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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 guest is filmmaker Melissa Haizlip, director of the documentary Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV. There will be screenings at the Urbanworld Film Festival on September 21 and the Reel Sisters of the African Diaspora Film Festival on October 6 and the director will be at both screenings for question and answer sessions. And we have more listings for you this week.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Le Poisson Rouge with guitarist Mary Halvorson on September  17.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on September 19.

Trombonist/seashellist Steve Turre leads a quintet at Smoke for a CD release party on September 21-22.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at Dizzy’s Club from September 21-23 with Ulysses Owens’s big band.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is in downtown Washington NJ for a free outdoor concert on September 22.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on September 22 and 29.

Vocalist Fay Victor is at 55 Bar on September 27.

Guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sanchez are at CT’s Ridgefield Playhouse on September 27; Morristown NJ’s Mayo Performing Arts Center on September 28; and LI’s Staller Center for the Arts in Stony Brook on September 29.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on September 29 and October 13.

Trumpeter Adam O’Farrill is at the Jazz Gallery on September 29.

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at Hartford CT’s The Artist’s Collective on September 29.

Saxophonist Claire Daly leads a quartet at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on September 30.

Vocalist Andy Bey is at the Blue Note on September 30.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at Birdland from October 2-6.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at Columbia University’s Miller Theater on October 20.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art presents their inGardens series of free outdoor concerts in Lower East Side neighborhood gardens on weekends through September 30. Bassist William Parker is At the 6BC Botanical Garden on E 6 St in Manhattan on September 22 and at First Street Green on E 1st St in Manhattan on September 29. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at First Street Green on September 23 and Vocalist Fay Victor closes out the series at First Street Green on September 30. See the full schedule at the Arts for Arts website.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 30 We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday 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 Lehman College and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

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bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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 the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with bassist Cecil McBee, head on over to our archives, where it will be up soon along with nearly a decade of archived shows. We have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Randy Weston joined the ancestors on Saturday September 2 at age 92. His funeral will be at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine at 1047 Amsterdam Ave. (at 112 St.) in Manhattan on Monday September 10. Viewing is from 3-4 PM with a service from 4-7 and the public is invited.

Drummer Billy Cobham and bassist Ron Carter are at the Blue Note from September 11-16.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band in a free outdoor performance at the amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on September 14 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Saxophonist Rudresh Mananthappa leads a trio at Arts Westchester in downtown White Plains NY on September 14.

Bassist Richard Bona is at Club Bonafide on September 14-15.

Drummer Jeff Tain Watts is at Smoke with Jimmy Greene’s quintet from September 14-16.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown Flemington on September 14 and the White Plains Jazz Festival on September 16. She’ll also be at Dizzy’s Club from September 21-23 with Ulysses Owens’s big band.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah and drummer William Hooker team up for an afternoon set at the Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St in Manhattan on September 15 for a free outdoor concert as part of Arts for Art’s inGardens series, which runs on weekends through September 30.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown New Brunswick on September 15.

Guitarist Nels Cline and organist John Medeski are at Le Poisson Rouge with Chris Lightcap’s Superette on September 15.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on September 15 and 22.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on September 15 and 29.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Brooklyn’s Red Hook Jazz Festival on September 16 with the JazzBeens.

Trumpeter Marcus Printup and harpist Riza Printup are at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown Somerville on September 16.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Le Poisson Rouge with guitarist Mary Halvorson on September  17.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on September 19.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at Columbia University’s Miller Theater on September 20.

Trombonist/seashellist Steve Turre leads a quintet at Smoke for a CD release party on September 21-22.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is in downtown Washington NJ for a free outdoor concert on September 22.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 16. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday 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 Lehman College and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

Words by Hank Williams. Photo © Joyce Jones/SugaBowl Photography. | Randy Weston @ the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest. Used with Permission. Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons CC-NC-BY-ND.

Pianist Randy Weston, an NEA Jazz Master, died on Saturday September 1 in his longtime Brooklyn home at the age of 92. He’ll be missed be many in the community, especially in the New York City area, where he was also a fixture at Pan-African events.

Weston’s family has released details on the wake and public funeral service, which are as follows:

The wake will be at the Frank Bell Funeral Home at 536 Sterling Place in Brooklyn on Sunday September 9. Visitation is from 1-7 PM with a service from 4-7.

The funeral will be at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine at 1047 Amsterdam Ave. (at 112 St.) in Manhattan on Monday September 10. Viewing is from 3-4 PM with a service from 4-7.

We interviewed Randy on the Suga’ in My Bowl radio show in 2010. You can listen to the full 2-hour show here.

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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 Lehman College and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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 guest is bassist Cecil McBee. You can catch him at Birdland with The Cookers including Saxophonist Billy Harper from September 4-8. We have more listings for you this week, but bring the sad news that there’s one less artist we’ll be following. Pianist Randy Weston joined the ancestors on Saturday at age 92. Stay tuned for memorial or tribute news.

Bassist Christian McBride leads the New Jawn Quartet at the Blue Note from September 4-9.

Drummer Milford Graves is at Brooklyn’s First Union Congregational Society for an Issue Project Room-sponsored event on September 6.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church with Kali Fasteau on September 7.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from September 7-8 for a tribute to Jon Hendricks.

Bassist William Parker is at the Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St in Manhattan on September 8 for a free outdoor concert as part of Arts for Art’s inGardens series. Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah has a set on September 9.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on September 8 and 15.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s trio is at the 73 See Gallery in Montclair NJ on September 9.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at the Bridgeport Theater in CT on September 9.

Drummer Billy Cobham and bassist Ron Carter are at the Blue Note from September 11-16.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band in a free outdoor performance at the amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on September 14 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Bassist Richard Bona is at Club Bonafide on September 14-15.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on September 15 and 29.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah and drummer William Hooker team up for an afternoon set at the Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St in Manhattan on September 15 for a free outdoor concert as part of Arts for Art’s inGardens series.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown New Brunswick on September 15.

Guitarist Nels Cline and organist John Medeski are at Le Poisson Rouge with Chris Lightcap’s Superette on September 15.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Brooklyn’s Red Hook Jazz Festival on September 16 with the JazzBeens.

Saxophonist Rudresh Mananthappa leads a trio at Arts Westchester in downtown White Plains NY on September 14.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown Flemington on September 14 and the White Plains Jazz Festival on September 16. She’ll also be at Dizzy’s Club from September 21-23 with Ulysses Owens’s big band.

Trumpeter Marcus Printup and harpist Riza Printup are at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown Somerville on September 16.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Le Poisson Rouge with guitarist Mary Halvorson on September  17.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on September 19.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 16. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday 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 Lehman College and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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 the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with bassist Jamaladeen Tacuma, head over to our archives where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows. As usual, we have more listings for you this week.

Bassist William Parker leads the In Order to Survive Sextet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from August 28-29 with saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Hamid Drake.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille is at the Village Vanguard with Joe Lovano from August 28-September 2.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at National Sawdust in Brooklyn to perform a specially commissioned work on August 29 and at Russ and Daughters Café on August 30.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Smoke for a Charlie Parker tribute from August 30-September 2.

Drummer Lenny White is at the Jazz Standard with Cyrus Chestnut’s trio from August 30-September 2. He’s also at Kitano on September 7-8 with George Colligan’s trio.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh leads a quintet at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church on August 31.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on August 31 and September 1.

Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs is at the Nuyorican Poets’ Café on September 1.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on  September 1 for a free afternoon show at Union Pool in Brooklyn.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on September 1 and 8.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at St. Peter’s Church in Midtown Manhattan for Jazz Vespers on September 2.

Saxophonist Billy Harper is at Birdland with The Cookers from September 4-8.

Bassist Christian McBride leads the New Jawn Quartet at the Blue Note from September 4-9.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church on September 7.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from September 7-8 for a tribute to Jon Hendricks.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at the Bridgeport Theater in CT on September 9.

Drummer Billy Cobham and bassist Ron Carter are at the Blue Note from September 11-16.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 2. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday 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 Lehman College and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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 guest is bassist Jamaladeen Tacuma! He has no immediate upcoming shows, but we’ll let you know when he’s in the area. But we have more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is in Ossining NY at Henry Gourdine Park on August 20 for a free outdoor concert sponsored by Jazz Forum Arts.

Harpist Brandee Younger leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from August 21-22.

Guitarist Bill Frisell has a residency at The Stone from August 21-26 and is joined by drummer Andrew Cyrille on the 23. He’ll also be at National Sawdust in Brooklyn to perform a specially commissioned work on August 29 and at Russ and Daughters Café on August 30.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from August 21-26. Connecticut fans can catch his trio at The Side Door in Old Lyme on August 31 and September 1.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on August 25 and September 1.

Master Drummer Michael Carvin leads a trio at Kitano on August 25.

Harpist Riza Printup and bassist Mimi Jones team up to lead an ensemble for a morning set at Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church on August 26.

Bassist William Parker leads the In Order to Survive Sextet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from August 28-29 with saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Hamid Drake.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille is at the Village Vanguard with Joe Lovano from August 28-September 2.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Smoke for a Charlie Parker tribute from August 30-September 2.

Drummer Lenny White is at the Jazz Standard with Cyrus Chestnut’s trio from August 30-September 2. He’s also at Kitano on September 7-8 with George Colligan’s trio.

Saxophonist Billy Harper is at Birdland with The Cookers from September 4-8.

Bassist Christian McBride leads the New Jawn Quartet at the Blue Note from September 4-9.

We finish this week with events at the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival sponsored by the City Parks Foundation. Most are free. Trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and saxophonist Gary Bartz are both at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on August 22. Also on August 22 is a screening of Jake Meginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves Full Mantis at Harlem’s Maysles Documentary Center including a discussion with Graves and Meginsky. (See our review of the film and our show devoted to it.) Gary Bartz and drummer Jack DeJohnette are at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park on August 24 with Charles Tolliver. Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Garvey Park on August 25. Gary Bartz and Amina Claudine Myers are at Tompkins Sq. Park on August 26. See the full schedule here.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 2. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday 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 Lehman College and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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.

Before we get to our listings, a first a quick thank you to those who pledged during WBAI’s Summer Fund Drive. We’re still looking for sustaining members to support the station with a monthly pledge as ‘BAI Buddies or anyone who can chip in a one-time donation. Subscribing as a sustaining member with a recurring small monthly pledge is particularly helpful. It’s quick and easy and you can stop payments at any time. Details are at WBAI’s pledge page. We’d especially appreciate pledges in the name of our show. None of it goes to us and we don’t get paid to be on-air; it’s for listener-supported radio in New York and streaming worldwide. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

We’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show last week’s show with Blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, head over to our archives where you can listen to that and nearly a decade of previous shows. She’ll be at Iridium in Midtown Manhattan on August 18 and we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smoke on August 13. He also leads a trio at Smalls on August 15 and at the Village Vanguard from August 21-26.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from August 13-16.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at The Stone‘s new space at The New School on August 14 with fellow guitarist Julian Lage. She’ll also be at I Beam in Brooklyn on August 17 with the Out Louds.

Drummer Lenny White is at Birdland with guitarist Mike Stern’s Miles Davis tribute from August 14-18.

Guitarist Julian Lage has a residency at The Stone from August 14-18 and is joined by guitarist Mary Halvorson on the 14.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a sextet at Smoke on August 16.

Trombonist Craig Harris is at the amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on August 17 for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at Tarrytown NY ‘s Jazz Forum Arts on August 17-18.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on August 18 and 25.

At the Jazz in the Valley Festival in Poughkeepsie NY on August 19, vocalist Rene Marie and bassist Mimi Jones lead ensembles. Drummer Will Calhoun, and percussionist Neil Clarke are with Rachiim  Ausar-Sahu & Jazz/Espiritu.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is in Ossining NY at Henry Gourdine Park on August 20 for a free outdoor concert sponsored by Jazz Forum Arts.

Harpist Brandee Younger leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from August 21-22.

Guitarist Bill Frisell has a residency at The Stone from August 21-26 and is joined by drummer Andrew Cyrille on the 23. He’ll also be at National Sawdust in Brooklyn to perform a specially commissioned work on August 29 and at Russ and Daughters Café on August 30.

Jake Maginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves: Full Mantis is at Maysles Cinema in Harlem on August 22. Both Meginsky and Graves will be there for a post-film discussion. See our review of the film and our show devoted to it for more details.

Harpist Riza Printup and bassist Mimi Jones team up to lead an ensemble for a morning set at Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church on August 26.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday August 19. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday 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 Lehman College and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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.

Before we get to our listings, a first a quick thank you to those who pledged during WBAI’s Summer Fund Drive. We’re still looking for sustaining members to support the station with a monthly pledge as ‘BAI Buddies or anyone who can chip in a one-time donation. Subscribing as a sustaining member with a recurring small monthly pledge is particularly helpful. It’s quick and easy and you can stop payments at any time. Details are at WBAI’s pledge page. We’d especially appreciate pledges in the name of our show. None of it goes to us and we don’t get paid to be on-air; it’s for listener-supported radio in New York and streaming worldwide. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

This week’s guest is Shemekia Copeland. She’ll be at Iridium in Midtown Manhattan on August 18 and we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on August 6 and 13. He also leads a trio at Smalls on August 15 and at the Village Vanguard from August 21-26.

Bassist Christian McBride is at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with Jazz House Kids on August 6 for a concert and pre-show talk.

Flutist Nicole Mitchell has a residency at The Stone from August 7-11 and is joined by vocalist Fay Victor on the 11th.

Finally, The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on August 8 at Lincoln Center’s Outdoors Festival to perform a free outdoor score to the classic Space is the Place film.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from August 8-9.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band at Lincoln Center’s Outdoors Festival in Damrosch Park on August 10 in a free outdoor concert of his West Side Story Reimagined.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on August 11 and 18.

At the Montclair Jazz Festival on August 11, bassist Christian McBride leads Inside Straight and saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille appear as TRIO3. McBride and Lake will also lead separate Jazz storytime sessions for children at the festival.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Jazz gallery on August 11 with Tomas Fujiwara and at The Stone‘s new space at The New School on August 14 with fellow guitarist Julian Lage.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at St. Peter’s Church in Midtown Manhattan for Jazz Vespers on August 12.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from August 13-16.

Drummer Lenny White is at Birdland with guitarist Mike Stern’s Miles Davis tribute from August 14-18.

Guitarist Julian Lage has a residency at The Stone from August 14-18 and is joined by guitarist Mary Halvorson on the 14.

Trombonist Craig Harris is at the amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on August 17 for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at Tarrytown NY ‘s Jazz Forum Arts on August 17-18.

At the Jazz in the Valley Festival in Poughkeepsie NY on August 19, vocalist Rene Marie and bassist Mimi Jones lead ensembles. Drummer Will Calhoun, and percussionist Neil Clarke are with Rachiim  Ausar-Sahu & Jazz/Espiritu.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is in Ossining NY at Henry Gourdine Park on August 20 for a free outdoor concert sponsored by Jazz Forum Arts.

Harpist Brandee Younger leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from August 21-22.

Guitarist Bill Frisell has a residency at The Stone from August 21-26 and is joined by drummer Andrew Cyrille on the 23. He’ll also be at National Sawdust in Brooklyn to perform a specially commissioned work on August 29 and at Russ and Daughters Café on August 30.

Jake Maginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves: Full Mantis is at Maysles Cinema in Harlem on August 22. Both Meginsky and Graves will be there for a post-film discussion. See our review of the film and our show devoted to it for more details.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday August 19. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday 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 Lehman College and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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 the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with Nana Camille Yarbrough, head on over to our archives where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows.

Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI Radio has a mini Summer Fund Drive and needs your help. Subscribing to the station as a sustaining member with a recurring small monthly pledge is particularly helpful. It’s quick and easy and you can stop payments at any time. Details are at WBAI’s pledge page. We’d especially appreciate pledges in the name of our show. None of it goes to us and we don’t get paid to be on-air; it’s for listener-supported radio in New York and streaming worldwide. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Jake Maginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves: Full Mantis is held over at Metrograph in Manhattan until August 2 (and possibly longer…). See our review of the film and our show devoted to it for more details.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on July 30 and August 6.

Guitarist Nels Cline is at with Double Double Trouble on July 25.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on July August 4 and 11.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at Dizzy’s Club on July 30, playing John Coltrane’s music.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at City Winery on August 1.

Pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane are at the Jazz Gallery on August 2.

Pianist Billy Childs leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from August 2-5.

Saxophonist TK Blue is at the amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on August 3 for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Drummer T.S. Monk leads a sextet at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on August 3-4.

Drummer Will Calhoun is at The Space in Westbury LI with Living Coloür on August 4.

Bassist Christian McBride is at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with Jazz House Kids on August 6 for a concert and pre-show talk.

Finally, The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on August 8 at Lincoln Center’s Outdoors Festival to perform a free outdoor score to the classic Space is the Place film.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from August 8-9.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band at Lincoln Center’s Outdoors Festival in Damrosch Park on August 10 in a free outdoor concert of his West Side Story Reimagined.

At the Montclair Jazz Festival on August 11, bassist Christian McBride leads Inside Straight and saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille appear as TRIO3. McBride and Lake will also lead separate Jazz storytime sessions for children at the festival.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Jazz gallery on August 11 with Tomas Fujiwara and at The Stone‘s new space at The New School on August 14 with fellow guitarist Julian Lage.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from August 13-16.

Drummer Lenny White is at Birdland with guitarist Mike Stern’s Miles Davis tribute from August 14-18.

Trombonist Craig Harris is at the amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on August 17 for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jazzmobile series.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday August 5. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday 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 Lehman College and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

Words by Hank Williams | Press still from Milford Graves Full Mantis

“This is a family house” Milford Graves says describing his house, which is down the street from the South Jamaica Houses in Queens, New York where he grew up. The house differs from everything else one might find on the block by the amount of decoration on the exterior—which supplies a hint that the man who lives inside isn’t your average resident.

in fact, “average” seemingly doesn’t apply to any aspects of the subject of Jake Maginsky’s documentary film of an innovative, yet somewhat unheralded percussionist.

Graves, probably best known for his role in the free/avant garde jazz scene, has put his stamp on a lot of things since his emergence in the early 1960s. Since his transition from Latin Jazz and conga drums to the drum kit (Graves found more acceptance and work playing the drum kit), Graves played with some key players, most notably saxophonist Albert Ayler. Although Graves missed playing with saxophone legend John Coltrane, he had a connection of sorts when he played at the latter’s funeral as part of Ayler’s band. Graves also suggested in a 2016 interview that he was behind Coltrane’s show at Harlem’s Olatunji Cultural Center, known as one of Coltrane’s last appearances before his death. An unofficial recording of which was later released posthumously.

When Graves turned to teaching, he poured the same passion into that as he did into his playing as he shaped a legion of students during his tenure at Bennington College. Jake Meginsky was one such student—though an informal one—he got a job at Bennington in order to meet Graves and convinced him to take him on as a student. Meginsky originally started recording Graves as a learning aid and began amassing a lot of footage. This is the base of the current film, though supplemented with extensive footage from Graves’s own collection.

One gets a skeletal biography from Full Mantis. It’s a deliberate choice and not necessarily a bad one. Meginsky instead chose to create a portrait of the artist via a view into his philosophy of the world, teaching, and approach to music. It works spectacularly well, especially considering that this is Meginsky’s first effort as a filmmaker.

The film centers Graves’s words and music and does an impressive job of highlighting his profundity (a word I don’t use lightly) in many areas and his enticing personality.

The other complicating factor in a project like this is Graves’s unorthodox approach to nearly everything he tackles. Actually, to say that Graves is an unorthodox teacher or musician would be a gross understatement. It would be accurate, though, to point out that Graves may be one of the most radical musicians one could ever encounter in the most literal sense of the word: he tries to get to the actual root of the issue–no matter what it is–for the solution to any kind of problem or challenge.

Full Mantis offers documentary evidence of Graves’s approach of going directly to the source in two key areas: martial arts and his understanding of musical time.

“Well, I started reading books,” Graves says about his martial arts training. Frustrated at the inability to achieve some of the lessons offered in Chinatown because there were limits placed on what non-Asian students could be taught, Graves decided to take lessons in his own hands, eventually settling on closely watching the insect the Praying Mantis after hearing that some of the movements were based on them. “I went to the source,” he says. He bought a few mantises and let them loose, observing their movements. “I just got the full mantis,” says Graves with a mischievous grin, noting that some interpreters or teachers might be hindered in various ways by their own physical or mental limitations. Graves wanted none of that.

The film next jumps to Graves’ musings on heart rate and musical time, noting that heart rate constantly varies in healthy people, which provided another breakthrough that led him to eschew the conventional metronome developing musicians use for keeping time.

Graves began closely studying medicine and human anatomy, haunting the medical textbook section in the former Barnes and Noble on Fifth Avenue. The next revelation came from a medical recording of human heart sounds he found there.

Graves, thinking that the heartbeats would be regular, was taken aback at the percussive patterns he heard. He eventually developed a software to translate the patterns from measured heart rates into music. He began taking the heart rate of everyone who enters his house and anyone he musically collaborates with: “I want to see how you’re vibrating inside,” Graves says. “How is your body oscillating?”

“Swing, it means, man, I want to live to the next day,” Graves explains, using the metaphor of someone crossing a busy street and dodging traffic as a way to explain the complex interactions involved in playing Jazz.

Watching a clip of Graves drumming all of a sudden makes the seemingly haphazard, disparate approach make perfect sense. Elements of his mantis-influenced movements are discernible as is his biologically-oriented approach to musical time signatures. Magically, concepts that seem impenetrable become clear.

Graves’s approach is also incredibly analytical, as would be expected for someone who bought his own EKG machine to track heart functions in an effort to better understand his own body and the bodies of those he interacts with to translate the information into a musical response that will connect with a particular audience on a vibrational level.

Maginsky shows a true example in a performance Graves does in Japan for a group of students in a gymnasium. Graves is surrounded by children dancing, jumping, and reacting in various ways; some even touch the drums or play the cymbals themselves while Graves, totally unfazed, keeps on playing, seemingly pleased with the results.

“We have to have some relevant vibrations,” Graves says, noting that the planet is changing all the time and that musicians should be in tune with that.

In a talk session after one of the New York screenings, Meginsky revealed that “ultimately the film was a labor of love” that just kept gaining momentum over time. Meginsky studied sound, healing, and music with Graves and that helped him structure the film and wrangle the disparate elements into place. “I wanted to see if I could structure the film in a way that had the same sort of energy transfer that Graves incorporates into his own performances.”

Given that charge, it succeeds on all levels. Graves smiled at the screening. His student has indeed learned his lessons well.

91 Minutes. 2018. Words and music by Milford Graves. Directed by Jake Meginsky. Playing at Metrograph Theater in New York and in select locations nationwide.

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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.

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