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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 trumpeter Terence Blanchard. You can see him at the BRIC Arts Media Center in Downtown Brooklyn as part of the 2018 BRIC Jazz Fest. He’ll be in conversation with Jazz critic Nate Chinen on Wednesday October 17 and performs with the E-Collective ensemble to close out the festival on Saturday October 20.

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.

the BRIC Jazz Fest returns to the BRIC Arts Media Center in downtown Brooklyn from October 13-20 with marathon nights of music on the 18, 19, and 20. Highlights include Lakecia Benjamin and the Soul Squad on October 18 and Terrence Blanchard on October 20.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Birdland from October 16-20 with a big band; October 23-27 with a quartet; and October 30-November 2 with his Golden Striker Trio.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the Blue Note with Robert Glasper on October 16-17 and at the Apollo Theater for a James Brown tribute on October 18 and 20. He’ll also be at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on November 1.

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at Le Poisson Rouge on October 17.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at the Beacon Theater with Steely Dan on October 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 27, 29, and 30.

Saxophonist Claire Daly leads a quartet at New Brunswick NJ’s Hyatt Regency hotel on October 18.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s trio is at Firehouse 12 in New Haven on October 19.

Pianist/vocalist Amina Claudine Myers and Drummer Andrew Cyrille both lead ensembles at the Community Church of New York in Midtown Manhattan on October 19 as part of AACM New York’s fall concert series.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on October 19 and 20.

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

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on October 20 and 27.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on October 20 with Thumbscrew, at the Greenwich Music House on October 25, and at The Stone on October 26.

Vocalist René Marie is at William Paterson University’s Shea Center for Performing Arts in NJ on October 21.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

We’re pre-empted this week for WBAI Radio’s fund drive, but if you missed the last show with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, head on over to our archives, where you’ll find that and archived shows dating back to 2009. Also coming this week on the blog is our review of the 2017 BRIC Jazz Fest. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Fall Fund drive is in full swing and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Blue Note with Odean Pope’s Sax Choir on October 30 and leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from November 7-12.

Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at Dizzy’s Club on October 31 with Mokoto Ozone’s trio.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria’s class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University continues on Wednesday nights until November 8.

Bassist Christian McBride and vocalist Kurt Elling are both at Fuerza Puerto Rico: a benefit for hurricane relief at the Jazz Gallery on November 1.

Flutist Nicole Mitchell is at The Stone’s new space at the New School from November 3-4.

Bassist Dave Holland is at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Zakir Hussain on November 5.

Guitarist Marc Ribot has a residency at The Stone’s space on Ave C from November 7-12.

Bassist Christian McBride and vocalist Dianne Reeves are at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 10.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on November 13 with McCoy Tyner.

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is at Birdland from November 14-18.

Pianists Marc Cary and Randy Weston and bassist Reggie Workman are all at the Schomburg Center for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s annual benefit concert on November 14.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday November 12. (Our scheduled October 29 show has been pre-empted for the fall fund drive.) 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 this week, but if you missed last week’s show with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, head on over to our archives, where you’ll find that and archived shows dating back to 2009. Also coming this week on the blog is our review of the 2017 BRIC Jazz Fest. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Fall Fund drive starts tomorrow and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

 

Join drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria with the Multiverse Big Band and poet/activist/broadcaster Felipe Luciano at the Salsa Meets Jazz for Puerto Rico benefit at Le Poisson Rouge on October 23.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria’s class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University continues on Wednesday nights until November 8.

 

Trombonist Steve Turre is at the Jazz Standard with Azar Lawrence from October 24-25.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at the Lower East Side’s Russ and Daughters Café on October 26.

Pianist  David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on October 27-28 with Marcus Gilmore.

Trumpeter Marcus Printup is at Dizzy’s Club from October 27-29 with the Georgia Horns.

Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah leads the Diaspora ensemble at Sistas’ Place on October 28.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Blue Note with Odean Pope’s Sax Choir on October 30 and leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from November 7-12.

Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at Dizzy’s Club on October 31 with Mokoto Ozone’s trio.

Bassist Christian McBride and vocalist Kurt Elling are both at Fuerza Puerto Rico: a benefit for hurricane relief at the Jazz Gallery on November 1.

Flutist Nicole Mitchell is at The Stone’s new space at the New School from November 3-4.

Bassist Dave Holland is at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Zakir Hussain on November 5.

Guitarist Marc Ribot has a residency at The Stone’s space on Ave C from November 7-12.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday November 12. (Our scheduled October 29 show has been pre-empted for the fall fund drive.) 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 features saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa! He’ll be at the BRIC Jazz Fest on October 21 with the Indo Pak Coalition. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Fall Fund drive starts tomorrow and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

The BRIC Arts Media Jazz Fest runs until October 21 at their downtown Brooklyn location and ends with 3 marathon nights of music from the 19-21. Bassist Melvin Gibbs is part of a panel discussion on jazz and justice on the 17 and performs with Harriet Tubman along with drummer JT Lewis on the 21. The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Science appear on the 19. Pianist Viyay Iyer leads a sextet on the 20 and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo Pak Coalition is on the 21. All sets take place at BRIC Arts Media’s downtown Brooklyn location. Stay tuned for a preview of next weekend’s marathon events in the coming days.

Bassist Ron Carter leads a trio at Birdland from the 17-21.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on October 17 with McCoy Tyner.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on October 18.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria’s class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University continues on Wednesday nights until November 8.

Trumpeter Marcus Printup is at Kitano on October 19 with Audrey Silver’s quintet and at Dizzy’s Club from October 27-29 with the Georgia Horns.

 

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at the Blue Note on October 19-20.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Jazz Standard with Chico Freeman’s Plus+Tet quartet from October 19-22.

Saxophonists Billy Harper and Howard Johnson are at the Jazz Standard from October 19-22 with Charles Tolliver’s Tentet.

Master drummer Michael Carvin leads a trio at Kitano from October 20-21.

Drummer JT Lewis, vocalist Lisa Fischer, pianist Marc Cary, and saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin are all at the Town Hall Theater on October 22 for City Suite.

Trombonist Steve Turre is at the Jazz Standard with Azar Lawrence from October 24-25.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at the Lower East Side’s Russ and Daughters Café on October 26.

Pianist  David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on October 27-28 with Marcus Gilmore.

Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah leads the Diaspora ensemble at Sistas’ Place on October 28.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Blue Note with Odean Pope’s Sax Choir on October 30 and leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from November 7-12.

Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at Dizzy’s Club on October 31 with Mokoto Ozone’s trio.

Flutist Nicole Mitchell is at The Stone’s space at the New School from November 3-4.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday October 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. 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 this week, but if you missed  last week’s show with legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette, head over to our archives to hear it and 8 years of archived programs. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Fall Fund drive starts tomorrow and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

Vision Fest promoters Arts Art’s “Race and Resistance Un-Columbus” weekend festival wraps up on October 9 at El Taller Latino Americano (215 E 99 St in Manhattan). Bassist William Parker’s “Songs of Freedom” featuring dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake closes out the evening.

 

Bassist Ron Carter leads a quartet at Birdland from October 10-14 and a trio from the 17-21.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is teaching a 6 session class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University on Wednesday nights from October 4 to November 8.

Drummer JT Lewis is with Brandon Ross at Roulette in Brooklyn on October 10.

Pianist  David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on October 13 with Roman Filiu.

Vocalist Lisa Fischer is at NJ’s South Orange Performing Arts Center on October 14 with Grand Baton.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on October 17 with McCoy Tyner.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on the 18.

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at the Blue Note on October 19-20.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Jazz Standard with Chico Freeman’s Plus+Tet quartet from October 19-22.

Saxophonists Billy Harper and Howard Johnson are at the Jazz Standard from October 19-22 with Charles Tolliver’s Tentet.

Drummer JT Lewis, vocalist Lisa Fischer, pianist Marc Cary, and saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin are all at the Town Hall Theater on October 22 for City Suite.

Finally, the BRIC Arts Media Jazz Fest runs from October 14-21 at their downtown Brooklyn location starting with screenings of the documentary films Chasing Trane and I Called Him Morgan on the 14-15 and ends with 3 marathon nights of music from the 19-21. The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Science, and pianist Viyay Iyer‘s sextet are all scheduled to appear. We’ll have full info on it next week and a preview is in the works.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday October 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. 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 features legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette! He’ll be at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on October 6-7 with Hudson, the super group with organist and former Suga’ guest John Medeski, guitarist John Scofield, and bassist Larry Grenadier. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Fall Fund drive starts tomorrow and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

 

Drummer and percussionist Hamid Drake is with percussionist Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures at the Jazz Gallery from October 3-4.

Bassist Ron Carter leads a big band at Birdland from October 3-7, a quartet from the 10-14, and a trio from the 17-21.

Drummer Lenny White is at the Village Vanguard from October 3-8 with Renee Rosnes’s quartet.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland for an early set on October 4.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is teaching a 6 session class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University on Wednesday nights from October 4 to November 8.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art are sponsoring a “Race and Resistance Un-Columbus” weekend festival from October 7-9 at El Taller Latino Americano (215 E 99 St in Manhattan). Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett’s Afrohorn with trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah leads off on the 7th, with sets by poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez and trombonist Craig Harris later that evening. On the 8th, poet Quincy Troupe reads accompanied by guitarist Kelvyn Bell. Multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore has a set later that night. On Monday the 9th, the event wraps up with bassist William Parker’s “Songs of Freedom” featuring dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake.

Drummer JT Lewis is with Brandon Ross at Roulette in Brooklyn on October 10.

Pianist  David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on October 13 with Roman Filiu.

Vocalist Lisa Fischer is at NJ’s South Orange Performing Arts Center on October 14 with Grand Baton.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on October 17 with McCoy Tyner.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on the 18.

Finally, the BRIC Arts Media Jazz Fest runs from October 14-21 at their downtown Brooklyn location starting with screenings of the documentary films Chasing Trane and I Called Him Morgan on the 14-15 and ends with 3 marathon nights of music from the 19-21. The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Science, and pianist Viyay Iyer‘s sextet are all scheduled to appear. We’ll have full info on it next week and a preview is in the works.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday October 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. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

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Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin | Photo via BRIC Arts Media (screenshot)
 
BRIC Arts Media, probably best known for the long-running popular Celebrate Brooklyn Festival that annually offers up top notch summer concerts in Prospect Park, has built up something of a media empire in downtown Brooklyn. In addition to the festival, they administer the boro’s public access cable TV, curate art shows, run a performance venue, and offer an impressive array of media production courses.
 
Since last year, you can add running an interesting and well-curated jazz festival to the list of activities.
 
2015’s inaugural BRIC JazzFest had saxophonist Kamasi Washington as a headline act in addition to a few other artists who would appear later at the Winter Jazz Fest in January, a programming choice undoubtedly related to WJF promoter Brice Rosenbloom’s presence as one of the BRIC JazzFest curators. It’s a good choice, as Rosenbloom’s built up an excellent track record over the years programming both the WJF and securing acts for Le Poisson Rouge.
 
Location and Logistics
 
This year the BRIC JazzFest expands to a run spanning two weekends starting this weekend with screenings of three classic documentary films on October 8-9 followed by standalone concerts on the 11th and 12th and three “marathon” nights of music from the 13th-15th.
 
All events happen at the BRIC House at 647 Fulton St. in downtown Brooklyn. The Jazz Film marathon, two warmup performances on October 11-12, and the first marathon night of music on the 13th are all free with required ticket reservations. That already puts it as a exceptional value, but even the days with admission (Friday and Saturday’s marathon nights) are worth your time for some performances that should be excellent. Tickets are available separately for either the Friday or Saturday Marathon nights ($25 advance; $30 door) or as a discounted rate ($45) for both nights. Reserving tickets beforehand is recommended, as the events could sell out.
 
Jazz Film Marathon
 
The Jazz film marathon (free admission with RSVP!) features post-screening talkbacks with noted cultural critic, author, and filmmaker Nelson George leading the discussions. Films run over the course of both nights, so it’s possible to see more than one.
 
A Great Day in Harlem (1994) documents the process behind photographer Art Kane’s iconic 1958 picture that captured many central figures in jazz history in front of a Harlem brownstone.
 


 
Jaco (2015), produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, jumps ahead a few decades to look closely at bassist Jaco Pastorius, a key member of Weather Report and leader in his own right.
 

 
Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser (1988) delves into the life of another jazz great whose approach to the piano and phrasing expanded the possibilities of approaching the instrument. It nicely complements the Jazz Loft Project documentary currently playing at Metrograph Theater that devotes a good section of the film to preparations for Monk’s Town Hall concert. While Robin D.G. Kelley’s Monk bio is a must read on the subject, this will give a quick overview.
 
Director Bert Stern’s Jazz on a Summer’s Day (1959) offers a window into the granddaddy of festivals with its look at the 1958 Newport Jazz Fest. The spectacular cinematography captures many musicians from the golden era of jazz at the top of their careers and in front of live audiences. If you haven’t seen it yet, this is one to cross off the bucket list.
 

 
On Tuesday October 11, the festival warms up with a free concert (RSVP required) by Brooklyn Raga Massive, whose melding of Indian rhythms and jazz carries on the tradition of artists like the Coltranes and John McLaughlin, who’ve looked east for musical inspiration.
 
On Wednesday October 12, Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda takes the stage in another free concert.
 
BRIC JazzFest Marathon Day 1: Thursday October 13
 
On Thursday, the fest kicks into high gear, with the first “marathon” night of music. The formula is simple and repeated all three nights: concerts happen at 3 different spaces inside BRIC’s massive headquarters and attendees are free to wander between shows and catch different acts as they want. It’s the buffet approach that’s used at many festivals, though in this case all the action’s under the same roof, so it’s theoretically easier to hop between performances if that’s one’s goal.
 
BRIC is offering free tickets for the first marathon evening, thanks to sponsorship from the Mayor’s Office of media and Entertainment. Best to jump on them before they sell out.
 
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David Murray at the Winter Jazz Fest | Hank Williams Photo
 
With that out of the way, let’s look at a few highlights. Saxophonist David Murray’s been on our radar since we featured him on our show. Murray’s Infinity Quartet reprises an electrifying set from the 2015 Winter Jazz Fest and is an opportunity to see a versatile player with roots in the avant/free jazz scene. Murray’s Be My Monster Love release featured Macy Gray and Gregory Porter and he spent a fair amount of time workshopping the material with poet and vocalist Saul Williams. While it’s not clear if they’ll have a guest vocalist here, Murray’s set is one to keep an eye on.
 

 
An under-the-radar pick for the evening is vocalist Inyang Bassey. Bassey did an excellent job of warming up the stage for Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians earlier this year. Bassey’s soulful voice coupled with her excellent range and vocal control make her one of the acts on my must-see list for this year’s fest and I’m especially eager to see her applying her talent in the jazz genre.
 
BRIC JazzFest Marathon Day 2: Friday October 14
 
The marathon continues on Friday and Saturday (combination tickets are available for $45) with a similar format to Thursday with multiple acts in separate rooms and the complete schedule is here.
 
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin has been building a well deserved reputation. Here, we see her leading the Soulsquad, which Suga in My Bowl host Joyce Jones describes as “a super funky party band.” With this set, the lack of seating should be the least of your worries. It’s also a good set for friends who might not be into jazz, per se.
 
Pianist Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Septet is the headline act for the evening, with the set scheduled to kick off at 10:45 PM.
 
BRIC JazzFest Marathon Day 3: Saturday October 15
 
The fest comes to a roaring conclusion on Saturday evening. The full schedule’s here, but here are a few highlights.
 
Guitarist Julian Lage leads a trio with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen. When we talked to Lage, he had just finished his World’s Fair release of solo guitar and he performed several pieces from it at the 2016 Winter Jazz Fest. He’s now back in a trio setting and Colley and Wollesen should meld well with Lage’s style. Expect a laid-back but swinging set that should be a change of pace from some of the other acts at the festival.
 

 
One can never be quite sure what pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary will do because of his broad range of interests and influences. When we talked to him in 2015, the Washington DC native was delving into the Go Go genre that came from his hometown after having finished a tribute album to the late Abbey Lincoln, whose band Cary was in. Here, he won’t be with his usual Focus Trio, but will be paired with trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.
 
Electric guitarist Marc Ribot is a must see for the final night and is here with a trio with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor. The trio’s Spiritual Unity (2005) release pays homage to the late saxophonist Albert Ayler (who Grimes played with) and their Live at the Village Vanguard release includes another Ayler classic (“Bells”) while giving a nod to John Coltrane (“Sun Ship” and “Amen”).
 
Although this should give somewhat of a sense of what’s in store for the evening, it’s made more complex by the trio’s range of influences and they can easily decide to go into the Blues. Ribot’s incredibly adventurous explorations on electric guitar are nicely complemented here by Grimes’s acoustic bass and violin, which can swing, keep time, or join in the all out frenzied avant ruckus. All of it’s held together by Taylor behind the drum kit.
 
All three musicians have several diverse projects (indeed, when we talked to Ribot, one difficulty was in addressing the myriad consecutive groups he’s a part of), so it’s not all the time that you can catch them together. Expect their set to lean toward the avant garde side of things. That may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but beyond that, this is a set by a group of seasoned musicians whose musical connection runs deep and should present a master class in collective improvisation.
 

 
Check back with us for review coverage when it’s all done.
 
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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 this week, but if you missed last week’s show with Ibrahim Maalouf head on over to our archives and check it out. And we have more music listings for you.
 
Vocalist Kurt Elling is at The Iridium on September 27-28 for a Jon Hendricks Birthday celebration.
 
Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on September 29th.
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on September 29th.
 
Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at The Iridium from September 29-Oct 1.
 
Trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf makes a rare US appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on September 30 and October 1.
 
Harpist Riza Printup is at the Cicely Tyson School for Performing Arts in East Orange NJ for a daytime concert as part of WBGO Radio’s Kids Jazz Concert Series on October 1. Admission is free, but you need to bring a child for entrance.
 
Vocalist Lizz Wright is at the McCarter Theater in Princeton NJ on October 1st.
 
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at The Meadows Music and Arts Fest in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens on October 1st.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun will be at the Bronx Music Heritage Center on October 2 for gallery opening of his visual art collaboration Aza, which we reviewed earlier this year.
 
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at Village Vanguard from October 4-9 and performs with drummer Jack DeJohnette’s Trio at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on the 10th.
 
Vision Fest producers Arts for Art’s inGardens series of free outdoor concerts continues on the weekends of October 1-2 and 8-9. Dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker has a set on the 8th at the Lower East Side’s First Street Green at 33 E First St. Bassist William Parker has a set on the 9th in the same location. See the full lineup and schedule for more details.
 
The second annual BRIC Jazz Festival kicks off with free screenings of classic jazz films on October 8-9, then follows it up with 3 marathon nights of performances from the 13-15th. We’ll have more details in our next installment as the dates get closer and a preview of the BRIC Jazz Fest is on the way.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 2. 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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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 features trumpeter and composer Ibrahim Maalouf. You can catch one of his rare US appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on September 30 and October 1. And we have additional music listings for you.
 
Pianist Vijay Iyer will be at The Jazz Standard on September 20 with the Andrew Hill Legacy Project.
 
Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at Kitano with Gene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble on the 21st.
 
Guitarist Marc Ribot is at the BRIC House in Brooklyn for a benefit concert on the 22nd.
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on September 22nd and 29th. He’ll also be sitting in on the 23rd with Brooklyn Raga Massive at the John Coltrane Birthday tribute at Littlefield in Brooklyn.
 
Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on September 22-23rd.
 
Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs is at Club Bonafide on September 24th.
 
Vocalist Kurt Elling is at The Iridium on September 27-28 for a Jon Hendricks Birthday celebration.
 
Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on September 29th.
 
Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at The Iridium from September 29-Oct 1.
 
Harpist Riza Printup is at the Cicely Tyson School for Performing Arts in East Orange NJ for a daytime concert as part of WBGO Radio’s Kids Jazz Concert Series on October 1. Admission is free, but you need to bring a child for entrance.
 
Vocalist Lizz Wright is at the McCarter Theater in Princeton NJ on October 1st.
 
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at The Meadows Music and Arts Fest in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens on October 1st.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun will be at the Bronx Music Heritage Center on October 2 for gallery opening of his visual art collaboration Aza, which we reviewed earlier this year.
 
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at Village Vanguard from October 4-9 and performs with drummer Jack DeJohnette’s Trio at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on the 10th.
 
Finally, this week, we take a quick look at two upcoming series. Vision Fest producers Arts for Art has a series of free outdoor concerts in gardens on the Lower East Side. Also the producers of the Celebrate Brooklyn series present the second annual BRIC Jazz Festival from October 8-15th. We’ll have more details in our next installment as the dates get closer and a preview of the BRIC Jazz Fest is coming soon on our blog.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 2. 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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