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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 head on over to our archives for last week’s show with drummer/percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett and a quick discussion with trombonist Craig Harris and nearly 7 years of archived shows. Catlett and Harris are both at this year’s 2017 Winter Jazz Fest, which is the big news this week. You can see Harris lead his “Breathe” composition on the first marathon night of music on January 6th at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium. Catlett leads AfroHORN on the second marathon night at Zinc Bar on the 7th and later in the month at Clemente Soto Velez Center on the 19th. We recommend getting to Zinc Bar extremely early for the Catlett show and we’re told that WJF tickets are selling out fast. Check back on Monday for our annual in-depth Cheat Sheet festival preview! Now on to the rest of the week’s events.
 
Bassist Mimi Jones hosts a jam session in the late set at Smoke on January 2.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern joins Brandi Disterheft’s trio at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on January 4.
 
Saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quintet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on January 4 and at Smoke on January 6.
 
Poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez reads and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker performs in separate sets on January 7 at the Clemente Soto Velez Center as part of Arts for Art’s monthlong Justice is Compassion series.
 
Bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake team up for a Roy Campbell tribute on January 9 and again on the 16 and 18 at the Clemente Soto Velez Center as part of Arts for Art’s Justice is Compassion series.
 
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Not to be outdone by the Winter Jazz Fest, Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art is again sponsoring a nearly monthlong series from January 2-22nd of music, poetry, dance, and visual art titled “Justice is Compassion/ Not a Police State” at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side. Poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez, bassist William Parker, drummer Hamid Drake, drummer/percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett’s AfroHORN, and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker are just a few of the many involved. See the full schedule of 65 performances at their website.
 
The annual Winter Jazz Fest blows through town from January 5-10. We already mentioned Francisco Mora Catlett and AfroHORN and Craig Harris’s “Breathe”. Other festival highlights include an opening concert by saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders on the 5th, a closing performance by the Liberation Music Orchestra led by pianist Geri Allen on the 10th as a tribute to the late bassist Charlie Haden, and two marathon nights of music on the 7th and 8th. Drummer Andrew Cyrille is artist in residence and the festival theme is social justice. There are way too many former show guests there to mention, the full schedule is already up and we’ll have our own annual Cheat Sheet festival guide up right here on Monday January 2nd.
 

 
Bassist Christian McBride has a 2-week run at the Village Vanguard, leading a trio from January 10-15 and returning with a quartet from the 17-22nd.
 
Drummer JT Lewis is at The Cell Theatre with Harriet Tubman on the 11th.
 
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.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on January 8th. 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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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 continues our 2017 Winter Jazz Fest coverage with percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett and a brief visit by trombonist Craig Harris. You can see Harris lead his “Breathe” composition on the first marathon night of music on January 6th at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium. Catlett leads AfroHORN on the second marathon night at Zinc Bar on the 7th and later in the month at Clemente Soto Velez Center on the 19th. We recommend getting to Zinc Bar extremely early for the Catlett show.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern closes out the year at Smoke with a John Coltrane tribute through January 1st. Trombonist Steve Turre joins him as a special guest on the 29-30.
 
Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Iridium on the 27th.
 
Dr. Leonard Jeffries has 3 appearances this week at Kwanzaa events. You can catch him on the 27th in Harlem at the New Amsterdam Music Association and in Queens on the 30th at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, and on New Year’s Eve at the Dr. John Henrik Clarke House in Harlem.
 
Hammond B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads an octet at the Jazz Standard from December 28-January 1.
 
Bassist Mimi Jones hosts a jam session in the late set at Smoke on January 2.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern joins Brandi Disterheft’s trio at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on January 4.
 
Saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quintet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on January 4 and at Smoke on January 6.
 
Poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez reads and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker performs in separate sets on January 7 at the Clemente Soto Velez Center as part of Arts for Art’s monthlong Justice is Compassion series.
 
Bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake team up for a Roy Campbell tribute on January 9 and again on the 16 and 18 at the Clemente Soto Velez Center as part of Arts for Art’s Justice is Compassion series.
 
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.
 
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Not to be outdone by the Winter Jazz Fest, Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art is again sponsoring a nearly monthlong series from January 2-22nd of music, poetry, dance, and visual art titled “Justice is Compassion/ Not a Police State” at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side. Poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez, bassist William Parker, drummer Hamid Drake, drummer/percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett’s AfroHORN, and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker are just a few of the many involved. See the full schedule of 65 performances at their website.
 
Finally, the annual Winter Jazz Fest blows through town from January 5-10. We already mentioned Francisco Mora Catlett and AfroHORN and Craig Harris’s “Breathe”. Other festival highlights include an opening concert by saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders on the 5th, a closing performance by the Liberation Music Orchestra led by pianist Geri Allen on the 10th as a tribute to the late bassist Charlie Haden, and two marathon nights of music on the 7th and 8th. Drummer Andrew Cyrille is artist in residence and the festival theme is social justice. There are way too many former show guests there to mention, the full schedule is already up and we’ll have our own annual Cheat Sheet festival guide up right here after New Year’s.
 

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on January 8. 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.
 

MAC_Power_Trio_smallAllen has teamed with saxophonist David Murray and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington for a combo they’re calling the MAC Power Trio. Their new release is called Perfection. CDs are available for a pledge of only $25.

 
We’re off the air this week, but catch us next week as we catch up with drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun and get the inside scoop on his new release in honor of Elvin Jones! Until then, hit the archives for last week’s show with pianist Geri Allen and the rest of our archived shows. We still have last week’s premiums available if you missed out. Allen has teamed with saxophonist David Murray and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington for a combo they’re calling the MAC Power Trio. Their new release is called Perfection. CDs are available for a pledge of only $25. There are also still a few autographed copies left of Quincy Troupe’s book Miles and Me about his relationship with Miles Davis for pledges of $35. You can also call in your pledge to 516-620-3602. Both also include a year’s membership to WBAI and all proceeds go to supporting listener-supported free speech community radio in NYC. And we have music listings for you!
 
Harpist Brandee Younger has weekly Sunday brunch sets at Minton’s in Harlem.
 
Pianist Geri Allen is at the Village Vanguard from August 2-7.
 
Pianist Marc Cary hosts The Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on Thursdays in August.
 
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.
 
Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at Metrotech Center in downtown Brooklyn for a free outdoor concert at 12 noon on August 4.
 
Pianist Barry Harris is at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park on August 5 for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jazzmobile series.
 
Vocalist Thana Alexa is at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on August 5th.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Smoke with Heads of State from August 5-7th.
 
Organist John Medeski is at the Village Vanguard with pianist Uri Caine on August 9.
 
Drummer Cindy Blackman Santana is at the Jazz Standard on August 9-10th.
 
Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts leads a quartet at Jazz Standard from August 11-14th.
 
Drummer Will Calhoun is at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jazzmobile series on the 12th.
 
Bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake are at The Stone from the 17-20 with guitarist Joe Morris.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on August 7. 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.
 

MAC_Power_Trio_smallAllen has teamed with saxophonist David Murray and drummer Teri Lynne Carrington for a combo they’re calling the MAC Power Trio. Their new release is called Perfection. CDs are available for a pledge of only $25.

 
This week’s show features pianist Geri Allen! She’ll be at the Village Vanguard from August 2-7. We have a special premium for you in this pledge drive edition. Allen has teamed with saxophonist David Murray and drummer Teri Lynne Carrington for a combo they’re calling the MAC Power Trio. Their new release is called Perfection. CDs are available for a pledge of only $25. There are also still a few autographed copies left of Quincy Troupe’s book Miles and Me about his relationship with Miles Davis for pledges of $35. You can also call in your pledge to 516-620-3602. Both also include a year’s membership to WBAI. And we have music listings for you!
 
Harpist Brandee Younger has weekly Sunday brunch sets at Minton’s in Harlem.
 
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 and is at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park on August 5 for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jazzmobile series.
 
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.
 
Pianist Marc Cary hosts The Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on the 28th and Thursdays in August. He’ll also be at Queensbridge Park on July 31 for a free outdoor performance as part of the City Parks Foundation’s Summerstage series.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Smoke with Heads of State from August 5-7th.
 
Organist John Medeski is at the Village Vanguard with pianist Uri Caine on August 9.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on August 7. 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, 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.

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Words by Hank Williams | Photos by Joyce Jones. Creative Commons CC-NC-BY-ND. Main Photo: Vision Fest 21 honoree Henry Grimes
 
Bassist/violinist/poet Henry Grimes famously doesn’t talk much nowadays: at least not to journalists like myself. To be perfectly clear, it isn’t an issue of him being inaccessible or thinking he’s too good or his time is too valuable: on the contrary, he’s usually in attendance at almost any event having to do with free/avant garde jazz in New York City–usually with his wife and manager Margaret at his side–and is just there digging the music even if he isn’t on the bill or has finished his own set. It’s just that he doesn’t talk a lot, period. An affable smile and recognition is all you’re likely to get. That’s fine since his body of work fills in much of the story. Still, those of us itching to dig deeper and get some of the history he’s been involved in won’t walk away with much more than we see on the bandstand.
 
Personal testimony isn’t the only story, though, and what your peers say about you counts for a lot. And Grimes’s peers have a lot to say about both the man and his work, which makes focusing the 2016 Vision Fest’s spotlight on Grimes all the more valuable since you’d be hard pressed to find someone with bad things to say about the man as either a person or musician. That’s rare in any industry.
 
Grimes’s remarkable story of walking away from the jazz spotlight before reemerging 35 years later has been told elsewhere, so I won’t repeat it here. The point is that Grimes is the type of artist who’s easy to overlook if one isn’t deep into jazz — much less the free improvisation that he revels and excels in. All of that makes Vision’s choice to highlight his career this year a good one, especially since he’s been a mainstay at the festival since his return to high level performance was punctuated by a Vision appearance over a decade ago and he’s been a mainstay ever since.
 
Grimes stood on the bandstand throughout three sets to kick off Vision on Tuesday night as both the honoree and center–figuratively and literally, as he occupied center stage–of all of the performances.
 
After Vision’s traditional opening invocation, the evening started with an ensemble pairing Grimes with pianist Geri Allen (in her Vision debut), Vision veteran Andrew Cyrille (who’ll be interviewed on Suga’ in My Bowl on Sunday 6/12) on drums, and Graham Haynes on coronet. Grimes alternated between bass and violin, showing equal comfort on each instrument. Allen showed, unsurprisingly, that she can keep up with the best improvisers out there and is as adept at playing more freely as she is in more structured environments. Cyrille, meanwhile, added a solid base for the group’s explorations and punctuated their second song with a steady rhythm on the cowbell.
 
Grimes has also written a fair amount of poetry, which was the focus of the second set, featuring vocalist Lisa Sokolov’s songs and Grimes’s poetry. Grimes accompanied the Sokolov-led choir of Imani Uzuri, Karma Mayet Johnson, Dwight Trible, and Mixashawn.
 
The night’s final set featured Mixashawn on saxophone, Melanie Dyer on viola, flutist Nicole Mitchell, and cellist Tomeka Reid joining Grimes’s frequent trio collaborators guitarist Marc Ribot and drummer Chad Taylor. The ensemble produced some of the night’s memorable performances. The first song of the set built to a crescendo riffing off of Mitchell’s repeated flute phrase with Ribot filling in the colors while Grimes kept a steady hand on bass. The set’s third (and last) piece started with a solid beat by Taylor, joined by Mitchell, then Ribot and Grimes. Taylor’s steady rhythms kept driving the group forward as they all set a frenetic pace.
 
Through it all, Grimes remained impassive, focused intently on the music at hand. While he may be a man of few words, Grimes “speaks” loudly and authoritatively on bass, violin, and written words. All of which were on display tonight.
 
We’ll be reporting from Vision throughout the festival and I’ll have a wrap-up when it’s all done. If you haven’t caught it already, you can hear our Vision Fest preview show with Marc Ribot, Geri Allen, Lisa Sokolov, and Andrew Cyrille discussing Grimes’s influence and festival organizer Patricia Nicholson Parker talking festival logistics, which she’ll probably discuss on our colleague Basir Mchawi’s Education at the Crossroads show on Thursday at 7 PM EST. And, remember our next Suga’ in My Bowl show with Andrew Cyrille this Sunday at 11 PM EST on WBAI.
 


 
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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.
 
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.
 
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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 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.
 
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. Check back later in the week for a preview of the NYC summer jazz concert season in a separate post. 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 runs in in venues throughout Brooklyn and wraps up on May 15th. 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.
 
Guitarist Julian Lage is at Drom on the Lower East Side on May 11th and the Jazz Standard on May 12th.
 
Pianist Michele Rosewoman leads her Quintessence ensemble at Zinc Bar on May 12.
 
Pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary is at Ginny’s Supper Club on the 14th.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at Carnegie Hall on the 14th for a free, afternoon “Carnegie Kids” show (reservations are necessary), 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.

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.

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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