist Craig Harris leads the Harlem Night Songs Big Band at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem on the 21st.

Looking ahead to next week, Harold Mabern spends a week at Smoke Jazz as part of saxophonist Eric Alexander’s quartet starting on the 23rd. Go to for details.

The musical Lady Day continues its run at the Little Schubert Theater at 422 W. 42nd St starring vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater as Billie Holiday.

That’s all for now. Thanks to our new, expanded schedule, we now appear weekly except for the last Sunday of the month. Tune in to the next Suga’ in My Bowl on Sunday, December 22nd on WBAI, where we’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand”.

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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.