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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 October 1 features the return of one of our specials: “The Brazilian Journey” for WBAI’s Fall Fund Drive. Educator Dr. Judith King-Calnek narrates and leads listeners on a musical journey through Brazil for this feature that was produced and engineered by Joyce Jones. We did a brief Q&A with Dr. King-Calnek that you can read here.

Before we get to the rest of this week’s listings, a note that WBAI Radio’s Fall 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 Brazilian Journey as a thank you gift for supporting the station with a $50 donation! As always, thanks for any help you can offer.

Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Comet is Coming on October 1.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from October 1-6.

Bassist Ron Carter leads a big band at Birdland from October 1-5 and returns with his Golden Striker Trio from October 8-12, a quartet from October 15-19 and finally a nonet from October 22-26.

The documentary film Decade of Fire has a screening and talk by director Vivian Vazquez Irizzary at the Bronx Documentary Center on October 3 and screenings at the City College of New York on October 2 and at Concrete Plant Park in The Bronx on October 5.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis closes out Arts for Art’s In Gardens series with an afternoon set at Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St on October 5.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on October 5.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is at the Jazz Gallery with Fabian Almazan’s trio on October 5.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on October 5 and 12.

Vocalist Abiah is at Joe’s Pub on October 7.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a listening party on October 8.

Vision Fest Promoters Arts for Art is hosting a poetry and music showcase at El Taller Latino Americano in East Harlem from October 11-13. Highlights include saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s Trio on October 12 and poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez on October 13.

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on October 15 and the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

We end this week with celebration and sorrow. Guitarist Mary Halvorson was named as a 2019 MacArthur Foundation Fellow! On the other end, pianist Harold Mabern died on September 19, 2019. WBGO’s Nate Chinen’s obituary is worth a read. I’ll miss collecting his gigs for the Bandstand and miss seeing him and hearing his music even more.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday October 1 in our new weekly 10 PM 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