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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 wraps up our 2018 Winter Jazz Fest preview coverage with vocalist Fay Victor! You have three opportunities to hear her at the Winter Jazz Fest. She’ll be leading SoundNoiseFUNK on January 12 . She’ll be with Darius Jones’s LawNOrder on January 13 at Midnight. And she’ll be with Nicole Mitchell’s Maroon Cloud on January 17 at Le Poisson Rouge. Keep an eye out for our annual Cheat Sheet in-depth preview and a post-event report.

 

 

Pianist Vijay Iyer leads a sextet at Birdland from January 9-13.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a sextet at Smoke on January 10.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from January 11-14.

Pianist Vijay Iyer leads a sextet at Birdland from January 9-13.

Saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quintet at Smoke from January 12-14.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland for an early set on January 14.

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is at the Blue Note from January 19-21.

 

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art’s monthlong Justice is Compassion festival of avant garde jazz, dance, and visual art is going on right now and continues at the Lower East Side’s Clemente Soto Velez Center through January 12 with different sets almost nightly and there’s a lot going on this week.

Bassist William Parker plays on January 8 with JP Carletti’s trio.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis has a duo with pianist Aruan Ortiz on January 9.

William Parker’s brilliant, swirling, Songs for a Free World composition with vocalist Fay Victor is on January 10.

Pianist David Virelles performs on January 11.

All sets are at Clemente Soto Velez. There’s a preview further down and you can see the the full schedule here.

 

Also on the horizon is the annual Winter Jazz Fest which returns from January 10-14. This year’s artists in residence is flutist Nicole Mitchell, who’ll have several sets at the festival. Other highlights include talks on sexism in jazz and jazz protest with saxophonist Archie Shepp. There’s a tribute to Alice Coltrane by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and the usual marathon nights of music on January 12-13. We’ll have more details in the next show and publish our annual cheat sheet and review online. Stay tuned for all of that.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday January 21. 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

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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.

We’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with our tribute to the late pianist Geri Allen and preview of the 2018 Winter Jazz Fest, head on over to our archives to listen to that and many others. You can catch him in January at the Winter Jazz Fest.Keep an eye out for our annual Cheat Sheet in-depth preview and a post-event report.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads various ensembles at Smoke through January 7.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is the headliner at the Bronx Music Heritage Center’s New Year’s eve event on December 31.

Bassist William Parker teams up with drummer William Hooker for a duo set at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side on January 3 as part of an Amiri Baraka tribute at Arts for Art’s ongoing Justice is Compassion festival. He also has a set on January 8 with drummer JP Carletti and on the 10th with his expansive “Songs for a Free World” composition.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis leads Heroes are Gang Leaders at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side on January 3 as part of an Amiri Baraka tribute at Arts for Art’s ongoing Justice is Compassion festival. He’s also there for a duo set with pianist Aruan Ortiz on the 9th.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue has a free lunchtime concert on January 3 at the Gateway 2 center in downtown Newark NJ.

Looking further ahead, Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona leads a group at Club Bonafide on January 5.

Pianist Vijay Iyer leads a sextet at Birdland from January 9-13.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a sextet at Smoke on January 10.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from January 11-14.

Pianist Vijay Iyer leads a sextet at Birdland from January 9-13.

Saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quintet at Smoke from January 12-14.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland for an early set on January 14.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art’s monthlong Justice is Compassion festival of avant garde jazz, dance, and visual art is going on right now and continues at the Lower East Side’s Clemente Soto Velez Center through January 12 with different sets almost nightly. Bassist William Parker, pianist David Virelles, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker, vocalist Fay Victor, and poet Amina Baraka are all on the list of events, which includes a tribute to the late poet and jazz journalist Amiri Baraka on January 2-3. There’s a preview further down and you can see the the full schedule here.

Also on the horizon is the annual Winter Jazz Fest which returns from January 10-14. This year’s artists in residence is flutist Nicole Mitchell, who’ll have several sets at the festival. Other highlights include talks on sexism in jazz and jazz protest with saxophonist Archie Shepp. There’s a tribute to Alice Coltrane by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and the usual marathon nights of music on January 12-13. We’ll have more details in the next show and publish our annual cheat sheet and review online. Stay tuned for all of that.

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

This week’s show focuses on the late pianist Geri Allen with reflections from several people in the jazz world who knew her well. You can see and hear all of them and many more at the tribute concert on January 15 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium as part of the Winter Jazz Fest. We’ll have more Winter Jazz details at the bottom of the segment, but first the rest of this week’s listings.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads various ensembles at Smoke until January 7.

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at Iridium on December 26-27.

Vocalist René Marie is at the Jazz Standard from December 28-31.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is the headliner at the Bronx Music Heritage Center’s New Year’s eve event on December 31.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue has a free lunchtime concert on January 3 at the Gateway 2 center in downtown Newark NJ.

Looking further ahead, Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona leads a group at Club Bonafide on January 5.

Pianist Vijay Iyer leads a sextet at Birdland from January 9-13.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a sextet at Smoke on January 10.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art’s monthlong Justice is Compassion festival of avant garde jazz, dance, and visual art is going on right now and continues at the Lower East Side’s Clemente Soto Velez Center through January 12 with different sets almost nightly. Bassist William Parker, pianist David Virelles, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker, vocalist Fay Victor, and poet Amina Baraka are all on the list of events, which includes a tribute to the late poet and jazz journalist Amiri Baraka on January 2-3. There’s a preview further down and you can see the the full schedule here.

Also on the horizon is the annual Winter Jazz Fest which returns from January 10-14. This year’s artists in residence is flutist Nicole Mitchell, who’ll have several sets at the festival. Other highlights include talks on sexism in jazz and jazz protest with saxophonist Archie Shepp. There’s a tribute to Alice Coltrane by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and the usual marathon nights of music on January 12-13. We’ll have more details in the next show and publish our annual cheat sheet and review online. Stay tuned for all of that.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday January 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. 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 the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, head on over to our archives to listen to that and many others. You can catch him in January at the Winter Jazz Fest. He’ll be at Le Poisson Rouge on the 10th with The Comet is Coming and leading Shabaka and the Ancestors on either the 12th or 13th. We’ll let you know when the schedule is finalized. And we have more listings for you this week.

 

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a quartet at Smoke from December 18-January 6.

Bassist William Parker and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker are at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on December 19 for a talk and performance about Jazz and social justice. William Parker is also at Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side on December 21 and 22 as part of Arts for Art’s “Justice is Compassion” series that runs through January 12. See our preview of the series in a previous post.

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at Iridium on December 26-27.

Vocalist René Marie is at the Jazz Standard from December 28-31.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue has a free lunchtime concert on January 3 at the Gateway 2 center in downtown Newark NJ.

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

This week’s show features saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings! You can catch him in January at the Winter Jazz Fest. He’ll be at Le Poisson Rouge on the 10th with The Comet is Coming and leading Shabaka and the Ancestors on either the 12th or 13th. We’ll let you know when the schedule is finalized. And we have more listings for you this week.

Emma Franz’s documentary film Bill Frisell: A Portrait is showing at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village until December 14.

 

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater from December 13-17 with Big Band Holidays.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz and drummer Lenny White are at Smoke for a John Coltrane tribute from December 14-17.

Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett leads AfroHorn with trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah at the Lower East Side’s Clemente Soto Velez Center on December 16. And that’s part of Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art’s monthlong Justice is Compassion festival.

Trombonist Craig Harris is at Nublu in the East Village on December 16 as part of the Nublu Jazz Festival.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth at Nublu in the East Village on December 16 to close the Nublu Jazz Festival.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a quartet at Smoke from December 18-January 6.

Bassist William Parker and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker are at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on December 19 for a talk and performance about Jazz and social justice.

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at Iridium on December 26-27.

Vocalist René Marie is at the Jazz Standard from December 28-31.

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

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 Richard Bona head on over to our archives and check it out. And we have more music listings for you.
 
Saxophonist Billy Harper is at Birdland from the 13-17 with The Cookers.
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on September 15.
 
Blues vocalist Aleixs P. Suter will be in Flemington NJ at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival on September 16th.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on September 17.
 
Percussionist Steve Kroon is at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in New Brunswick on September 17th.
 
Bassist William Parker has free outdoor daytime performances at the Lower East Side’s Children’s Magical Garden at 129 Stanton St on September 17-18.
 
Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads Quarteto Ache at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in Somerville on September 18th and at Kitano with Gene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble on the 21st.
 
Pianist Vijay Iyer will be at The Jazz Standard on September 20 with the Andrew Hill Legacy Project.
 
Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs is at Club Bonafide on September 24.
 
Vocalist Kurt Elling is at The Iridium on September 27-28 for a Jon Hendricks Birthday celebration.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on September 18. 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.

IMG_2052Guitarist Vernon Reid clarified one thing at the beginning of the night’s set: he wanted the group everyone was about to experience to be known as WMV: the first initials of the members’ names, rather than the “Vernon Reid Power Trio” that had drawn people to the Iridium. This decision was in deference to a more egalitarian vision of the collaboration between three longtime friends and musical accomplices. Or, he said, you could call them the Zig Zag Power Trio.

The name may have to be settled later on, but all of that seemed less important than the music, which certainly is starting to gel between Reid, drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun, and electric bassist Melvin Gibbs in their raucous, high-energy ensemble.

I reviewed their last appearance at Iridium back in the spring, and was impressed enough to be eagerly anticipating a return appearance–which Reid promised was forthcoming – and finally happened last Friday for two sets.

The trio has to be a difficult project to pull together, especially since all of the members have such busy and diverse schedules: Reid and Calhoun are Living Colour bandmates in the middle of a tour. Calhoun is stepping into the role of a leader in his own right in the jazz world and has just wrapped up an album in tribute to the late drum legend Elvin Jones, and Gibbs plays with Harriet Tubman, which is also putting finishing touches on a release (due at the end of 2016 I’m told). These are only highlights of the artists’ main projects: to list all of their work would take way more space and research than there’s time for right now. The point is that these folks are seriously busy, and that’s part of what makes this collaboration so special.

This set felt slightly tighter than the Iridium date in the spring, which was not necessarily a bad thing. The spring set had more of the feel of sitting in on a dress rehearsal. To be clear, the music itself was at a high level both times. In the latest date, there were fewer inside jokes flowing, but the essence of what makes this group fantastic was intact, which is the high level of musical (and personal) respect between the musicians involved, trust, and sense of timing that’s the sign of a collective that’s working. That’s no small thing. The music industry is rife with stories of people who hate each other off the bandstand, but somehow manage to make things work long enough to get paid for the gig. That’s definitely not the case here. These musicians like and trust each other a lot and that’s expressed in the music.

The set started with a nod to the Blues (a recurring theme for this group) via their cover of guitarist Junior Kimbrough’s “Sad Days”. Here, Kimbrough’s work, transplanted from its Mississippi Hill Country juke joint roots, was turned up a notch (and rendered in a different key, according to Reid) into a searing electric rocker.

This was followed by a reverb-heavy soulful ballad that had Calhoun switching between drumsticks and mallets that referenced another key influence on the group: the late drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson. Reid simply said that “none of the things that have happened [to them as a collective], would’ve happened without him.” He explained in slightly greater detail in an interview on the Iridium’s blog that Jackson “was a real connection” between Gibbs and himself, as both of whom were bandmates in Jackson’s groups and drew his lessons firsthand, while Calhoun was heavily influenced by his musical ideas as a young player.

Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman” seamlessly fit into the set, with Reid purposefully bending the original’s plaintive saxophone melody and using it as a launchpad for the the group’s high energy collective improvisation.

The Jazz standard “King Tut Strut” had a brief call-and-answer between Reid and Calhoun and climaxed with a cymbal-crashing flourish by Calhoun that even a broken drumstick couldn’t interrupt. Reid wrapped the infectious repeated phrase at the center of the the song around his guitar and turned it to perfection.

The set ended, appropriately enough, with Ronald Shannon Jackson’s “Street Priest” and space was created for one of Calhoun’s trademark thundering drum solos that started on electronics before being finished on the drum set. While some drum solos are a formality, Calhoun’s are narratives in themselves, with clear progression and the type of engagement that showcases just one of his talents on the instrument. I’ve written about his incredible versatility on the drum kit before (and he’s equally adept on a range of percussion instruments), but Calhoun is an artist who can say a lot with percussion instruments.

Reid says that more shows are in the offing and added that there are thoughts of recording a release when prompted. Both of those things—like the exact name of the group—are works in progress. Stay tuned. The end result will be well worth your attention.
 
Will Calhoun is at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jazzmobile series on August 12th. He also appears with Living Colour on the 17th in a special acoustic set at City Winery or, at the Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn on the 28th.
 
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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.

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