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Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.
 
This week’s guest is Chris Becker, author of Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz. He won’t be in New York for a while, but we’ll let you know when he’s due for a visit and reading. However, 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.
 
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at the the NYPL’s Schomburg Center for a Women’s History Month jazz program on the 21st and Toshi Reagon wraps up the the series on the 28th. Tune in to our March 20th show on WBAI for a ticket giveaway for both shows!
 
Also at the Schomburg Center is film director Carol Bash for a daytime talk and screening of her Mary Lou Williams documentary film The Lady Who Swings the Band on March 23.
 
Bassist Mimi Jones leads a band at Smoke from March 23-24.
 
Also at Smoke is saxophonist Billy Harper who finishes off the week with The Cookers from March 25-27.
 
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.
 
Poet Sonia Sanchez reads at The City College of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall on March 31 before a screening of the documentary film Baddddd Sonia Sanchez.
 

 
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 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.
 
Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at the Montclair NJ Public Library on April 9th.
 
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.
 
We’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with vocalist and pianist Amina Claudine Myers, head on over to our audio archives. be sure to join us next week for Chris Becker, author of Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz. However, we have lots more music for you this week.
 
The Mavis Staples documentary Mavis! airs on HBO’s streaming sites until April 3rd.
 

 
Bassist William Parker is at The Stone on March 16 with Angelica Sanchez.
 
Vocalist Thana Alexa leads a group at the Jazz Standard on March 16 with drummer Antonio Sanchez.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern is at Smalls on March 16 and celebrates his 80th birthday at Smoke from March 18-20 with special guests vocalist Kurt Elling on the 18th and bassist Bob Cranshaw on the 20th.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads Quarteto Ache at Stamford CT’s Palace Theater on March 18th and leads the Multiverse Big Band at the Bronx Music Heritage Center on the 19th.
 
Pianist Vijay Iyer hosts a listening party at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on the 15th and starts a residency at the Met Museum’s new Breuer Building (that’s the former Whitney Museum) from March 18-31 and will be performing or curating performances during all of the museum’s open hours.
 
Pianist Michele Rosewoman is at the Cell Theatre on March 19th.
 
Pianist Randy Weston celebrates his 90th birthday at Carnegie Hall with bassist Alex Blake and the African Rhythms ensemble on March 19th.
 
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at the the NYPL’s Schomburg Center for a Women’s History Month jazz program on the 21st and Toshi Reagon wraps up the the series on the 28th. Tune in to our March 20th show on WBAI for a ticket giveaway for both shows!
 
Also at the Schomburg Center is film director Carol Bash for a daytime talk and screening of her Mary Lou Williams documentary film The Lady Who Swings the Band on March 23.
 
Bassist Mimi Jones leads a band at Smoke from March 24-25.
 
Also at Smoke is saxophonist Billy Harper who finishes off the week with The Cookers from March 25-27.
 
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.
 
Poet Sonia Sanchez reads at The City College of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall on March 31 before a screening of the documentary film Baddddd Sonia Sanchez.
 

 
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.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on March 20th. 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.
 
This week’s guest is vocalist and pianist Amina Claudine Myers. She has no immediate area shows, but we’ll keep you posted. However, we have lots more music for you this week.
 
The Mavis Staples documentary Mavis! airs on HBO on March 7 at 11:05 PM EST and on HBO’s streaming sites until April 3rd.
 

 
The documentary film Baddddd Sonia Sanchez airs nationally on PBS affiliates on March 8th. Check your local listings for rebroadcasts and details.
 

 
Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note from March 10-13 for a 91st birthday celebration with guitarist Pat Metheny as a special guest.
 
Bassist Mimi Jones is at the Pregones Theater in The Bronx on March 12th.
 
Drummer Will Calhoun is at Iridium on March 12th with Vernon Reid’s Power Trio.
 
Looking ahead, bassist William Parker is at The Stone on March 16 with Angelica Sanchez.
 
Vocalist Thana Alexa leads a group at the Jazz Standard on March 16 with drummer Antonio Sanchez.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern is at Smalls on March 16 and celebrates his 80th birthday at Smoke from March 18-20 with special guests vocalist Kurt Elling on the 18th and bassist Bob Cranshaw on the 20th.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads Quarteto Ache at Stamford CT’s Palace Theater on March 18th.
 
Pianist Vijay Iyer has a residency at the Met Museum’s new Breuer Building (that’s the former Whitney Museum) from March 18-31 and will be performing or curating performances during all of the museum’s open hours.
 
Pianist Michele Rosewoman is at the Cell Theatre on March 19th.
 
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at the the NYPL’s Schomburg Center for a Women’s History Month jazz program on the 21st.
 
Finally, also at the Schomburg Center is film director Carol Bash for a daytime talk and screening of her Mary Lou Williams documentary film The Lady Who Swings the Band on March 23.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on March 20th. 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 December 13th. If you missed our last show with vibraphonist Gary Burton, then head on over to our our audio archives for that and much more. Now let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.
 
Jeff Lieberman’s The Amazing Nina Simone documentary film is at Hudson NY’s Time and Space until the 10th and Hartford CT’s Real Art Ways from the 11-17.
 
Bassist Christian McBride leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from December 8-13.
 
Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center with Gene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble on December 8.
 
Douglas Ewart plays with Wadada Leo Smith at Roulette in Brooklyn on December 10 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of AACM New York.
 
Pianist Marc Cary hosts The Harlem Sessions at The Gin Fizz on December 10 and 17.
 
Master drummer Michael Carvin is at Kitano on December 11 and 12th.
 
Saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson leads a quartet at Flushing Town Hall on December 12.
 
Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at the Turning Point in Piermont NY on December 12.
 
Organist John Medeski is at The Stone with John Zorn on December 13.
 
The documentary Baddddd Sonia Sanchez screens at the New York African Diaspora Film Festival on the 13th.
 
Pianist Geri Allen is at the Village Vanguard from December 15-20.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz leads a quartet at Smoke from December 18-21.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on December 13. 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.

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You might think a film festival is an unusual place for jazz fans – and you might be right – unless the festival in question is DOC NYC. The annual celebration of documentary film usually has several music selections and this year’s no exception. We’re going to pull out a few that jazz fans might want to keep an eye out for, including some unexpected picks. Even if you miss them here, the festival circuit offers a trial run for films and often result in wider release for ones that garner positive reactions.
 
Baddddd Sonia Sanchez
 
Sanchez is a major figure in African American poetry and one of the key people in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s-79s. As with many artists in the movement, Sanchez drew lots of inspiration for her sound from the rhythms of jazz — particularly free jazz – that was the soundtrack of the time. See, for instance “a/coltrane/poem” that approximates the latter’s style with her phrasing and vocal inflections or “pharaoh sanders blowin’”, a homage to ‘Trane’s late career collaborator whose bloomed into a saxophone legend in his own right.

We interviewed Sanchez and devoted a full show to her in 2009 and talked to the directors in 2013, so needless to say we’re excited to see the finished product. You can, too, and if you show up on November 19th, you’ll get to see a talkback with co-directors Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, Barbara Attie, and Janet Goldwater. Sanchez herself is scheduled to attend, as is poet Byronn Bain. The film has already been picked up for distribution by California Newsreel.


 
Hustler’s Convention
 
This is another film centered around a poet who gained fame in the Black Arts Movement — Jalal Nurddin — though Nuruddin’s work is much different from Sanchez’s. Nuriddin was fascinated with the street vernacular and prison toasts he heard while growing up and fused that with the political sensibility of the 1960s as a member of The Last Poets.

The film frames Nuruddin’s work in the context of the period and explores how he came to poetry and some of the struggles he’s faced along the way. The film centers around a 1974 release he did for Douglas Records under the pseudonym of Lightnin’ Rod that collects a few of the aforementioned prison toasts. While its only DOC NYC screening has passed, it’s worth keeping an eye on for a follow-up theatrical run after the festival ends.


 
The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith
 
At the first screening, director Sara Fishko – who also presented much of the material that forms the basis of the film as a 10-part series for public radio station WNYC – said that she didn’t initially think of doing a documentary film while poring through the vast collection of still photographs and audio Smith left. But it works spectacularly well as a film, nonetheless.

Smith lived in a ramshackle loft at 821 Sixth Ave in the 1950s-60s in what was then in the middle of a district where wholesalers of flowers were concentrated. At that point, the area was rundown and solidly commercial, which made it the perfect spot for musicians to congregate. Smith, a professional photographer with credits in the legendary Life magazine and elsewhere, moved in to focus on his work. Musicians started showing up at the loft for late night jam sessions that would sometimes last for days on end and Smith captured lots of it on audio tape. Monk is the most prominent of the people at the loft and happened to do most of the rehearsals for his Town Hall concert there and this audio is the film’s centerpiece.

We’re working on a full review of the film, but until then here’s a video made for an exhibit of the materials made by the New York Public Library that will give you a feel for it and, of course, you can dive in and listen to the original radio series on WNYC.


 
What Happened, Miss Simone?
 
We talked to director Liz Garbus and others in July about What Happened, Miss Simone? when it debuted on Netflix (where it’s still available to stream) and had a short New York theatrical run. If you didn’t catch it then (or just want to see it on the big screen), then you have two more shots at it. Garbus is expected to attend the screening on November 17 for a talkback.

What Happened, Miss Simone? takes a biographical trip through the singer’s life and does so courtesy of Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone (who is interviewed extensively) and with full cooperation of the Simone estate, so there’s plenty of rare film footage and a lot of Simone’s songs are featured here.


 
Head on over to the DOC NYC website for remaining showtimes and a full list of films.
 
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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.
 
This week’s guest is trumpeter Hugh Masekela! He has no upcoming performances in the NYC area, though listeners in the Midwest and on the West Coast should check his site for dates with Larry Willis and see our review of their performance at Jazz Standard. And we have lots more music for you this week.
 
The Doc NYC Festival continues until the 19th and has several films of interest to jazz fans. The Sonia Sanchez documentary Baddd Sonia Sanchez screens on the 18th and 19th. The Jazz Loft According to W Eugene Smith collects material from the extensive recordings and photographs from Smith’s years in a Sixth Ave loft building frequented by several jazz luminaries and screens on the 16th. Finally, Liz Garbus’s Nina Simone documentary What Happened Miss Simone? Screens on the 17th and 18th. The Doc NYC website has showtimes and details and you can find links to everything and a festival preview on our blog.
 
If you missed the weeklong run of Jeff Lieberman’s The Amazing Nina Simone documentary in NYC, you’ve got another shot on the 18th, when it screens at Huntington LI’s Cinema Arts Centre. Those of you (far) north of the city can catch it in Rhinebeck NY on the 20th and Woodstock on the 21st at Upstate Films.
 
Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at the Blue Note from November 17-22.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Small’s on the 18th and is with Steve Davis’s sextet at Smoke from the 27-29th.
 
Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from November 19-22.
 
Percussionist Adam Rudolph leads “GO”: the guitar orchestra in a CD release party at Roulette in Brooklyn on the 23rd.
 
Trombonist Dick Griffin is at The Stone on the 24th.
 
Bassist Larry Ridley is at The Stone on November 27th.
 
Drummer Alphonse Mouzon is at BB King’s with Larry Coryell for a Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute on the 27th.
 
Saxophonist René McLean is at The Cell Theatre on the 28th.
 
Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun and vocalist Nona Hendryx will be at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater on the 29th in Parallel Lives: Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf.
 
Poet jessica Care moore is at the Blue Note on November 30.
 
Bassist Christian McBride leads two different trios at the Village Vanguard from December 1-6 and 8-13.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on November 29. 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.
 
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WBAI’s fall fund drive is coming to an end, which means you have one more chance to pledge for the DVD of our “Who Owns Music” panel discussion from earlier this year. Even a relatively small pledge of $5 helps a lot and sends the message to station management that people want to hear jazz and will support it. Now let’s see what else is going on musically this week.
 
Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Met Museum of Art on the 12th with Holding it Down: the Veteran’s Dreams Project.
 
Bassist Christian McBride is at NJPAC in Newark NJ on November 12 and returns to play with vocalist Dianne Reeves on the 14. Both events are part of the James Moody Jazz Festival.
 
The Doc NYC Festival from the 12-17th has several films of interest to jazz fans – and a few definitely to keep an eye on for Suga’ fans. The Sonia Sanchez documentary Baddd Sonia Sanchez, will get screenings, as will The Jazz Loft According to W Eugene Smith, culled from the extensive and eclectic ephemera of the photographer’s years in a Sixth Ave loft building frequented by several jazz luminaries, and Hustler’s Convention featuring members of The Last Poets.
 
Saxophonist René McLean is at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on the 14th.
 
Trumpeter Hugh Masekela is at Monmouth University in West Long Branch NJ with Larry Willis on November 14 and the Landmark in Port Washington Long Island on the 15th. See our review of Masekela and Willis at Jazz Standard for a preview of what you’ll see.
 
The Wilbur Ware Institute’s annual festival/fundraiser is at the new Cassandra’s Jazz club in Harlem this year and features pianist Harold Mabern and pianist/vocalist Andy Bey on November 14 and presents a lifetime achievement award to bassist Bob Cranshaw on the 15.
 
Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at the Blue Note from November 17-22.
 
If you missed the weeklong run of Jeff Lieberman’s The Amazing Nina Simone documentary in NYC, you’ve got another shot on the 18th, when it screens at Huntington LI’s Cinema Arts Centre. Those of you (far) north of the city can catch it in Rhinebeck NY on the 20th and Woodstock on the 21st at Upstate Films.
 
Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from November 19-22.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on November 15. 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.

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