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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 if you missed last week’s show with bassist Charnett Moffett, whose brand new Music From Our Soul release is out on Motéma Records. Now let’s get to those listings.

WBGO Radio has a visual art exhibit featuring works produced by musicians. It’s on view at their studio in downtown Newark NJ and features the work of Will Calhoun, Mino Cinelu, Dick Griffin, Oliver Lake, Carmen Lundy and others. Saxophonist Oliver Lake will be performing for the reception on June 8.

Saxophonist Salim Washington will be at the Fat Cat in Greenwich Village on June 20 (10 PM set), Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on June 24, and Farafina in Harlem on July 1.

Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah’s Diaspora will be at Sista’s Place on June 24 with saxophonist Salim Washington.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Central Park’s Summerstage with Dead Combo on June 24.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at Subrosa with pianist Eddie Palmieri June 26.

Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra led by pianist Carla Bley is at The Blue Note on June 27.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on June 28 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 25. 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.

This week’s show features bassist Charnett Moffett, whose brand new Music From Our Soul release is out on Motéma Records. Now let’s get to those listings.

WBGO Radio has a visual art exhibit featuring works produced by musicians. It’s on view at their studio in downtown Newark NJ and features the work of Will Calhoun, Mino Cinelu, Dick Griffin, Oliver Lake, Carmen Lundy and others. Saxophonist Oliver Lake will be performing for the reception on June 8.

Director John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary film Chasing ‘Trane is playing at the Picture House in Pelham until June 15. See our review of the film for a preview.

Director Casper Kollin’s Lee Morgan documentary film I Called Him Morgan  is playing at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville on June 15. We’ve got a review of that, too.

Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona is at Club Bonafide on June 17 with Mandekan Cubano.

Saxophonist Salim Washington will be at the Fat Cat in Greenwich Village on June 20 (10 PM set), Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on June 24, and Farafina in Harlem on July 1.

Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah’s Diaspora will be at Sista’s Place on June 24 with saxophonist Salim Washington.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Central Park’s Summerstage with Dead Combo on June 24.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at Subrosa with pianist Eddie Palmieri June 26.

Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra led by pianist Carla Bley is at The Blue Note on June 27.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on June 28 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 25. 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.

Last week’s show featured a documentary special from Joyce Jones on the late Abbey Lincoln to wrap up the Winter Fund Drive. It’s the last chance to receive for a copy of the 2 CD set for a $35 online pledge to WBAI which includes a year’s station membership. You can also pledge as little as $5 or consider a monthly donation which gets you station membership as a WBAI Buddy with additional benefits. We also still have a few autographed copies of Jon Else’s True South book on filmmaker Henry Hampton’s struggle to get the monumental Eyes on the Prize series on TV as a thank you gift at the $35 pledge level which includes a year’s station membership along with the book. Thanks to those who’ve already pledged we appreciate whatever help you can offer the station!

Drummer Will Calhoun is at City Winery on March 13 with Living Colour in an acoustic set.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Schomburg Center on March 13 for the annual Women in Jazz Festival.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from March 13-16.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on March 14 for part 3 of the Session Stories: a talk on his recording and performing work.

Bassist Mimi Jones leads a trio at Inc Bar and Kitchen in New Brunswick NJ on March 15.

Trumpeter Marcus Printup is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on March 17-18 with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra playing music from the sixties.

Pianist Michele Rosewoman leads New Yor-Uba at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from March 17-19.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Smoke from the 17-19th for a CD release party with Heads of State. He’ll also be at The Blue Note on March 20 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Drummer JT Lewis and keyboardist David Virelles are at the Jazz Gallery on the 18th with the Phantom Station ensemble.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and pianist Marc Cary are at the Village Vanguard as TRIO3 + 1 from March 21-26.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY with Ministers of Sound for a Gospel Brunch set on March 26.

We conclude this week with a look much further ahead with date announcements for this summer’s Vision Festival and Blue Note Jazz Festivals. See our post on those (or just scroll down) for details.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 19. 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 a documentary special from Joyce Jones on the late Abbey Lincoln. You can get a copy of the 2 CD set for a $35 pledge to WBAI which includes a year’s station membership by calling 516-620-3602 (preferably while we’re on air) or pledging online. You can pledge as little as $5 or consider a monthly donation which gets you station membership as a WBAI Buddy with additional benefits. We also still have a few autographed copies of Jon Else’s True South book on filmmaker Henry Hampton’s struggle to get the monumental Eyes on the Prize series on TV as a thank you gift at the $35 pledge level which includes a year’s station membership along with the book. Thanks for whatever help you can offer the station!

Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Carnegie Hall with Living Colour on March 6 performing the music of Aretha Franklin.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on March 6 with pianist McCoy Tyner. He’ll also be at Smoke from the 17-19th for a record release party with Heads of State.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6 for the annual Women in Jazz Festival. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is there on the 13th for the same series.

Vibraphonist Gary Burton is at Birdland from March 7-11th.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at Rockwood Music Hall on March 9-10th.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note for his annual birthday celebration from March 9-12th with special guests.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Turning Point in Piermont on the 11th.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from March 13-16th

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on the 14th for part 3 of the Session Stories: a talk on his recording and performing work.

Bassist Mimi Jones leads a trio at Inc Bar and Kitchen in New Brunswick NJ on the 15th

Trumpeter Marcus Printup is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on March 17-18th with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra playing music from the sixties.

Pianist Michele Rosewoman leads New Yor-Uba at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from March 17-19th.

Drummer JT Lewis and keyboardist David Virelles are at the Jazz Gallery on the 18th with the Phantom Station ensemble.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and pianist Vijay Iyer are at the Village Vanguard as TRIO3 + 1 from March 21-26th.

We conclude this week with a look much further ahead with date announcements for this summer’s Vision Festival and Blue Note Jazz Festivals. See our post on those (or just scroll down) for details.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 19. 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.

true_south_book_coverWe’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with Jon Else, author of the book True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, head on over to our archives and check it out. Also, WBAI Radio’s Winter Fund Drive continues and you can pledge online for as little as $5. A $25 pledge gets you a year’s membership in the station or consider a monthly donation which gets you station membership as a WBAI Buddy with additional benefits. We also have a few autographed copies available of Jon Else’s book as a thank you gift for a $35 donation which includes a year’s station membership along with the book.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Ecstatic Music Festival on March 4th.

Looking ahead to March, saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson is at The Blue Note from March 2-5th.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and guitarist Marc Ribot are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room with Dave Douglas’s Metamorphosis on March 3-4th.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY with Ministers of Sound on March 4th and The Turning Point in Piermont on the 11th.

Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Carnegie Hall with Living Colour on March 6 performing the music of Aretha Franklin.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on March 6 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6 for the annual Women in Jazz Festival. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is there on the 13th for the same series.

Vibraphonist Gary Burton is at Birdland from March 7-11th.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at Rockwood Music Hall on March 9-10th.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note for his annual birthday celebration from March 9-12th with special guests.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from March 13-16th

We conclude this week with a look much further ahead with date announcements for this summer’s Vision Festival (May 29-June 5) and Blue Note Jazz Festival (June 1-30). See our post on those (or just scroll down) for details.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 5. 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.

true_south_book_coverThis week’s show features Jon Else, author of the book True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize. You can see him at the Brooklyn Museum on February 25 as part of a panel discussion on the Eyes on the Prize series. WBAI Radio’s starting its Winter Fund Drive and we need your help to support the station. You can call 516-620-3602 while we’re on air or pledge online for as little as $5. A $25 pledge gets you a year’s membership in the station or consider a monthly donation which gets you station membership as a WBAI Buddy with additional benefits. We also have a few autographed copies available of Jon Else’s book as a thank you gift for a $35 donation which includes a year’s station membership along with the book.

Percussionist Mino Cinelu is at the Blue Note on February 20th with the Loop Loft All Stars.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to talk about his recording career for part 2 of the Session Stories on February 20th.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from February 21st-26th.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey presents “Harlem River Drive” at Ginny’s Supper Club on February 21st for two sets.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Gallery as part of Threadgill + Iyer + Prieto with Henry Threadgill and Dafnis Preito on February 22 & 23 and at the Ecstatic Music Festival on March 4th.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Sunny’s in Red Hook Brooklyn on February 23rd.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at Long Island University Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater on February 25th.

Vocalist Carol Maillard is with Sweet Honey in the Rock at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall in Hillside NJ on February 26th.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY with Ministers of Sound on the 26th and March 4th.

Looking ahead to March, saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson is at The Blue Note from March 2-5th.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and guitarist Marc Ribot are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room with Dave Douglas’s Metamorphosis on March 3-4th.

Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Carnegie Hall with Living Colour on March 6 performing the music of Aretha Franklin.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on March 6 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6 for the annual Women in Jazz Festival. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is there on the 13th for the same series.

Vibraphonist Gary Burton is at Birdland from March 7-11th.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 5. 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 check out our audio archives for last week’s show with vocalist Lisa Fischer or nearly 7 years of archived shows to get your fix until next week. Now let’s get to our music listings.

Vocalist Lisa Fischer is at the Blue Note with Grand Baton from February 14-19th.

Vocalist Catherine Russell leads a sextet at Birdland from February 14-18th singing love songs.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY with Ministers of Sound on the 15th and 26th and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on the 18th.

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

Pianists Randy Weston and Monty Alexander are at Medgar Evers College’s Founders Auditorium in Brooklyn for “A Spiritual Awakening” on February 15th. Tickets are free!

Drummer Andrew Cyrille leads a quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on February 16th.

Bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun are at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on February 16th.

Melvin Gibbs drummer JT Lewis are at The Stone on February 18th with Harriet Tubman.

JT Lewis returns to the The Stone with the Phantom Station ensemble on the 19th.

Low brass specialist Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on February 18th.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to talk about his recording career for part 2 of the Session Stories on February 20th.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from February 21st-26th.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey presents “Harlem River Drive” at Ginny’s Supper Club on February 21st for two sets.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Gallery as part of Threadgill + Iyer + Prieto with Henry Threadgill and Dafnis Preito on February 22 & 23

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Sunny’s in Red Hook Brooklyn on February 23rd.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at Long Island University Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater on February 25th.

Vocalist Carol Maillard is with Sweet Honey in the Rock at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall in Hillside NJ on February 26th.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6th for the annual Women in Jazz Festival.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on February 19th. 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.

Our guest this week is vocalist Lisa Fischer! You can catch her at the Blue Note with Grand Baton from February 14-19th. Now let’s get to our music listings.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note from February 6-7 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Sunny’s in Red Hook Brooklyn on February 9th and 23rd.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the CUNY Graduate Center on the 10th and at the Schomburg Center on March 6th for the annual Women in Jazz Festival.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at The Met Museum of Art on February 10th.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at Brooklyn’s Kingsborough Community College singing Ella Fitzgerald songs on February 10th.

Pianist David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on February 10-11th.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 10-11th.

Vocalist Catherine Russell leads a sextet at Birdland from February 14-18th singing love songs.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY with Ministers of Sound on the 15th and 26th and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on the 18th.

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

Pianists Randy Weston and Monty Alexander are at Medgar Evers College’s Founders Auditorium in Brooklyn for “A Spiritual Awakening” on February 15th. Tickets are free!

Drummer Andrew Cyrille leads a quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on February 16th.

Bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun are at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on February 16th.

Melvin Gibbs drummer JT Lewis are at The Stone on February 18th with Harriet Tubman.

JT Lewis is at The Stone with the Phantom Station ensemble on the 19th.

Low brass specialist Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on February 18th.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to talk about his recording career for part 2 of the Session Stories on February 20th.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from February 21st-26th.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey presents “Harlem River Drive” at Ginny’s Supper Club on February 21st for two sets.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Gallery as part of Threadgill + Iyer + Prieto with Henry Threadgill and Dafnis Preito on February 22 & 23

Finally, It’s last call for the Aza, gallery exhibit of drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration on view at the Bronx Music Heritage Center. It closes on February 11. We reviewed the show last year.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on February 19th. 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 guest is bassist Melvin Gibbs. You can catch him at at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on February 16 or The Stone on February 18 with with drummer JT Lewis and Harriet Tubman. Now let’s get to our music listings.

Bassist Mimi Jones hosts a jam session in the late set at Smoke on January 23rd and 30th. You can also catch her leading her own sextet at Monmouth University in New Jersey on February 4th.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on the 18th.

Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun has a CD release event for his Elvin Jones tribute at the Blue Note from the 24-26. Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane joins Calhoun as special guest on the 24th.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille is at the Whitney Museum on January 27th for the Sound and Colors studio session.

Master drummer Michael Carvin is at St. Peter’s Church as part of a musical tribute to the late vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson on the 28th.

Tubist Howard Johnson is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a 75th birthday performance on January 29th.

Bassist Christian McBride is also at the Jazz Museum to talk about his recording career for part 1 of the Session Stories on January 31st.

Vocalist Carmen Lundy is at Birdland from January 31-February 4 2017.
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John Medeski has a residency at The Stone from January 31-February 5 2017.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre on February 4 as part of the Family Concert series: Who is Louis Armstrong?

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Sunny’s in Red Hook Brooklyn on February 9th.

Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s gallery exhibit of his visual art collaboration Aza is on view at the Bronx Music Heritage Center through February 11. We reviewed the show earlier this year.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on February 5th. 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

DSC_0136Words by Hank Williams. Photos by Joyce Jones/SugaBowl Photography. | MAIN PHOTO: Jamaladeen Tacuma of the Young Philadelphians. Used with Permission. Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons CC-NC-BY-ND.

The 13th edition of the annual Winter Jazz Fest officially wrapped up Tuesday night, bringing to an end a six-day extravaganza of music with a performance by the Liberation Music Orchestra closing the year’s festivities.

The festival clustered, as usual, around several different venues scattered throughout Greenwich Village. The historic center has been near Le Poisson Rouge and Zinc Bar on Bleecker Street. For the second year in a row, The New School provided several performance spaces, which are a welcome addition to the ever-expanding event. Smaller clusters of venues in both the East and West Village rounded out the list and had festival goers crawling between the different spots, adding somewhat of a logistical challenge to festival goers intent on seeing multiple acts.

The 2017 edition ran from January 5-10, with most the performances scheduled on the “marathon nights” Friday and Saturday the 7th and 8th.

This year also saw the addition of a festival theme: social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. According to festival organizer Brice Rosenbloom, inspiration for the theme came from the musicians themselves since so many sent proposals for performances that addressed the topic in one way or another. A festival-related Tumblr feed collected artists’ statements on contemporary political issues and an official festival statement explicitly staked out the political turf in the program guide, affirming that it “explicitly supports social and racial justice by presenting socially engaged artists who have urgent and beautiful messages to share.” In a nod to history, the statement also noted that “[p]rotest and resistance are central to jazz’s existence from its beginnings as the music of marginalized black Americans.”

Other touchstones were the celebration of pianist Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, which was officially acknowledged with an event on Sunday the 9th, with a dozen musicians, including guitarist Marc Ribot, pianist David Virelles, and drummers Hamid Drake and Andrew Cyrille interpreting Monk’s Solo Monk album in a variety of combos.

Lastly, Andrew Cyrille was this year’s artist in residence and the subject of an interview by a former student of his: fellow drummer Jonathan Blake. Cyrille also had several performances, including leading Haitian Fascination; a duo with saxophonist Bill McHenry; and a solo performance.

The official festival kickoff on Thursday evening started with two events in different venues. For the third year in a row, the festival hosted a Disability Pride benefit concert featuring several musicians raising funds to support the organization that works to instill a sense of pride in disabled people and create wider awareness for the issues they face. The brainchild of pianist Mike LeDonne, the organization’s key event is a summertime parade.

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Shabaka and the Ancestors

Thursday night also featured a concert at Le Poisson Rouge linking two generations of saxophonists: London-based Shabaka Hutchings, who opened the evening with his new group Shabaka and the Ancestors; followed by the legendary Pharaoh Sanders. The concert sold out early and left potential attendees scrambling for tickets; a sign that it should have been held in one of the festival’s larger venues, which is something that the organizers need to consider in the future since space concerns have dogged the festival as its popularity has risen.

The show was Hutchings’s first US appearance and the first of two performances, as they had a repeat appearance on Saturday night in the same space.

Hutchings’s Saturday performance was a fiery one before a crowd that again filled the space. Buoyed by Siyabonga Mthembu’s ethereal poetic vocals and Ariel Zomonsky’s frenetic, expressive bass, the group got the audience dancing—at least those who had enough space to do so. At the end of the set, Hutchings expressed gratitude for their embrace by the US audience. Hopefully we won’t need to wait long for their return.

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Pharaoh Sanders

In Sanders’s set, he again showed why he’s rightfully earned a solid place in jazz history and is still worth seeing, as he’s capable of playing with an astonishing combination of finesse and sheer, room-clearing power when he sees fit. Sanders’s current shows can involve a wide range of material and vary according to his mood and who accompanies him. A 2016 appearance at Dizzy’s saw a somewhat subdued, contemplative Sanders, while a spring set at the Red Bull Music Academy’s “Night of Spiritual Jazz” featuring the impressive lineup of Sanders, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and Kamasi Washington (another show that, frustratingly, sold out quickly, though was simulcast online) brought a Sanders who seemed inspired by the occasion and performed a stunning cover of John Coltrane’s “Olé”. Which one would appear at the festival?

It was the latter Sanders who took the stage. Sanders, buoyed by longtime pianist William Henderson, bassist Dezron Douglas, and drummer Jonathan Blake, had the backup he needed for an inspiring set and he delivered. Vocalist Tony Hewitt came onstage for a pleasantly mellow take of “The Creator Has a Master Plan”, though one without some of the edge and soul of the Leon Thomas original.

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Ravi Coltrane (left) and Pharaoh Sanders

The highlight of the set, however, was the performance of “Olé”, which had the touching addition of Ravi Coltrane, who Sanders spotted in the audience and called to the stage. Coltrane, prepared with soprano saxophone brilliantly played off Sanders’s sax while Henderson and Douglas’s rhythm section dutifully kept things in check as the dueling saxes explored. It was indeed a performance for the ages and a fittingly symbolic closing of the circle as they expertly worked through a composition of one of Sanders’s key mentors with the addition of Coltrane’s son, now a leader in his own right who’s also found his own voice as a player. It was the aural equivalent of seeing three generations of sax masters.

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Craig Harris

On Saturday night, trombonist Craig Harris found himself at the front of the stage and armed with sheet music and conducting duties instead of his instrument. His role was melding a cohesive sound from a collection of the roughly 3 dozen musicians and artists who answered his call last fall to “make[e] a sonic statement in response to current injustices inflicted on African American people”.

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Craig Harris’ Breathe fills the stage

“Breathe” had its premiere in October, 2015 and is a stunning multidisciplinary work of art. An expansive big band was accompanied by performance poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill and a slide show by Bill Toles projected on a screen above the stage.

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Saxophonist Ras Moshe (left) and Ngoma Hill.

Hill read excerpts from his works “Blacktastik Funk Suite,” “Keep Calm,” “Cerebral Calisthenics,” and “I Need a Poem.” The words, images, and swirling sounds created an immersive experience that the audience into the interconnected suite.

Later, in the New School’s 12th Street auditorium, saxophonist David Murray’s set directly engaged the festival theme. Leading a version of his Class Struggle ensemble, Murray’s expressive sax playing was outstanding. Murray closed the set with a nod to the late Amiri Baraka, who he collaborated with on album releases and plays. “Class Struggle in Music” titled after one of Baraka’s famous poems, began with riffs of “Amazing Grace,” a fitting homage to the longtime activist writer.

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Zig Zag Trio.

Over in the West Village, the Zig Zag Trio of electric guitarist Vernon Reid, electric bassist Melvin Gibbs, and drummer Will Calhoun closed out the evening at SOB’s and provided one of the festival’s highlights. With two members drawn from the rock group Living Colour (Reid and Calhoun) and their common background in the Brooklyn based Black Rock Coalition, an electrifying set was a foregone conclusion.

According to Gibbs, Zig Zag resuscitates a combination that hadn’t played together since the 1990s and grew out of Reid’s curation of a series at the Iridium club. Reid thought it would be good for the three friends to play together again, thus the birth of the current trio roughly two years ago.

The vibe was similar to what it’s been in the previous shows: more like a jam session than an actual set. But with musicians like these who have been playing together for so long, the communication between them makes the process seem fluid and organic.

While the obvious connection is their rock heritage, ties to various musical forms are just as deep, which is reflected in their playing and the song selection. The late drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson is a major influence, as is the Blues, and the late avant garde jazz guitar mad scientist Sonny Sharrock. Reid and Gibbs are both alumni of Jackson’s band. Reid explained from the stage that they “always play a couple of Jackson’s pieces because Ronald changed our lives.”

The set started with a cover of bluesman Junior Kimbrough’s “I Love Ya’ Baby”.

That was followed one of the hardest rocking covers of Pharaoh Sanders’ “Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt” ever done. The infectious melody of the original soon fell away to Reid’s virtuosic improvisations on guitar, backed by Calhoun’s wide-open hard-hitting drumming. Gibbs, meanwhile was somehow able to resist the allure of going totally out with his band mates in the mayhem and kept a steady bass line that formed the heart of the piece. The trio created space for one of Calhoun’s stage-rattling drum solos near the end before the final statement of the theme.

There was a deeper meaning behind nearly every song in the set and that was true of “Upper Egypt.” It was one of the songs in Sonny Sharrock’s setlist and Gibbs played it several times with Sharrock’s band before he had deeply listened to the original. The song’s choice was both a tribute to Sharrock and a nod to Sanders, whose set opened the festival.

The trio gave a nod to Monk’s centennial with a cover of “Epistrophy” which was subjected to a similar treatment after a slight false start.

Gibbs was tasked with starting off the next piece: a cover of “King Tut Strut” that was the contribution of Will Calhoun. Again, his steadying rhythm at the center held things together for Reid to explore. Halfway through, the roles switched and Gibbs’s steady hand was rewarded with time to explore on his own while Reid temporarily assumed the rhythm duties. When Calhoun’s turn to solo came, the master drummer showed why his latest release as a leader is a tribute to the late drum great Elvin Jones. Like Jones, Calhoun plays with volume — but also impeccable finesse — and has the uncanny ability to create solos with narratives that can go on seemingly forever and still sound fresh.

Elements of the blues, jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, and West African traditions all comfortably fit—and peacefully coexist—within the framework of the Zig Zag Trio.

The set was easily one of the hardest rocking ones of the festival, yet, if one looks closer, underscores the range of the players and the Black musical tradition that they draw from. Elements of the blues, jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, and West African traditions all comfortably fit—and peacefully coexist—within the framework of the Zig Zag Trio. It’s the type of project that could only succeed with players this proficient and with the level of comfort and trust they have in each other, which is clear on stage.

A live recording session is planned sometime for the spring at Woodstock Studios, though has to be shoehorned between Reid and Calhoun’s busy Living Colour tour schedule and Calhoun’s own dates as a leader for his Elvin Jones tribute. Additional live dates are probably on hold until fall 2017, but they’re well worth looking out for.

Saturday night tested the stamina of festival goers with persistent snowfall extending halfway through the evening. While it didn’t pile up too much, it was enough to make things slippery, walking slow going, and shuttling between locations a bit of a slog.

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Jaimeo Brown and Transcendence

Fortunately, Jaimeo Brown and Transcendence braved the weather and took the stage at SOB’s for their early set with a stunning multimedia collage.

Brown’s released two thematically similar CDs: Transcendence and Work Songs.

Work Songs is an audio collage combining actual sampled work songs that was a very successful release and critically acclaimed. While the samples form the base of the audio collage, they function as a vehicle for Brown and his collaborators to improvise around, not a crutch as they might elsewhere.

Live, the content was even more powerful than expected. Brown and company presented a multimedia spectacle, with video and some of the sampled sounds from both releases accompanied by Jaleel Shaw’s sax solos, Brown’s drumming, and Chris Sholar’s electric guitar work.

“Be So Glad” from Work Songs started the set. Shaw’s soaring sax solos that melted into the audio collage and seemed to float at times with the addition of a touch of reverb while a continuously shifting photo stream played in the background.

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D.C. Focus and Transcendence

The addition of D.C. Focus’s dancing halfway through the set complemented the larger narrative in Transcendence of the African American experience as a complex journey of grit, struggle, pain and joy: sometimes juxtaposed or simultaneous. While popping, locking, and even crawling as a counterpoint to the music in front of the band, Focus seemed to amplify the intensity of the performance.

Musically, Brown’s work defies simple categorization (as if those were even simple to begin with) between hip hop, blues, work songs, electric blues, and jazz as they all blurred together. The result though was–as promised—a set that felt truly transcendental.

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The Young Philadelphians

Saturday night also marked the return of Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians to the festival. 2017 was their third appearance and showed how far the ensemble has come, as this time they came to the stage with a world tour under their belts and a CD release culled from live shows in Tokyo.

The Young Philadelphians could only be the brainchild of someone like Ribot. The group reworks classic 1970s disco and soul tunes through the lens of electric guitar leads Ribot and Mary Halvorson with backing from two alums of late saxophonist Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time bands: electric bassist Jamaladeen Tacuma and drummer G. Calvin Weston. The entire cast of characters is then melded with a string section—Joanna Mattley (viola), Amy Bateman (violin), and Jeremy Harmon (cello)—in this case. As I said in my preview, it’s an idea that seems too crazy to work, but indeed it does.

Ribot, Tacuma, and Weston are steeped in Coleman’s signature Harmolodic musical approach while Halvorson adds coloring touches and density and the strings replicate their role in the original songs while their lushness acts in counterpoint to the sharpness of the guitars.

The Philly soul classic “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)”–known to many as the theme song from the TV show Soul Train –exemplifies the Young Philadelphians’ approach. The song began with a long introduction before the statement of the familiar melody. A signal from Ribot marked the spot for a Weston drum solo followed by a string section solo before the mayhem resumed.

Ribot strips the lyrics to their bare essence, delivering them like chants. “Let’s get it on! It’s time to get down” takes on a different meaning in the current climate and given the festival theme. Instead of the joyous invitation to party, they seem more like marching orders for the audience.

The Ohio Players’ high octane “Love Rollercoaster” followed immediately and provided ample space for a string solo in the middle followed by a Tacuma bass solo and a call-response section between bass and drums.

The disco hit “Fly Robin Fly” from the unlikely German group Silver Convention was next. Like most tunes in their repertoire, it took a sweet, innocuous pop song exploded it, then re-assembled into a full tapestry. The chant-like lyrics “Fly, robin, fly/ Way up to the sky!” were treated as a call and response by the band members and the sparse lyrics of the original are the perfect platform the Young Philadelphians’ treatment. Halfway though, the song broke down into a free-for-all with strings and guitars all improvising before re-assembling for the end.

“Love TKO” began as an antidote to the above, and remains a ballad with funked – up bass lines, though eventually that even succumbed at the end of the song to Ribot and Halvorson’s excursions.

An extended, melodious intro to “Do the Hustle” emphasized the lushness of the strings before Ribot’s angular interpretation of the theme, reliably set off, as usual, by Halvorson’s looping improvisation. The song ended with a majestic-sounding restatement of the intro theme, closing with a final cymbal clash by Weston.

“Love Epidemic” read as yet another command for the times. If there was ever a time it was needed the time is right now. Almost deliberately, the song preserved more of the original lyrics than others: “There won’t be no need for medication /There won’t be no discrimination/ All we need is your participation / Then we’ll be united as a nation!” sent out a corresponding call to “It’s time to get down”: if indeed it’s time to fight, then the love epidemic might be what we want to fight for.

Much of the Young Philadelphians’ appeal comes from their successful reworking of bygone hits, but with a sense of the larger than life, nearly epic scope of the 1970s soul era

If you were old enough to remember the original songs, they had one meaning that reached back to the memory bank. If not, it didn’t matter to the nearly packed crowd of various ages because they rock hard enough to move the crowd. Much of the Young Philadelphians’ appeal comes from their successful reworking of bygone hits, but with a sense of the larger than life, nearly epic scope of the 1970s soul era; one that’s best captured by live instrumentation and embrace of the outrageous, sometimes over-the-top performance style of the originals. Here, that’s transformed into avant garde improvisation.

The one disappointment of the festival was missing the performance of the AfroHORN Superband, led by drummer/ percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett. While a press pass got me into Zinc Bar ahead of a few others on line, I gave up and walked out. Packed to the gills, Zinc made an inhospitable place to hear the music: assuming you could even get close enough to the back room to do so. Actually seeing the performance was out of the question, as was taking any sort of notes.

Quite frankly, the festival needs to drop Zinc as a venue and has needed to for several years since lines outside the small space are routine. One can understand the possible reluctance: after all, Zinc presents jazz several nights a week throughout the year, not just when the big crowds are out, which is an ongoing commitment to the music. Unfortunately, Winter Jazz has simply gotten too big for it, and it’s time to move on.

The 2017 Winter Jazz Fest still must be looked at as a resounding success. The quality and variety of acts it attracts is top notch, the audience support is enthusiastic, as evidenced by the sold-out events and solid crowds even on the second marathon night with sketchy weather, and organization has improved every year.

How deeply the festival ingests and repeats this year’s commitment to social justice remains to be seen–the late spring-summer Vision Fest has that as an embedded part of its DNA—but the willingness to read and react to artists’ own messages says quite a lot. Nevertheless the Winter Jazz Fest still boldly forges ahead artistically and creatively year after year with a finely curated collection of artists who push and stretch the boundaries of jazz while staying firmly rooted in the musical traditions.
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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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