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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 a documentary special from Joyce Jones on the late Abbey Lincoln. You can get a copy of the 2 CD set for a $35 pledge to WBAI which includes a year’s station membership by calling 516-620-3602 (preferably while we’re on air) or pledging online. You can pledge as little as $5 or consider a monthly donation which gets you station membership as a WBAI Buddy with additional benefits. We also still have a few autographed copies of Jon Else’s True South book on filmmaker Henry Hampton’s struggle to get the monumental Eyes on the Prize series on TV as a thank you gift at the $35 pledge level which includes a year’s station membership along with the book. Thanks for whatever help you can offer the station!

Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Carnegie Hall with Living Colour on March 6 performing the music of Aretha Franklin.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on March 6 with pianist McCoy Tyner. He’ll also be at Smoke from the 17-19th for a record release party with Heads of State.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6 for the annual Women in Jazz Festival. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is there on the 13th for the same series.

Vibraphonist Gary Burton is at Birdland from March 7-11th.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at Rockwood Music Hall on March 9-10th.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note for his annual birthday celebration from March 9-12th with special guests.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Turning Point in Piermont on the 11th.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from March 13-16th

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on the 14th for part 3 of the Session Stories: a talk on his recording and performing work.

Bassist Mimi Jones leads a trio at Inc Bar and Kitchen in New Brunswick NJ on the 15th

Trumpeter Marcus Printup is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on March 17-18th with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra playing music from the sixties.

Pianist Michele Rosewoman leads New Yor-Uba at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from March 17-19th.

Drummer JT Lewis and keyboardist David Virelles are at the Jazz Gallery on the 18th with the Phantom Station ensemble.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and pianist Vijay Iyer are at the Village Vanguard as TRIO3 + 1 from March 21-26th.

We conclude this week with a look much further ahead with date announcements for this summer’s Vision Festival and Blue Note Jazz Festivals. See our post on those (or just scroll down) for details.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 19. 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.

true_south_book_coverWe’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with Jon Else, author of the book True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, head on over to our archives and check it out. Also, WBAI Radio’s Winter Fund Drive continues and you can pledge online for as little as $5. A $25 pledge gets you a year’s membership in the station or consider a monthly donation which gets you station membership as a WBAI Buddy with additional benefits. We also have a few autographed copies available of Jon Else’s book as a thank you gift for a $35 donation which includes a year’s station membership along with the book.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Ecstatic Music Festival on March 4th.

Looking ahead to March, saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson is at The Blue Note from March 2-5th.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and guitarist Marc Ribot are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room with Dave Douglas’s Metamorphosis on March 3-4th.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY with Ministers of Sound on March 4th and The Turning Point in Piermont on the 11th.

Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Carnegie Hall with Living Colour on March 6 performing the music of Aretha Franklin.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on March 6 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6 for the annual Women in Jazz Festival. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is there on the 13th for the same series.

Vibraphonist Gary Burton is at Birdland from March 7-11th.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at Rockwood Music Hall on March 9-10th.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note for his annual birthday celebration from March 9-12th with special guests.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from March 13-16th

We conclude this week with a look much further ahead with date announcements for this summer’s Vision Festival (May 29-June 5) and Blue Note Jazz Festival (June 1-30). See our post on those (or just scroll down) for details.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 5. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

true_south_book_coverThis week’s show features Jon Else, author of the book True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize. You can see him at the Brooklyn Museum on February 25 as part of a panel discussion on the Eyes on the Prize series. WBAI Radio’s starting its Winter Fund Drive and we need your help to support the station. You can call 516-620-3602 while we’re on air or pledge online for as little as $5. A $25 pledge gets you a year’s membership in the station or consider a monthly donation which gets you station membership as a WBAI Buddy with additional benefits. We also have a few autographed copies available of Jon Else’s book as a thank you gift for a $35 donation which includes a year’s station membership along with the book.

Percussionist Mino Cinelu is at the Blue Note on February 20th with the Loop Loft All Stars.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to talk about his recording career for part 2 of the Session Stories on February 20th.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from February 21st-26th.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey presents “Harlem River Drive” at Ginny’s Supper Club on February 21st for two sets.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Gallery as part of Threadgill + Iyer + Prieto with Henry Threadgill and Dafnis Preito on February 22 & 23 and at the Ecstatic Music Festival on March 4th.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Sunny’s in Red Hook Brooklyn on February 23rd.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at Long Island University Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater on February 25th.

Vocalist Carol Maillard is with Sweet Honey in the Rock at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall in Hillside NJ on February 26th.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY with Ministers of Sound on the 26th and March 4th.

Looking ahead to March, saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson is at The Blue Note from March 2-5th.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and guitarist Marc Ribot are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room with Dave Douglas’s Metamorphosis on March 3-4th.

Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Carnegie Hall with Living Colour on March 6 performing the music of Aretha Franklin.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on March 6 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6 for the annual Women in Jazz Festival. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is there on the 13th for the same series.

Vibraphonist Gary Burton is at Birdland from March 7-11th.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 5. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at 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 head on over to our archives for last week’s John Coltrane-focused show and nearly 7 years of archived shows. You can also pledge for the Pacifica Radio Archives-produced 2-CD John Coltrane audio documentary that features a rare, famous interview with Coltrane by Frank Kofsky. And let’s get to our music listings.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on November 21st with trumpeter Wallace Roney and on December 5-6 with pianist McCoy Tyner.
 
Vibraphonist Gary Burton joins pianist Chick Corea at The Blue Note for a Miles Davis tribute from November 22-23.
 
Also joining Chick Corea at The Blue Note is saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, from the 25-27th and for a Return to Forever tribute from the 30th-December 4th.
 
Bassist Henry Grimes is at Harlem’s Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church on the 25th.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on November 26th.
 
Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan on November 29 with several other musicians for a benefit concert for the Syrian American Medical Society.
 
Guitarist Marc Ribot has a residency at The Stone from November 29 – December 4. Drummer Milford Graves joins him for the late set on the 3rd.
 
Also at The Blue Note is saxophonist Kenny Garrett as part of pianist Chick Corea’s Miles Davis tribute from October 26-30.
 
Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on December 1st for a discussion about her music.
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary leads the Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on December 1st.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s gallery exhibit of his visual art collaboration Aza is on view at the Bronx Music Heritage Center through February 11. We reviewed the show earlier this year.
 
Finally, looking much further ahead, the Winter Jazz Fest has released a teaser and preliminary lineup for the 2017 shinding from January 5-10! We’ll have a lot more to say about it, but for now, we’ll point you to their promo video with the highlights.
 

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on November 27. 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 features John Schienfeld, director of Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. You can see it on the 17th at the SVA Theater in Manhattan as part of the DOC NYC Festival. Also, thanks to any of you who supported us during WBAI’s Fall Fund Drive and if you didn’t get around to it, it’s not too late. You can also pledge for the Pacifica Radio Archives-produced 2-CD John Coltrane audio documentary that features a rare, famous interview with Coltrane by Frank Kofsky. And let’s get to our music listings.
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary leads a trio at Smoke on November 14th.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on November 14 with pianist McCoy Tyner and on the 21st with trumpeter Wallace Roney.
 
Pianist Michele Rosewoman is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on the Afro Cuban beat on November 15.
 
Harpist Brandee Younger is at Newark NJ’s Gateway Center for a lunchtime set on November 16 as part of the James Moody Jazz Festival.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on the 16th.
 
The new documentary film Chasing ‘Trane is screening at the SVA Theater on 23rd St in Manhattan on November 17 as part of the DOC NYC Film Festival. Director John Scheinfeld is scheduled to attend and advance tickets are highly recommended.
 
Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a sextet at Smoke on November 17.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band at Aaron Davis Hall on The City College of New York’s Harlem campus on November 18 for a birthday tribute and retirement celebration for legendary percussionist Candido Camero.
 
Bassist Christian McBride leads a James Brown tribute at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on November 18 as part of the James Moody Jazz Festival.
 
Bassist Christian McBride and Vocalist Dianne Reeves are at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on November 19 for a Sarah Vaughn tribute as part of the James Moody Jazz Festival.
 
Vibraphonist Gary Burton joins pianist Chick Corea at The Blue Note for a Miles Davis tribute from November 22-23.
 
Also joining Chick Corea at The Blue Note is saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, from the 25-27th and for a Return to Forever tribute from the 30th-December 4th.
 
Bassist Henry Grimes is at Harlem’s Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church on the 25th.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on November 26th.
 
Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan on November 29 with several other musicians for a benefit concert for the Syrian American Medical Society.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s gallery exhibit of his visual art collaboration Aza is on view at the Bronx Music Heritage Center through February 11. We reviewed the show earlier this year.
 
Finally, looking much further ahead, the Winter Jazz Fest has released a teaser and preliminary lineup for the 2017 shinding from January 5-10! We’ll have a lot more to say about it, but for now, we’ll point you to their promo video with the highlights.
 

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on November 27. 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 will back next week. Until then, head on over to our archives to hear any of the other roughly 7 years of shows that are up.
 
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Before we get to the week’s shows, WBAI needs your support to stay on the air and keep us on the air in the station’s Fall Fund Drive. It’s wrapping up today, but you can still pledge online. Jane Bunnett’s just released Oddara CD with the Afro Cuban Maqueque group is available for a pledge of $35 to WBAI during this fall fund drive. There are also a few autographed copies of Quincy Troupe’s Miles and Me book or Will Calhoun’s Celebrating Elvin Jones CDs available and either would make a unique holiday gift. There are also copies of the MAC Power Trio’s Perfection CD with former Suga’ guests David Murray, Geri Allen, and Terri Lyne Carrington. You can also donate as little as $5. Even a little bit helps a lot and will be greatly appreciated!
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary leads a trio at Smoke on November 7 and 14 and host The Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on the 10th.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from November 8-13.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on November 12 and 26.
 
Drummer Milford Graves and bassist Christian McBride are at the Village Vanguard with saxophonist John Zorn for an afternoon set on November 13.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on November 14 with pianist McCoy Tyner and on the 21st with trumpeter Wallace Roney.
 
Pianist Michele Rosewoman is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on the Afro Cuban beat on November 15.
 
Harpist Brandee Younger is at Newark NJ’s Gateway Center for a lunchtime setn on November 16 as part of the James Moody Jazz Festival.
 
The new documentary film Chasing ‘Trane is screening at the SVA Theater on 23rd St in Manhattan on November 17 as part of the DOC NYC Film Festival. Director John Scheinfeld is scheduled to attend and advance tickets are highly recommended.
 
Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a sextet at Smoke on November 17.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band at Aaron Davis Hall on The City College of New York’s Harlem campus on November 18 for a birthday tribute and retirement celebration for legendary percussionist Candido Camero.
 
Bassist Christian McBride leads a James Brown tribute at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on November 18 as part of the James Moody Jazz Festival.
 
Bassist Christian McBride and Vocalist Dianne Reeves are at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on November 19 for a Sarah Vaughn tribute as part of the James Moody Jazz Festival.
 
Also at The Blue Note is vibraphonist Gary Burton as part of pianist Chick Corea’s Miles Davis tribute from November 22-23.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s gallery exhibit of his visual art collaboration Aza is on view at the Bronx Music Heritage Center through February 11. We reviewed the show earlier this year.
 
Finally, looking much further ahead, the Winter Jazz Fest has released a teaser and preliminary lineup for the 2017 shinding from January 5-10! We’ll have a lot more to say about it, but for now, we’ll point you to their promo video with the highlights.
 

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on November 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.

Left-Right: Gary Burton, Wendy Oxenhorn, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Linda Oh, Catherine Russell, Jimmy Heath, Karriem Riggins

Left-Right: Gary Burton, Wendy Oxenhorn, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Linda Oh, Catherine Russell, Jimmy Heath, Karriem Riggins


Words by Hank Williams | Photos by Joyce Jones. Creative Commons CC-NC-BY-ND.
 
2016 marks the 50th year of the National Education Association’s annual Jazz Master Fellowship Awards, and the traditional tribute concert, held on April 4 this year at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, paid homage to the new honorees in style as they joined a select group of figures from the illustrious history of the music.
 
The awards grew out of NEA’s support for jazz, which started in 1969 with a grant to George Russell and the realization that despite its central cultural role in the US, jazz as a form had fallen on hard times in the 1960s with diminished audiences and little support. The Jazz Master Awards themselves began in 1982 to formally honor musicians who have achieved a particularly high level of achievement. Nominations can actually be made by anyone, though the awardees are selected by a panel of jazz experts.
 
This year, saxophonists Archie Shepp and Pharaoh Sanders, vibraphonist Gary Burton, and Jazz Foundation of America executive director Wendy Oxenhorn were awarded Jazz Master Awards.
 
It was special for us at Suga’ in My Bowl because of the amount of former guests on our radio show represented at the ceremony. We interviewed Archie Shepp this month and Pharoah Sanders, Gary Burton, David Murray, Randy Weston, Billy Harper, Lakecia Benjamin, and Catherine Russell are all former guests.
 
The concert which is streamed live over the Internet (and will be archived online soon) featured arrangements of signature compositions by the honored musicians played by ensembles made of former jazz masters and younger musicians. The format highlights the continuity of the music and also provides the opportunity for interesting combinations that might not otherwise happen.
 
Shepp was the first of the new awardees profiled and the ensemble played a medley of his pieces ending with “Blues for Brother George Jackson” from the Attica Blues album. Shepp’s funky, soulful tribute to the Black Panther Party member killed by California prison officials.
 
Pianist Jason Moran (also the event’s host), trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Linda Oh, drummer Karriem Riggins, conguero Pedrito Martinez, trombonist Roswell Rudd, and saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and David Murray interpreted Shepp’s work for a big band, which Shepp himself revisited with new ensembles years later.
 
David Murray played Shepp’s part, while the robust rhythm section handled the strong backbeat the piece is known for. Although piano wasn’t part of the original, Moran’s part added welcome texture to the piece.
 

Archie Shepp: What is the relevance of jazz music if it reaches no further than middle class homes that can afford musical instruments and music instruction?

Shepp’s brief acceptance speech mirrored the politically engaged themes of the chosen song and much of his work, calling for the need to reach out to poor communities and engage them with the music:
 
“Finally we might ask ourselves what is the meaning of the arts and humanities if they are only available to a class of people. What is the relevance of jazz music if it reaches no further than middle class homes that can afford musical instruments and music instruction? It is essential that our schools universities and institutions reach out to the ghettoes the wretched communities which frequently languish outside their doors. They must create hope where there is despair, lest this world become what you see a virtual reality show.”
 
Shepp’s comments clearly reverberated among the performers and audience, with several others on stage acknowledging or echoing his points. He also had kind words for Pharoah Sanders. “We go back a long way”, said Shepp, “and he’s really like a brother to me”.
 

2016 NEA Jazz Masters Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp

2016 NEA Jazz Masters Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp


 
Vibraphonist Gary Burton was the next recipient introduced. Pianist (and Jazz Master) Chick Corea and vibraphonist Stefon Harrris were tapped to recreate Burton’s “Crystal Silence”, which he and Corea recorded together.
 

Gary Burton: “This generation that Chick and I were part of was around when the pioneers [of jazz] were still around. I feel that we’re in a unique position to carry on and pass on what we’ve learned”.

The meaning wasn’t lost on Burton, who joked that it was strange to actually hear his own work being played. “I’ve been playing that song with Chick for over 40 years”, he recalled.
 
Burton also reinforced the idea of social responsibility in his remarks. “This generation that Chick and I were part of was around when the pioneers [of jazz] were still around. I feel that we’re in a unique position to carry on and pass on what we’ve learned”.
 
Pharoah Sanders was introduced next. Jason Moran handled the introduction, pointing to the innovative work that came from Sanders’s collaboration with John Coltrane, especially on the latter’s groundbreaking Ascension album.
 
Pianist Randy Weston and saxophonist Billy Harper rekindled their collaboration for their Roots of the Blues project to honor Sanders. While most of the musical selections interpreted songs composed by the recipients, Weston instead selected something from his own catalog with “The Healers”. It was an appropriate choice, given Sanders’s heavy focus on spirituality in his work.
 
After Weston introduced the melody, he was joined by Harper and the duo went through the introspective piece that was a reminder that although Sanders is remembered for his fiery compositions of epic length and virtuosity, there’s a contemplative side to him as well.
 
Sanders, generally a humble man of few words, appeared overjoyed at the honor. “All I can say is the creator has a master plan”, he quipped, referencing one of this classic songs. “I just want to say thank you with a lot of peace and life to all of you — and to my family”. With that, he looked at Harper and Weston, who he suggested were his musical family.
 
Wendy Oxenhorn was the last recipient introduced and received the NEA’s A.B. Spellman Award for jazz advocacy. Several video tributes stressed the important role the Jazz Foundation of America has played in supporting musicians who cannot work or need financial help.
 
The program ended with Billy Taylor’s “I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel To Be Free” performed by saxophonists Jimmy Heath and Lakecia Benjamin, pianist Justin Coughlin, bassist Linda Oh, drummer Kareem Woods, and Catherine Russell’s vocals. The interplay between Heath and Benjamin highlighted the intergenerational nature of the event with the elder sax master generously encouraging Benjamin to take solos, seemingly pleased with her playing.
 
The event also kicks off the Smithsonian Museum’s annual Jazz Appreciation Month, meant to teach, highlight, and create excitement around the music. Lots of resources and educational material is available at the Smithsonian’s jazz website.
 
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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 look for our review coverage of the 2016 Winter Jazz Fest that wrapped up this weekend. Now let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.
 
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Annual Vision Fest producers Arts for Art’s nearly monthlong “Justice is Compassion” festival continues at Clemente Soto Velez Center until January 24 with drummer Hamid Drake, dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker, bassist William Parker and many more.
 
The Harlem Jazz Parlor Festival hosts low brass specialist Joe Daley on the 18.
 
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane will be at the John Coltrane House in Dix Hills, LI on the 20th.
 
Vocalist René Marie is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from January 21-24.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz leads a quartet at the new Cassandra’s Jazz Club and Gallery in Harlem from January 22-23rd. He then moves to the Blue Note on the 25 with legendary pianist McCoy Tyner. They’re also there on February 1, 15, and March 1. Tyner’s been less public lately, so it’s a good idea to catch one of these dates and see the last remaining member of Coltrane’s band in action.
 
Also at the Blue Note is legendary drummer Roy Haynes from January 26-27.
 
Vibraphonist Gary Burton, bassist Christian McBride, and saxophonist Tia Fuller are at Birdland with the Mack Avenue Records Superband from January 26-30.
 
Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at the Jazz Standard with saxophonist Jimmy Greene’s Quartet from January 29-31.
 
Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at Iridium from January 29-31.
 
Drummer Craig Haynes has an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to support making a CD and DVD of his band’s performance at the 2016 Dakar Goree Jazz Festival.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on January 24th. 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 vibraphonist Gary Burton! He has no upcoming NYC area performances, but we’ll let you know when he’ll be here again. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.
 
Poet jessica Care moore is at the Blue Note with pianist Marc Cary on November 30.
 
Pianist Randy Weston is at New School University’s Tishman Auditorium with Senegalese master drummers for a tribute to Doudou N’Diaye Rose on November 30.
 
Bassist Christian McBride leads two different trios at the Village Vanguard from December 1-6 and 8-13.
 
Jeff Lieberman’s The Amazing Nina Simone documentary film is at Hudson NY’s Time and Space from the 3-10 and Hartford CT’s Real Art Ways from the 11-17.
 
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 3 and 10.
 
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.
 
Pianist Geri Allen is at the Village Vanguard from December 15-20.
 

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on December 6. 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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