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Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.
 
We’re off the air this week, but stop by our archives to get your fix from nearly 7 years of archived shows until next week. The promised preview of the NYC summer jazz concert season is coming later this week as well — for real this time. As usual, we have lots more music for you this week.
 
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WBAI’s Spring Fund Drive has begin and we’ve put together a special premium for you. We have 10 autographed copies of Quincy Troupe’s book Miles and Me available for a pledge of $35 to WBAI. The book is his remembrances of knowing and working with Davis on his autobiography and commentary on the music and life from one of the very few people who was close to the man.You can pledge throughout the drive at WBAI’s pledge site.
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. See our review of the show for more details. Calhoun will be at the Blue Note on May 30th with McCoy Tyner.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads Quarteto Ache at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on the 27th with Latino poets.
 
Percussionist Adam Rudolph has a residency at The Stone from May 24-29 and is joined by Graham Haynes on the 25th, 27th, and 28th.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern is at Mezzrow with saxophonist Eric Alexander from May 25-26.
 
Trumpeter Marcus Printup is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with the JALC Orchestra from May 25-26.
 
Poet and author Quincy Troupe and Margaret Porter Troupe at the Harlem Arts Salon on May 26th for a Miles Davis birthday event. They’re joined by saxophonist Gary Bartz and percussionist James Mtume Reservations are required and can be done at their site.
 
Saxophonist René McLean is at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on the 28th for an African Liberation Day celebration.
 
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin leads the Soulsquad at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on May 31.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley is at Le Poisson Rouge with Hazmat Modine on June 4.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on May 29. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.
 
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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

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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 this week, but back on air on March 6. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention WBAI’s Winter Fund Drive that’s continuing for another week. A donation — even a small one — in the name of our show will help enormously. And there’s always live music going on, so let’s dive in.
 
Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from February 29-March 1 with Gerald Clayton.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on March 1 in the last of a series of shows with pianist McCoy Tyner. Tyner’s been less public lately, so it’s a good idea to catch him and see the last remaining member of Coltrane’s classic band in action.
 
Also at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club is saxophonist Tia Fuller who leads a quartet including bassist Mimi Jones on March 2nd.
 
Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Lincoln Center’s Atrium on March 3 for a free concert with with Los Cubanos Postizos and the same ensemble will be at Le Poisson Rouge on the 4th.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads Quarteto Ache in two lunchtime performances at NJPAC in Newark on March 6.
 
Bassist Mimi Jones is at the Pregones Theater in The Bronx on March 12th.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on March 6. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.
 
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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

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 (finally!) back on air this week with guest Jessica Edwards, director of the Mavis Staples documentary Mavis! It’s screening at City Cinemas’ Village East in Manhattan until February 25th and will be on HBO later in the year. We have six individual tickets to give away for the screenings this week, graciously donated by Village East Cinema. To get one of those, pledge for a WBAI membership at the $25 level or higher with a credit or debit card or call the pledge line at 212-209-2950. Check the theater schedule and tell us which night and show you want to see when you pledge. And we have lots more music for you this week.
 

 
Trombonist Craig Harris is at Harlem’s Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church for a W.E.B. DuBois Jazz Celebration on the 23rd.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with Joe Chambers on the 23-24th and leads Quarteto Ache at NJPAC in Newark on March 6.
 
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at Webster Hall on February 24th.
 
Pianist Michele Rosewoman is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a listening party and talk on “Jazz From an African Perspective” on the 25th.
 
Bassist Christian McBride is at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Jonathan Batiste on the 26th.
 
Vocalist René Marie is at Ocean County College in Tom’s River NJ on February 26th and The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on the 27th.
 
Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington brings her “Mosaic Project” to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on the 27th.
 
Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from February 29-March 1 with Gerald Clayton.
 
Also at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club is saxophonist Tia Fuller who leads a quartet including bassist Mimi Jones on March 2nd.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on March 1 in the last of a series of shows with pianist McCoy Tyner. Tyner’s been less public lately, so it’s a good idea to catch him and see the last remaining member of Coltrane’s classic band in action.
 
Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Lincoln Center’s Atrium on March 3 for a free concert with with Los Cubanos Postizos and the same ensemble will be at Le Poisson Rouge on the 4th.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on March 6. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.
 
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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

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.

 

Suga’ in My Bowl is off the air this week: we’re back on October 18th. If you missed the last show with saxophonist Kamasi Washington, then head on over to our our audio archives for that and much more — especially since he’s in town this week with stops at Brooklyn’s BRIC JazzFest on October 15th and in Manhattan at Le Poission Rouge on the 16th. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some more upcoming gigs.

 

Pianist Randy Weston presents the Gnawa master musicians of Morocco at New School’s Tishman Auditorium for a performance on the 13th.

 

We mentioned the BRIC Arts Jazz Fest at the top of the segment and there are other Suga’ guests to keep an eye out for. Harpist Brandee Younger has a set on the 15th and organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his Evolution ensemble on the 16th.

 

Saxophonists Kamasi Washington and Lakecia Benjamin hit Le Poisson Rouge on the 16th in a preview of the 2016 Winter Jazz Fest. Benjamin leads the Soulsquad and Washington’s band performs tracks from his acclaimed release The Epic.

 

The New York Chapter of the AACM’s monthlong 50th anniversary celebration continues at the Community Church of New York on E 35th St with performances on the 16th and every Friday in October.

 

Organist John Medeski is at Webster Hall with The Word on the 16th.

 

Percussionist Steve Kroon is at Minton’s in Harlem on the 17th and Brooklyn’s Jazz 966 on the 23rd.

 

Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria has a free show at the Brooklyn Heights Library at 2 PM on October 17th.

 

Bassist Alex Blake and WBAI Producer Dwight Brewster are at the Staten Island Jazz Festival with Dr. Mambo and the Experience Ensemble at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on the 17th.

 

The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen returns to Earth on the 22nd at Brooklyn Bowl.

 

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at 55 Bar on the 22nd.

 

Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note from October 24-25th.

 

Director Carol Bash’s documentary film on pianist Mary Lou Williams, The Lady Who Swings the Band, screens at the ReelSisters film festival on October 25th at LIU’s downtown Brooklyn campus.

 

Saxphonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Rudin Museum on the 25 and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on the 29th.

 

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 18th. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

 

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

 

This week’s guest is saxophonist Kamasi Washington. You can see him live at Brooklyn’s BRIC JazzFest on October 15 and in Manhattan at Le Poission Rouge on the 16th. There’s much more going on this week, so let’s dive in.

 

Drummer Antonio Sanchez and vocalist Thana Alexa are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on October 6-7th.

 

Drummer Jeff Tain Watts is at the Jazz Standard with saxophonist Yosvany Terry on October 8-10.

 

The New York Chapter of the AACM kicks off its monthlong 50th anniversary celebration at the Community Church of New York on E 35 St with a panel discussion and performance with pianist Muhal Richard Abrams on the 9th and performances every Friday in October.

 

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on October 9-10 with John Zorn.

 

There’s a tribute to the late Amiri Baraka at Newark’s Symphony Hall on the 10th. Guests include poets Felipe Luciano, Jessica Care Moore, and Quincy Troupe saxophonists Oliver Lake and René McLean, trombonist Craig Harris, bassist Reggie Workman, and James Mtume among others.

 

Pianist Randy Weston at a tribute to Dr. John Henrik Clarke at Medgar Evers College on the 10th and presents the Gnawa master musicians of Morocco at New School’s Tishman Auditorium for a performance on the 13th.

 

Also at Medgar Evers’ Dr. Clarke Tribute is Dr. Leonard Jeffries.

 

We mentioned the BRIC Arts Jazz Fest at the top of the segment and there are other Suga’ guests to keep an eye out for. Harpist Brandee Younger has a set on the 15th and organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his Evolution ensemble on the 16th.

 

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin leads the Soulsquad at Le Poisson Rouge on the 16th.

 

Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria has a free show at the Brooklyn Heights Library at 2 PM on October 17th.

 

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at the Blue Note from October 17-22.

 

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 18th. 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.

Suga’ in My Bowl is off the air this week: we’re back on September 20. If you missed the last show with vocalist Lizz Wright, then head on over to our our audio archives for that and much more. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.

Saxophonist Lou Donaldson is at the Blue Note from September 15-16.

Drummer Billy Cobham is at BB King’s on September 16.

Legendary bassist Reggie Workman is at Symphony Space on September 18.

Vocalist Carmen Lundy is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from September 18-20.

Bassist Bob Cranshaw is at Small’s with Joe Farnsworth’s quartet on September 19.

Pianist Harold Mabern co-leads a quartet with Eric Alexander at OSPAC in West Orange NJ on September 19.

Vocalist Nona Hendryx is at Le Poisson Rouge with Word/Rock/Sword on September 19.

Low brass specialist on tuba and trombone Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on September 19.

Bassist Alex Blake is at the Blue Note with vocalist Julie E on September 21.

Director Carol Bash is at HarlemStage on the City College of New York campus for a screening of her Mary Lou Williams documentary The Lady Who Swings the Band on September 22. Pianist Geri Allen and Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin will be on hand also for a performance and discussion.

Pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary is at Palisades in Brooklyn on September 23.

Drummer Jeff Tain Watts leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from September 24-27 and returns with Yosvany Terry on October 8-10.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from September 23-24.

Saxophonist Rene McLean is at Smoke with a Jackie McLean tribute from September 23-24.

Bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Pat Metheny are at NJPAC for a performance and conversation on September 27.

Percussionist Steve Kroon will be at Brooklyn’s First Baptist Church of Crown Heights for Jazz Vespers with the Jeff King Band on September 27.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on September 20th. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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.

Suga’ in My Bowl is off the air this week: we’re back on September 6 with vocalist Lizz Wright! Until then, our our audio archives have you covered for your Suga’ fix. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs, including a few free outdoor shows in the waning days of summer.

Pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions on September 3 at The Gin Fizz.

Drummer Jeff Tain Watts sits in with the Fort Apache Band at the Blue Note from September 1-6.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Newark NJ’s Gateway Center (across the street from Newark Penn Station) for a free lunchtime outdoor performance on September 2nd.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at Le Poisson Rouge on September 2nd.

Pianist Harold Mabern joins Peppe Merola’s Quintet at Smoke on September 3rd.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on September 3rd.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at the Westport CT Blues Festival on September 6.

Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at Jersey City’s Newport Tower for a free outdoor show at 12 noon on September 9.

Vocalist Lizz Wright is at Highline Ballroom on September 10.

Vocalist René Marie is at the Jazz Standard from September 10-13.

Saxophonist Billy Harper is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with The Cookers from September 10-13.

Percussionist Adam Rudolph is at the Jazz Gallery on September 11-12.

Saxophonist Lou Donaldson is at the Blue Note from September 15-16.

Drummer Billy Cobham is at BB King’s on September 16.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Labor Day Weekend: September 6th. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

Suga in My Bowl radio presents a new weekly feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

Program note: Suga’ in My Bowl has changed to a biweekly schedule on WBAI Radio and now alternates Sunday nights with Sports Qualified at our usual 11 PM -1 AM time period. You’ll get the same great show; just every other week! So mark your calendars or just keep up with us via our Facebook page, the blog here, or our main website and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

Suga’ in My Bowl is off the air this week. Join us on air next Sunday. To get your fix until then, check out our our audio archives, especially if you missed our recent shows with saxophonists David Murray and Oliver Lake, who are both appearing at the upcoming Winter Jazz Fest, along with other former Suga’ in My Bowl guests. This week’s focus is on the 2015 Winter Jazz Fest. Scroll down the page for details and check out our first look. Tomorrow, we’ll publish a cheat sheet of acts we’re looking forward to seeing. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria leads a discussion of the music of World War I era composer James Reese Europe at the Jazz Museum in Harlem as part of their “Jazz for Curious Listeners” series on January 6th. The event is free.

Low Brass specialist on tuba and trombone Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on January 9th

Pianist Marc Cary returns to the Cell Theatre with his Focus trio on January 10th and 17th.

WJF_200x200The big news coming up is the 2015 Winter Jazz Fest on January 8th through 10th. Details are at their website and you can see our own preview and ongoing festival coverage right here. On Monday, we’ll post a cheat sheet for the festival, but here’s a quick overview right now:

Thursday January 8th

  • Pianist Harold Mabern will appear in the WJF’s Disability Pride benefit concert at the Friends’ meeting House on E 15th Street in Manhattan.
  • Friday January 9th

  • Saxophonist David Murray has a busy evening. Catch him at the Minetta Lane Theater with his Clarinet Summit at 7:30 and with drummer Teri Lyne Carrington and pianist Geri Allen at 8:45.
  • Harpist Brandee Younger takes the stage at the Bitter End on Bleecker Street at 8:45 with her “Afro Harping” Tribute to the late Dorothy Ashby.
  • Drummer Will Calhoun with “Jungle Funk” at Bowery Electric at 9 PM.
  • Saxophonist Oliver Lake and bassist Reggie Workman are at Minetta Lane with TRIO 3 at 10 PM.
  • Saturday January 10th

  • Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at The Bitter End on Bleecker Street with his Organ Quartet at 6:15 PM.
  • Saxophonist Billy Harper is at Minetta Lane Theater with The Cookers at 8:45 PM.
  • Saxophonist David Murray appears at Le Poisson Rouge with his Infinity Quartet at 9 PM.
  • Vocalist Catherine Russell is at the Greenwich House Music School on Barrow St. at 10 PM.
  • Drummer J.T. Lewis is at Subculture on Bleecker Street with Harriet Tubman at 10 PM.
  • Looking ahead, there’s a free memorial and celebration of the life of the late bassist Charlie Haden; at the Town Hall on January 13th with Ruth Cameron-Haden, Pat Metheny, Brandee Younger, and many more.

    Looking further ahead, it’s the last call for reservations to see vocalist Catherine Russell and master drummer Michael Carvin at Mohonk Mountain House’s Jazz on the Mountain from January 16-19th.

    That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI next week, January 11th. We’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” on air and online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

    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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    Winter is finally settling in to New York City, which means a lot of things. It’s getting dark earlier, we’ve already been hit with one cold snap with more definitely on the way, and snow is inevitable sooner or later. But one of the bright spots in the otherwise dark days of January is the Winter Jazz Fest, which is returning for the 11th year in 2015 from the 8th to the 10th. We profiled Suga’ guests (and a few others) appearing at the fest last year and will do the same as we get closer, but the preliminary line-up has been announced, so it’s worth taking a quick look at what’s going on and a preliminary peek at who’s there, although they’re promising more additions to the line-up and it will probably take even longer to get a full sense of all the side players in the groups.

    Schedule and Tickets

    The schedule kicks off with two different concerts on Thursday, January 8th. The Robert Glasper Trio, Jose James, Derrick Hodge, and Kendrick Scott are the headliners in a celebration of the legendary Blue Note Records label at Le Poisson Rouge. Single event tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) or a $75 pass for admission to the entire festival. Meanwhile, a fundraiser concert for the Disability Pride organization will take place at the Friends Meeting Hall in Manhattan. It features a sizable list of performers and tickets go for $100 or $145 with a 3-day WJF pass. There are a variety of different ticket combos, ranging from $35 for Friday or Saturday night, to $55 for both, and up for packages with the Thursday night events. It’s a reasonable cost considering the vast array of top performers who will be there. Sets generally run from 6 PM until 2 AM (at Zinc Bar) on Friday and Saturday nights, so it’s entirely reasonable to catch 3-4 full sets of music per night if one wants to, even with overlaps.

    Locations

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    The WJF continues around several locations in Greenwich Village and the East Village, with Judson Memorial Church again serving as the epicenter (and the festival’s box office and check-in site) and one of the larger venues. Zinc Bar and Le Poisson Rouge return as venues, joined by the Greenwich House Music School, Minetta Lane Theater, Players Theater, Bitter End, Carroll Place, Subculture, and Bowery Electric. Subculture and Bowery Electric are further away from most of the venues, which are clustered around Washington Square Park. Keep this in mind as you scan the schedule: you may be walking fast to shuttle between venues if one place you want to hit is on the east side.

    The festival has become almost a victim of its own success over the years: two years ago it sold out and there have been regular problems with space in the smaller venues on the list. It’s virtually impossible to get into Zinc Bar after the early evening, for example, especially when festival goers combine with the usual Zinc crowd. Securing Minetta Lane and Players Theatre should help immensely in this regard, since both are larger spaces. Still, if one of the acts you want to catch is at one of the smaller spaces on the list, there isn’t much recourse other than to get there very early — and perhaps be prepared to wait. It likely reflects a compromise between supporting some of the smaller venues that program jazz throughout the year in more intimate spaces and the reality that the festival is drawing more people — a good thing — to see the more popular acts. There’s probably not a better fix for the issue.

    Lineup

    We’ll do a follow-up with a “cheat sheet” of picks on our radar, but rather than post their extensive list (WJF claims over 100 acts and counting), I’ll point you toward the artist line-up and the list of personnel, the latter of which gives a fuller sense of who’s behind some of the groups. It’s an impressive list that leans toward the experimental end of the jazz spectrum — indeed, some of the acts will probably push the boundaries of jazz — but with the variety of performers there should be something for a broad spectrum of fans. There’s a pretty thoughtful mix of vocalists and instrumental groups and there’s a diversity of styles. If you have favorites (which is likely if you’ve been following the music scene for a while), then dive in and check for people you want to see. If not, you could do worse than to just sample a few different acts that look interesting and explore. Indeed, that’s advice that goes for anyone since there are quite a few composite groups that pop up for the event and give a chance to see players that don’t always perform together try new things. There are a few ways to get a handle on what you’re likely to hear and who to catch:

  • The Winter Jazz Fest organizers have set up a channel on Apple’s iTunes Radio with music from festival artists.
  • Check the ever-helpful YouTube for performance videos (often live) and sample tracks from an artist or combo.
  • Soundcloud is catching on as a listening platform: do a search for artists there.
  • Next week, we’ll take a look at a few of the artists profiled on the Suga’ in My Bowl show who’ll be there and some others we’re looking forward to seeing. Are you heading to the WJF? What are some of the acts you’re looking forward to seeing? Let us 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.

    bandstand_picSuga in My Bowl radio presents a new weekly feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

    Program note: Suga’ in My Bowl has changed to a biweekly schedule on WBAI Radio and will now alternate Sunday nights with Sports Qualified at our usual 11-1 AM time period. You’ll get the same great show; just every other week! So mark your calendars or just keep up with us via our Facebook page, the blog here, or our main website and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

    SOS_book_coverWe’re off the airwaves this week: catch us next Sunday. Until then, why not check out a show you missed from our archives? There’s also still time to pledge for for our Black Arts Movement premium with a gift to WBAI. You can also support WBAI (and our show) by donating as little as $5 online and we’re grateful for those of you who keep the station rolling along. And there are opportunities to see Suga’ guests in action this week.

    On display until November 4th at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery is Visions, Roots, and Rhythms, visual art inspired by the musical collaboration of Randy Weston and Melba Liston. It features work from a number of visual artists, including trombonist (and former Suga’ guest) Dick Griffin.

    Multi-instrumentalist Charles Gayle (who we profiled back in the summer for our Vision Fest show) will have a solo piano performance at Le Poisson Rouge on October 30th.

    Saxophonist Kenny Garrett returns to Iridium on October 30th, 31st, and November 1st.

    Looking further ahead, pianist Harold Mabern will be at the Jazz Standard from October 30th to November 2nd with George Coleman’s New Quintet. You can also catch him uptown at Smoke on Monday, November 3rd.

    Bassist and vocalist Mimi Jones. will be at the Upper West Side’s Bar Thalia on the 31st with her band.

    You can see drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria in a free Saturday afternoon show at the Brooklyn Heights public library branch with Gene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble on November 1st.

    Pianist Marc Cary leads his Focus Trio at the Cell Theatre on November 1st.

    Poet Jesús Papoleto Meléndez will be one of many poets reading at the Hoboken Museum in New Jersey on November 2nd for “Broken English Lessons” a tribute to the late Pedro Pietri.

    Finally, keep an eye out for Atlantic City’s Exit Zero Jazz Festival, which has vocalist René Marie and saxophonist Billy Harper among the acts during the November 7th-9th weekend.

    That’s all for now. With our new biweekly schedule, Suga’ in My Bowl is back on the on the WBAI airwaves next week, November 3rd. We’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” on air and online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

    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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