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Director Kaspar Collin’s excellent I Called Him Morgan film documents the interconnected life and downfall of the late, brilliant trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common law wife Helen Morgan and is getting an impressively wide release for a documentary film on a jazz musician. We published a lengthy review of the film, too.

One of the film’s standout features is the amount of interviews with musicians who knew and could give firsthand accounts on their remembrances of Lee and Helen. That drove Suga’ in My Bowl host Joyce Jones into the digital archives and she dug up excerpts from previous shows with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and pianist Harold Mabern for snippets on Lee Morgan. Check them out below.

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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.
 
We’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with Chris Becker, author of Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz, head on over to our audio archives. Be sure to join us next week for NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp! As usual, we have lots more music for you this week.
 
The Mavis Staples documentary Mavis! airs on HBO’s streaming sites until April 3rd.
 

 
Pianist Vijay Iyer has a residency at the Met Museum’s new Breuer Building (that’s the former Whitney Museum) until March 31 and will be performing or curating performances during all of the museum’s open hours.
 
Toshi Reagon wraps up the Women’s Jazz Festival at the the NYPL’s Schomburg Center on the 28th. The show is sold out, but we’re giving away a pair of tickets. Email us for a chance to win at sugainmybowl [at] gmail [dot] com before 12 noon on Monday. Leave your phone number and we’ll call you Monday afternoon if you’re the winner.
 
WBGO Radio host Rhonda Hamilton and vocalist Dianne Reeves will be speaking at Newark (NJ) Symphony Hall in a ceremony celebrating the release of a new postage stamp honoring Sarah Vaughn on the 29th.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria takes part in a celebration of the music of the Dominican Republic at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on the 28th and Manhattan School of Music’s Borden Auditorium on April 4th.
 
Arts for Art’s Justice is Compassion series runs from March 26th to April 10th at Clemente Soto Velez Center with performances by bassist William Parker and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker.
 
Bassist Mimi Jones leads a quartet in a free concert at Rutgers University Newark’s Paul Robeson Student Center on March 30 and will be at WBGO Radio’s studio in Newark as part of a free screening of the films Seeking Hope and The Girls in the Band on March 31.
 
Vocalist Dianne Reeves is at Carnegie Hall on March 30.
 
Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Iridium on March 31, The Turning Point in Piermont NY on April 9, and at The Record Collector in Bordentown NJ on the 16th.
 
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at at the Jazz Standard from March 29-April 3.
 
Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at Western Connecticut State University on April 2nd.
 
Saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders is at Birdland from April 5-9th.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Village Vanguard from April 5-10th.
 
Organist John Medeski is at The Blue Note from April 5-10th with John Scofield.
 
Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his Evolution ensemble at in a CD release party at Brooklyn Bowl on April 6th.
 
Film director Carol Bash is at Rutgers University Newark’s Institute for Jazz Studies for a talk and screening of her Mary Lou Williams documentary film The Lady Who Swings the Band on April 6th.
 
Drummer Michael Carvin leads a trio in a free lunchtime concert at Newark’s Gateway Center at 12 noon on April 7th.
 
Bassist Bob Cranshaw is at Smoke with George Coleman’s Quartet from April 8-10th.
 
Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at the Montclair NJ Public Library on April 9th.
 
Pianist Randy Weston celebrates his 90th birthday at Brooklyn’s Jazz 966 on April 9th.
 
Bassist Christian McBride leads a trio at The Ridgefield Playhouse in CT on April 10.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on April 3rd. 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 Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

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.

Suga’ in My Bowl is off the air this week: we’re back on September 6 with vocalist Lizz Wright! Until then, our our audio archives have you covered for your Suga’ fix. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs, including a few free outdoor shows in the waning days of summer.

Pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions on September 3 at The Gin Fizz.

Drummer Jeff Tain Watts sits in with the Fort Apache Band at the Blue Note from September 1-6.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Newark NJ’s Gateway Center (across the street from Newark Penn Station) for a free lunchtime outdoor performance on September 2nd.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at Le Poisson Rouge on September 2nd.

Pianist Harold Mabern joins Peppe Merola’s Quintet at Smoke on September 3rd.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on September 3rd.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at the Westport CT Blues Festival on September 6.

Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at Jersey City’s Newport Tower for a free outdoor show at 12 noon on September 9.

Vocalist Lizz Wright is at Highline Ballroom on September 10.

Vocalist René Marie is at the Jazz Standard from September 10-13.

Saxophonist Billy Harper is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with The Cookers from September 10-13.

Percussionist Adam Rudolph is at the Jazz Gallery on September 11-12.

Saxophonist Lou Donaldson is at the Blue Note from September 15-16.

Drummer Billy Cobham is at BB King’s on September 16.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Labor Day Weekend: September 6th. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Suga in My Bowl radio presents a new weekly feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

Program note: Suga’ in My Bowl has changed to a biweekly schedule on WBAI Radio and now alternates Sunday nights with Sports Qualified at our usual 11 PM -1 AM time period. You’ll get the same great show; just every other week! So mark your calendars or just keep up with us via our Facebook page, the blog here, or our main website and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

Suga’ in My Bowl is pre-empted this week for the winter pledge drive. Join us on air on Sunday March 8th. To get your fix until then, check out our our audio archives. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.

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Photo: Oliver Lake’s Redbone Stick Plus. | oliverlake.net

Saxophonist Oliver Lake is also a visual artist and will have a showing of his painted sticks at the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in downtown Newark NJ until May 21st.

Bassist Alex Blake leads a Quartet at Zinc Bar on the 24th.

Bassist Reggie Workman and saxophonist Oliver Lake will be at the Village Vanguard on February 24th-28th as part of TRIO 3.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria will be at St. Peter’s Church for a lunchtime show with Gene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble on February 25th. They’ll also be at Somethin’ Jazz Club on March 4th.

Vocalist and pianist Andy Bey will be at Minton’s in Harlem on February 27-28th.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter will be at The Turning Point in Piermont, NY on February 28th.

Harpist Brandee Younger will be at Minton’s in Harlem on March 1st.

Organist John Medeski will be at Brooklyn Bowl on March 5th.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves March 1. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Suga in My Bowl radio presents a new weekly feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

Program note: Suga’ in My Bowl has changed to a biweekly schedule on WBAI Radio and now alternates Sunday nights with Sports Qualified at our usual 11 PM -1 AM time period. You’ll get the same great show; just every other week! So mark your calendars or just keep up with us via our Facebook page, the blog here, or our main website and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

Suga’ in My Bowl is off the air this week. Join us on air next Sunday. To get your fix until then, check out our our audio archives and scroll down the page for our coverage of the Charlie Haden Memorial in NYC. And check back later on for our review of this year’s Winter Jazz Fest. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.

Pianist Vijay Iyer has a residency at The Stone from January 20-25th with various guests sitting in each night. Legendary bassist Reggie Workman joins him on the 20th and 25th.

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The Arts for Art organization (promoters of the annual Vision Fest) will have an artist response to the Black Lives Matter movement from the 23rd to 30th at Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side. Dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker and trombonist Dick Griffin (who will be showing his visual art) will be among the many artists and performers there.

Pianist Marc Cary leads his Focus Trio at Harlem’s Ginny’s Supper Club on January 23rd and 24th. They continue a 5-week residency at the Cell Theatre on January 31st, running through February.

Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs is at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on the 24th.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at Minton’s in Harlem on the 25th.

Looking ahead, you have a rare opportunity to catch multi-instrumentalist Charles Gayle on saxophone, bass, and piano with guitarist Marc Ribot at The Stone on January 28th.

Also on the 28th, keyboardist John Medeski is at the Village Vanguard.

Looking further ahead, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders will be at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from January 29th to February 1st.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake will be at Roulette in Brooklyn on January 30th.

Finally, looking even further ahead, Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter will be at Treme in Islip, LI on January 31st.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI next week, January 25th. We’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” on air and online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

bandstand_picSuga in My Bowl radio presents a new feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.
This week’s show is a memorial tribute to the late bassist Charlie Haden. But we have an expanded set of live music listings for you this week.
There are several opportunities to catch bassist Mimi Jones. She’ll be leading a band at The Lion on the 20th and at the Village Vanguard from July 22nd to 27th with drummer Rudy Royston’s Sextet.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria will be appearing as part of the orchestra in a free performance of Larry Harlow’s Hommy: A Latin Opera at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors series in Damrosch Park on July 23rd. He’ll also be leading a band in a free outdoor performance at Grant’s Tomb on July 30th as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Journalist Herb Boyd of the Amsterdam News and pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs will be part of a discussion titled “Post 50′s Jazz, the Artists, the Culture, the Cool” on modern jazz’s development and roots in Harlem on July 24th at the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

Trombonist Steve Turre appears at the Jazz Standard from July 24th to 27th with saxophonist Donald Harrison’s Quintet. Go to jazzstandard dot com for details. He’s also playing an afternoon set at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Westchester County on the 27th.

Blueswoman Alexis P. Suter is at Iridium on the 25 and has a free outdoor concert in Cold Spring NY on the 27th.

Saxophonist Tia Fuller leads a quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on the 29th and 30th.

Pianist Vijay Iyer drops by The Stone for a late set on August 1st.

Guitarist Pat Metheny appears at Caramoor in Westchester County with his Unity Group on August 2nd.

Looking ahead, pianist Geri Allen has a solo performance at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange NJ on August 2nd.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is off the WBAI airwaves next week for the last Sunday of the month, but we’ll have a fresh set of listings online here next Sunday and be back on-air on Sunday, August 3rd.

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.

bandstand_picSuga in My Bowl radio presents a new feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

Bobby Sanabria|Photo: Joe Conzo

Bobby Sanabria | Photo: Joe Conzo


This week’s live guest is drummer Bobby Sanabria. You can catch him as part of the orchestra in a free performance of Larry Harlow’s Hommy: A Latin Opera at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors series in Damrosch Park on July 23rd. Later this summer, he’ll also be leading a band in a free outdoor performance at Grant’s Tomb on July 30th as part of the Jazzmobile series. This week’s light, music-wise, but we still have a few listings for you.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at the Village Vanguard from July 8th to the 13th with guitarist Peter Bernstein’s Quartet. He leads a trio at Small’s on July 16th.

Looking ahead, pianist Marc Cary leads the Focus Trio in a free outdoor concert at Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford CT on July 14th.

Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts leads an ensemble at Iridium on July 18 and 19.

Blueswoman Alexis P. Suter is at the Turning Point in Piermont, NY on July 19.

Lastly, looking even further ahead, guitarist Pat Metheny leads his Unity Group at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on August 8th. We’ll have reminders as the show gets closer, but it’s a good idea to pick up tickets early before they sell out.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI July 13th and we’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” on air and online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

bandstand_picSuga in My Bowl radio presents a new feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

This week’s show is a special spring fund drive broadcast, but there are plenty of live music listings.

On May 13th, Pianist Vijay Iyer will appear at The Stone.

On May 14th, drummer Bobby Sanabria appears at Zinc Bar in Manhattan with Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble. On the 17th, he leads the Multiverse Big Band in a show at Orchard Beach in The Bronx

Organist John Medeski will be at Stage 48 in Manhattan with the M&M’s including Thurston Moore on May 15th.

Vocalist René Marie leads a group at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from the 15th to the 18th.

Poets Sonia Sanchez and Jessica Care Moore join many other performers in a tribute to the late Amiri Baraka at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Café on May 17th and the show is free.

Vocalist Catherine Russell appears at the Players Club on May 18th as special guest with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Trombonist Craig Harris leads the Harlem Night Songs Big Band in a set of Sun Ra’s music on May 18th at Harlem’s Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church. Details are on Harris’s website.

Looking further ahead, Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Small’s on May 21st.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is pre-empted for the next 2 Sundays on WBAI for their Spring Fund Drive, but we’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online here with a fresh set of listings.

Speaking of the fund drive, Suga’ in My Bowl is offering a premium of a 4-CD set of a Poetry Project tribute and our interview with Amiri Baraka. You can really help WBAI (and our show) with a pledge for the CD set or a simple donation to WBAI, starting with as little as $5. Consider becoming a “WBAI Buddy” with a monthly pledge.

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.

bandstand_picSuga in My Bowl radio presents a new feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

This week’s show focuses on the late Amiri Baraka, but we still have other listings for you this week.

Percussionist Adam Rudolph conducts the Go Organic Orchestra at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on the 14th.

Organist John Medeski will be at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on April 14th and 15th with Phil Lesh.

Pianist Marc Cary will be at Smoke Jazz with Duane Eubanks on the 16th.

Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith will be at the Jazz Standard from the 17th to the 20th with both a trio and his “In the Beginning” Octet on various nights.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen will perform on Friday April 18th at DROM on the Lower East Side.

Saxophonist Lou Donaldson and organist Akiko Tsuruga will be at Brooklyn’s Jazz 966 on the 18th as part of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s Festival.

Saxophonist Billy Harper appears at Iridium with The Cookers on the 18th and 19th.

Speaking of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, their annual spring festival (link opens a PDF) is going on for the rest of April. It’s all part of Jazz Appreciation Month, culminating in the UN’s International Jazz Day (yes, there is such a thing) on the 30th. Details at the hyperlink of you’re interested and want to help preserve the tradition and help create awareness of the music.

Looking ahead, Vocalist Catherine Russell performs George Gershwin’s music at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room on the 23rd and 24th.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI, next week on the 20th and we’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online here with a fresh set of listings.

A reminder that WBAI radio is still in serious financial trouble. Help keep Suga’ (and all your other favorite shows) on the air by pledging whatever you can or consider becoming a “WBAI Buddy” with a monthly pledge.

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.

bandstand_picSuga in My Bowl radio presents a new feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

This week’s show is on Langston Hughes’s jazz poetry with Hughes biographer Dr. Arnold Rampersad, but there’s other live music to see as the New York metro area finally takes a turn toward spring, so let’s dig in!

Organist Akiko Tsuruga continues her regular Monday night gig at Manhattan’s Kotobuki Restaurant. See her there on April 7th and 14th. She’ll also be at the Garage Restaurant with her trio on April 4th and as part of the Gerald Hayes Trio on the 5th. She’ll also be at Showman’s in Harlem on April 11th.

Pianist Marc Cary will be with the Namaskar group at Brooklyn’s Art Café Gureje on the 9th.

Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts leads a quartet at the legendary (and now re-opened) Minton’s in Harlem on April 9th.

Later on that night at Minton’s, Harpist Brandee Younger leads a quartet in a late set.

Vocalist Andy Bey will be at the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center with a Cabaret Jazz show on April 10th.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria will be performing with Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble at the Lighthouse in Manhattan on the 12th.

Lastly, reminder that the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s annual spring festival (link opens a PDF) is going on for the rest of April. It’s all part of Jazz Appreciation Month, culminating in the UN’s International Jazz Day (yes, there is such a thing) on the 30th. Details at the hyperlink of you’re interested and want to help preserve the tradition and help create awareness of the music.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI, next week on the 13th and we’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online here with a fresh set of listings.

A reminder that WBAI radio is still in serious financial trouble. Help keep Suga’ (and all your other favorite shows) on the air by pledging whatever you can or consider becoming a “WBAI Buddy” with a monthly pledge.

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.