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Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Iridium on September 25.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s guest is poet Ngoma Hill! Ngoma will be at the Skylight Gallery readings in Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza on May 9 (and the second Thursday of every month), the Fat Tuesdays music and poetry showcase at Harlem’s Sister’s Uptown Bookstore on May 21 (and the third Tuesday of every month). Make a note to tune in on Tuesday night and we have more listings for you this week.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at Dizzy’s Club with Darrell Green’s trio on April 30.

Finally, Poet Carl Hancock Rux is at Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre (inside Restoration Plaza) for  the multimedia production “A Walk into Slavery” from April 30-May 4.

Guitarist Bill Frisell leads trios at the Blue Note from May 2-5.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Zinc Bar with Ethan Iverson’s trio on May 3.

Finally, Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church as part of the Harlem Jazz Boxxx series on May 3.

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch is at Roulette with Fly or Die and Anteloper on May 4.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on May 4 and 11.

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

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

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

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

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s guest is poet Carl Hancock Rux! You can see Rux in the multimedia production “A Walk into Slavery” at the Billie Holiday Theater inside Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza from April 30-May 4. Make a note to tune in on Tuesday night and we have more listings for you this week.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note from April 22-24.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at Roulette in Brooklyn on April 23.

Pianist Marc Cary’s at the Jazz Standard with Stefon Harris’s Blackout from April 25-28 and his Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on April 20 and 27.

Looking further ahead, Trumpeter Eddie Henderson is at Zinc Bar on April 26.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Jazz Gallery with Tomeka Reid’s quartet on April 26.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah’s DIASPORA meets drummer Francisco Mora Catlett’s Afrohorn at Sista’s Place on April 27.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on April 27.

Bassist Alex Blake is at Club Bonafide with Julie E. on April 28.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at Dizzy’s Club with Darrell Green’s trio on April 30.

Finally, Poet Carl Hancock Rux is at Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre (inside Restoration Plaza) for  the multimedia production “A Walk into Slavery” from April 30-May 4.

Guitarist Bill Frisell leads trios at the Blue Note from May 2-5.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Zinc Bar with Ethan Iverson’s trio on May 3.

Finally, Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church as part of the Harlem Jazz Boxxx series on May 3.

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch is at Roulette with Fly or Die and Anteloper on May 4.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s guest is poet Nikki Giovanni! Make a note to tune in on Tuesday night and we have more listings for you this week.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at the Caribbean Cultural Center in their new Harlem location on April 16.

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

Finally, Trumpeter Terence Blanchard leads the E-Collective at the Blue Note from April 18-21.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a Latin Jazz sextet at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on April 19.

Myself, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, and Howard University’s Dr. Greg Kimathi Carr are at the ASCAC Conference at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College on April 19-20 talking about the legacy of pianist Randy Weston. Randy’s widow Fatoumata Weston will be there as well to offer her insights.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at the Turning Point Café in Piermont NY on April 20.

Finally, Trombonist Craig Harris is at Brooklyn’s Sista’s Place on April 20.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on April 20 and 27.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note from April 22-24.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at Roulette in Brooklyn on April 23.

Looking further ahead, Trumpeter Eddie Henderson is at Zinc Bar on April 26.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Jazz Gallery with Tomeka Reid’s quartet on April 26.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah’s DIASPORA meets drummer Francisco Mora Catlett’s Afrohorn at Sista’s Place on April 27.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on April 27.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at Dizzy’s Club with Darrell Green’s trio on April 30.

Finally, Poet Carl Hancock Rux is at Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre (inside Restoration Plaza) for  the multimedia production “A Walk into Slavery” from April 30-May 4.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s guest is pianist Aaron Parks, who has a show at Rockwood Music Hall with Little Big on Friday April 12. We also have a ticket giveaway for that show, so tune in on Tuesday night for a chance to get a free pair of tickets! And we have more listings for you this week.

Trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre is at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse on April 11.

Drummer JT Lewis is at the Jazz Gallery with Phantom Station on April 12.

Vocalist Lizz Wright is in Cape May NJ for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival on April 12.

Bassist Christian McBride is at NJPAC in Newark with Chick Corea on April 12 and in Cape May NJ for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival on April 13.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on April 13, 20, and 27.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on April 13 and 27.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at the Caribbean Cultural Center in their new Harlem location on April 16.

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

Finally, Trumpeter Terence Blanchard leads the E-Collective at the Blue Note from April 18-21.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a Latin Jazz sextet at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on April 19.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at the Turning Point Café in Piermont NY on April 20.

Finally, Trombonist Craig Harris is at Brooklyn’s Sista’s Place on April 20.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at Roulette in Brooklyn on April 23.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s guests are poets Sonia Sanchez and jessica Care Moore. No current gigs, but we’ll let you know when they has something going on  in our area and we have more listings for you this week.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on March 31.

Guitarist Pat Metheny is at NJ’s Bergen Performing Arts Center on April 3 and in Westbury LI at The Space on April 4.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at Roulette on April 5.

Percussionist Baba Neil Clarke is at Brooklyn’s Sista’s Place for a Randy Weston tribute on April 6.

Bassist Reggie Workman is at Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church for Jazz Vespers on April 6.

Finally, Vocalist Thana Alexa is at the Jazz Gallery with Rocky Rodriguez’s quintet on April 6.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on April 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Drummer JT Lewis is at the Jazz Gallery with Phantom Station on April 12.

Vocalist Lizz Wright is in Cape May NJ for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival on April 12.

Bassist Christian McBride is at NJPAC in Newark with Chick Corea on April 12 and in Cape May NJ for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival on April 13.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on April 13 and 27.

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

Finally, Trumpeter Terence Blanchard leads the E-Collective at the Blue Note from April 18-21.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday April 2 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s show focuses on the late pianist Randy Weston and has an interview we conducted with him in 2010. Be sure to tune in Tuesday night. And we have more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist René McLean and percussionist Baba Neil Clarke are at Zinc Bar for a late afternoon set on January 27 as part of the VTY Jazz series.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Smoke for a Cannonball Adderley tribute with Antonio Hart’s quintet through January 28.

Bassist Ron Carter has a residency at the Blue Note from January 28-30 and on February 4,9, and 10.

Drummer Leon Parker is at Mezzrow on January 31.

Drummer Billy Hart leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from January 29- February 3.

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is at the Blue Note from January 31- February 3.

Vocalist René Marie is at Dizzy’s Club with Ulysses Owens Jr’s Songs of Freedom on January 31- February 3.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art take their free jazz series on the road to HOLO in Ridgewood Queens on January 31 and February 7 and 14.

Percussionist Baba Neil Clarke is at The City College of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem for the Malcolm X Suite on February 1.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on February 2.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church for Jazz Vespers on February 2.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on February 2 and 9.

Organist John Medeski is at The Stone with drummer Billy Martin on February 5.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Smoke for a drum battle between Kenny Washington and Joe Farnsworth on February 8-9.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey is at Ginny’s Supper Club on February 9.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at The Stone with drummer Billy Martin on February 9.

Bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Lenny White are at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on February 16.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday January 29 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s show presents an interview with organist Joey DeFrancesco! Be sure to tune in Tuesday night. He’ll be at the Jazz Standard on Wednesday February 27 in a release event for “In The Key Of The Universe” with previous Suga’ guest Billy Hart on drums. The New York City Winter Jazz Fest has just wrapped up, so watch this space for our event coverage and photos. And we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Standard from January 22-27 leading a trio, sextet, and his Ritual Ensemble on various nights.

Drummer William Hooker is at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on January 23.

Billy HartBilly Harper, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, and Cecil McBee are at Dizzy’s Club with The Cookers from January 24-27.

Trombonist Dick Griffin leads a Rahsaan Roland Kirk tribute at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on January 26.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on January 26 and February 2.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Smoke for a Cannonball Adderley tribute with Antonio Hart’s quintet from January 26-28.

Saxophonist René McLean and percussionist Baba Neil Clarke are at Zinc Bar for a late afternoon set on January 27 as part of the VTY Jazz series.

Drummer Billy Hart leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from January 29- February 3.

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is at the Blue Note from January 31- February 3.

Percussionist Baba Neil Clarke is at The City College of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem for the Malcolm X Suite on February 1.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on February 2.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church for Jazz Vespers on February 2.

Organist John Medeski is at The Stone with drummer Billy Martin on February 5.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey is at Ginny’s Supper Club on February 9.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at The Stone with drummer Billy Martin on February 9.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art take their free jazz series on the road to HOLO in Ridgewood Queens on January 24 and 31 and February 7 and 14 with Parker and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis kicking off the Queens series on the 24. Also: 2019 Vision Fest dates have been announced: mark your calendars for June 11-16 at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn with former Suga’ guest Andrew Cyrille as the honoree. 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 Tuesday January 22 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

The annual Vision Fest returns his year for its 23rd edition and as usual provides a week full of avant garde jazz, dance, poetry, and visual art all under the same roof and available for the same admission fee. Single day passes are available and it’s probably a good idea to grab them in advance since the Wednesday night opening is already sold out.

The 2018 event is much earlier than usual: running from May 23-29, wrapping up on Memorial Day. It also features a return to Roulette in downtown Brooklyn after 3 years at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. Roulette’s extremely easy to access, though: it’s one long block from the Atlantic Avenue subways and LIRR station.

The festival officially started on Monday May 21 with films at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan.

As is Vision’s tradition, the opening night on Wednesday May 23 is centered around an artist that Vision bestows with a lifetime achievement award. This year’s honoree is pianist Dave Burrell. As is Vision’s tradition, Burrell will perform in multiple ensembles during the course of the evening.

Burrell’s Harlem Renaissance suite featuring drummer Andrew Cyrille should be worth a look, and emanates from the intersection of his family’s history with the era.

Next up is what promises to be a historic reunion of former bandmates when Burrell joins legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp along with drummer Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker; the latter two are both familiar names to the Vision crowd. Burrell appears on several of Shepp’s classic early 1970s albums, including Live at the Pan African Festival, Blasé, Kwanza, and Attica Blues. Additionally, he’s been a more recent collaborator with Drake and Parker. The set promises to be a memorable one, as Shepp doesn’t gig too often in the US now.

Wednesday night’s closing set promises to be an exceptionally exhilarating ride, with Burrell leading a quintet with dual tenor saxophonists in Kidd Jordan and James Brandon Lewis, bassist William Parker, and drummer Hamid Drake. Jordan and Lewis are at opposite ends of the age spectrum, but both have a free-flowing wide open playing style and with Jordan drawing from the deep wells of the southern Blues for much of his inspiration, the pairing with the rising star Lewis should be special for all involved.

Thursday night kicks off with a panel discussion on the topic of “Creating Safe(r) Spaces in the Performing Arts,” featuring members of the We Have a Voice Collective, who released an open letter on sexism in Jazz.

Electric guitarist Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl ensemble starts Thursday night, followed by Vision veteran Whit Dickey’s trio. The Women With an Axe to Grind ensemble is something not to be overlooked, though. Bassist Jöelle Léandre will be making a rare US appearance and is joined by flutist Nicole Mitchell and violist Melanie Dyer.

Friday night brings pianist Matthew Shipp in different ensembles. Shipp teams up with Daniel Carter on saxophone/trumpet/flute and ever-present bassist William Parker for “Seraphic Light” early in the evening and leads the “Acoustic Ensemble” for the closing set. In between that, drummer Nasheet Waits’s “Equality” ensemble has a set that will be worth catching.

On Saturday, vocalist Fay Victor’s “Mutations for Justice” hits early in the evening. Victor’s freeform vocals are nearly otherworldly at times, creating a sonic palette for improvisations reminiscent of reed instruments. Slightly later, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire joins pianist Kris Davis and drummer/percussionist Tyshawn Sorey for another highly anticipated experimental set. Drummer/percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett draws Saturday night’s cleanup slot with a variation of his long-running Afro-Horn ensemble with trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah as a special guest.

Sunday starts with an afternoon panel discussion moderated by writer Scott Currie, this time for part one on the topic of “The Ongoing Struggle for Cultural Equality in NYC Music Communities” with poet Steve Cannon, pianist Dave Burrell, bassist William Parker, trombonist Craig Harris, Bernadette Speach, and Adam Shatz. Later on, Harris closes out the evening with his “Brown Butterfly” suite.

Memorial Day Monday brings another afternoon panel discussion and continues Sunday’s theme. Mike Heller moderates a panel of bassist Reggie Workman, trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah, saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, bassist Luke Stewart, drummer Warren Smith, and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker.

Fly or Die, Trumpeter Jamie Branch’s first release as a leader, gained favorable reviews last year. You get a chance to see her ensemble live in the evening’s first set of music. Slightly later Cooper-Moore gets a solo piano set followed by saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc’s “New World Pygmies.”

Finally, saxophonist Oliver Lake’s big band closes out the entire festival on Monday night. The final festival set is traditionally a large affair and this year should be no different, especially for someone with the compositional skills of Lake. People unfamiliar with Vision might have different ideas of what a big band sounds like, but Lake’s effort here is likely to be one that swings hard while creating multiple spaces for free improvisation and pushes the boundaries.

One unique attribute of Vision is the atmosphere it intentionally creates be breaking down boundaries between audience and musicians and even musicians themselves: it’s not uncommon to see musicians attend on different days simply to watch the other sets as audience members. There’s also a vending area open every night that provides the opportunity to take home some of the music one hears and possibly even get it autographed on the spot.

Vision’s one of the most highly anticipated festivals on our calendar every year at Suga’ in My Bowl radio, and for good reason. It’s a festival of Jazz that intentionally brings one back to the roots of what the music should be about: improvisation, community, and creativity.

For a deeper dive into this year’s honoree Dave Burrell, check out our show that aired on May 13 on WBAI. Our May 27 show will focus on trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, who’ll be part of Oliver Lake’s big band on the same night. It will air on WBAI (and stream online) from 11 PM-1 AM on the 27th and be archived on our site afterwards.

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

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

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