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.

This week’s show is on Langston Hughes’s jazz poetry with Hughes biographer Dr. Arnold Rampersad, but there’s other live music to see as the New York metro area finally takes a turn toward spring, so let’s dig in!

Organist Akiko Tsuruga continues her regular Monday night gig at Manhattan’s Kotobuki Restaurant. See her there on April 7th and 14th. She’ll also be at the Garage Restaurant with her trio on April 4th and as part of the Gerald Hayes Trio on the 5th. She’ll also be at Showman’s in Harlem on April 11th.

Pianist Marc Cary will be with the Namaskar group at Brooklyn’s Art Café Gureje on the 9th.

Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts leads a quartet at the legendary (and now re-opened) Minton’s in Harlem on April 9th.

Later on that night at Minton’s, Harpist Brandee Younger leads a quartet in a late set.

Vocalist Andy Bey will be at the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center with a Cabaret Jazz show on April 10th.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria will be performing with Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble at the Lighthouse in Manhattan on the 12th.

Lastly, reminder that the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s annual spring festival (link opens a PDF) is going on for the rest of April. It’s all part of Jazz Appreciation Month, culminating in the UN’s International Jazz Day (yes, there is such a thing) on the 30th. Details at the hyperlink of you’re interested and want to help preserve the tradition and help create awareness of the music.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI, next week on the 13th and we’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online here with a fresh set of listings.

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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.