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Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.
 
We’re off the air this week, but stop by our archives to get your fix from nearly 7 years of archived shows until next week, especially if you missed last week’s show with percussionist, guitarist and vocalist Mino Cinelu. And there’s a bumper crop of shows–many of them free–this week, so let’s dive in!
 
The venerable Jazzmobile series has also released their full outdoor 2016 concert schedule. We’ll be highlighting specific events from the series, but you can head on over to their site right now for the full schedule.
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. See our review of the show for more details.
 
Saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson is at the Blue Note on the 18th.
 
Harpist Brandee Younger has weekly Sunday brunch sets at Minton’s in Harlem and has a free outdoor performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival on July 21.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smoke from the 22-24th.
 
Vocalist Catherine Russell and bassist Christian McBride are at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Westchester County on July 23rd. McBride appears with pianist Chick Corea’s trio.
 
Drummer Roy Haynes’s Fountain of Youth ensemble headlines the Coltrane Day jazz fest at Huntington LI’s Heckscher Park on the 23rd.
 
Bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones is at Minton’s on July 23rd.
 
Drummer Andrew Cyrille is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with saxophonist Dave Liebman at the Steve Lacy Festival Concert on the 23rd.
 
Blues Vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY on the 24th for a brunch set.
 
Bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with the “Cosmic Mountain Quintet” and “In Order to Survive” on the 26th and 27th.
 
Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from July 26-31.
 
Vocalist Dianne Reeves is in Queensbridge Park on the 27th for a free outdoor performance as part of the Summerstage series.
 
Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Brooklyn’s Metrotech Center on the 28th for a free outdoor lunchtime performance as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s R&B Festival.
 
Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Bowery Ballroom with the Young Philadelphians on the 28th.
 
Percussionist, guitarist and vocalist Mino Cinelu is at the Newark Museum’s Jazz in the Garden series on the 28th.
 
Guitarist Julian Lage is at the Jazz Standard on July 28-29.
 
Drummer Will Calhoun is at Iridium with guitarist Vernon Reid’s Power Trio on the 29th.
 
Pianist Marc Cary is at Queensbridge Park on July 31 for a free outdoor performance as part of the City Parks Foundation’s Summerstage series.
 
Vocalist Thana Alexa is at Travers Park’s 78th St Playstreet on July 31 for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jackson Heights Jazz Festival and at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on August 5th.
 
Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah is at Harlem’s Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church for two lunchtime sets as part of the Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series on August 2.
 
Pianist Geri Allen is at the Village Vanguard from August 2-7.
 
Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at Metrotech Center in downtown Brooklyn for a free outdoor concert at 12 noon on August 4.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on July 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.

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 stop by our archives to get your fix from nearly 7 years of archived shows until next week. Things quiet down this week as artists head off to the summer festival circuit, but we’ve pulled out a few things worth your time. The venerable Jazzmobile series has also released a few events as well, which we’ll be highlighting later on, but you can head on over to their site right now.
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. See our review of the show for more details.
 
Poet Sonia Sanchez reads her work on July 4 in an outdoor concert at the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn. The performance is included in the festival’s small suggested admission fee.
 
Saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quintet at Smoke from the 15-17th.
 
Harpist Brandee Younger has weekly Sunday brunch sets at Minton’s in Harlem and has a free outdoor performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival on July 21.
 
Vocalist Catherine Russell and bassist Christian McBride are at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Westchester County on July 23rd.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on July 10. 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 show really does wrap our coverage of this year’s Vision Festival with the second half of an interview with drummer Andrew Cyrille. You can catch him at the Village Vanguard from July 5-10 with saxophonist Joe Lovano. Be sure to check out our extended coverage of this year’s Vision on the blog: just scroll down for posts.
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. See our review of the show for more details.
 
Trombonist Craig Harris is at MIST in Harlem on the 27th presenting his composition “TriHarLenium: A Sound Portrait of Harlem 1976-2006”.
 
There’s a free screening of Liz Garbus’s documentary What Happened Miss Simone? In Brooklyn’s Von King Park as part of the Summerstage festival on June 28.
 
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at Birdland from June 28-July 2nd.
 
Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his Evolution ensemble and a Trio at the Jazz Standard from June 28-July 3rd.
 
Drummer J.T. Lewis is at The Stone on the 30th for the late set.
 
Trombonist Steve Turre is at Smoke on July 1-3 with Carl Allen and the Heritage Band.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz leads his a band on July 2 and poet Sonia Sanchez reads her work on July 4 in outdoor concerts at the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn. Performances are included in the festival’s small suggested admission fee.
 
Finally, Harpist Brandee Younger has weekly Sunday brunch sets at Minton’s in Harlem starting on July 3.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on July 10. 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 stop by our archives to get your fix from nearly 7 years of archived shows until next week. Be sure to check out our extended coverage of this year’s Vision Festival on the blog. We have a few more posts from Vision in the pipeline, too.
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. See our review of the show for more details.
 
For those of you far north of NYC, saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quintet at The Falcon in Marlboro NY on the 19th.
 
Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn with Vernon Reid’s Power Trio on the 22nd.
 
Pianist Marc Cary is at Ginny’s Supper Club on the 24th.
 
Vocalist Lizz Wright is at CT’s Ridgefield Playhouse on the 25th.
 
Trombonist Craig Harris is at MIST in Harlem on the 27th presenting his composition “TriHarLenium: A Sound Portrait of Harlem 1976-2006”.
 
There’s a free screening of Liz Garbus’s documentary What Happened Miss Simone? In Brooklyn’s Von King Park as part of the Summerstage festival on June 28.
 
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at Birdland from June 28-July 2nd.
 
Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his Evolution ensemble and a Trio at the Jazz Standard from June 28-July 3rd.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz leads his a band on July 2 and poet Sonia Sanchez reads her work on July 4 in outdoor concerts at the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn. There is a very small donation for admission.
 
Finally, the Blue Note Jazz festival runs throughout the month in venues around the city and has many more shows in addition to the ones highlighted here.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on June 26. 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 show wraps our coverage of this year’s Vision Festival with the first half of an interview with drummer Andrew Cyrille. You can catch him at the Village Vanguard from July 5-10 with saxophonist Joe Lovano. Be sure to check out our extended coverage of this year’s Vision on the blog.
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. See our review of the show for more details.
 
Vibraphonist Roy Ayers joins Talib Kweli at The Blue Note on June 13th.
 
Bassist Bob Cranshaw is at Harlem’s Cassandra’s Jazz Club on the 14th.
 
Vocalist Rene Marie is at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse on the 14th for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s annual benefit concert.
 
Bassist Christian McBride is at The Blue Note from June 14-19th.
 
Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Standard from June 15-19th.
 
Percussionist Steve Kroon is at Smoke on the 15th.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern is at Small’s on the 15th.
 
Pianist /Vocalist Andy Bey is at Mezzrow from the 17-18th.
 
Poet Sonia Sanchez’s and saxophonist Gary Bartz are at The Blue Note for an afternoon show on June 18th.
 
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield for a free Summerstage performance on the 18th as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival.
 
For those of you far north of NYC, saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quintet at The Falcon in Marlboro NY on the 19th.
 
Pianist Marc Cary is at Ginny’s Supper Club on the 24th.
 
Vocalist Lizz Wright is at CT’s Ridgefield Playhouse on the 25th.
 
Finally, the Blue Note Jazz festival runs throughout the month in venues around the city and has many more shows in addition to the ones highlighted here.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on June 26. 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 stop by our archives to get your fix from nearly 7 years of archived shows until next week. The promised preview of the NYC summer jazz concert season is coming later this week as well — for real this time. As usual, we have lots more music for you this week.
 
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WBAI’s Spring Fund Drive has begin and we’ve put together a special premium for you. We have 10 autographed copies of Quincy Troupe’s book Miles and Me available for a pledge of $35 to WBAI. The book is his remembrances of knowing and working with Davis on his autobiography and commentary on the music and life from one of the very few people who was close to the man.You can pledge throughout the drive at WBAI’s pledge site.
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. See our review of the show for more details. Calhoun will be at the Blue Note on May 30th with McCoy Tyner.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads Quarteto Ache at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on the 27th with Latino poets.
 
Percussionist Adam Rudolph has a residency at The Stone from May 24-29 and is joined by Graham Haynes on the 25th, 27th, and 28th.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern is at Mezzrow with saxophonist Eric Alexander from May 25-26.
 
Trumpeter Marcus Printup is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with the JALC Orchestra from May 25-26.
 
Poet and author Quincy Troupe and Margaret Porter Troupe at the Harlem Arts Salon on May 26th for a Miles Davis birthday event. They’re joined by saxophonist Gary Bartz and percussionist James Mtume Reservations are required and can be done at their site.
 
Saxophonist René McLean is at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on the 28th for an African Liberation Day celebration.
 
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin leads the Soulsquad at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on May 31.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley is at Le Poisson Rouge with Hazmat Modine on June 4.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on May 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.
 
This week’s guests are poet and author Quincy Troupe and Margaret Porter Troupe. You can see both of them along with saxophonist Gary Bartz and percussionist James Mtume at the Harlem Arts Salon on May 26th for a Miles Davis birthday event. Reservations are necessary and can be done at their site.
 
miles and me
WBAI’s Spring Fund Drive has begin and we’ve put together a special premium for you. We have 10 autographed copies of Quincy Troupe’s book Miles and Me available for a pledge of $35 to WBAI. The book is his remembrances of knowing and working with Davis on his autobiography and commentary on the music and life from one of the very few people who was close to the man.You can pledge throughout the drive at WBAI’s pledge site.
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. See our review of the show for more details. Calhoun will be at the Blue Note on May 30th with McCoy Tyner.
 
Drummer JT Lewis is with cellist Marika Hughes on the 16th at the Blue Note.
 
Bassist Bob Cranshaw is at Cassanrda’s Jazz Club in Harlem on the 16th.
 
Looking further ahead, Tubist Howard Johnson is at Craig Harris’s Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church for two lunchtime sets on May 17th.
 
The MAC Power Trio of saxophonist David Murray, pianist Geri Allen, drummer Teri Lyne Carrington, and celebrates the release of their CD debut Perfection at Birdland from May 17-21.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Small’s on the 18th.
 
Vocalist Thana Alexa is at 55 Bar on the 18th and the 20th.
 
Harpist Brandee Younger is at Tavern on the Lake in East Windsor NJ on the 20th.
 
Pianist and vocalist Diane Schuur is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater from May 20-21st.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on the 21st.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the on the 21st for the Made in New York Gala, and leads Quarteto Ache at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on the 27th with Latino poets.
 
Percussionist Adam Rudolph has a residency at The Stone from May 24-29 and is joined by Graham Haynes on the 25th, 27th, and 28th.
 
Trumpeter Marcus Printup is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with the JALC Orchestra from May 25-26.
 
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin leads the Soulsquad at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on May 31.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on May 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.
 
This week’s guests are harpist Riza Printup and trumpeter Marcus Printup. Marcus leads a sextet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on May 25th and 26th. As usual, we have lots more music for you this week.
 
We start this week with the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, whose 17th annual jazz festival kicked off on the 15th and runs until May 15th in venues throughout Brooklyn. WBAI Radio is a media sponsor. See the CJBC’s website for the schedule (opens as a PDF).
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. See our review of the show for more details. Calhoun will be at the Blue Note on May 30th with McCoy Tyner.
 
Pianist Michele Rosewoman leads her Quintessence ensemble at Zinc Bar on May 5.
 
Organist John Medeski is at The Stone on May 6.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on May 7th.
 
Vocalist Kurt Elling, bassist Christian McBride, and vocalist Dianne Reeves all lead groups at the Prospect Park Bandshell on May 7-8th as part of the GRAMMY Park festival.
 
Finally, The Red Bull Music Academy has a night of spiritual Jazz featuring Pharoah Sanders, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and Kamasi Washington on May 8. The event’s listed as sold out, but details are at the Red Bull Music Academy site and there may be a wait list.
 
Guitarist Julian Lage is at Drom on the Lower East Side on May 11th and the Jazz Standard on May 12th.
 
Pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary is at Ginny’s Supper Club on the 14th.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads Quarteto Ache at Carnegie Hall on the 14th and will be at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on the 21st for the Made in New York Gala.
 
Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at the 17 White St Loft in Manhattan for a duo performance with bassist Joe Fonda on May 15th.
 
Looking further ahead, Tubist Howard Johnson is at Craig Harris’s Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church for two lunchtime sets on May 17th.
 
The MAC Power Trio of saxophonist David Murray, pianist Geri Allen, drummer Teri Lyne Carrington, and celebrates the release of their CD debut Perfection at Birdland from May 17-21.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on May 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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Words by Hank Williams | Photos by Joyce Jones. Creative Commons CC-NC-BY-ND. Main Photo: Will Calhoun working the drum kit.
 
It would be inaccurate to call the opening of Will Calhoun’s first collaborative visual art show at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education gallery a homecoming because the Bronx native never really left. Nevertheless, the reception and performance had that sort of feel, as it drew family members, friends, and even former schoolmates to the South Bronx location on Friday April 22nd.
 
Calhoun, known to many as the drummer for the resurgent rock band Living Colour, has fashioned a solid career for himself as a jazz bandleader (with an eagerly anticipated album of Elvin Jones songs on Motéma Records due this summer) and side projects ranging from Jungle Funk with vocalist Vinx and Living Colour bandmate Doug Wimbish to his collaboration with fellow Living Colour bandmate Vernon Reid as part of the latter’s Power Trio.
 
Calhoun has long had an interest in visual art, however, and said that he began exploring photography about ten years ago. Indeed, his Native Lands CD came packaged with a DVD documenting a decade of his travels.
 
All of the above has happened while the busy family man (his teenage son is a regular presence at New York area shows) has spent a fair amount of his time in between projects doing research on the African continent and its musical musical traditions — many of which are incorporated into his work in one way or another.
 
Given that history, the trip to a seemingly unlikely spot on the sixth floor gallery perched atop a Bronx school makes sense. Christine Licata, Casita Maria’s Performing and Visual Arts Director, said that they came to know Calhoun through his music over a series of Latin Jazz concerts presented in the area by the Blitz collective, featuring Calhoun and acclaimed pianist Arturo O’Farrill. Showing Calhoun’s visual art was a perfect fit for the gallery, given his Bronx roots, musical connections, the organization’s goals, and the connection with the attached school. Licata referred to art as a “tool to open up the way youth see the world.”
 
The process of creating the pieces in the current show came from a collaboration with the Los Angeles-based SceneFour visual art team, which has done similar collaborations with several other musicians. After recording videos of him drumming with lighted sticks, the resulting canvases were created from his actual movements. “What you see” on the canvases, said Calhoun, “is a map of me playing.” He also suggested that the project adds a different way of seeing himself as an artist. He’s used to capturing the audio of his work, but seeing and interpreting the movements offers a fresh look at his artistry and way to appreciate the physicality of drumming.
 

 
The result is 11 limited edition pieces that convert the sense of rhythm, motion, color, and excitement that Calhoun’s music creates. Ethel, for instance, is generated from Calhoun’s movements playing the wave drum and is inspired buy his sister, who dances ballet and African dance. The piece emphasizes vertical, rather than horizontal movements, and the swirling lines tracing his hand movements suggest the movements of a dancer. Calhoun revealed that it’s one of the more popular pieces.
 
My Own Free Will, on the other hand, has Calhoun seated at the drum kit, working his magic and was meant to convey the total improvisation both rhythmically and visually. Calhoun’s face and silhouette are visible in the center of the canvas, his calm visage in contrast to the swirling blue lines from his drumsticks. The title is a play on both his first name and the idea of an artist’s freedom of expression and the risks involved in creativity and pushing the boundaries of your work. To be successful as an artist, “you can’t be afraid to fail”, said Calhoun, and “you can’t be afraid to make mistakes”. The canvas effectively conveys the tension between the competing demands of an artist: the quest for hitting the right note or getting the pleasing balance of visuals and pushing the boundaries of how far out one can go before failing.
 
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My Own Free Will. Will Calhoun/SceneFour. Hank Williams Photo
 
In Sundance, vibrant swirl of yellow on the white background is punctuated by bold splashes of contrasting orange and black highlights in the center of the piece. It conveys the feeling suggested in the title of brightness, light, and sunshine with a playful quality.
 
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Sundance. Will Calhoun/SceneFour. Joyce Jones Photo
 
Calhoun demonstrated part of his end of the composition process in a solo performance of three pieces that evening. He introduced one song with the promise of playing “a little bit of Bronx music for y’all”, a pledge faithfully delivered with a rendition of hip hop-inspired break beats. Another piece, clearly inspired by his North and West African travels began with seamless alternation between drumsticks and brushes. A stint on the wave drum and synthesizer transformed Calhoun into a multidisciplinary DJ, the resulting beats recorded as the base for his accompaniment on the drum kit. A final piece had Calhoun switch to the special drumsticks with embedded LED lights, resulting in a Technicolor and sonic whirlwind.
 

 
When asked how it felt to have his first show open in the Bronx, Calhoun replied that “it feels amazing because that’s where I’m from”. “What you’re seeing is my life’s work”.
 


 
For a deeper dive into Calhoun, see Joyce Jones’s 2013 interview with him on the Suga’ in My Bowl show.
 
AZA is on display until July 21, 2016 at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education. Will Calhoun’s next effort as a leader is a a tribute to drummer Elvin Jones, scheduled for a summer 2016 release. Calhoun will be appearing at New York’s Blue Note jazz club as a guest with pianist McCoy Tyner on Tuesday April 26. He’ll also be at City Winery on June 1st and 8th for acoustic sets with Living Colour as part of their world tour for their new release, SHADE, tentatively scheduled for fall 2016.
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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.
 
Joyce Jones is the executive producer and host of Suga’ in My Bowl. She is a graphic designer and her photos have been published in Black Renaissance Noir.

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 stop by our archives to get your fix from nearly 7 years of archived shows until next week. Also see our review of Will Calhoun’s art exhibit on display in the South Bronx. As usual, we have lots more music for you this week.
 
We start this week with the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, whose 17th annual jazz festival kicked off on the 15th and runs until May 15th in venues throughout Brooklyn. WBAI Radio is a media sponsor. You can get full information and a schedule from the CBJC by calling 718-773-2252 ext 103.
 
Saxophonist Tia Fuller is at The Blue Note on the 25th with the Berklee Rainbow All Stars.
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. Calhoun will be at the Blue Note on the 26th May 30th with McCoy Tyner.
 
Pianist Randy Weston has a busy week. He leads the African Rhythms ensemble with bassist Alex Blake in the Dweck Center of the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch on the 26th and in a free performance at New School University’s Tishman Auditorium on the 28th to close out his yearlong residency. Finally, Weston returns to the Dweck Center on the 30th for a talk on the African roots of jazz. The Brooklyn library events are part of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival.
 
Looking further ahead, Saxophonist Oliver Lake and bassist Reggie Workman are at Village Vanguard with TRIO3 from April 26-May 1.
 
Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio in a lunchtime set at St. Peter’s Church on April 27th.
 
Drummer Billy Cobham is at The Blue Note from April 27-May 1 with Donald Harrison.
 
Drummer Kim Thompson leads a quartet at Zinc Bar on the 29th.
 
Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah leads his DIASPORA band at Sistas’ Place on April 30. This event is part of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival.
 
Pianist Geri Allen is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on April 30 with Joe Lovano.
 
Saxophonist and EVI master Marshall Allen makes a rare non-Arkestra Earthly appearance with two sets at The Stone on April 30.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley is at The Stone on May 1 for the early set and at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on May 7th.
 
Vocalist Kurt Elling, bassist Christian McBride, and vocalist Dianne Reeves all lead groups at the Prospect Park Bandshell on May 7 as part of the GRAMMY Park festival.
 
Pianist Michele Rosewoman leads her Quintessence ensemble at Zinc Bar on May 5.
 
Organist John Medeski is at The Stone on May 6.
 
Finally, The Red Bull Music Academy has a night of spiritual Jazz featuring Pharoah Sanders, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and Kamasi Washington on May 8. The event’s listed as sold out, but details are at the Red Bull Music Academy site and there may be a wait list.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on May 1. 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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