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Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s guest is poet Ngoma Hill! Ngoma will be at the Skylight Gallery readings in Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza on May 9 (and the second Thursday of every month), the Fat Tuesdays music and poetry showcase at Harlem’s Sister’s Uptown Bookstore on May 21 (and the third Tuesday of every month). Make a note to tune in on Tuesday night and we have more listings for you this week.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at Dizzy’s Club with Darrell Green’s trio on April 30.

Finally, Poet Carl Hancock Rux is at Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre (inside Restoration Plaza) for  the multimedia production “A Walk into Slavery” from April 30-May 4.

Guitarist Bill Frisell leads trios at the Blue Note from May 2-5.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Zinc Bar with Ethan Iverson’s trio on May 3.

Finally, Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church as part of the Harlem Jazz Boxxx series on May 3.

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch is at Roulette with Fly or Die and Anteloper on May 4.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on May 4 and 11.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez leads an ensemble at the Village Vanguard from May 7-12.

Drummer Billy Hart is at Smoke with the Dayna Stephens Quartet from May 9-11.

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

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday night in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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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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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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s guest is poet Carl Hancock Rux! You can see Rux in the multimedia production “A Walk into Slavery” at the Billie Holiday Theater inside Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza from April 30-May 4. Make a note to tune in on Tuesday night and we have more listings for you this week.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note from April 22-24.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at Roulette in Brooklyn on April 23.

Pianist Marc Cary’s at the Jazz Standard with Stefon Harris’s Blackout from April 25-28 and his Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on April 20 and 27.

Looking further ahead, Trumpeter Eddie Henderson is at Zinc Bar on April 26.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Jazz Gallery with Tomeka Reid’s quartet on April 26.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah’s DIASPORA meets drummer Francisco Mora Catlett’s Afrohorn at Sista’s Place on April 27.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on April 27.

Bassist Alex Blake is at Club Bonafide with Julie E. on April 28.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at Dizzy’s Club with Darrell Green’s trio on April 30.

Finally, Poet Carl Hancock Rux is at Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre (inside Restoration Plaza) for  the multimedia production “A Walk into Slavery” from April 30-May 4.

Guitarist Bill Frisell leads trios at the Blue Note from May 2-5.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Zinc Bar with Ethan Iverson’s trio on May 3.

Finally, Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church as part of the Harlem Jazz Boxxx series on May 3.

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch is at Roulette with Fly or Die and Anteloper on May 4.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday April 9 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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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 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 Eric Friedler, director of It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story. You can see him at the film’s New York premiere on Saturday November 10 as part of the DOC NYC Festival. Advance tickets are available through the DOC NYC website and recommended. We’ve also got a preview of Jazz films at the festival on our blog.

Before we get to the rest of this week’s listings, a note that WBAI Radio’s Fall Fund Drive is in full swing. We urge you to give whatever you can and it’s particularly helpful to become a sustaining member with a monthly pledge, which we call a BAI Buddy. and gets you a few perks–including a members’ discount card useful for several places around NYC–in addition to giving the station a predictable, stable source of support. As always, thanks for any help you can offer.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at the Beacon Theater with Steely Dan on October 29 and 30.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Birdland from October 30-November 2 with his Golden Striker Trio.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on November 1. He’ll also be leading a big band for an evening of Latin Jazz at Newark’s NJPAC on November 9.

Pianist Diane Schuur is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on November 2 and 3.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah leads the DIASPORA ensemble at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on November 3.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on November 3 and 10.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on November 3 and 17.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on November 4 for a free afternoon performance as part of Arts for Arts’ Sunday afternoon series.

Poets Abiodun Oyewole and Felipe Luciano are at the Apollo Theater on November 5 for a conversation about the origins and impact of The Last Poets.

Drummer Will Calhoun is at Brooklyn Bowl with Living Colour on November 6 and at Iridium with David Sancious on November 11 and 12.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at the Gateway Office Complex in downtown Newark NJ for a free lunchtime performance on November 7 as part of WBGO Radio’s concert series.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves is at Newark’s NJPAC on November 8.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez presents “Birdman Live” at Newark’s NJPAC on November 8.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen returns to Earth at Nublu on November 10.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington presents Money Jungle at Newark’s NJPAC on November 11.

Guitarist Marc Ribot has a residency at The Stone from November 13-17.

Vocalists Catherine Russell and Kurt Elling are at NJPAC with the Count Basie Orchestra on November 15.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Newark’s NJPAC with Eric Alexander’s quartet on November 18 and leads a trio at Smalls on November 21.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday November 11. 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 will be back with a new show next Sunday. Until then, if you missed last week’s show with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, hop on over to our archives where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows.

Before we get to the rest of this week’s listings, a note that WBAI Radio’s Fall Fund Drive is in full swing. We urge you to give whatever you can and it’s particularly helpful to become a sustaining member with a monthly pledge, which we call a BAI Buddy. and gets you a few perks–including a members’ discount card useful for several places around NYC–in addition to giving the station a predictable, stable source of support. As always, thanks for any help you can offer.

Pianist Billy Childs is at the Schomburg Library on October 22.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Village Vanguard from October 23-28.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Birdland from October 23-27 with a quartet; and October 30-November 2 with his Golden Striker Trio.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on October 24.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at the Beacon Theater with Steely Dan on October 24, 27, 29, and 30.

Drummer JT Lewis is at the Jazz Gallery on October 26 with Brandon Ross.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Greenwich Music House on October 25, and at The Stone on October 26.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson NY on October 26.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on October 27 and November 3.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on November 1. He’ll also be leading a big band for an evening of Latin Jazz at Newark’s NJPAC on November 9.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah leads the DIASPORA ensemble at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on November 3.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on November 3 and 17.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on November 4 for a free afternoon performance as part of Arts for Arts’ Sunday afternoon series.

Poets Abiodun Oyewole and Felipe Luciano are at the Apollo Theater on November 5 for a conversation about the origins and impact of The Last Poets.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday October 28. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 16. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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 Nana Camille Yarbrough. She has no immediate appearances, but we’ll let you know when she does.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 our tribute to the late pianist Geri Allen and preview of the 2018 Winter Jazz Fest, head on over to our archives to listen to that and many others. You can catch him in January at the Winter Jazz Fest.Keep an eye out for our annual Cheat Sheet in-depth preview and a post-event report.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads various ensembles at Smoke through January 7.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is the headliner at the Bronx Music Heritage Center’s New Year’s eve event on December 31.

Bassist William Parker teams up with drummer William Hooker for a duo set at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side on January 3 as part of an Amiri Baraka tribute at Arts for Art’s ongoing Justice is Compassion festival. He also has a set on January 8 with drummer JP Carletti and on the 10th with his expansive “Songs for a Free World” composition.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis leads Heroes are Gang Leaders at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side on January 3 as part of an Amiri Baraka tribute at Arts for Art’s ongoing Justice is Compassion festival. He’s also there for a duo set with pianist Aruan Ortiz on the 9th.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue has a free lunchtime concert on January 3 at the Gateway 2 center in downtown Newark NJ.

Looking further ahead, Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona leads a group at Club Bonafide on January 5.

Pianist Vijay Iyer leads a sextet at Birdland from January 9-13.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a sextet at Smoke on January 10.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from January 11-14.

Pianist Vijay Iyer leads a sextet at Birdland from January 9-13.

Saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quintet at Smoke from January 12-14.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland for an early set on January 14.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art’s monthlong Justice is Compassion festival of avant garde jazz, dance, and visual art is going on right now and continues at the Lower East Side’s Clemente Soto Velez Center through January 12 with different sets almost nightly. Bassist William Parker, pianist David Virelles, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker, vocalist Fay Victor, and poet Amina Baraka are all on the list of events, which includes a tribute to the late poet and jazz journalist Amiri Baraka on January 2-3. There’s a preview further down and you can see the the full schedule here.

Also on the horizon is the annual Winter Jazz Fest which returns from January 10-14. This year’s artists in residence is flutist Nicole Mitchell, who’ll have several sets at the festival. Other highlights include talks on sexism in jazz and jazz protest with saxophonist Archie Shepp. There’s a tribute to Alice Coltrane by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and the usual marathon nights of music on January 12-13. We’ll have more details in the next show and publish our annual cheat sheet and review online. Stay tuned for all of that.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday 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 Hunter and Lehman Colleges 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 show focuses on the late pianist Geri Allen with reflections from several people in the jazz world who knew her well. You can see and hear all of them and many more at the tribute concert on January 15 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium as part of the Winter Jazz Fest. We’ll have more Winter Jazz details at the bottom of the segment, but first the rest of this week’s listings.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads various ensembles at Smoke until January 7.

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at Iridium on December 26-27.

Vocalist René Marie is at the Jazz Standard from December 28-31.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is the headliner at the Bronx Music Heritage Center’s New Year’s eve event on December 31.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue has a free lunchtime concert on January 3 at the Gateway 2 center in downtown Newark NJ.

Looking further ahead, Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona leads a group at Club Bonafide on January 5.

Pianist Vijay Iyer leads a sextet at Birdland from January 9-13.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a sextet at Smoke on January 10.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art’s monthlong Justice is Compassion festival of avant garde jazz, dance, and visual art is going on right now and continues at the Lower East Side’s Clemente Soto Velez Center through January 12 with different sets almost nightly. Bassist William Parker, pianist David Virelles, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker, vocalist Fay Victor, and poet Amina Baraka are all on the list of events, which includes a tribute to the late poet and jazz journalist Amiri Baraka on January 2-3. There’s a preview further down and you can see the the full schedule here.

Also on the horizon is the annual Winter Jazz Fest which returns from January 10-14. This year’s artists in residence is flutist Nicole Mitchell, who’ll have several sets at the festival. Other highlights include talks on sexism in jazz and jazz protest with saxophonist Archie Shepp. There’s a tribute to Alice Coltrane by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and the usual marathon nights of music on January 12-13. We’ll have more details in the next show and publish our annual cheat sheet and review online. Stay tuned for all of that.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday 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 Hunter and Lehman Colleges 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 saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, head on over to our archives to listen to that and many others. You can catch him in January at the Winter Jazz Fest. He’ll be at Le Poisson Rouge on the 10th with The Comet is Coming and leading Shabaka and the Ancestors on either the 12th or 13th. We’ll let you know when the schedule is finalized. And we have more listings for you this week.

 

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a quartet at Smoke from December 18-January 6.

Bassist William Parker and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker are at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on December 19 for a talk and performance about Jazz and social justice. William Parker is also at Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side on December 21 and 22 as part of Arts for Art’s “Justice is Compassion” series that runs through January 12. See our preview of the series in a previous post.

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at Iridium on December 26-27.

Vocalist René Marie is at the Jazz Standard from December 28-31.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue has a free lunchtime concert on January 3 at the Gateway 2 center in downtown Newark NJ.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday December 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 Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

Words by Hank Williams. Photos © Joyce Jones/SugaBowl Photography. | MAIN PHOTO: The Sun Ra Arkestra’s Marshall Allen @ Vision Fest. Used with Permission. Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons CC-NC-BY-ND.

Over here in Suga in My Bowl headquarters, we’re gearing up for the 2018 Winter Jazz Festival (preview coming!), an annual gathering that brings an enormous amount of music to New York in January, with the centerpiece being two “Marathon” nights of music—this year on the 12 and 13.

This post, however, is about two scrappy festivals that might get lost in the shuffle, which would be a shame because you’d miss lots of good music.

The Nublu Jazz Festival’s been running since 2009 with an impressive roster of artists—originally in their postage stamp-sized East Village space at 62 Avenue C, which has been supplemented by a new, larger spot on the second floor of 151 Ave C, where this year’s activity will happen while the former space closes temporarily for a makeover.

The festival runs until December 17th. The selection of acts is strong and thoughtfully chosen. As with many festivals, it leans more toward the free/avant garde/ experimental (choose your preferred adjective) end of the scale, though it can be argued that that’s the corner of jazz that needs this sort of exposure.

With that out of the way, here are a few highlights of particular interest to listeners of our radio show. You can also just jump directly to the full schedule.

Trombonist Craig Harris makes an appearance on the 16th. Later that night, The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth with two sets. They’ve also just been added to the bill at the Winter Jazzfest in January after a satisfying set at this year’s BRIC Arts Jazz Festival. To make what could be a long discussion short: go see the Arkestra if you can. Yes, there are some kitschy aspects to their shows, but it’s all in good fun. The 93-year-old Allen still has serious chops and no problems hitting the upper register of the sax or pulling out the EVI (which he’s become a master at as well) to liven things up. The setlists are a fascinating blend of favorites from the Sun Ra songbook, standards, and even the occasional Blues tune thrown in for good measure. Additionally, vocalist Tara Middleton has embraced her role as the Arkestra’s main vocalist and, along with other younger members, are invigorating the ensemble while carrying on the important traditions.

Meanwhile, slightly further downtown at the Clemente Soto Velez Center at 107 Suffolk St, Arts for Art, the nonprofit artist-centered organization responsible for the annual late spring Vision Fest, comes roaring back with a series spanning more than a month.

“Justice is Compassion: Action is Power” runs from December 7- January 12 in Clemente’s Abrazo Interno Gallery and features a surprisingly strong lineup of musicians working primarily in the free/avant grade mode, including many familiar names from Vision.

With sets nearly every night, there’s too much to mention here, but you can browse the full schedule and here are a few highlights.

The incredibly prolific bassist William Parker is part of several sets in the show. On December 21, he’s there with saxophonist Dave Sewelson and drummer Marvin Bugalu Smith. The next night, he’s back with saxophonist Andrew Lamb and joined by trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah. If you missed Parker’s “Songs for a Free World” suite earlier this year, there’s a chance to catch a version of it on January 10.

Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett brings a version of his AfroHorn ensemble for the early set on December 16 and has trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah joining him. It will be a rare chance to catch a very solid group that got stuck in a comically small space at last year’s Winter Jazz Fest.

One nice thing about Arts for Art is that they remember those who’ve passed on. Pianist Connie Crothers and poet Amiri Baraka will both be honored as part of the series. December 19-20 will feature several different sets dedicated to Crothers, while Baraka gets the focus on January 2-3.

Poet/vocalist (and Baraka’s widow—and frequent collaborator) Amina Baraka fronts drummer John Pietaro’s Red Microphone ensemble on the 2nd. Baraka will read several of her own poems with accompaniment by the group which includes saxophonist Ras Moshe. On January 3, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis brings a version of his Heroes are Gang Leaders ensemble for what promises to be a high energy set.

Both festivals showcase the type of innovative music that’s on offer beyond the jazz mainstream and do so in low-key settings and with affordable admission prices. So bundle up and see some live music this winter: once you get inside the vibe will keep you warm.

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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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