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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.
We’re off this week, but head on over to our archives for last week’s show with pianist David Virelles and nearly 7 years of archived shows. And let’s get to our music listings.
Saxophonist Gary Bartz‘s John Coltrane tribute at Smoke ends December 19th.
Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith on the 19th and the duo repeats the next night at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust on the 20th.
Looking ahead, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is with the James Carney Sextet at the Jazz Gallery on the 21st.
Organist John Medeski is at The Stone with Simulacrum from December 21-23.
Trombonist Craig Harris is at Harlem’s Mt. Olivet Baptist Church for a production of the James Weldon Johnson classic God’s Trombones on December 22-23.
Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on the 21st then closes out the year at Smoke with a John Coltrane tribute from December 22nd-January 1st. Trombonist Steve Turre joins him as a special guest on the 29-30.
Hammond B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads an octet at the Jazz Standard from December 28-January 1.
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s gallery exhibit of his visual art collaboration Aza is on view at the Bronx Music Heritage Center through February 11. We reviewed the show earlier this year.

Not to be outdone by the Winter Jazz Fest, Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art is again sponsoring a nearly monthlong series throughout January of music, poetry, dance, and visual art titled “Justice is Compassion/ Not a Police State” at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side. Poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez, bassist William Parker, drummer Hamid Drake, and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker are just a few of the many involved.
Finally, looking much further ahead, the Winter Jazz Fest has released a teaser and preliminary lineup for the 2017 shinding from January 5-10! We’ll have a lot more to say about it, but for now, we’ll point you to their promo video with the highlights.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on December 25 (yes, we’re working on Christmas Day). 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.