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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 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

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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 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

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 (and recovering from the Vision Fest), but head over to our archives if you missed last week’s show with saxophonist Kidd Jordan.  We’ve also got a review of the first day and days 2 and 4 if you missed this year’s festivities. A review of the last 2 days is coming soon, too. WBAI Radio’s officially wrapped its Spring Fund Drive and thanks to those who pledged! If you didn’t get around to it, it’s not too late to  pledge online snd even a few dollars helps a lot. 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 Cinema Village in Manhattan (closes June 8), the Picture House in Pelham (June 9-15), and Time and Space in Hudson (June 10-11). See our review of the film for a preview.

Director Casper Kollin’s Lee Morgan documentary film I Called Him Morgan  is also playing at Time and Space in Hudson (June 8-9) and the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville on June 15. We’ve got a review of that, too.

 

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on May 30-31 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

 

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park on June 8 as part of the Northside Festival.

Guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sanchez are at the Beacon Theater on June 10.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen is at Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 10.

Vocalist Thana Alexa and bassist William Parker are both at the Red Hook Jazz Festival on June 11.

 

Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona is at Club Bonafide on June 10 and 17 with Mandekan Cubano.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 11. 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

Words by Hank Williams. Photos © Joyce Jones/SugaBowl Photography. | MAIN PHOTO: Odean Pope Saxophone Choir @ 2017 Vision Fest. Used with Permission. Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons CC-NC-BY-ND.

The 22nd annual Vision Fest started its six-day run on Memorial Day Judson Memorial Church’s expansive main hall with a tribute to pianist and multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore, who was featured in several ensembles and received their lifetime achievement award. We reviewed the opening night in a previous post.

Tuesday night featured another evening of music and poetry capped by the ensemble called TRIO3 plus two. The core TRIO3 members—bassist Reggie Workman, saxophonist Oliver Lake, and drummer Andrew Cyrille—have been playing together for 27 years: a phenomenally long time for any combo.

Guests, particularly pianists, are an occasional part of the ensemble and Marc Cary get the invite for tonight’s show. Cary joined the trio near the end of the set along with Ayana Workman, who read some poetry.

Workman explained that for Vision they went through their extensive catalog of music and tried to select songs that were illustrative of Vision’s perennial theme of social justice.

Bassist Reggie Workman showed a little-known talent by starting off on the digeridoo on one piece: a surprising development.

Marc Cary and Ayana Workman joined the trio for the final piece of the night’s set. Cary’s work added welcome colors to a relatively sedate set of music and he also brought electronics into the mix, as the ensemble created textures complementing Workman’s spoken words. Ayana Workman’s words fit Vision’s theme of social justice well, but didn’t feel particularly inspired and the reading of names of police violence seemed rote at times.

The set did provided a glimpse at the variety of music collectively produced by these three master musicians who are frequent Vision performers, especially considering the substantial back catalogs of their own work.

Thursday night featured saxophonist Odean Pope, who started the night off leading the “Saxophone Choir”, an expansive ensemble that brought a swinging big band sound to the Vision stage. Pope’s artistic statement mined his own past as inspiration: “Ever since I heard the big sound and lush harmonies of the gospel choirs of my youth,” he wrote, “I imagined a choir of saxophones that would have the same power and more.”

Pope brought the above and more to the stage with a band that swung hard through several pieces with a precision that would make most big bands envious and with pieces that moved briskly and left the listener wishing for more each time as Pope did double duty of playing and conducting the ensemble. Pope originally assembled the group in 1977 and most of the members included in the Vision set have been playing together for a long time.

The first song, titled “Dedication to Max Roach”, was a brightly swinging number and in the third piece, saxophones took the lead and produced the sort of power one would expect from an ensemble with with 7 saxophones–3 tenors (including Pope), 3 altos, and a baritone–joined by a pianist, bassist, and drummer.

The fourth piece shifted pace for a ballad, “Cis,” dedicated to his late wife who Pope described as an “incredible Black lady.”

The tempo picked up significantly for their next song, dedicated to a musician Pope knew in San Francisco that sent Pope into the upper register with a few squeals thrown in.

The set closed with an uptempo rendition of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” that benefited from the richness of the ensemble as the horns powered through the familiar melody and ended way too soon.

Slightly later on Thursday night, saxophonist Darius Jones’s “Farmers By Nature” began with a frenetic attack by all of the members from the start of the set that set the tone for their time on stage. Bassist William Parker returned to the Vision stage again to anchor the effort that included an angular Cecil Taylor-esque piano solo by Craig Taborn. Later in the set the interaction evolved into a call-and-response between Taborn’s shimmering piano lines and Jones’s plaintive sax bleats while Gerald Cleaver worked away on the drums before it ended on a quiet note and tapered to a close.

Poet Jesus Paopleto Melendez followed and read a short set of poetry capped off by a poem dedicated to the recently freed Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera that was printed on a long continuous scroll that Melendez unwound while he read.

Nicole Mitchell’s Artifacts Trio. (L-R) Mitchell, Mike Reed, Tomeka Reed.

Flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Artifacts Trio had Thursday night’s final set.  Staying true to her promise to celebrate the ongoing legacy of the AACM, Mitchell broke into a sung chant of “have mercy upon us” in an adaptation of a piece written by pianist/vocalist Amina Claudine Meyers. That was Mitchell’s take on Vision’s social justice theme. “I look at the human race as one organism which means that we’re suicidal” because of all the war and strife in the world, Mitchell said from the stage.

In an adaptation of Anthony Braxton’s “23B,” Mitchell set a blistering pace on the flute, which, fortunately, was matched by Tomeka Reid on the cello and finished abruptly with a high-pitched flute flourish.  Reid’s warm, sonorous sound on the cello nicely complemented the flute’s brightness throughout the set.

The last two nights will be covered in the next post.

Hank Williams is assistant producer for Suga’ in My Bowl and produces the weekly “On the Bandstand” segment as well as running the show’s website and blog, where he has reviewed several jazz festivals. His writing has also appeared in Left Turn magazine and American Music Review. He teaches at Lehman and Hunter colleges in the City University of New York system. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot.

Joyce Jones is the executive producer and host of Suga’ in My Bowl. She is a graphic designer and her photos have been published in Black Renaissance Noir.

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