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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 presents an interview Joyce did with drummer Jaimeo Brown! Be sure to tune in Tuesday night. Meanwhile, we have more listings for you this week.

Bassist Ron Carter is at the Blue Note through July 14.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Smalls leading an after hours set on July 11.

Pianist Billy Childs is at the Jazz Standard from July 11-14.

Vocalist Charenee Wade is at Harlem’s Ginny’s Supper Club on July 12 and 13.

Vocalist Carmen Lundy is at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on July 12 and 13.

The Downtown Jazz Festival runs at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens this weekend. It features a screening of the Milford Graves Full Mantis documentary film on July 12 (see our review here) and a performance by Graves himself on July 13. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman performs on July 13 and the weekend kicks off an exhibit on Graves’s work into human heartbeats and musical rhythms that runs through late August.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on July 13 and 20.

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on July 16 and the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington leads an ensemble at Grant’s Tomb in a free outdoor concert as part of the Jazzmobile series on July 17.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls in a late set on July 17.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at the Caramoor Jazz Festival playing the music of John Coltrane on July 20.

Check back this week for our review coverage of the 24th annual Vision Festival!

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday July 9 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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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 will be back next week. If you missed last week’s show with drummer Billy Hart, head over to our archives to listen to that and nearly a decade of shows. You can see him as part of the 2019 Winter Jazz Fest at Le Poisson Rouge on January 12 and he’ll be at Dizzy’s Club with The Cookers the last week of January. We have more festival details coming at the bottom of the segment, but before that we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist David Virelles wraps up a run at the  Village Vanguard with Chris Potter on December 31.

Jake Meginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves Full Mantis ends a run at Time and Space Limited in Hudson NY on January 1. See our review for more details on the film.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a quartet at Smoke to celebrate the release of his Iron Man album through January 2.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with a switch to late Friday night sets at Smoke on January 4 and 11.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on January 5 and 19.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at City Winery on January 7 and the Mohonk Mountain House in new Paltz NY for Jazz on the Mountain from January 12-14.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille is at the Zürcher Gallery for a solo performance on January 9.

Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett leads AfroHORN at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on January 12.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Zinc Bar on January 16.

The 2019 Winter Jazz Fest blows back into town from January 4-12 and the full schedule’s been announced! Shows are scheduled at various venues in downtown Manhattan with marathon nights of music on the 5, 11, and 12 and individual events and talks on other nights. Look for our usual on-air programming in our upcoming shows and right here–with our annual Cheat Sheet preview and more. The mini marathon night on January 5 will have the Zig Zag Power Trio with Melvin Gibbs and Will Calhoun at The Bitter End, bassist Richard Bona at Le Poisson Rouge, Tia Fuller at Zinc Bar, and Nels Cline at Nublu among many other acts. You can see the full schedule at the Winter Jazz Fest website.

Save the date(s): the 2019 Vision Fest will honor former Suga’ guest Andrew Cyrille and returns to Roulette in downtown Brooklyn from June 11-16. Full lineups will be announced later and we’ll get you details and full coverage as the date nears and the weather warms up.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday January 6. We also have a schedule change and will be moving to a weekly Tuesday night schedule at 10 PM starting January 8. 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 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 drummer Billy Hart. You can see him as part of the 2019 Winter Jazz Fest at Le Poisson Rouge on January 12 and he’ll be at Dizzy’s Club with The Cookers the last week of January. We have more festival details coming at the bottom of the segment, but before that we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at Dizzy’s Club on December 24.

Pianist David Virelles is at the  Village Vanguard with Chris Potter from December 25-31.

Jake Meginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves Full Mantis is showing at Time and Space Limited in Hudson NY through January 1. See our review for more details on the film.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with a switch to late Friday night sets at Smoke on December 28 and January 4.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a quartet at Smoke to celebrate the release of his Iron Man album from December 27 to January 2.

Bassist Alex Blake is at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church with Jay Rodriguez for a lunchtime set as part of the Harlem Jazz Boxxx series on December 28.

Trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre is at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on December 28 and 29.

Guitarist Nels Cline is at Sony Hall in Manhattan on December 29.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on January 5 and 19.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at City Winery on January 7 and the Mohonk Mountain House in new Paltz NY for Jazz on the Mountain from January 12-14.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille is at the Zürcher Gallery for a solo performance on January 9.

The 2019 Winter Jazz Fest blows back into town from January 4-12 and the full schedule’s been announced! Shows are scheduled at various venues in downtown Manhattan with marathon nights of music on the 5, 11, and 12 and individual events and talks on other nights. Look for our usual on-air programming in our upcoming shows and right here–with our annual Cheat Sheet preview and more. The mini marathon night on January 5 will have the Zig Zag Power Trio with Melvin Gibbs and Will Calhoun at The Bitter End, bassist Richard Bona at Le Poisson Rouge, Tia Fuller at Zinc Bar, and Nels Cline at Nublu among many other acts. You can see the full schedule at the Winter Jazz Fest website.

Save the date(s): the 2019 Vision Fest will honor former Suga’ guest Andrew Cyrille and returns to Roulette in downtown Brooklyn from June 11-16. Full lineups will be announced later and we’ll get you details and full coverage as the date nears and the weather warms up.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday January 6. We also have a schedule change and will be moving to a weekly Tuesday night schedule at 10 PM starting January 8. 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 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 again this week, but back next week with a new show with drummer Billy Hart! WBAI Radio’s also wrapping up it’s December mini fund drive today and we’d appreciate donations in our name. Remember, all proceeds go to keep the station on the air, not to us. Until next week, head over to our archives, where you can listen to nearly a decade of previous shows. And we have more listings for you this week.

Jake Meginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves Full Mantis is showing at Time and Space Limited in Hudson NY through January 1. See our review for more details on the film.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on December 15 and 22.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Smoke with David Gibson’s quintet on December 19.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls in a late set on December 19.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Roulette on December 20.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at Dizzy’s Club from December 21-24.

Pianist David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery for a tribute to the late Roy Hargrove on December 22 and at the  Village Vanguard with Chris Potter from December 25-31.

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

Looking further into the future the full schedule’s been announced for the 2019 Winter Jazz Fest, which returns from January 4-12! Look for our usual on-air programming in our upcoming shows and right here–with our annual Cheat Sheet preview and more.

Save the date(s): the 2019 Vision Fest will honor former Suga’ guest Andrew Cyrille and returns to Roulette in downtown Brooklyn from June 11-16. Full lineups will be announced later and we’ll get you details and full coverage as the date nears and the weather warms up.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday December 23. 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 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 pre-empted this week for WBAI’s December mini fund drive, but if you missed our last show with drummer Leon Parker, head over to our archives, where you can listen to that and nearly a decade of previous shows. And we have more listings for you this week.

Jake Meginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves Full Mantis is showing at Time and Space Limited in Hudson NY through January 1. See our review for more details on the film.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at The Stone on December 11.

Finally, Blues Vocalist Shemekia Copeland is at Iridium on December 11.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Charles Lloyd on December 14-15 and at Roulette on December 20.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on on December 15.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on December 15 and 22.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria and trombonist/seashellist Steve Turre team up for a performance of A Jazz Nativity on December 16 to lead the Multiverse Big Band in West Side Story Reimagined.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts on December 16.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Smoke with David Gibson’s quintet on December 19.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls in a late set on December 19.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at Dizzy’s Club from December 21-24.

Pianist David Virelles is at the Village Vanguard with Chris Potter from December 25-31.

Looking further into the future the full schedule’s been announced for the 2019 Winter Jazz Fest, which returns from January 4-12! Look for our usual on-air programming in our upcoming shows and right here–with our annual Cheat Sheet preview and more.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday December 23. We’d normally be back in 2 weeks, but our next show’s pre-empted for the December Fund Drive. 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 alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

We’re off this week, but if you missed last week’s show with drummer Leon Parker, head over to our archives, where you can listen to that and nearly a decade of previous shows. And we have more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is at Birdland from December 4-8.

Jake Meginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves Full Mantis will be shown at BAM on December 5. See our review for more details on the film.

Bassist Christian McBride is at Zinc Bar with Ethan Iverson’s trio on December 7.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen returns to Earth as an opening act for Parquet Courts at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom on December 8.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at the at the Museum of Math for a talk on December 5 and returns on December 8 to lead the Multiverse Big Band in West Side Story Reimagined.

Bassist William Parker’s In Order to Survive ensemble is at Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center on December 8.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Newark’s Eleven Clinton Restaurant on December 8.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on December 8 and 15.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at The Stone on December 11.

Finally, Blues Vocalist Shemekia Copeland is at Iridium on December 11.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Charles Lloyd on December 14-15 and at Roulette on December 20.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on on December 15.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts on December 16.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Smoke with David Gibson’s quintet on December 19.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday December 23. We’d normally be back in 2 weeks, but our next show’s pre-empted for the December Fund Drive. 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 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 drummer Leon Parker. You can see him at the Jazz Gallery with Dan Tepfer on November 27 and in a run at the Jazz Standard with Aaron Goldberg’s trio from November 29-December 2. And we have more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist David Murray is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on November 27.

Guitarist Nels Cline and Drummer Andrew Cyrille are at The Stone in different ensembles on November 27.

Guitarist John Scofield leads a quartet at the Blue Note from November 27 to December 2.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Jazz Gallery with Gabriel Zucker on November 28.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at Williamsburg Music Hall on November 29.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on November 30 and December 1.

Pianist Marc Cary’s at Mezzrow with Ron Blake on November 29 and his Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on December 1 and 8.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on on December 1 and 15.

Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is at Birdland from December 4-8.

Jake Meginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves Full Mantis will be shown at BAM on December 5. See our review for more details on the film.

Bassist Christian McBride is at Zinc Bar with Ethan Iverson’s trio on December 7.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen returns to Earth as an opening act for Parquet Courts at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom on December 8.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at the at the Museum of Math for a talk on December  5 and returns on December 8 to lead the Multiverse Big Band in West Side Story Reimagined.

Bassist William Parker’s In Order to Survive ensemble is at Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center on December 8.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Newark’s Eleven Clinton Restaurant on December 8.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at The Stone on December 11.

Finally, Blues Vocalist Shemekia Copeland is at Iridium on December 11.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday December 9. 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 alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

We’re off this week, but if you missed last week’s show with trumpeter Eddie Henderson, head on over to our archives, where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows.

Drummer  Lenny White is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with George Colligan’s Trio on November 20.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on November 20.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on November 21.

Trombonist/seashellist Steve Turre is at Smoke for a McCoy Tyner tribute from November 23-25.

Pianist Marc Cary’s at Mezzrow with Ron Blake on November 29 and his Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on November 24 and December 1.

Guitarist John Scofield leads a quartet at the Blue Note from November 27 to December 2.

Finally, Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Jazz Gallery with Gabriel Zucker on November 28.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on on December 1 and 15.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on November 30 and December 1.

Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is at Birdland from December 4-8.

Jake Meginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves Full Mantis will be shown at BAM on December 5. See our review for more details on the film.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday November 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 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 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 Nana Camille Yarbrough, head on over to our archives where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows.

Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI Radio has a mini Summer Fund Drive and needs your help. Subscribing to the station as a sustaining member with a recurring small monthly pledge is particularly helpful. It’s quick and easy and you can stop payments at any time. Details are at WBAI’s pledge page. We’d especially appreciate pledges in the name of our show. None of it goes to us and we don’t get paid to be on-air; it’s for listener-supported radio in New York and streaming worldwide. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Jake Maginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves: Full Mantis is held over at Metrograph in Manhattan until August 2 (and possibly longer…). See our review of the film and our show devoted to it for more details.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on July 30 and August 6.

Guitarist Nels Cline is at with Double Double Trouble on July 25.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on July August 4 and 11.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at Dizzy’s Club on July 30, playing John Coltrane’s music.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at City Winery on August 1.

Pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane are at the Jazz Gallery on August 2.

Pianist Billy Childs leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from August 2-5.

Saxophonist TK Blue is at the amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on August 3 for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Drummer T.S. Monk leads a sextet at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on August 3-4.

Drummer Will Calhoun is at The Space in Westbury LI with Living Coloür on August 4.

Bassist Christian McBride is at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with Jazz House Kids on August 6 for a concert and pre-show talk.

Finally, The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on August 8 at Lincoln Center’s Outdoors Festival to perform a free outdoor score to the classic Space is the Place film.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from August 8-9.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band at Lincoln Center’s Outdoors Festival in Damrosch Park on August 10 in a free outdoor concert of his West Side Story Reimagined.

At the Montclair Jazz Festival on August 11, bassist Christian McBride leads Inside Straight and saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille appear as TRIO3. McBride and Lake will also lead separate Jazz storytime sessions for children at the festival.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Jazz gallery on August 11 with Tomas Fujiwara and at The Stone‘s new space at The New School on August 14 with fellow guitarist Julian Lage.

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

Drummer Lenny White is at Birdland with guitarist Mike Stern’s Miles Davis tribute from August 14-18.

Trombonist Craig Harris is at the amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on August 17 for a free outdoor performance as part of the Jazzmobile series.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday August 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 Lehman College and The City College of New York. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

Words by Hank Williams | Press still from Milford Graves Full Mantis

“This is a family house” Milford Graves says describing his house, which is down the street from the South Jamaica Houses in Queens, New York where he grew up. The house differs from everything else one might find on the block by the amount of decoration on the exterior—which supplies a hint that the man who lives inside isn’t your average resident.

in fact, “average” seemingly doesn’t apply to any aspects of the subject of Jake Maginsky’s documentary film of an innovative, yet somewhat unheralded percussionist.

Graves, probably best known for his role in the free/avant garde jazz scene, has put his stamp on a lot of things since his emergence in the early 1960s. Since his transition from Latin Jazz and conga drums to the drum kit (Graves found more acceptance and work playing the drum kit), Graves played with some key players, most notably saxophonist Albert Ayler. Although Graves missed playing with saxophone legend John Coltrane, he had a connection of sorts when he played at the latter’s funeral as part of Ayler’s band. Graves also suggested in a 2016 interview that he was behind Coltrane’s show at Harlem’s Olatunji Cultural Center, known as one of Coltrane’s last appearances before his death. An unofficial recording of which was later released posthumously.

When Graves turned to teaching, he poured the same passion into that as he did into his playing as he shaped a legion of students during his tenure at Bennington College. Jake Meginsky was one such student—though an informal one—he got a job at Bennington in order to meet Graves and convinced him to take him on as a student. Meginsky originally started recording Graves as a learning aid and began amassing a lot of footage. This is the base of the current film, though supplemented with extensive footage from Graves’s own collection.

One gets a skeletal biography from Full Mantis. It’s a deliberate choice and not necessarily a bad one. Meginsky instead chose to create a portrait of the artist via a view into his philosophy of the world, teaching, and approach to music. It works spectacularly well, especially considering that this is Meginsky’s first effort as a filmmaker.

The film centers Graves’s words and music and does an impressive job of highlighting his profundity (a word I don’t use lightly) in many areas and his enticing personality.

The other complicating factor in a project like this is Graves’s unorthodox approach to nearly everything he tackles. Actually, to say that Graves is an unorthodox teacher or musician would be a gross understatement. It would be accurate, though, to point out that Graves may be one of the most radical musicians one could ever encounter in the most literal sense of the word: he tries to get to the actual root of the issue–no matter what it is–for the solution to any kind of problem or challenge.

Full Mantis offers documentary evidence of Graves’s approach of going directly to the source in two key areas: martial arts and his understanding of musical time.

“Well, I started reading books,” Graves says about his martial arts training. Frustrated at the inability to achieve some of the lessons offered in Chinatown because there were limits placed on what non-Asian students could be taught, Graves decided to take lessons in his own hands, eventually settling on closely watching the insect the Praying Mantis after hearing that some of the movements were based on them. “I went to the source,” he says. He bought a few mantises and let them loose, observing their movements. “I just got the full mantis,” says Graves with a mischievous grin, noting that some interpreters or teachers might be hindered in various ways by their own physical or mental limitations. Graves wanted none of that.

The film next jumps to Graves’ musings on heart rate and musical time, noting that heart rate constantly varies in healthy people, which provided another breakthrough that led him to eschew the conventional metronome developing musicians use for keeping time.

Graves began closely studying medicine and human anatomy, haunting the medical textbook section in the former Barnes and Noble on Fifth Avenue. The next revelation came from a medical recording of human heart sounds he found there.

Graves, thinking that the heartbeats would be regular, was taken aback at the percussive patterns he heard. He eventually developed a software to translate the patterns from measured heart rates into music. He began taking the heart rate of everyone who enters his house and anyone he musically collaborates with: “I want to see how you’re vibrating inside,” Graves says. “How is your body oscillating?”

“Swing, it means, man, I want to live to the next day,” Graves explains, using the metaphor of someone crossing a busy street and dodging traffic as a way to explain the complex interactions involved in playing Jazz.

Watching a clip of Graves drumming all of a sudden makes the seemingly haphazard, disparate approach make perfect sense. Elements of his mantis-influenced movements are discernible as is his biologically-oriented approach to musical time signatures. Magically, concepts that seem impenetrable become clear.

Graves’s approach is also incredibly analytical, as would be expected for someone who bought his own EKG machine to track heart functions in an effort to better understand his own body and the bodies of those he interacts with to translate the information into a musical response that will connect with a particular audience on a vibrational level.

Maginsky shows a true example in a performance Graves does in Japan for a group of students in a gymnasium. Graves is surrounded by children dancing, jumping, and reacting in various ways; some even touch the drums or play the cymbals themselves while Graves, totally unfazed, keeps on playing, seemingly pleased with the results.

“We have to have some relevant vibrations,” Graves says, noting that the planet is changing all the time and that musicians should be in tune with that.

In a talk session after one of the New York screenings, Meginsky revealed that “ultimately the film was a labor of love” that just kept gaining momentum over time. Meginsky studied sound, healing, and music with Graves and that helped him structure the film and wrangle the disparate elements into place. “I wanted to see if I could structure the film in a way that had the same sort of energy transfer that Graves incorporates into his own performances.”

Given that charge, it succeeds on all levels. Graves smiled at the screening. His student has indeed learned his lessons well.

91 Minutes. 2018. Words and music by Milford Graves. Directed by Jake Meginsky. Playing at Metrograph Theater in New York and in select locations nationwide.

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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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