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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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. 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 on May 14 features the return of one of WBAI’s most popular specials: “The Journey: From Africa to the New World Through Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Haiti and Beyond” for WBAI’s Spring Fund Drive. Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria narrates and provides music from his vast collection for this feature that was produced and engineered by Joyce Jones. You can see Bobby at 55 Bar on May 17 with Gabriela Anders.

Before we get to the rest of this week’s listings, a note that WBAI Radio’s Spring Fund Drive is in full swing. We urge you to give whatever you can and it’s particularly helpful to become a sustaining member with a monthly pledge, which we call a BAI Buddy. and gets you a few perks–including a members’ discount card useful for several places around NYC–in addition to giving the station a predictable, stable source of support. You can also pledge for your own copy of The Journey as a thank you gift for supporting the station! As always, thanks for any help you can offer.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls in a late set on May 15.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Smalls in an after hours set on May 15 and leads a trio at Tavern on George in New Brunswick NJ on May 22.

Saxophonist Tia Fuller is at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse on May 16.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at Littlefield in Brooklyn on May 17 and at Nublu’s 151 space on May 23.

Organist Joey DeFrancesco and Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on May 17-18.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Art Yard in Frenchtown NJ on May 18.

Bassist Reggie Workman is at the Historic Masonic Temple in Brooklyn for the 50th Anniversary of The East on May 18.

Pianist Aaron Parks is at the Village Vanguard with Ben Wendel from May 14-19.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on May 18 and 25.

Poet Ngoma Hill is at Inkwell in Brooklyn for a Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage fundraiser on May 18 and at Harlem’s Sister’s Uptown Bookstore for the Fat Tuesdays music and poetry showcase on May 21 (and the third Tuesday of every month).

Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith is at Birdland from May 21-25.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Smoke for a Miles Davis tribute on May 23.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soulsquad are at Ginny’s Supper Club on May 23-24.

Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano are at Club Bonafide on May 24.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at St. Albans Presbyterian Church in Queens for Jazz Vespers with Darrell Green’s trio on May 25.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves in June, after the fund drive in our regular Tuesday time slot! 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 Lehman College. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot