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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 this week, but if you missed last week’s show with Eric Friedler, director of It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story, head on over to our archives, where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows. Be sure to get tickets for the film’s New York premiere on Saturday November 10 as part of the DOC NYC Festival. We’ve also got a preview of Jazz films at the festival on our blog.

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

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

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

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at the Gateway Office Complex in downtown Newark NJ for a free lunchtime performance on November 7 as part of WBGO Radio’s concert series and at the Apollo Theater for a live taping of NPR’s Code Switch on November 16.

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

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

Bassist Christian McBride leads a big band for an evening of Latin Jazz at Newark’s NJPAC on November 9 and heads to the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on November 20.

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

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on November 10 and 17.

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

Bassist Alex Blake is at Club Bonafide on November 11 and at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on November 17.

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

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

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

Bassist William Parker, multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore, and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker are at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on November 18 for a free afternoon set as part of Arts for Arts’ Sunday afternoon series.

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

Drummer  Lenny White is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with George Colligan’s Trio on November 20.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday November 11. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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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.

The festival runs from November 8-15 2018 at several locations in Manhattan and there are several other films that will likely be of interest to documentary fans besides the ones highlighted here, but this post will focus on our primary beat: films of interest to Jazz fans.

It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story

It Must Schwing! takes a look at the creation and golden era of the iconic Blue Note record label through a biographical look at the co-founders, German immigrants Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. The film follows the two friends from their first meeting at a concert in Berlin through their flight from Nazi Germany to their separate arrivals in New York and decision to build a record label that would do things differently and be focused on the artists and the music. It’s actually not the only Blue Note film out this year: Sophie Huber’s Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes had it’s debut in the spring at the Tribeca Film Festival. The two films actually complement each other, with some unavoidable overlap. Huber’s film attempts a broader overview and sacrifices some of the historical context for screen time devoted to the current Blue Note, whereas this film ends with the sale of the label in the early 70s and Wolff’s death. Schwing! features extensive archival footage of artists and some timely interviews with people recently deceased, such as Village Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon.

It Must Schwing! screens at 4 PM on Sat. November 10 at The SVA Theatre on West 23rd St. Details and tickets are here and those wanting a deeper dive can check out our 10/28 radio show featuring an interview with director Eric Friedler, who will also be on hand for the DOC NYC screening.

 

Quincy

 

Quincy takes a sweeping look at the life of Quincy Jones, whose immense legacy as a producer overshadows his work as a musician. Q’s daughter Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks followed him for three years to assemble the film along with interviews of some of the numerous artists whose careers he’s launched or shaped in his six decade career. Quincy is obviously primarily a first person narrative and may fall on the hagiographic end of the spectrum, but when the subject is someone like Jones, one can’t help but get a broad swath of music history along with the story.

While the film’s already streaming on Netflix, the DOC NYC screening offers the opportunity to see it on the big screen and the co-directors are scheduled to attend the screening for a post-screening talk. It’s screening at 8 PM on Thursday November 8 at the SVA Theater and at 10 PM on Saturday November 10 at Cinepolis Chelsea. Again, advance tickets are a must since screenings are likely to sell out.

There are, of course, a lot more films on offer at DOC NYC and likely something else that’ll interest you. Head on over to the DOC NYC website 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 Eric Friedler, director of It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story. You can see him at the film’s New York premiere on Saturday November 10 as part of the DOC NYC Festival. Advance tickets are available through the DOC NYC website and recommended. We’ve also got a preview of Jazz films at the festival on our blog.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday November 11. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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