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.

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

Pianist Harold Mabern spends a week at Smoke Jazz as part of saxophonist Eric Alexander’s quartet starting on the 23rd. You can even ring in the New Year with them with special New Year’s Eve shows.

You can see organist Akiko Tsuruga lead a trio in a 10:45 PM set on Saturday, December 28th at the Garage restaurant, 99 Seventh Avenue South in Manhattan. She’ll also be sitting in with the Bill Saxton Trio on Sunday the 29th from 2-6 in the afternoon at Harlem’s Jacob Restaurant, 142nd and 8th Avenue.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria has a New Year’s Eve show with Sexteto Ibiano on from 10 PM to 1 AM at the Bronx Music Heritage Center in the South Bronx. Admission is very reasonable: less than the cost of the average movie.

Drummer Will Calhoun has a January 2nd gig at the Brooklyn Bowl with Living Colour.

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.

Looking ahead, several former Suga’ guests will be at the Winter Jazz Fest in multiple venues in Greenwich Village from January 7-11th. Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Lakecia Benjamin, Marc Cary’s Focus Trio, Renee Marie, Howard Johnson and Gravity, The Gary Bartz Quartet, Teri Lyne Carrington, Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba, and much more. We’ll have more details when we return in January, but you might want to get those tickets early. UPDATE: there’s a 25% discount until December 26th by using the code HOLIDAYGIFT at the Ticketmaster site.

That’s all for now. Thanks to our new, expanded schedule, we now appear weekly except for the last Sunday of the month, which means that we’re off next week. Tune in to the next Suga’ in My Bowl on Sunday, January 5th on WBAI, where we’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand”.

A reminder that WBAI radio is still in serious financial trouble. Help keep Suga’ (and all your other favorite shows) on the air by pledging whatever you can or consider becoming a “WBAI Buddy” with a monthly pledge. If you missed last week’s mini fund drive, it’s not too late to pledge for our special Pat Metheny CD set or our “Brazilian Journey” special, which traces the evolution of Brazilian music styles. Neither will arrive in time for holiday gift giving, but they’re still good to have

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.