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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 Nana Camille Yarbrough. She has no immediate appearances, but we’ll let you know when she does. And we have more listings for you this week.

Jake Maginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves: Full Mantis is held over at Metrograph in Manhattan until July 26. 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 23 and 30.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Village Vanguard with Thumbscrew from July 17-22.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at Co-Op City in The Bronx on July 24 a free outdoor concert as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Bassist Reggie Workman will be at Grant’s Tomb for a free outdoor concert on July 25 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

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

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from July 26-29.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah leads the DIASPORA Ensemble at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church on July 27.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at the Blue Note for a late set on July 27.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on July 28 and August 4.

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

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.

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.

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

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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 Jake Maginsky, director of the documentary film Milford Graves: Full Mantis and our interview with Graves himself, head on over to our archives, where it lives along with nearly a decade of past shows. The film is at Metrograph in Manhattan until July 19. And we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on July 16 and 23. He also leads a trio at Smalls on July 18.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Village Vanguard with Thumbscrew from July 17-22.

Percussionist Ray Mantilla is at Grant’s Tomb for a free outdoor concert on July 18 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Pianist Marc Cary is at the Newark Museum for a free lunchtime performance on July 19 as part of their Jazz in the Garden series.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at Co-Op City in The Bronx on July 24 a free outdoor concert as part of the Jazzmobile series. He’ll also be at the Newark Museum for a free lunchtime performance on July 26 as part of their Jazz in the Garden series.

Pianist Barry Harris  is at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park for a free outdoor concert on July 20 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Master Drummer Michael Carvin leads a trio at Zinc Bar on July 21.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are both at the Caramoor Jazz Festival on July 21.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on July 21 and 28.

Bassist Reggie Workman will be at Grant’s Tomb for a free outdoor concert on July 25 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from July 26-29.

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

Finally, pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane are at the Jazz Gallery on August 2.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 22. 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 Jake Maginsky, director of the documentary film Milford Graves: Full Mantis. The film has a run at Metrograph in Manhattan from July 13-19. Maginsky and Graves will be at Q&A sessions at selected screenings on July 13-14. And we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on 9 and 16. He also leads a trio at Smalls on July 18.

There’s a free screening of the Lee Morgan documentary film I Called Him Morgan at the Newark Museum on July 11. See our review of the film for more details.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from July 11-15.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Metrotech Commons in downtown Brooklyn for a free lunchtime performance on July 12 as part of their R&B Festival series.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on July 14 and 21.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Village Vanguard with Thumbscrew from July 17-22.

Percussionist Ray Mantilla is at Grant’s Tomb for a free outdoor concert on July 18 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Pianist Marc Cary is at the Newark Museum for a free lunchtime performance on July 19 as part of their Jazz in the Garden series.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at Co-Op City in The Bronx on July 24 a free outdoor concert as part of the Jazzmobile series. He’ll also be at the Newark Museum for a free lunchtime performance on July 26 as part of their Jazz in the Garden series.

Pianist Barry Harris  is at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park for a free outdoor concert on July 20 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Master Drummer Michael Carvin leads a trio at Zinc Bar on July 21.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are both at the Caramoor Jazz Festival on July 21.

Finally, Bassist Reggie Workman will be at Grant’s Tomb for a free outdoor concert on July 25 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 22. 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 African percussion master and longtime Randy Weston band member Baba Neil Clarke, head over to our archives, there you can listen to that and nearly a decade of past shows. He’ll be performing a Mongo Santamaria tribute at the 47th annual International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn on Sunday July 1. It’s an outdoor concert and included in the festival’s $5 suggested daily admission. Also at the festival is saxophonist Rene McLean, who closes out the festival on the evening of July 4. The festival runs from June 30-July 4 with vendors, performances, a documentary film festival, and children’s programming. And we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on July 2 and 9.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a septet at the Jazz Standard on July 3.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from July 3-8.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on July 7 and 14.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from July 11-15.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Metrotech Commons in downtown Brooklyn for a free lunchtime performance on July 12 as part of their R&B Festival series.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Village Vanguard with Thumbscrew from July 17-22.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 8. 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 African percussion master and longtime Randy Weston band member Baba Neil Clarke. He’ll be performing a Mongo Santamaria tribute at the 47th annual International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn on Sunday July 1. It’s an outdoor concert and included in the festival’s $5 suggested daily admission. Also at the festival on different days are saxophonist Rene McLean and bassist Reggie Workman, who has a tribute to John Coltrane. The festival runs from June 30-July 4 with vendors, performances, a documentary film festival, and children’s programming. And we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on June 25 and July 2.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at Birdland from June 26-30.

Bassist William Parker has a residency at The Stone from June 26-30. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, Cooper-Moore, and drummer William Hooker join him on June 29 for a Sunny Murray tribute.

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at Summerstage in Central Park on June 30.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin will also be playing John Coltrane’s music at Dizzy’s Club on June 30.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a septet at the Jazz Standard on July 3.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from July 3-8.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from July 11-15.

Finally, Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Metrotech Commons in downtown Brooklyn for a free lunchtime performance on July 12 as part of their R&B Festival series.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 8. 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 trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, head over to our archives for that and nearly a decade of past shows. Be sure to tune in next Sunday for a show highlighting performances at the 47th annual International African Arts Festival with an interview with African percussion master and longtime Randy Weston band member Neil Clarke. And we have more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble with trombonist Craig Harris at the Village Vanguard from June 19-24.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez is at the Jazz Gallery with Will Vinson’s Trio on June 20.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in a late set at Smalls on June 20 and is at Smoke for Monday nights starting June 25.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 21 for the Guitar Summit with guitarist Julian Lage.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on June 23 and 30.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on June 23 at Union Pool in Brooklyn.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Caramoor in Katonah NY for the American Roots Music Festival on June 23.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soulsquad and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn are at the Saratoga Springs NY Jazz Festival on June 23. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque both have sets at Saratoga on June 24.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin will also be playing John Coltrane’s music at Dizzy’s Club on June 30.

Finally, Bassist William Parker has a residency at The Stone from June 26-30. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, Cooper-Moore, and drummer William Hooker join him on June 29 for a Sunny Murray tribute.

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at Summerstage in Central Park on June 30.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from July 3-8.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 24. 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 trumpeter Adam O’Farrill. He has a release party at 55 Bar in Greenwich Village on Wednesday June 13 for El Maquech, which is out on Biophilia Records. He’ll also be at the Jazz Gallery on the 14 with Theo Walentiny. And we have more listings for you this week.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is at the Village Vanguard with Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas from June 12-17.

Guitarists Bill Frisell leads a trio at the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook on June 15 and is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 21 for the Guitar Summit with guitarist Julian Lage.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 16.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on June 16 and 23.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 17 with Los Cubanos Postizos.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble with trombonist Craig Harris at the Village Vanguard from June 19-24.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in a late set at Smalls on June 20.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez is at the Jazz Gallery with Will Vinson’s Trio on June 20.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in a late set at Smalls on June 20 and at Smoke for Monday nights starting June 25.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on June 23 at Union Pool in Brooklyn.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Caramoor in Katonah NY for the American Roots Music Festival on June 23.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soulsquad and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn are at the Saratoga Springs NY Jazz Festival on June 23. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque both have sets at Saratoga on June 24.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin will also be playing John Coltrane’s music at Dizzy’s Club on June 30.

Finally, Bassist William Parker has a residency at The Stone from June 26-30. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, Cooper-Moore, and drummer William Hooker join him on June 29 for a Sunny Murray tribute.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 24. 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 trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, then hop on over to our archives, where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows.

WBAI Radio’s Spring Fund Drive is underway and it needs your support to stay on the air and keep this show on the air. You You can pledge as little as $5 online and we encourage you to consider becoming a sustaining member with a monthly pledge. The proceeds support WBAI Radio–not us–and will help ensure the survival of listener supported non-commercial radio in New York! We’re grateful for any gift you can give the station.

Percussionist Ray Mantilla is at Gateway Center in downtown Newark NJ for a free outdoor lunchtime performance on June 6 as part of WBGO Radio’s concert series.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Jazz Gallery with Ben Goldberg’s Quintet on June 7.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey is at Ginny’s Supper Club on June 8.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Friday night series with late sets at Smoke on June 8 and 15.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is at the Jazz Gallery with Ben Goldberg’s Quintet on June 8 and at the Village Vanguard with Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas from June 12-17.

Drummer Lenny White is at Smoke with Buster Williams from June 8-10.

Trombonist Craig Harris is at Sista’s Place on June 9.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair NJ on June 10 and at Caramoor in Katonah NY for the American Roots Music Festival on June 23.

Guitarists Bill Frisell leads a trio at the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook on June 15 and is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 21 for the Guitar Summit with guitarist Julian Lage.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 16.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 17 with Los Cubanos Postizos.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble with trombonist Craig Harris at the Village Vanguard from June 19-24.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in a late set at Smalls on June 20.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez is at the Jazz Gallery with Will Vinson’s Trio on June 20.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on June 23 at Union Pool in Brooklyn.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 10. 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 trumpeter Freddie Hendrix. Hendrix will be at the closing night of this year’s Vision Fest at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn on Memorial Day–May 28–with saxophonist Oliver Lake’s big band. Vision’s remains the big story this week; scroll to the bottom for more Vision Fest info.

WBAI Radio’s Spring Fund Drive is underway and it needs your support to stay on the air and keep this show on the air. You You can pledge as little as $5 online and we encourage you to consider becoming a sustaining member with a monthly pledge. The proceeds support WBAI Radio–not us–and will help ensure the survival of listener supported non-commercial radio in New York! We’re grateful for any gift you can give the station.

Drummer Will Calhoun leads a quartet at Dizzy’s Club on May 28.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on May 30 at Iridium to celebrate Allen’s 94th birthday.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Friday night series with late sets at Smoke on June 1 and 8.

Vocalist Lizz Wright is at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank NJ for the Basie Summer Jazz Fest on June 2.

Percussionist Ray Mantilla is at Gateway Center in downtown Newark NJ for a free outdoor lunchtime performance on June 6 as part of WBGO Radio’s concert series.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Jazz Gallery with Ben Goldberg’s Quintet on June 7.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey is at Ginny’s Supper Club on June 8.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is at the Jazz Gallery with Ben Goldberg’s Quintet on June 8 and at the Village Vanguard with Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas from June 12-17.

Drummer Lenny White is at Smoke with Buster Williams from June 8-10.

Trombonist Craig Harris is at Sista’s Place on June 9.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair NJ on June 10 and at Caramoor in Katonah NY for the American Roots Music Festival on June 23.

The 23rd annual Vision Festival showcase of avant garde Jazz, poetry, dance and visual art wraps up on May 28, Memorial Day at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn. The last day starts with an afternoon panel discussion on the topic of the struggle for cultural equity in New York’s music communities with Dave Burrell, William Parker, Craig Harris among the speakers. Trombonist Craig Harris’s Brown Butterfly suite and saxophonist Oliver Lake’s Big Band are highlights of the night’s performances. You can jump to the full schedule right now or see our preview. We’ll also have a review when it wraps up if you can’t make it and need to live vicariously through us.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 10. 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

The annual Vision Fest returns his year for its 23rd edition and as usual provides a week full of avant garde jazz, dance, poetry, and visual art all under the same roof and available for the same admission fee. Single day passes are available and it’s probably a good idea to grab them in advance since the Wednesday night opening is already sold out.

The 2018 event is much earlier than usual: running from May 23-29, wrapping up on Memorial Day. It also features a return to Roulette in downtown Brooklyn after 3 years at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. Roulette’s extremely easy to access, though: it’s one long block from the Atlantic Avenue subways and LIRR station.

The festival officially started on Monday May 21 with films at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan.

As is Vision’s tradition, the opening night on Wednesday May 23 is centered around an artist that Vision bestows with a lifetime achievement award. This year’s honoree is pianist Dave Burrell. As is Vision’s tradition, Burrell will perform in multiple ensembles during the course of the evening.

Burrell’s Harlem Renaissance suite featuring drummer Andrew Cyrille should be worth a look, and emanates from the intersection of his family’s history with the era.

Next up is what promises to be a historic reunion of former bandmates when Burrell joins legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp along with drummer Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker; the latter two are both familiar names to the Vision crowd. Burrell appears on several of Shepp’s classic early 1970s albums, including Live at the Pan African Festival, Blasé, Kwanza, and Attica Blues. Additionally, he’s been a more recent collaborator with Drake and Parker. The set promises to be a memorable one, as Shepp doesn’t gig too often in the US now.

Wednesday night’s closing set promises to be an exceptionally exhilarating ride, with Burrell leading a quintet with dual tenor saxophonists in Kidd Jordan and James Brandon Lewis, bassist William Parker, and drummer Hamid Drake. Jordan and Lewis are at opposite ends of the age spectrum, but both have a free-flowing wide open playing style and with Jordan drawing from the deep wells of the southern Blues for much of his inspiration, the pairing with the rising star Lewis should be special for all involved.

Thursday night kicks off with a panel discussion on the topic of “Creating Safe(r) Spaces in the Performing Arts,” featuring members of the We Have a Voice Collective, who released an open letter on sexism in Jazz.

Electric guitarist Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl ensemble starts Thursday night, followed by Vision veteran Whit Dickey’s trio. The Women With an Axe to Grind ensemble is something not to be overlooked, though. Bassist Jöelle Léandre will be making a rare US appearance and is joined by flutist Nicole Mitchell and violist Melanie Dyer.

Friday night brings pianist Matthew Shipp in different ensembles. Shipp teams up with Daniel Carter on saxophone/trumpet/flute and ever-present bassist William Parker for “Seraphic Light” early in the evening and leads the “Acoustic Ensemble” for the closing set. In between that, drummer Nasheet Waits’s “Equality” ensemble has a set that will be worth catching.

On Saturday, vocalist Fay Victor’s “Mutations for Justice” hits early in the evening. Victor’s freeform vocals are nearly otherworldly at times, creating a sonic palette for improvisations reminiscent of reed instruments. Slightly later, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire joins pianist Kris Davis and drummer/percussionist Tyshawn Sorey for another highly anticipated experimental set. Drummer/percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett draws Saturday night’s cleanup slot with a variation of his long-running Afro-Horn ensemble with trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah as a special guest.

Sunday starts with an afternoon panel discussion moderated by writer Scott Currie, this time for part one on the topic of “The Ongoing Struggle for Cultural Equality in NYC Music Communities” with poet Steve Cannon, pianist Dave Burrell, bassist William Parker, trombonist Craig Harris, Bernadette Speach, and Adam Shatz. Later on, Harris closes out the evening with his “Brown Butterfly” suite.

Memorial Day Monday brings another afternoon panel discussion and continues Sunday’s theme. Mike Heller moderates a panel of bassist Reggie Workman, trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah, saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, bassist Luke Stewart, drummer Warren Smith, and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker.

Fly or Die, Trumpeter Jamie Branch’s first release as a leader, gained favorable reviews last year. You get a chance to see her ensemble live in the evening’s first set of music. Slightly later Cooper-Moore gets a solo piano set followed by saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc’s “New World Pygmies.”

Finally, saxophonist Oliver Lake’s big band closes out the entire festival on Monday night. The final festival set is traditionally a large affair and this year should be no different, especially for someone with the compositional skills of Lake. People unfamiliar with Vision might have different ideas of what a big band sounds like, but Lake’s effort here is likely to be one that swings hard while creating multiple spaces for free improvisation and pushes the boundaries.

One unique attribute of Vision is the atmosphere it intentionally creates be breaking down boundaries between audience and musicians and even musicians themselves: it’s not uncommon to see musicians attend on different days simply to watch the other sets as audience members. There’s also a vending area open every night that provides the opportunity to take home some of the music one hears and possibly even get it autographed on the spot.

Vision’s one of the most highly anticipated festivals on our calendar every year at Suga’ in My Bowl radio, and for good reason. It’s a festival of Jazz that intentionally brings one back to the roots of what the music should be about: improvisation, community, and creativity.

For a deeper dive into this year’s honoree Dave Burrell, check out our show that aired on May 13 on WBAI. Our May 27 show will focus on trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, who’ll be part of Oliver Lake’s big band on the same night. It will air on WBAI (and stream online) from 11 PM-1 AM on the 27th and be archived on our site afterwards.

We’ll also check back in with a review and photos after Vision wraps up.

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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. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

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