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Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.
This week’s show is a preview of the 2016 Vision Festival and we’re talking to drummer Andrew Cyrille, guitarist Marc Ribot, vocalist Lisa Sokolof, pianist Geri Allen, and festival organizer Patricia Nicholson Parker.
miles and me
WBAI’s Spring Fund Drive has begun and We have 2 special premiums. There are signed copies of Quincy Troupe’s book Miles and Me or a one day pass to the Vision Festival. Either is available for a $35 pledge. Both include a year’s station membership and the Vision pass gets you discounted admission. You can pledge online throughout the drive for Miles and Me or for the Vision festival pass — or both. You can also call the hotline at 516-620-3602 if you want to do things the old school way. But act fast: there are limited copies of the book and only 3 Vision passes available. When they’re gone, they’re gone.
The big event is the Vision Festival and WBAI’s a media sponsor. It starts on the 5th with films celebrating the Sun Ra Arkestra at Anthology Film Archives and moves to Judson Memorial Church from the 7-12 with nightly performances highlighting the career of bassist Henry Grimes. Former guests include poet Quincy Troupe, saxophonist Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra, pianist Michele Rosewoman, drummer Hamid Drake, and bassist William Parker. The schedule is at Vision’s site and my long-promised preview really is on the way this week.
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. See our review of the show for more details. Calhoun will be at the Blue Note on May 30th with McCoy Tyner. He’s also at The Blue Note with Living Colour in a special free show on the 31st and acoustic Living Colour shows at City Winery on June 1 and 8.
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin leads the Soulsquad at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on May 31.
Poet/playwright Sonia Sanchez’s plays Sister Son/Ji and The Bronx is Next have a short run at Restoration Plaza’s Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn from June 2-4.
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley is at Le Poisson Rouge with Hazmat Modine on June 4 and Terra Blues on the 11th.
Trombonist/seashellist Steve Turre is at Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center on the 4th for the Lost Jazz Shrines series and at Smoke with the “Bones of Art” ensemble from the 8-9.
Drummer Roy Haynes is at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield for a free Summerstage performance with pianist McCoy Tyner on the 4th.
Looking ahead, Saxophonist David Murray is at the Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church on the 7th.
Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at the Jazz Standard from the 7-12.
Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at BB King’s on the 8th.
Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room from June 8-9.
Saxophonist René McLean is at Smoke, joined by fellow saxophonist Gary Bartz for a Jackie McLean tribute from June 10-12.
Finally, the Blue Note Jazz festival runs throughout the month and we’ll highlight some of the shows next time.
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on June 12. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.
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.