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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. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Winter Fund drive is in full swing and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

We’re off this week, but if you missed last week’s show with drummer TS Monk, then head over to our archives, where you can hear that and nearly a decade of archived shows.

Guitarist John Scofield is at Roulette in Brooklyn for a John Abercrombie tribute on February 26.

Looking further ahead, Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at the Jazz Standard from March 1-4.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Lehman College’s Lehman Stage in The Bronx on March 3.

Trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf is at Drom on the Lower East Side on March 3.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center in Harlem for a tribute to Alice Coltrane as part of their Women’s Jazz Festival.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at Spectrum in Brooklyn on March 8 for an album release party with Chad Taylor.

Finally, Pianist Marc Cary is at the HarlemStage Gatehouse on March 9 with Mothers of the Movements to remake the Freedom Now Suite with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Reggie Workman.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are at Birdland on March 13.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland for an album release party for The Questions from March 14-17.

Drummer Roy Haynes celebrates his 93rd birthday at the Blue Note from March 15-18.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 4. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Winter Fund drive is in full swing and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

This week’s guest is drummer TS Monk. You can see him leading a sextet at Morristown NJ’s Bickford Theater on the 22nd.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis  joins saxophonist Allen Lowe at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on February 20 for A Dixieland Love Supreme and is at Spectrum in Brooklyn on March 8 for an album release party with Chad Taylor..

Vocalist Catherine Russell leads a sextet at Birdland from February 13-17.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 9-10.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Dave Douglas on February 23-24.

Vocalist Carmen Lundy is at the Jazz Standard from February 22-25.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Dave Douglas February 23-24.

Guitarist John Scofield is at Roulette in Brooklyn for a John Abercrombie tribute on February 26.

Looking further ahead, Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at the Jazz Standard from March 1-4.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Lehman College’s Lehman Stage in The Bronx on March 3.

Trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf is at Drom on the Lower East Side on March 3.

Finally, Pianist Marc Cary is at the HarlemStage Gatehouse on March 9 with Mothers of the Movements to remake the Freedom Now Suite with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Reggie Workman.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 4. 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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.
 
We’re off this week, but if you missed last week’s show with Ibrahim Maalouf head on over to our archives and check it out. And we have more music listings for you.
 
Vocalist Kurt Elling is at The Iridium on September 27-28 for a Jon Hendricks Birthday celebration.
 
Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on September 29th.
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on September 29th.
 
Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at The Iridium from September 29-Oct 1.
 
Trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf makes a rare US appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on September 30 and October 1.
 
Harpist Riza Printup is at the Cicely Tyson School for Performing Arts in East Orange NJ for a daytime concert as part of WBGO Radio’s Kids Jazz Concert Series on October 1. Admission is free, but you need to bring a child for entrance.
 
Vocalist Lizz Wright is at the McCarter Theater in Princeton NJ on October 1st.
 
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at The Meadows Music and Arts Fest in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens on October 1st.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun will be at the Bronx Music Heritage Center on October 2 for gallery opening of his visual art collaboration Aza, which we reviewed earlier this year.
 
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at Village Vanguard from October 4-9 and performs with drummer Jack DeJohnette’s Trio at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on the 10th.
 
Vision Fest producers Arts for Art’s inGardens series of free outdoor concerts continues on the weekends of October 1-2 and 8-9. Dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker has a set on the 8th at the Lower East Side’s First Street Green at 33 E First St. Bassist William Parker has a set on the 9th in the same location. See the full lineup and schedule for more details.
 
The second annual BRIC Jazz Festival kicks off with free screenings of classic jazz films on October 8-9, then follows it up with 3 marathon nights of performances from the 13-15th. We’ll have more details in our next installment as the dates get closer and a preview of the BRIC Jazz Fest is on the way.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 2. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.
 
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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

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 trumpeter and composer Ibrahim Maalouf. You can catch one of his rare US appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on September 30 and October 1. And we have additional music listings for you.
 
Pianist Vijay Iyer will be at The Jazz Standard on September 20 with the Andrew Hill Legacy Project.
 
Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at Kitano with Gene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble on the 21st.
 
Guitarist Marc Ribot is at the BRIC House in Brooklyn for a benefit concert on the 22nd.
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on September 22nd and 29th. He’ll also be sitting in on the 23rd with Brooklyn Raga Massive at the John Coltrane Birthday tribute at Littlefield in Brooklyn.
 
Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on September 22-23rd.
 
Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs is at Club Bonafide on September 24th.
 
Vocalist Kurt Elling is at The Iridium on September 27-28 for a Jon Hendricks Birthday celebration.
 
Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on September 29th.
 
Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at The Iridium from September 29-Oct 1.
 
Harpist Riza Printup is at the Cicely Tyson School for Performing Arts in East Orange NJ for a daytime concert as part of WBGO Radio’s Kids Jazz Concert Series on October 1. Admission is free, but you need to bring a child for entrance.
 
Vocalist Lizz Wright is at the McCarter Theater in Princeton NJ on October 1st.
 
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at The Meadows Music and Arts Fest in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens on October 1st.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun will be at the Bronx Music Heritage Center on October 2 for gallery opening of his visual art collaboration Aza, which we reviewed earlier this year.
 
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at Village Vanguard from October 4-9 and performs with drummer Jack DeJohnette’s Trio at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on the 10th.
 
Finally, this week, we take a quick look at two upcoming series. Vision Fest producers Arts for Art has a series of free outdoor concerts in gardens on the Lower East Side. Also the producers of the Celebrate Brooklyn series present the second annual BRIC Jazz Festival from October 8-15th. We’ll have more details in our next installment as the dates get closer and a preview of the BRIC Jazz Fest is coming soon on our blog.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 2. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.
 
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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

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In this part of the preview, I’ll look at a few select acts on Saturday night (Friday’s picks were in my previous post) and take a quick look at Sunday evening’s show that wraps up the festival.
 
Again, there’s an admitted bias toward musicians featured on our Suga’ in My Bowl radio show since we like to keep long-term tabs on the people we profile. But we think you’ll like them too — or at least should give them a shot.
 
As a reminder, the festival has several new stages this year–at New School University, WNYC Radio’s Greene Space, and elsewhere. The WJF is adding extra check-in tables at different venues (PDF), which should shorten some of the long lines from previous years, but it’s still best to plan to arrive really early for the sets you want to catch. The linked PDF gives a good overview of the logistics and you should take a quick look at it before you leave.
 
With that out of the way, let’s get to the music.
 
Saturday Highlights
 
Ibrahim Maalouf: New School Auditorium @ 66 W 12th St. 7:40 PM

Lebanese saxophonist Ibrahim Maalouf shows yet another of the intriguing directions jazz takes when interpreted by players worldwide. Maalouf’s work blends Arabic sounds with the jazz tradition and solid playing. Maalouf is coming off a successful show at Jazz at Lincoln Center and backed by bassist Larry Grenadier, his show will be one to catch. Here’s a clip from a live show in Istanbul.


 
 
Chris Potter Quartet: New School Tishman Auditorium @ 63 5th Ave. 8:40 PM

To be honest, saxophonist Chris Potter wasn’t really on my radar until he popped up on Pat Metheny’s new releases with the Unity Band. I’m fixing that omission now and beginning to appreciate Potter’s voice on the instrument, which shone more on the 2013 Kin recording (Nonesuch) with an expanded Unity Group that revisited some of the musical concepts of Metheny’s mid-90s recordings. With pianist (and longtime collaborator) David Virelles, drummer Marcus Gilmore (fresh off last night’s set with Vijay Iyer’s trio), and bassist Joe Martin, expect a hard charging, open set of music. Here they are live in Hanover, Germany.


 

Will Calhoun Celebrating Elvin Jones: New School Jazz Building 5th Floor Theater @ 55 W 13th St. 9:40 PM

Full disclosure here: I’ve been a fan of Will Calhoun since seeing Living Colour in the mid-90s and wore out the cassette of their critically acclaimed self-titled first release. Since then, he’s matured as a musician and gone in interesting directions, seriously applying his skills to jazz and African percussion. The Elvin Jones tribute makes perfect sense and complements Calhoun’s drumming style well, as he can play with the power (and volume) and finesse Jones was known for. Beyond that, however, Calhoun has an impressive narrative ability on the drum kit and, like Jones, can inscribe multiple textures and layers of meaning into a solo and carry it seemingly forever while still keeping it interesting. Here, he’s joined by a slightly different line-up than is on the planned release, but they’re easily up to the task. This is one set I’m really looking forward to. For a deeper dive, see our 2013 show profiling Will, or for a quick take, watch this preview of the Jones project.

 

Lakecia Benjamin: The Bitter End (147 Bleecker St) — 9:40 PM

The 9:40 PM conflicting shows gives an idea of the breadth of the WJF. Lakecia Benjamin’s been at the festival before and usually heads the Soulsquad, which derives as much from the wells of funk and soul as it does from the jazz tradition. Add the vocals of Nicole Phifer and The Bitter End’s loose atmosphere, and you have a party with equal appeal to listeners who aren’t diehard jazz fans or are new to the music. Don’t write her off as a novelty act, though. Her 2012 RETOX (Motéma) release showed her depth and range as a musician and just as Will Calhoun shows one way forward for jazz, Benjamin shows yet another possible direction. Choice is a good thing.


 

OGJB Quartet: New School Auditorium @ 66 W 12th St. — 10:20 PM

It’s hard to write a short intro to saxophonist Oliver Lake, because what do you omit? Lake, who has roots in the Black Arts Movement has been steadily playing and expanding his reach since then and currently works on a variety of projects. In addition to being a member of TRIO 3, with veteran players Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille, Lake leads several combos of his own including a big band and an organ quartet. Lake’s as comfortable playing “out” as he is swinging in a more relaxed setting, his command of the sax and ability to finesse the instrument clear no matter who he’s with. He appeared at last year’s WJF with TRIO 3 and his own organ quartet; this year you get to see what he does in a different setting altogether. For a deeper dive, see our 2014 show on him or watch this clip from a 2015 quartet performance with bassist Joe Fonda (who’ll also be at WJF) at the 2015 Krakow Jazz Festival for a quick take.


 

Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen: Judson Memorial Church — Midnight

If you haven’t seen the Sun Ra Arkestra in action, they’re a must see. Even if you have, they’re worth seeing again. They’re still led by saxophonist Marshall Allen, who’s been part of the ensemble since nearly the beginning and assumed conducting and leading duties after the deaths of Sun Ra himself and fellow saxophonist John Gilmore. Don’t be fooled, however: the Arkestra’s far from a novelty or throwback act. The 91-year-old Allen plays with astonishing power and enthusiasm that belies his age and has done an impressive job of honoring the tradition of the Arkestra while giving Ra’s compositions a fresh new spin and looking toward the future — which, of course, is what they’re all about. It helps that Ra was a prolific composer (Allen told us that he still has boxes of new work that he still hasn’t gone through) and the addition of vocalist Tara Middleton’s restored a welcome dimension to their performances, with a voice reminiscent of June Tyson, but fantastic depth and range. For a deeper dive, you can see our 2014 show, or for a quick take, watch this performance from 2015. Here they are live in Poland in 2015.

 

Julian Lage Trio: Subculture (45 Bleecker St) — 12:20 AM

Julian Lage has gone from a child prodigy on guitar, playing with luminaries such as Carlos Santana (at the age of eight, no less), Pat Metheny, and subject of the documentary film Jules at Eight to being the mature musician he is today. His latest recording (World’s Fair, Modern Lore: 2015) is a solo effort, but the interplay with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen should be particularly good. And you have the opportunity to see him solo, too, as he opens for Sunday’s closing show (scroll down for details). We talked to him last December and here’s the same trio in action at the Vermont Jazz Center in 2015.


 

Sunday Show

Channeling Coltrane: Rova’s Electric Ascension: Le Poisson Rouge 6 PM

If you still haven’t had enough after two marathon days, then why not wrap up the weekend in style with the Rova Saxophone Quartet? Guitarist Julian Lage is scheduled to open for them with a solo set drawing on his World’s Fair release. Rova themselves exemplify the large format free-form type of playing that’s a rare find outside venues like these. Their take on Coltrane’s classic and complex Ascension promises to be an incredibly challenging and exhilarating performance. If that’s you cup of tea, then it’s a must-see set. Here’s the Rova Saxophone Quartet live in 2012.

 
Lastly, I’ll point you to the full performance schedule. They also have a handy guide to full group line-ups, which you can check to see if a favorite musician is on the list somewhere. Finally, there’s a map of the various venues, but you will get all that at the check-in sites (PDF).

And if you still haven’t had enough, Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art have a monthlong “Justice is Compassion” festival running through the next week across town at the Clemente Soto Velez Center that’s definitely worth a look and I’ll profile later.

So that’s it. Again, it’s a lot of acts and I’ve only scratched the surface here, but they’re all really good and different in fun ways. Find who’s to your liking and take some time to see someone you haven’t — you might become a fan of a new group — or see how someone you’ve already seen interprets material this time. Look for a full review after it’s all over and I’ve gotten some sleep.

Shameless self-promotion time: if you’re not already a listener, check out our show that airs alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM – 1 AM on WBAI Radio and streams online. As part of our coverage, we talked to festival director Brice Rosenbloom and two musicians performing — guitarists Julian Lage and James “Blood” Ulmer — to get a variety of perspectives.

Are you going? Anyone in particular you’re looking forward to seeing? Let me know in the comments.

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

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