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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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. 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 an interview with the vocalist Abiah! Be sure to tune in on Tuesday September 24. You can catch him at Joe’s Pub on October 7 and we’ve got more shows to announce this week.

Trombonist Craig Harris brings the Harlem Night Songs Big Band to Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church for a lunchtime set on September 24.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk with bassist Ron Carter on September 24.

Pianist Aaron Parks leads trios with drummer Billy Hart at the Village Vanguard from September 24-29.

Trumpeter Keyon Harrold is at the Blue Note from September 23-25.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Iridium on September 25.

Pianist David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on September 25.

Organist Joey DeFrancesco leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from September 26-29.

Saxophonist Marcus Strickland is at the Jazz Gallery with Brooklyn Raga Massive for a John Coltrane tribute on September 27-28.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on September 28 and October 5.

Bassist William Parker and trumpeter Jamie Branch are at the First Street Green Garden on E 1th St for afternoon sets on September 29th for a Roy Campbell tribute as part of Vision Fest promoters’ Arts for Art’s fall season.

Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Comet is Coming on October 1.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from October 1-6.

Bassist Ron Carter leads a big band at Birdland from October 1-5 and returns with his Golden Striker Trio from October 8-12, a quartet from October 15-19 and finally a nonet from October 22-26.

The documentary film Decade of Fire has a screening and talk by director Vivian Vazquez Irizzary at the Bronx Documentary Center on October 3 and screenings at the City College of New York on October 2 and at Concrete Plant Park in The Bronx on October 5.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis closes out Arts for Art’s In Gardens series with an afternoon set at Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St on October 5.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on October 5.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is at the Jazz Gallery with Fabian Almazan’s trio on October 5.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a listening party on October 8.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday September 24 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. 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 an interview with tubist Howard Johnson! Be sure to tune in on Tuesday September 17. Merkin Hall is hosting a tribute to on September 18 featuring a performance by Johnson’s band Gravity. And we’ve got more shows to announce this week.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake leads a big band at Dizzy’s Club on September 16.

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on September 17 and returns the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are at the Jazz Standard September 17-18.

Trombonist Craig Harris brings the Harlem Night Songs Big Band to Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church for lunchtime sets on September 17 and 24.

Bassist Christian McBride is at The Blue Note from September 17-22 and is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk with bassist Ron Carter on September 24.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads an ensemble at the Village Vanguard with pianist David Virelles from September 17-22.

Merkin Hall is hosting a tribute to tubist Howard Johnson on September 18.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on September 18 and at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on September 20.

Pianist Marc Cary brings the Harlem Sessions series to Minton’s on September 19 and it continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke September 21 and 28.

The documentary film Decade of Fire has screenings and talks by director Vivian Vazquez Irizzary at the Banknote Building in the South Bronx on September 19 and Bronx Documentary Center on October 3.

Vocalist René Marie is at Dizzy’s Club from September 19-22.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at Ginny’s Supper Club on September 20.

Vocalist Nona Hendryx is at the HarlemStage Gatehouse on September 20.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band at the Lincoln Center Atrium on September 20.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Smalls leading an after hours set on September 20.

Bassist William Parker and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis are at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church on September 20.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix leads a quintet at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on September 20-21.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz and drummer Lenny White join Charles Tolliver’s all star band to open the new Sistas’ Place season in Brooklyn on September 21.

Pianist Aaron Parks leads trios with drummer Billy Hart at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on September 21 and the Village Vanguard from September 24-29.

Saxophonist Claire Daly leads a quartet at Smalls on September 22.

Bassist William Parker and poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez are both in the First Street Green Garden for afternoon sets on E 1th St on September 22 as part of Vision Fest promoters’ Arts for Art’s fall season. Parker and trumpeter Jamie Branch return to 1st St on the 29th for a Roy Campbell tribute.

Trumpeter Keyon Harrold is at the Blue Note from September 23-25.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Iridium on September 25.

Organist Joey DeFrancesco leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from September 26-29.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday September 17 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. 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 an interview with trumpeter Keyon Harrold! Be sure to tune in on Tuesday September 10. He’ll be at the White Plains Jazz Festival for a free performance on September 12 and at the Blue Note from Monday through Wednesday, September 23-25. And we’ve got more shows to announce this week.

Drummer Billy Cobham is at The Blue Note for a 75th birthday celebration from September 10-15.

Guitarist Nels Cline is at is at The Stone with Zeena Parkins on September 11.

Guitarist Pat Metheny is at Sony Hall in Manhattan from September 11-13.

Percussionist Ray Mantilla is at Minton’s on September 12.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 12-14 with the Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra and with Darrell Green’s trio and September 15 at the White Plains Jazz Festival.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at the Jersey City Pier for the Riverview Jazz Fest on September 13 and leads the Multiverse Big Band at the Lincoln Center Atrium on September 20.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen is at the James Cohan Gallery for an afternoon set on September 14.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on September 14 and 21. He also brings the show to Minton’s on September 19.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake leads a big band at Dizzy’s Club on September 16.

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on September 17 and returns the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are at the Jazz Standard September 17-18.

Trombonist Craig Harris brings the Harlem Night Songs Big Band to Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church for lunchtime sets on September 17 and 24.

Bassist Christian McBride is at The Blue Note from September 17-22 and is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk with bassist Ron Carter on September 24.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads an ensemble at the Village Vanguard with pianist David Virelles from September 17-22.

Merkin Hall is hosting a tribute to tubist Howard Johnson on September 18.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on September 18 and at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on September 20.

Vocalist René Marie is at Dizzy’s Club from September 19-22.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Smalls leading an after hours set on September 20.

Bassist William Parker and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis are at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church on September 20.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix leads a quintet at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on September 20-21.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz and drummer Lenny White join Charles Tolliver’s all star band to open the new Sistas’ Place season in Brooklyn on September 21.

Pianist Aaron Parks leads trios with drummer Billy Hart at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on September 21 and the Village Vanguard from September 24-29.

Bassist William Parker and poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez are both in the First Street Green Garden for afternoon sets on E 1th St on September 22 as part of Vision Fest promoters’ Arts for Art’s fall season. Parker and trumpeter Jamie Branch return to 1st St on the 29th for a Roy Campbell tribute.

Saxophonist Claire Daly leads a quartet at Smalls on September 22.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Iridium on September 25.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday September 10 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s show features a dip into our archives for an interview with the late bassist Bob Cranshaw! Be sure to tune in on Tuesday September 3 and we’ve got more shows to announce this week.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on September 7 and 14. He also brings the show to Minton’s on September 19.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Smalls leading an after hours set on September 5.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Smalls with Jimmy Cobb’s quartet from September 5-8 and returns to lead a trio on September 17-18.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art begins their fall season of events with a tribute to the late poet Steve Cannon at The Clemente Soto Velez Center on September 6 with poetry and music. Bassist William Parker, dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker, and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis join poets for the celebration with a closing performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen. As part of the series, William Parker is in the 6BC Garden on E 6th St on September 7-8. Arts for Arts’ series continues throughout the fall with performances in Gardens, at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, and over Columbus Day Weekend in East Harlem. Full details at the Arts for Art website.

Trombonist Craig Harris is at the People’s Forum in Manhattan for a talk at saxophonist Ras Moshe’s Jazz and Self Determination class on September 7.

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at Le Poisson Rouge on September 9.

Guitarist Nels Cline is at is at The Stone with Zeena Parkins on September 11.

Guitarist Pat Metheny is at Sony Hall in Manhattan from September 11-13.

Vibraphonist Ray Mantilla is at Minton’s on September 12.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at the Jersey City Pier for the Riverview Jazz Fest on September 13.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen is at the James Cohan Gallery for an afternoon set on September 14.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake leads a big band at Dizzy’s Club on September 16.

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on September 17 and returns the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are at the Jazz Standard September 17-18.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday September 3 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. 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 an interview with vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater! Be sure to tune in on Tuesday August 27! She just finished headlining the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and we’ll let you know when she’s back in town and we’ve got more shows to announce this week.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Dizzy’s Club from August 26-28.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is at the Jazz Standard with Fabian Almazan on August 27-28.

Pianist David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery with Jonathan Blake on August 27-28.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for an afternoon talk on his remake of West Side Story on August 27 and leads the Multiverse Big Band for a free outdoor concert in an afternoon set at Harlem’s Riverbank State Park on August 30.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis leads a trio at The Glove in Brooklyn on August 28.

Vocalist Charenee Wade is at Grant’s Tomb to help close out Jazzmobile’s summer outdoor concert series on August 28.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Smoke for a Charlie Parker tribute from August 29-September 1.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at Birdland for a Charlie Parker tribute on August 30-31.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on August 31 and September 7.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen is at Brooklyn’s Union Pool on September 1 and at Clemente Soto Velez Center on September 6 for a Steve Cannon tribute. They’ll also be at the James Cohan Gallery for an afternoon set on September 14.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Smalls leading an after hours set on September 5.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Smalls with Jimmy Cobb’s quartet from September 5-8.

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at Le Poisson Rouge on September 9.

Guitarist Nels Cline is at is at The Stone with Zeena Parkins on September 11.

Guitarist Pat Metheny is at Sony Hall in Manhattan from September 11-13.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art begins their fall season of events with a tribute to the late poet Steve Cannon at The Clemente Soto Velez Center on September 6 with poetry and music. Bassist William Parker, dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker, and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis join poets for the celebration with a closing performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen. As part of the series, William Parker is in the 6BC Garden on E 6th St on September 7-8. Arts for Arts’ series continues throughout the fall with performances in Gardens, at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, and over Columbus Day Weekend in East Harlem. Full details at the Arts for Art website.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday August 27 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

Words by Hank Williams | Photos by Joyce Jones & Hank Williams

The annual Vision Fest returns his year for its 24th edition and as usual provides a week full of avant garde jazz, dance, poetry, and visual art all under the same roof and available for the same admission fee. Single day passes are available and it’s probably a good idea to grab them in advance since the individual evenings can sell out. It’s worth considering a full festival pass, which gets you entrance to all six nights.

The 2019 event moves back to a more traditional calendar slot, running from June 11-16 and returns to Roulette in downtown Brooklyn. Roulette’s extremely easy to access, though: it’s one long block from the Atlantic Avenue subways and LIRR station.

The festival officially started on Sunday June 9 with film screenings at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan.

This post will highlight a few key performances to look forward to, but you can (and should) look at the full schedule since it’s not possible to focus on every performance there in a single post and one of the wonderful things about the festival are the sets that take you by surprise.

Andrew Cyrille | Joyce Jones/Sugabowl Photography

As is Vision’s tradition, the opening night on Tuesday June 11 is centered around an artist that Vision bestows with a lifetime achievement award. This year’s honoree is drummer Andrew Cyrille. As is Vision’s tradition, Cyrille will perform in multiple ensembles during the course of the evening with collaborators chosen by the honoree. Cyrille’s going for quantity this time and will be part of eight different ensembles throughout the evening.

Cyrille’s Haitian Fascination ensemble starts off the night, and here he’s joined by poet Quincy Troupe. Later on is a duet with saxophonist and frequent Vision participant saxophonist Kidd Jordan. Jordan’s wide-open, bluesy style should mesh well and will push the limits as both are consummate improvisors. Following that, drummer Milford Graves joins Cyrille for another duo that recalls the conversation between them in a live performance captured on their 1974 Dialogue of the Drums release.

In the second half of the evening, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and guitarist Brandon Ross join Cyrille for a trio. But one of the highlights of the night not to be missed is Cyrille’s duo with saxophonist Peter Brötzmann. Again, it reunites collaborators from an old recording, this time recalling the 1982 Andrew Cyrille Meets Peter Brötzmann release. Brötzmann rarely plays in the US these days, so any opportunity to see him is worth it.

Henry Grimes (left) and Marc Ribot at the 2016 Vision Fest. | Joyce Jones/Sugabowl Photography

Wednesday night kicks off with the return of guitarist Marc Ribot, who leads a quartet here along with drummer Chad Taylor–a frequent collaborator who was part of Ribot’s trio with bassist Henry Grimes. Nick Dunston (b) and Jay Rodriguez (sax, flute) round out the ensemble. Ribot’s set should be an evolution of his work with the Spiritual Unity ensembles and be a highly experimental, energetic show.

Later on Wednesday night, the stage gets turned over to poetry as Edwin Torres and Fred Moten’s words are accompanied by Brandon Lopez (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). It should be on the more experimental, “out” end of the spectrum, but that’s one hallmark of Vision: not only does it give space to poets, but it gives them prime time slots, doesn’t relegate them to a secondary stage (which there hasn’t been for several years now), and doesn’t shy away from performances that may be conceptually difficult.

                                            (L-R) Kidd Jordan, Michael Bisio, Hamid Drake | Joyce Jones/Sugabowl Photography

Saxophonist Kidd Jordan earns the closing slot on Wednesday night. Here, he’s joined by frequent Vision collaborators in bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake along with pianist Joel Futterman in a tribute set dedicated to the late AACM member Alvin Fielder. This is another attribute of Vision: the constant reminders of those who’ve passed on and the commitment to continue their legacy through new and revisited work. Jordan’s set should be one of the highlights of the festival, though. While Jordan’s work fits in with the avant garde slant of the festival, it draws equally deeply from the blues and sacred music. One of the most impressive things is his ability to move seamlessly between points of inspiration and create improvised free-form narratives. Parker and Drake are perfect partners here as both have the flexibility to respond to whatever Jordan does and create moods of their own for Jordan to answer.

Melvin Gibbs at the 2016 Vision Fest | Joyce Jones/Sugabowl Photography

Thursday night again features a full night of performances, bookended by two particularly worth paying attention to. The God Particle ensemble brings together Melvin Gibbs (electric bass), Stephon Alexander (sax, laptop, EWI), James Brandon Lewis (sax), Luke Stewart (bass), Marc Cary (piano, synth), Graham Haynes (tpt), Will Calhoun (d), and David Pleasant (d, body perc). Gibbs’s ensemble builds on his interest in physics and collaborative work with Alexander, who’s a theoretical physicist and author of The Jazz of Physics. Their description probably sums up the set best: “God Particle will premiere a new work, Ogodo, the Cosmic Fabric, which examines the similarities between theoretical physics and African cosmology in relation to the concept of the “cosmic fabric” of space-time.”

To close Thursday evening, saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc leads Alto Gladness, featuring a trio of saxophonists along with William Parker (b) and Gerald Cleaver (d) in a tribute to Cecil Taylor that looks to be loud, boisterous fun.

Friday begins the first of a trio of afternoon panel discussions, held at 3 PM before the evening’s main performances start. This afternoon’s focus will be on Race and Gender in music and how it reflects economics and available resources for artists.

Later on Friday night, the duo of bassist William Parker and pianist Matthew Shipp hits, in what they say is their first duo appearance in the US in a decade. Expect intense and nuanced conversation between the two from this intimate set.

Saturday starts off with another rountable discussion (this time at 1 PM) on Practical Concerns of FreeJazz Artists). A large panel takes on a range of issues including housing, funding opportunities, education, and performance opportunities.

James Brandon Lewis at the 2016 Vision Festival | Hank Williams

Saturday night features a solid lineup as well, with several acts worth seeing. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s Unruly Quintet takes the stage at 9:30 PM. The lineup is the same one as the critically acclaimed Unruly Manifesto released earlier this year: Luke Stewart (b), Warren “Trae” Crudup (d), Anthony Pirog (elec guitar), and Jaimie Branch (tpt). Pirog and Branch add depth to the already tight, hard-hitting trio that played Vision in 2016 and made a big impression with their raw energy and Lewis’s incredible honesty. Lewis brings the same raw power and finesse to the stage and the colors and textures Pirog and Branch add to the mix promise an extremely enjoyable and challenging set of music.

Douglas R. Ewart closes out Saturday night with a set that should be a little less high energy than the previous one, but still extremely satisfying as well, with bassist Luke Stewart returning and guitarist Brandon Ross joining the cast to pay tribute to Joseph Jarman.

Sunday starts with the final afternoon panel discussion on Understanding and Achieving Cultural Equity at 3 PM followed by several strong closing night sets. Heroes are Gang Leaders, led by James Brandon Lewis and poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, takes the work of the late poet, writer, music critic, and Vision performer Amiri Baraka as a starting point for their own combination of words and music that serves as a fitting follow-up to Baraka’s own Blue Ark ensembles that graced the Vision stage many times in the past.

Pianist D.D. Jackson draws the honor of closing out the entire festival on Sunday night with a band formed in tribute to the late saxophonist Hamiett Bluiett.

That’s a lot–and it still just scratches the surface of what’s on offer at Vision. Again, it’s worth jumping to the full schedule to see everyone scheduled to perform.

For a deeper dive into this year’s honoree Andrew Cyrille, check out our show that aired on June 4 on WBAI, which was actually the first of two parts. We’ve also previously profiled several of the artists highlighted in this piece.

Constants of the festival are the open atmosphere, where artists mingle before and after sets and outside the venue and the vending area with releases from the artists you’ve just heard–often on small or obscure labels–that you can likely have autographed on the spot to taker home and all sorts of other related things.

With as much change as there is every year in the arts scene and the continuing reports of either the resurgence or death of jazz (depending who you read), the Vision Festival endures as a reassuring institution that’s seemed to survive by keeping true to its roots and taking real ethical and artistic principles that it sticks to no matter what. For an impressive 24 years, that’s been the secret to success, if only by sheer force of will, lots of community support, and tons of behind-the-scenes and often donated labor that substitutes for corporate underwriting. But the above is simply an embodiment of the festival’s name: it creates one vision of what we might want the artistic world to look like and a template for bringing it closer to fruition.

We’ll also check back in with a review and photos after Vision wraps up.

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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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. 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 on hiatus this week (and next) for WBAI’s Spring Fund Drive: see you in June! Meanwhile, last week’s show featured the return of one of WBAI’s most popular specials: “The Journey: From Africa to the New World Through Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Haiti and Beyond.” Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria narrates and provides music from his vast collection for this feature that was produced and engineered by Joyce Jones. You can also keep occupied by browsing through our online archives that have a solid decade of shows!

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

Poet Ngoma Hill is at Harlem’s Sister’s Uptown Bookstore for the Fat Tuesdays music and poetry showcase on May 21 (and the third Tuesday of every month).

Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith is at Birdland from May 21-25.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at Nublu’s 151 space on May 23.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Smoke for a Miles Davis tribute on May 23.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soulsquad are at Ginny’s Supper Club on May 23-24.

Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano are at Club Bonafide on May 24.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at St. Albans Presbyterian Church in Queens for Jazz Vespers with Darrell Green’s trio on May 25.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on May 25 and June 2.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at the Jazz Standard with Fred Hirsch on May 29. Vocalist Kurt Elling sits in on May 30 and drummer Billy Hart is there on May 31 and June 1.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Smalls leading an after hours jam session on May 29.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from May 30-June 2.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves in June, after the fund drive in our regular Tuesday time slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. 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 on May 14 features the return of one of WBAI’s most popular specials: “The Journey: From Africa to the New World Through Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Haiti and Beyond” for WBAI’s Spring Fund Drive. Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria narrates and provides music from his vast collection for this feature that was produced and engineered by Joyce Jones. You can see Bobby at 55 Bar on May 17 with Gabriela Anders.

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

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls in a late set on May 15.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Smalls in an after hours set on May 15 and leads a trio at Tavern on George in New Brunswick NJ on May 22.

Saxophonist Tia Fuller is at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse on May 16.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at Littlefield in Brooklyn on May 17 and at Nublu’s 151 space on May 23.

Organist Joey DeFrancesco and Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on May 17-18.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Art Yard in Frenchtown NJ on May 18.

Bassist Reggie Workman is at the Historic Masonic Temple in Brooklyn for the 50th Anniversary of The East on May 18.

Pianist Aaron Parks is at the Village Vanguard with Ben Wendel from May 14-19.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on May 18 and 25.

Poet Ngoma Hill is at Inkwell in Brooklyn for a Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage fundraiser on May 18 and at Harlem’s Sister’s Uptown Bookstore for the Fat Tuesdays music and poetry showcase on May 21 (and the third Tuesday of every month).

Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith is at Birdland from May 21-25.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Smoke for a Miles Davis tribute on May 23.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soulsquad are at Ginny’s Supper Club on May 23-24.

Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano are at Club Bonafide on May 24.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at St. Albans Presbyterian Church in Queens for Jazz Vespers with Darrell Green’s trio on May 25.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves in June, after the fund drive in our regular Tuesday time slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. 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 taking a break this week for WBAI’s Spring Fund Drive, but we’ll be back next week on May 14 in our regular time slot. Until then, we have listings for you this week.

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

Drummer Antonio Sanchez leads an ensemble at the Village Vanguard from May 7-12.

Drummer Billy Hart is at Smoke with the Dayna Stephens Quartet from May 9-11.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on May 11.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on May 11 and 18.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls in a late set on May 15.

Saxophonist Tia Fuller is at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse on May 16.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at Littlefield in Brooklyn on May 17 and at Nublu’s 151 space on May 23.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Art Yard in Frenchtown NJ on May 18.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday night in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. 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 back on air this week! This week’s guest is trumpeter Jaimie Branch, whose Fly or Die debut album garnered lots of deserved praise last year. Tune in to hear her story. And we have more listings for you this week.

Before we get to the rest of this week’s listings, a note that WBAI Radio’s Winter Fund Drive is in full swing. We urge you to give whatever you can and it’s particularly helpful to become a sustaining member with a monthly pledge, which we call a BAI Buddy. and gets you a few perks–including a members’ discount card useful for several places around NYC–in addition to giving the station a predictable, stable source of support. Remember that one-time pledges start at only $5–yes: $5. As always, thanks for any help you can offer.

Guitarist Julian Lage leads a trio at Le Poisson Rouge on March 5.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at Nublu on March 5.

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch is also at Nublu on March 5 with Anteloper.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Jazz Standard from March 5-10.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art team up with The Kitchen for 3 nights of performances from March 7-9. Bassist William Parker and Hamid Drake are there on the 8th and return on the 9th with pianist Dave Burrell’s Harlem Renaissance project. Drummer Andrew Cyrille presents Haitian Fascination on the 9th.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on March 8 and is at Smoke from March 14-16.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at Interface NYC for an Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday tribute on March 9.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on March 9 and 16. He’s also at Mezzrow on March 11.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on March 7, 19, and 26.

Saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quartet at Zinc Bar in a late afternoon set on March 10 as part of the VTY Jazz series.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Smoke on March 12 with David Gibson’s quartet.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at Dizzy’s Club on March 13.

Vocalist Rene Marie is at the Jazz Standard from March 14-17.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist Vijay Iyer, and drummer Lenny White are all at the Blue Note from March 14-17 with trumpeter Charles Tolliver for the 50th anniversary of his Paper Man release.

Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett leads AfroHORN at Zinc Bar on March 16.

Drummer Will Calhoun is at The Blue Note with bassist Christian McBride and saxophonist Marcus Strickland as guests on March 18.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on March 30.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday March 5 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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