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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 guests of our show that ran for 12 years in various time slots on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio. Our audio archives are available on line for free!

Feeling like hibernating until the weather clears up? The documentary film I Called Him Morgan is streaming on Netflix. See our review for details. The documentary film Chasing Trane is also on Netflix and we reviewed that too.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series settles back into a weekly Thursday schedule at Smoke on February 27.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on February 29.

The NYPL’s Schomburg Center returns with its annual Women’s Jazz Festival on Monday nights in March. A tribute to Hazel Scott kicks off the series on March 2.

Looking further ahead, Vision Fest Promoters Arts for Art is hosting a special event on March 4 at the Town Hall. The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen joins Bassist William Parker who returns with his Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield suite.

 

That’s all for now. We’ll 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. 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 guests of our show that ran for 12 years in various time slots on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio. Our audio archives are available on line for free!

Feeling like hibernating until the weather clears up? The documentary film I Called Him Morgan is streaming on Netflix. See our review for details. The documentary film Chasing Trane is also on Netflix and we reviewed that too.

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on February 18 and returns the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh has a residency at The Stone from February 18-23 and is joined by different guests each night.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at the Blue Note with various combos from February 18-23.

The supergroup TRIO3 of Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille grace the the Jazz Standard‘s stage from February 20-23. They’ll have rotating guests each night at the piano, including frequent collaborator Vijay Iyer, David Virelles, Marilyn Crispell, and Jason Moran.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series settles back into a weekly Thursday schedule at Smoke on February 20 and 27.

Bassist Mimi Jones hosts the after hours Lab Session at Smalls on February 22, which is actually Sunday morning February 23 by the time she takes the stage.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on February 29.

Looking further ahead, Vision Fest Promoters Arts for Art is hosting a special event on March 4 at the Town Hall. The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen joins Bassist William Parker who returns with his Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield suite.

 

That’s all for now. We’ll 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. 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 guests of our show that ran for 12 years in various time slots on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio. Our audio archives are available on line for free!

Feeling like hibernating until the weather clears up? The documentary film I Called Him Morgan is streaming on Netflix. See our review for details. The documentary film Chasing Trane is also on Netflix and we reviewed that too.

Trombonist/seashellist Steve Turre leads a jam session at Smoke on February 10.

Saxophonist Eric Alexander is at Smoke with Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet on February 11.

Guitarist Marc Ribot has a residency at The Stone from February 11-15 and is joined by different guests each night.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series settles back into a weekly Thursday schedule at Smoke on February 13 and 21.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves heads to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 14-15.

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

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on February 18 and returns the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh has a residency at The Stone from February 18-23 and is joined by different guests each night.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at the Blue Note with various combos from February 18-23.

The supergroup TRIO3 of Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille grace the the Jazz Standard‘s stage from February 20-23. They’ll have rotating guests each night at the piano, including frequent collaborator Vijay Iyer, David Virelles, Marilyn Crispell, and Jason Moran.

Bassist Mimi Jones hosts the after hours Lab Session at Smalls on February 22, which is actually Sunday morning February 23 by the time she takes the stage.

Looking further ahead, Vision Fest Promoters Arts for Art is hosting a special event on March 4 at the Town Hall. The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen joins Bassist William Parker who returns with his Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield suite.

 

That’s all for now. We’ll 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. 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 guests of our show that ran for 12 years in various time slots on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio. Our audio archives are available on line for free!

Feeling like hibernating until the weather clears up? The documentary film I Called Him Morgan is streaming on Netflix. See our review for details. The documentary film Chasing Trane is also on Netflix and we reviewed that too.

Trombonist/seashellist Steve Turre leads a jam session at Smoke on February 3 and 10.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from February 4-9.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a Latin Jazz Sextet at Smoke on February 5.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at the Blue Note from February 5-8.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series settles back into a weekly Thursday schedule at Smoke on February 6 and 13.

Trumpeter Eddie Henderson leads a quintet with saxophonist Donald Harrison at Smoke from February 6-9.

Saxophonist René McLean and percussionist Baba Neil Clarke head to Brooklyn’s Sista’s Place for a Randy Weston Tribute on February 8.

Bassist Mimi Jones hosts the after hours Lab Session at Smalls on February 8, which is actually Sunday morning February 9 by the time she takes the stage.

Saxophonist Claire Daly leads a quartet at Smalls on February 9.

Guitarist Marc Ribot has a residency at The Stone from February 11-15 and is joined by different guests each night.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves heads to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 14-15.

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

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on February 18 and returns the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh has a residency at The Stone from February 18-32 and is joined by different guests each night.

The supergroup TRIO3 of Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille grace the the Jazz Standard‘s stage from February 20-23. They’ll have rotating guests each night at the piano, including frequent collaborator Vijay Iyer, David Virelles, Marilyn Crispell, and Jason Moran.

Looking further ahead, Vision Fest Promoters Arts for Art is hosting a special event on March 4 at the Town Hall. The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen joins Bassist William Parker who returns with his Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield suite.

That’s all for now. We’ll 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. 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 guests of our show that ran for 12 years in various time slots on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio. Our audio archives are available on line for free!

The 2020 Winter Jazz Fest has wrapped up. Check back this week for our coverage and stay tuned for our normal weekly listings, event coverage, and possible new projects!

Feeling like hibernating until the weather clears up? The documentary film I Called Him Morgan is streaming on Netflix. See our review for details. The documentary film Chasing Trane is also on Netflix and we reviewed that too.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez brings Migration with vocalist Thana Alexa to the Blue Note from January 28-29.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Standard solo on January 29 and with a trio from January 30- February 1.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series settles back into a weekly Thursday schedule at Smoke on January 30 and February 6.

Saxophonist René McLean is at Zinc Bar on January 31 with percussionist Baba Neil Clarke and drummer Will Calhoun as part of the VTY Jazz Series. They head to Brooklyn’s Sista’s Place for a Randy Weston Tribute on February 8, 2020.

Trumpeter Keyon Harrold is at the Apollo Theater for a Miles Davis celebration on February 1.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from February 4-9.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a Latin Jazz Sextet at Smoke on February 5.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at the Blue Note from February 5-8.

Trumpeter Eddie Henderson leads a quintet with saxophonist Donald Harrison at Smoke from February 6-9.

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

Looking further ahead, Vision Fest Promoters Arts for Art is hosting a special event on March 4 at the Town Hall. The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen joins Bassist William Parker who returns with his Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield suite.

That’s all for now. We’ll 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. 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 guests of our show that ran for 12 years in various time slots on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio. Our audio archives are available on line for free!

The 2020 Winter Jazz Fest has wrapped up. Check back this week for our coverage and stay tuned for weekly listings, event coverage, and possible new projects!

Feeling like hibernating until the weather clears up? The documentary film I Called Him Morgan is streaming on Netflix. See our review for details. The documentary film Chasing Trane is also on Netflix and we reviewed that too.

Saxophonist Eric Alexander is at Smoke with Mike LeDonne on January 21.

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on January 21 and the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is with Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas at the Jazz Standard from January 21-26.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series settles back into a weekly Thursday schedule at Smoke on January 23, 30, and February 6.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez brings Migration to the Blue Note from January 28-29.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Standard solo on January 29 and with a trio from January 30- February 1.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from February 4-9.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a Latin Jazz Sextet at Smoke on February 5.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at the Blue Note from February 5-8.

Trumpeter Eddie Henderson leads a quintet with saxophonist Donald Harrison at Smoke from February 6-9.

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

The 2020 edition of the annual Winter Jazz Fest continues through January with standalone shows 18 at spots around Greenwich Village, new outposts in Brooklyn, and a new Brooklyn marathon on Friday the 17th. There is also a series of talks continuing throughout the week. See our annual cheat sheet preview and stay tuned for more coverage coming up!

That’s all for now. We’ll 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. 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 guests of our show that ran for 12 years in various time slots on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio. Our audio archives are available on line for free!

Our final show broadcast on WBAI aired on Tuesday January 7 with guitarist James Blood Ulmer as an intro to the 2020 Winter Jazz Fest! Audio will be up soon. The blog will continue, as will the weekly listings, event coverage, and possible new projects!

Feeling like hibernating until the weather clears up? The documentary film I Called Him Morgan is streaming on Netflix. See our review for details. The documentary film Chasing Trane is also on Netflix and we reviewed that too.

Saxophonist Eric Alexander is at Smoke with Mike LeDonne on January 14 and 21.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series settles back into a weekly Thursday schedule at Smoke on January 16 and 23.

Guitarist Nels Cline is at The Dance on January 11 as part of the Winter Jazz Fest.

Vocalist Melanie Charles is at Chelsea Music Hall on January 12-13.

Vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer is at Manhattan’s Sony Hall on January 13 2020.

Guitarist Julian Lage leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from January 14-19.

Saxophonist David Murray brings the Revival Octet including saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin to the Jazz Standard from January 16-19.

Bassist Mimi Jones hosts the after hours Lab Session at Smalls on January 18, which is actually Sunday morning January 19 by the time she takes the stage.

Drummer Jeff Tain Watts celebrates his 60th birthday with a set at the new Café Bohemia on January 19.

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on January 21 and the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is with Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas at the Jazz Standard from January 21-26.

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

The 2020 edition of the annual Winter Jazz Fest continues through January with standalone shows 18 at spots around Greenwich Village, new outposts in Brooklyn, and a new Brooklyn marathon on Friday the 17th. There is also a series of talks continuing throughout the week. See our annual cheat sheet preview and stay tuned for more coverage coming up!

That’s all for now. We’ll 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. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

Melvin Gibbs and JT Lewis of the band Harriet Tubman

Words by Hank Williams

This week, the annual Winter Jazz Fest is on and in full swing. The 16th edition of the popular festival has morphed slightly this year, with an additional Brooklyn “marathon” night of music and standalone events in addition to the now-traditional . In this post, we’ll take a look at the two marathon nights of music on Friday January 10th and Saturday January 11th in venues scattered around the heart of Greenwich Village and the new Brooklyn marathon on Friday January 17th. I’ll also look at the Saturday January 11th show in Brooklyn.

As we’ve done for the past few years, we’ll go through a shows with a viewers’ guide to some of our preferred picks, with an admitted lean toward former guests on the Suga in My Bowl radio show.

I’ll point you toward the artist lineup, but hopefully this will help wade through the myriad choices available each night. Obviously, there are several ways to experience the festival. You can either pick and choose key acts, take a more eclectic approach and see what you find, or some combination of the two. It’s all good.

FESTIVAL THEME AND FOCUS

Social justice is front and center with the festival: as it has been for the last few years. The #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and #wehaveavoice are all part of the fabric surrounding the festival and it has joined the Europe-based Keychange initiative that urges festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance for acts by the year 2022. This follows on the discussion opened by the  We Have Voice Collective that published an open letter calling for a code of conduct, safe spaces for women, LGBTQIA, transgender, and non-binary music artists, and more opportunities for work in a field that’s often dominated by men.

This serves as an important concrete action backing up the expressed solidarity. There will again be a series of talks–this time highlighting wellness and health aspects of jazz–during the daytime on the weekend of January 11th-12th and during the following week, ending on Friday the 17th.

TICKETS AND ADMISSION

WJF has a variety of ticket options for either the Friday or Saturday Manhattan marathon nights–or both–and the new Brooklyn Marathon or standalone events. As usual, they don’t offer tickets for individual sets on Marathon nights. That said, tickets are a pretty good deal for how much music you get if you see more than a single show and there’s likely something to suit almost everyone’s taste. The one constant is that we strongly recommend getting tickets in advance, since the festival’s popularity does lead to sellouts.

LOCATIONS AND LOGISTICS

The WJF’s heart is still in the center of the Village and WJF mainstays Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, and Le Poisson Rouge return with poles in the West and East Village also.

Zinc Bar is small, popular, and perennially crowded, so be warned that seeing an act scheduled there means getting there very early, and possibly skipping something else in the process.

On the western frontier of the Village and Tribeca is SOB’s.

The Dance, the Nuyorican Poets’ Café, and Webster Hall anchor the northern/eastern ends of the Village/Lower East Side.

Nublu, Zürcher Gallery, Subculture, Mercury Lounge, and Bowery Ballroom are clustered together on the East Village/Lower East Side.

Obviously, figuring out what one wants to see also means taking into account the logistics of who’s playing where and getting between venues, which requires some planning with the larger distances between venues. It’s still very possible to venue-hop since most are a brisk walk, Citibike, or cab ride away. The projected unseasonably warm weather for the Manhattan Marathon should make the task slightly easier.

 

Photo credit: Winter Jazz Fest (screenshot)
You can download the map here and there’s a copy in the festival program. Pickup of wristbands for marathon nights is at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St).

HOT TIP: Use the WJF’s crowd estimator to see how much space a venue has before deciding to leave where you are. It’s at: https://www.winterjazzfest.com/crowds

FRIDAY JANUARY 10

The recently renovated Webster Hall plays host to a solid night of programming. Teenage piano prodigy Joey Alexander takes the stage at 7 PM, followed by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire at 8:15 and drummer Makaya McCraven‘s “In These Times” at 9:30.

Alexander’s gained a lot of (deserved) positive press since an invitation to play at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Wynton Marsalis at age 14 and his following debut album, centered around a solidly inventive cover of My Favorite Things. Alexander’s maturing exponentially as a player and should be around for a long time. Catch him now and decades later you’ll be able to look back and recall his trajectory as an artist from your own experience.

Akinmusire and McCraven take slightly different approaches to the music, rooted in hip hop and beats as much as the jazz canon. Appropriately, perhaps, the night wraps with a DJ set by Pete Rock (yes that Pete Rock …) at midnight.

Over at SOB’s, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble hits at 7:45 PM. The band’s anchored by the sons of the late Phil Cohran, a key figure of the Chicago branch of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. They’ve successfully taken the meticulous lessons from their father and the older generation of politically and socially-conscious musicians and adapted it to the current era and the reality that much of their musical world has been shaped by hip hop. Expect a brass-heavy set with a party vibe, but don’t underestimate them: solid musicianship, not gimmicks, are the foundation of their performances. If you miss them here, fortunately, you get another shot on Saturday, when they’ll be at Mercury Lounge at 11:30 PM.

At the new venue, The Dance, Guitarist Marc Ribot and trumpeter Jaimie Branch are both worth a look.

Ribot’s Ceramic Dog ensemble hits at 11 PM. Described as a noise rock trio, Ceramic Dog is one of many ensembles the incredibly inventive and prolific guitarist has fronted at Winter Jazz Fest over the years. Expect a somewhat loud and high energy set from them.

Branch is flying high (excuse the pun) on the successful release of her 2018 Fly Or Die debut and follow-up Fly or Die 2 albums as a leader along with side projects like James Brandon Lewis’s Unruly Notes. Branch’s approach seems to pull as much from the avant garde tradition as from current influences of pop and hip hop. Branch has serious chops, though, and her musicianship will impress you. It’ll be worth staying up late for her 12:15 AM set.

Finally, at Nublu, Mary Halvorson joins fellow guitarist John Dieterich at 10:45 PM. Halvorson’s dense, looping electric guitar style’s attracting more fans, both as a side player and as a leader. Her collaborations with fellow guitarist Marc Ribot and others showcase her ability as a collaborative player capable of adding dense textures to an ensemble, which she’s continued in her own projects as a leader. For a deep dive, see our March 2018 show with Halvorson.

 

 

 

SATURDAY JANUARY 11th

The Nuyorican Poets’ Café hosts a solid night of music, poetry, film clips, and probably some personal remembrances in the honor of the late poet/journalist Steve Dalachinsky, co-curated by his partner, poet Yuko Otomo. Expect lots of regulars from the Vision Festival, including guitarist Marc Ribot, vocalist Fay Victor, pianists Matthew Shipp, Kris Davis, and Matthew Shipp, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, and many more people in sets running from 7 PM-Midnight. Steve’s poetry was heavily influenced by free jazz and the Beat movement and he often read with musical accompaniment.

Meanwhile, over at The Dance, steel pedal guitarist Susan Alcorn’s Quintet hits at 10:45 PM.  Alcorn, originally inspired by Blues slide guitar, now blends free jazz and avant-garde European classical styles in her approach. Here, she’ll be joined by guitarist Mary Halvorson in a set that recreates a collaboration from the Vision Festival. See a version of their collaboration below.

 

 

Over on the east side, Subculture hosts The Cookers at 7:30 PM and René Marie’s Experiment in Truth at 11:15 PM. the Cookers is a supergroup of veterans Eddie Henderson, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, George Cables, and David Weiss. Hart and Henderson are alumni of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi formation and Harper was a trusted part of Lee Morgan’s ensembles. Expect a hard-hitting, post-bop set from them that’s likely to have a wide appeal to jazz aficionados and neophytes alike with music that’s technically challenging yet very accessible. René Marie will probably slow things down a bit for the late set, with smoother, lyrically dense ballads that will appeal to fans of vocalists.

One set stands out at the centrally-located Le Poisson Rouge: saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s Pursuance, which presents the music of John and Alice Coltrane with legendary bassist Reggie Workman, who was part of John’s early 60s groups. Benjamin, whose work often leans toward engagement with pop and party music, will show her range and depth here. This is a set that’s also bound to have a wide appeal. See Benjamin’s take on Coltrane’s “Liberia” in the embedded clip:

 

 

Over at SOB’s, saxophonist Tia Fuller’s 7:30 PM set is a good pick. Fuller’s supple style was on full display on last year’s Diamond Cut release and should provide much of the grist for the night’s set.

 

 

If you missed the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble’s Friday night set (or want to see them again) then they’ll be at Mercury Lounge at 11:30 PM. Mercury was a venue that had space issues last year, though, so get there early and be prepared to fight your way to the front of the room.

Finally, Webster Hall again has a solid night of programming with harpist Brandee Younger, drummer Makaya McCraven, and pianist Robert Glasper. Younger’s 7:30 PM Soul Awakening set should draw on material from her album of the same name and reflects her thorough digestion of Alice Coltrane and harpist Dorothy Ashby and her own musical voice.

McCraven’s 8:15 PM set presents work from his Gil Scott-Heron tribute, We’re New Again. Finally, Glasper’s 10:45 PM set finds the versatile pianist in an electric trio setting with a DJ as one of the members. It should be an interesting intersection of his traditional trio work and his affinity for the sampling and looping of hip hop.

SATURDAY JANUARY 11th Brooklyn Show

I’ll actually be spending much of Saturday night in Brooklyn at The Sultan Room for the standalone show of Harriet Tubman and guitarist James Blood Ulmer.

Tubman, consisting of drummer JT Lewis, bassist Melvin Gibbs, and electric guitarist Brandon Ross, is a power trio that shows elements of their various influences. Tubman’s music is deceiving though. It’s deeply layered and complex as they develop melodies that call for a response from each member. While it is music that holds greater appeal for fans of electrified sound, fusion, or avant garde, their appeal is much greater. Critics and a wider audience seemed to grasp that with their last two releases, including last year’s Terror End of Beauty.  It’s hard to tell exactly what they’ll play since nearly anything from their catalog is fair game, but anything they bring to the table will be satisfying.

Ulmer is a great match for Tubman. Joyce Jones talked to him for our last show on WBAI, where Ulmer went through his varied influences though let it be known where he comes from: “I play the blues. I call it the political blues.” Ulmer was also key in the late Ornette Coleman’s formation of his theory of Harmolodics and absorbed much of those lessons as well. He doesn’t gig as much these days and his last Winter Jazz appearance had him playing solo in a thoroughly captivating performance that showed his masterful storytelling and guitar prowess.

 

 

FRIDAY JANUARY 17th Brooklyn Marathon

Photo credit: Winter Jazz Fest (screenshot).  Map download here and there’s a copy in the program

Details are still in formation for the new Brooklyn Marathon night, but sets with DJ Logic and drummer Billy Martin, bassist Ben Williams’s I Am a Man, trumpeter Keyon Harrold catch my eye right now.

DJ Logic is one of a few who successfully works in an improvisational setting with other musicians and turns samples into true instruments and part of multi-layered performances. Paired with Martin, one of the popular long-running Medeski, Martin, and Wood trio, the set shows lots of promise.

 

Standalone Shows: through January 18th

While I don’t have space here to detail them all, you should take a look through the schedule of separate shows. From Detroit to the World on Sunday January 12 features a pre-show discussion on the history of Detroit’s jazz scene. On the same day, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington team up with the incredibly inventive DJ Val Jeanty for another set worth checking out. Remember that tickets for most of these shows are sold separately.

That’s a lot! But the nice thing about Winter Jazz is that it presents you with a good dilemma: who to choose from the sheer amount of interesting acts. We’ll check back in after it’s all wrapped up.

Are you planning to go? Who are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments.

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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 in The Bronx.

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 back 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.

Be sure to tune in on Tuesday January 7 from 10-Midnight to hear our conversation with guitarist James Blood Ulmer as an intro to the 2020 Winter Jazz Fest! This will be our last broadcast show on WBAI. Thanks for all the support over the years! The blog will continue, as will the weekly listings, event coverage, and possible new projects!

Feeling like hibernating until the weather clears up? The documentary film I Called Him Morgan is streaming on Netflix. See our review for details. The documentary film Chasing Trane is also on Netflix and we reviewed that too.

Saxophonist Eric Alexander is at Smoke with Mike LeDonne on January 7, 14, and 21.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art present a preview of Vision 2020 (May 20-25, by the way…) with solo performances by vocalist/pianist Amina Claudine Myers and drummer Andrew Cyrille at David Gage String Instruments in Manhattan on January 7.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland from January 7-11.

Bassist William Parker is at The Poetry Project on January 9 for Baraka and Place, an event tracing Amiri Baraka’s relationship with avant garde communities in different time periods.

Bassist Christian McBride brings Philly Reunion with organist Joey DeFrancesco to the Blue Note from January 9-12.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series settles back into a weekly Thursday schedule at Smoke on January 9, 16, and 23.

Vocalist Lizz Wright is at the Jazz Standard on January 10-11.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on January 11.

Guitarist Nels Cline is at The Dance on January 11 as part of the Winter Jazz Fest.

Vocalist Melanie Charles is at Chelsea Music Hall on January 12-13.

Vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer is at Manhattan’s Sony Hall on January 13 2020.

Guitarist Julian Lage leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from January 14-19.

Saxophonist David Murray brings the Revival Octet including saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin to the Jazz Standard from January 16-19.

Bassist Mimi Jones hosts the after hours Lab Session at Smalls on January 18, which is actually Sunday morning January 19 by the time she takes the stage.

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on January 21 and the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is with Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas at the Jazz Standard from January 21-26.

Looking ahead, the 2020 edition of the annual Winter Jazz Fest blows back into town from January 8-18 at spots around Greenwich Village and with new outposts in Brooklyn. Highlights are a series of talks on the 11th and 12th, the traditional marathon nights in Manhattan centered around Greenwich Village on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th, a special performance in Brooklyn on the 11th and a new Brooklyn marathon on Friday the 17th. Followers of our show will recognize Nels Cline, Harriet Tubman with JT Lewis and Melvin Gibbs, James Brandon Lewis, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, James Blood Ulmer, Jaimie Branch, Keyon Harrold, Teri Lyne Carrington, Lakecia Benjamin, Marc Ribot, Rene Marie, Brandee Younger, Ron Carter, and many more sets over the course of the festival.  We’ll have our annual cheat sheet preview out this week and more coverage coming up!

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves for its final broadcast on Tuesday January 7 in the 10 PM-Midnight slot! We’ll 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. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

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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 back 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.

We’re off the air this week for special New Year’s Eve programming. Be sure to tune in on Tuesday January 7 from 10-Midnight to hear our conversation with guitarist James Blood Ulmer as an intro to the 2020 Winter Jazz Fest!

Feeling like hibernating until the weather clears up? The documentary film I Called Him Morgan is streaming on Netflix. See our review for details. The documentary film Chasing Trane is also on Netflix and we reviewed that too.

Trombonist Craig Harris brings Harlem Night Songs to Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church on December 31 as part of the Harlem Jazz Boxxx Series.

Saxophonist Eric Alexander rings in the new year at Smoke with the Countdown Sextet on December 31 and returns with the Countdown Quintet from January 1-5 with trombonist Steve Turre on January 1-2.

Bassist Mimi Jones hosts the after hours Lab Session at Smalls on January 4, which is actually Sunday morning January 5 by the time she takes the stage.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues a late night run at Smoke from January 1-4 then settles back into a weekly Thursday schedule on January 9 and 16.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art present a preview of Vision 2020 (May 20-25, by the way…) with solo performances by vocalist/pianist Amina Claudine Myers and drummer Andrew Cyrille at David Gage String Instruments in Manhattan on January 7.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland from January 7-11.

Bassist Christian McBride brings Philly Reunion with organist Joey DeFrancesco to the Blue Note from January 9-12.

Vocalist Lizz Wright is at the Jazz Standard on January 10-11.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on January 11.

Guitarist Nels Cline is at The Dance on January 11 as part of the Winter Jazz Fest.

Vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer is at Manhattan’s Sony Hall on January 13 2020.

Looking ahead, the 2020 edition of the annual Winter Jazz Fest blows back into town from January 8-18 at spots around Greenwich Village and with new outposts in Brooklyn. We’ll have our annual cheat sheet preview and more coverage coming up! Harpist Brandee Younger will be at the Winter Jazz Festival’s first Marathon Night on January 11 to present her latest release “Soul Awakening” along with other selections and on another stage with Makaya McCraven. Check back for our annual Cheat Sheet preview!

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves Tuesday January 7 in our regular 10-Midnight slot! We’ll likely be pre-empted on New Year’s Eve, but back on January 7. 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. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

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