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The line of people stretched down the block in the cold on West 43rd Street in Manhattan for a chance to get inside the Town Hall Theater and say goodbye to the great bassist Charlie Haden. The memorial nearly filled the expansive hall on Tuesday, January 13th, as attendees listened to musical tributes to and–memories of–Haden, many of the latter punctuated by imitations of Haden’s signature warm greeting of “hey, man”.

Haden, 76, died July 11, 2014 in Los Angeles after a long battle with post-polio syndrome. Haden suffered from polio as a child.

Trumpeter Michael Rodriguez started the memorial with a solo trumpet piece titled “going home”.

Ruth Cameron-Haden: Charlie “really did feel a responsibility to bring beauty to the world”

Haden’s widow (and producer on many recordings) Ruth Cameron-Haden provided opening remarks and served as host for the evening in addition to being one of the key organizers. She offered personal reflections of what it was like to live with Charlie. As might be expected for someone widely known as both a jokester and an artist with an intense devotion to honing his musical craft, life with him was a rollercoaster ride. The takeaway, though, and a point stressed in different words throughout the evening, was Cameron-Haden’s recollection that Charlie “really did feel a responsibility to bring beauty to the world” and acted on this through both his music and activism.

Long time collaborator and friend guitarist Pat Metheny took the stage next to play a solo acoustic guitar medley of songs in memory of Haden followed by some personal reflections. Metheny recalled first meeting Haden as a very young musician, already in awe of the latter’s status in music. As an icebreaker, Metheny told Haden that he was from Missouri, too, and they became fast friends. “Charlie and I literally played hundreds and hundreds of concerts all over the world”, Metheny said, recalling collaborations starting with his own groundbreaking and critically acclaimed 80/81 release and Song X, which featured sax innovator Ornette Coleman. Metheny recalled that he and Haden “could play anything together from the most out stuff to harmonic stuff to songs of the most complete simplicity”, but pointed out that their relationship went way beyond music, despite their 17-year age difference.

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Coleman was not feeling well enough to attend, but wanted to express his support and sent his son, drummer Denardo Coleman, in his place. Denardo remembered being on one of his father’s recording sessions at the tender age of 10 years old and how Haden welcomed him, mentored him, and made him feel accepted as a musician.

Bassist Putter Smith: “He was a rascal. A very charming rascal, but he could charm anybody out of anything, including me”.

Bassist Putter Smith recalled getting calls from Haden at the last minute to fill in for his classes at the California Institute for the Arts, where Haden helped found the jazz program and taught for decades. “He was a rascal,” Smith said, “a very charming rascal, but he could charm anybody out of anything, including me”. What Haden brought to bass playing “was the permission to play with a very charming intimacy”, Smith added.

Saxophonist Lee Konitz and pianist Brad Mehldau joined together for a bluesy duo. “We haven’t figured out what to play [yet],” Konitz admitted, “so we’ll just figure it out as we go along”, which they did after a minor hiccup and did spectacularly well. Mehldau then went to the microphone and remembered Haden as a spiritual mentor in addition to he musical lessons he gave. Mehldau recalled one story Haden told him to end a discussion that had erupted over the role of drugs in music and the popular lore that drugs acted as a creative muse. Haden, Mehldau recalled, adamantly insisted that some of the musical greats who struggled with drug addiction and died young such as Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix achieved what they did despite their addiction, not because of it. “Imagine what they would have achieved if they’d gotten clean”, Haden pointed out. Mehldau’s recollection was but one of many in the evening stressing Haden’s humanity.

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Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, pianist Geri Allen, and harpist Brandee Younger took the stage to perform “For Turiya”, Haden’s tribute to Alice Coltrane.

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Dr. Maurice Jackson, Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University remembered Haden’s principled and uncompromising stand against racism and his solidarity as an ally to Black people.

Dr. Maurice Jackson

Dr. Maurice Jackson

Tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman, drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Scott Colley, and pianist Kenny Barron performed as a quartet. Colley was Haden’s first student at CalArts.

After performing, Redman recalled learning about his father, saxophonist Dewey Redman, through their common musical relationship with Haden. Redman recalled not knowing his father very well, but getting to understand him and learn much more about him through the elder Redman’s music and with his own interaction with Haden, whom both had played with.

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Haden’s children closed the program with “Voice From On High” And “Oh Shenandoah” accompanied by guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Mark Fain. Haden’s daughters–Tanya, Rahcel, and Petra–perform as The Haden Triplets and his son Josh Haden plays the bass.

Josh Fain (b), The Haden Triplets, Josh Haden (obscured), Bill Frisell (guitar, obscured)

Josh Fain (b), The Haden Triplets, Josh Haden (obscured), Bill Frisell (guitar, obscured)

Bassist Scott Colley returned to the stage for one last number with Quartet West, Haden’s group on the west coast with pianist Alan Broadbent, tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, and drummer Rodney Green. They formed, Ruth Cameron-Haden recalled, from Charlie’s complaint that there was “no one to play with in Los Angeles” until she reminded him of some of the musicians living there whose playing he liked.

(L-R): Alan Broadbent, Scott Colley, Ernie Watts

(L-R): Alan Broadbent, Scott Colley, Ernie Watts

The evening was closed, appropriately enough, with members from Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, who played "Amazing Grace", "Silence", and closed the program with "We Shall Overcome". It was a fitting way to end a night in the memory of someone who struggled so long and cared so deeply for nearly everyone whose life he touched in one way or another.

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Photo Credit: Hank Williams (all photos). Creative Commons licensed (non-commercial, some rights reserved.)

For a more in-depth look at Haden, see Joyce Jones’s extensive 2011 interview of Charlie and Ruth on Suga’ in My Bowl.

The Haden family asks for donations to be sent to the CalArts Scholarship fund that assists needy students in the music program that he helped found. Donations can be made online here (Select the “Charlie Haden Scholarship Fund” under the “Gift Allocation” menu.) Checks can be mailed to The Charlie Haden CalArts Scholarship Fund / P.O. Box 520/ Agoura Hills CA 91376.

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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. Follow him on Twitter: @streetgriot

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

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

This week’s show features an interview with pianist Geri Allen done by special guest co-host Columbia University’s Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin. See her this week at the memorial for bassist Charlie Haden (details below). This (nearly) wraps up our coverage on the 2015 Winter Jazz Fest. Check back later this week for a review and scroll down the page for our cheat sheet and preview of the festival. And we have other live music this week.

There will be a memorial for the late saxophonist Will Connell on the 12th at The Jazz Church, St. Peter’s. Saxophonist Oliver Lake, multi-instrumentalist Charles Gayle, and trombonist Craig Harris will be just a few of the many artists performing appearing at the memorial. You are all cordially invited ….

The big news is a memorial and celebration of the life of the late bassist Charlie Haden; at the Town Hall on January 13th with Ruth Cameron-Haden, Pat Metheny, Brandee Younger, low bass specialist Joe Daley, pianist Geri Allen, and many more. Admission is free, but organizers will take donations for the Haden CalArts Scholarship fund to help music students. They also recommend arriving early, since space is limited and it will start and end on time.

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

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

Dr. Leonard Jeffries will have a birthday celebration on the 18th at Harlem’s National Black Theater from 4-9 PM. Admission’s free, but be prepared to make a donation. Call 201-837-1355 for details and or see the event’s poster (opens as a photo) on Facebook.

Pianist Vijay Iyer has a residency at The Stone from January 20-25th with various guests sitting in each night. Legendary bassist Reggie Workman joins him on the 20th and 25th.

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The Arts for Art organization (promoters of the annual Vision Fest) will have an artist response to the Black Lives Matter movement from the 23rd to 30th at Clemente Soto Velez Center on the Lower East Side. Dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker will be among the many artists and performers there.

Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs is at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on the 24th.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at Minton’s in Harlem on the 25th.

Looking ahead, you have a rare opportunity to catch multi-instrumentalist Charles Gayle on saxophone, bass, and piano with guitarist Marc Ribot at The Stone on January 28th.

Also on the 28th, keyboardist John Medeski is at the Village Vanguard.

Finally, looking even further ahead, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders will be at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from January 29th to February 1st.

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

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday January 8th

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

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

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

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

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

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

    bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

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

    This week’s guest is saxophonist David Murray. You can see him live at the 2015 Winter Jazz Fest on January 9th and 10th. Scroll down the page for details and check out our first look on the fest. We have the usual line-up of live music this week, including New Year’s Eve listings, so you can plan festivities ahead.

    Pianist Harold Mabern co-leads a sextet through January 1st at Smoke as part of their Coltrane Festival, including a New Year’s Eve show.

    You can ring in the new year with trombonist Craig Harris at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve.

    Vocalist Dianne Reeves will be at Avery Fisher Hall on New Year’s Eve.

    Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater will be at Iridium from the 31st to January 2nd.

    Bassist Christian McBride joins Peter Bernstein’s Quartet on stage at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s club on January 2nd to 4th.

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

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

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

    WJF_200x200The big news coming up is the 2015 Winter Jazz Fest on January 8th through 10th. Details are at their website and you can see our own preview and ongoing festival coverage right here. Pianist Harold Mabern will appear in the WJF’s Disability Pride benefit concert on the 8th. Other Suga’ guests on the lineup so far are: saxophonist Oliver Lake with Trio 3 and his Organ Quartet, drummer Will Calhoun with Jungle Funk, harpist Brandee Younger, vocalist Catherine Russell, saxophonist David Murray with drummer Teri Lyne Carrington and pianist Geri Allen, drummer J.T. Lewis with Harriet Tubman, saxophonist Billy Harper with The Cookers, and possibly more to come. Look for a more in-depth cheat sheet here next week.

    Looking ahead, there’s a free memorial and celebration of the life of the late bassist Charlie Haden; at the Town Hall on January 13th with Ruth Cameron-Haden, Pat Metheny, Brandee Younger, and many more.

    Looking much further ahead, vocalist Catherine Russell and master drummer Michael Carvin will both be appearing at Mohonk Mountain House’s Jazz on the Mountain from January 16-19th, but you need to reserve space now.

    That’s all for now. With our new biweekly schedule, Suga’ in My Bowl is off the airwaves next week, but back on WBAI January 11th. We’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

    bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

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

    Suga’ in My Bowl is off the air this week. To get your fix until then, our audio archives have several years worth of shows: more than enough to keep you occupied for Sunday brunch or while doing laundry, housecleaning, or a good workout. Until then, here’s what other Suga’ guests are doing in the area.

    Guitarist Pat Metheny and his Unity Group wraps up a rare week of sets to end their world tour at the Blue Note on December 7th.

    Bassist Christian McBride finishes a week at the Village Vanguard with his Inside Straight ensemble on December 7th. He returns with a trio from the 9th to 14th.

    Saxophonist Lou Donaldson leads a quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on December 7th.

    Bassist Reggie Workman will be at the Jazz Standard with saxophonist Azar Lawrence’s Quartet for celebration of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme on December 9th to 10th.

    UPenn professor Dr. Guthrie Ramsey will be at HarlemStage on the City College of NY campus on December 11th for a free roundtable discussion on the current state of Black music.

    Pianist and vocalist Andy Bey will be at Minton’s in Harlem on the 12th and 13th.

    Drummer Michael Carvin will be at Kitano on December 12th to 13th with a release party for his new Flash Forward CD.

    Vocalist Carol Maillard and the legendary Sweet Honey in the Rock return to the area for their annual holiday concerts. You can catch them at Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Center on December 13th and at NJPAC in Newark on the 20th.

    Pianist Randy Weston will be the master of ceremonies for a tribute to saxophonist Rene McLean at the Schomburg Center on December 16th. Details are on the Sista’s Place website.

    Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria will be at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center with Gene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble on December 16th.

    Drummer Jeff Tain Watts leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from December 16th to 21st.

    Pianist Vijay Iyer presents “Music for Transformation” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on December 18th to 20th.

    Saxophonist Gary Bartz leads a quartet at Smoke from the 19th to 22nd as part of their John Coltrane festival.

    Low Brass Specialist on tuba and trombone Joe Daley, returns at Terra Blues on Bleecker Street with Hazmat Modine on December 20th.

    Pianist Marc Cary leads his Focus Trio at Minton’s in Harlem on the 21st.

    Looking much further ahead, vocalist Catherine Russell and master drummer Michael Carvin will both be appearing at Mohonk Mountain House’s Jazz on the Mountain from January 16-19th, but you need to reserve space now.

    That’s all for now. With our new biweekly schedule, Suga’ in My Bowl is off the airwaves next week, but back on WBAI December 14th. We’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

    bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

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

    This week’s guest is Low Brass Specialist on tuba and trombone Joe Daley, who returns for the second part of our interview with him. If you like what you hear, you can catch him with Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues on Bleecker Street on December 6th and 20th. Until then, here’s what other Suga’ guests are doing in the area.

    Guitarist Pat Metheny wraps up a world tour with his Unity Group. Catch them for a rare week of sets at the Blue Note from December 2nd-7th.

    Bassist Christian McBride kicks off a 2-week run at the Village Vanguard with his Inside Straight ensemble from December 2nd-7th. He returns with a trio from the 9th to 14th.

    Saxophonist Lou Donaldson leads a quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from December 4th-7th.

    Harpist Brandee Younger will be at HarlemStage on the campus of the City College of NY on December 4th for a free performance at an event honoring writers James Baldwin and Audre Lorde. you can also see her at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem for the Jazz Vespers on December 7th.

    Saxophonist René McLean will be at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on December 6th.

    Bassist Reggie Workman will be at the Jazz Standard with saxophonist Azar Lawrence’s Quartet for celebration of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme on December 9th to 10th.

    UPenn professor Dr. Guthrie Ramsey will be at HarlemStage on the City College of NY campus on December 11th for a free roundtable discussion on the current state of Black music.

    Drummer Michael Carvin will be at Kitano on December 12th to 13th with a release party for his new Flash Forward CD.

    Vocalist Carol Maillard will be at Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Center on December 13th for a holiday concert with the legendary Sweet Honey in the Rock.

    Pianist Randy Weston will be the master of ceremonies for a tribute to saxophonist Rene McLean at the Schomburg Center on December 16th. Details are on the Sista’s Place website.

    Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria will be at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center with Gene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble on December 16th.

    That’s all for now. With our new biweekly schedule, Suga’ in My Bowl is off the airwaves next week, but back on WBAI December 14th. We’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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

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

    This week’s guest is Low Brass Specialist on tuba and trombone Joe Daley in the first of a 2-part show! You can catch him with Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues in the Village on November 22nd. Until then, here’s what other Suga’ guests are doing in the area.

    If you’re a fan of the show, then you might want to give Smoke Jazz’s schedule a close look this week:

    Percussionist Steve Kroon will be leading a sextet at Smoke on November 19th.

    Pianist Harold Mabern and bassist Bob Cranshaw join guitarist John Webber’s quartet at Smoke on November 20th.

    Trombonist Steve Turre wraps up the week at Smoke with Vincent Herring’s quintet on the 21st-23rd.

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    Looking ahead, guitarist Pat Metheny returns to the area with his Unity Group. They’ll be at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on November 19th, Bergen NJ’s Performing Arts Center on the 20th, and The Space in Westbury Long Island on the 21st. Note that Metheny’s shows often sell out early!

    Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is one of many guests at Jazzmobile’s rescheduled 50th anniversary concert on the 21st hosted by WBGO Radio’s Rhonda Hamilton at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church.

    Vocalist René Marie will be at 54 Below on November 21st -22nd.

    Bassist Christian McBride is at Newark’s NJPAC on November 22nd with Béla Fleck and the group Brooklyn Rider.

    Blues singer Alexis P. Suter will be at The Record Collector in Bordentown NJ on November 22nd.

    Pianist Harold Mabern returns to Smoke with the Steve Davis Sextet from November 28th-30th.

    Drummer Will Calhoun will be at Irving Plaza with Living Colour on November 28th.

    That’s all for now. With our new biweekly schedule, Suga’ in My Bowl is off the airwaves next week, but back on WBAI November 30th. We’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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

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

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

    Pianist Randy Weston will be at NYU’s Skirball Center as part of a panel discussion of the music of James Reece Europe on November 10th. More details ate at NYU’s Institute for African American Affairs.

    Trombonist Craig Harris will be at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Harlem on November 11th. Call the church for details at 212-283-2928 or check their Facebook page.

    Pianist Marc Cary leads his Focus Trio at the Cell Theatre on November 15th.

    Pianist Vijay Iyer will have a pre-concert talk and lead a trio at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts in CT on November 15th.

    Percussionist Steve Kroon will be leading a sextet at Smoke on November 19th.

    Looking ahead, guitarist Pat Metheny returns to the area with his Unity Group. They’ll be at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on November 19th, Bergen NJ’s Performing Arts Center on the 20th, and The Space in Westbury Long Island on the 21st. Note that Metheny’s shows often sell out early!

    Vocalist René Marie will be at 54 Below on November 21st -22nd.

    Blues singer Alexis P. Suter will be at The Record Collector in Bordentown NJ on November 22nd.

    That’s all for now. With our new biweekly schedule, Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI next week, November 16th. We’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” on air and online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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

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

    SOS_book_coverThis week’s show is a second look at the Black Arts Movement with Sonia Sanchez and Drs. John Bracey and James Smethurst and their new book SOS–Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader. It’s a fund drive show, and you can support WBAI (and our show) by donating as little as $5 or pledging for our Black Arts Movement audio premium or the book itself. As usual, there are other opportunities to see Suga’ guests in action.

    Pianist Harold Mabern will be at Smoke on Monday, November 3rd.

    Vocalist René Marie and saxophonist Billy Harper among the acts at Atlantic City’s Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Harper takes the stage with the Cookers on November 7th and Marie performs on the 8th.

    Pianist Marc Cary leads his Focus Trio at the Cell Theatre on November 8th and 15th.

    Harpist Brandee Younger is at Harlem’s historic, reopened Minton’s on November 9th.

    Pianist Randy Weston will be at NYU’s Skirball Center for a performance of the music of James Reece Europe on November 9th and in a panel discussion on the 10th. More details are at NYU’s Institute for African American Affairs.

    Speaking of Randy Weston, this week’s the last chance to catch the Visions, Roots, and Rhythms exhibit of visual art inspired by Weston’s musical collaboration with trombonist and composer Melba Liston. It’s at the at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery through November 8th and features work from a number of visual artists, including trombonist (and former Suga’ guest) Dick Griffin.

    Trombonist Craig Harris will be at Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Harlem on November 11th. Call the church for details at 212-283-2928 or check their Facebook page.

    Pianist Vijay Iyer will have a pre-concert talk and lead a trio at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts in CT on November 15th.

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    Looking further ahead, guitarist Pat Metheny returns to the area with his Unity Group. They’ll be at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on November 19th, Bergen NJ’s Performing Arts Center on the 20th, and The Space in Westbury Long Island on the 21st. Note that Metheny’s shows often sell out early!

    That’s all for now. With our new biweekly schedule, Suga’ in My Bowl is off the airwaves next week, but back on WBAI November 16th. We’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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

    This week’s guest is Howard University professor Dr. Greg Kimathi Carr with a special on the life of Dr. John Henrik Clarke. It’s a fund drive show, and you can support WBAI (and our show) by donating as little as $5 or pledging for a copy of the Dr. Clarke special on CD. But we have other listings for you if you want to catch music this week.

    Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from August 5th to 10th.

    Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin has a free outdoor lunchtime concert at Newark, NJ’s Gateway Center Plaza on August 6th.

    The Sun Ra Arkestra under Marshall Allen’s direction has a free performance at Wagner Park on August 7th.

    The Sun Ra Arkestra under Marshall Allen’s direction has a free performance at Wagner Park on August 7th.

    Guitarist Pat Metheny leads his Unity Group at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on August 8th.

    Harpist Brandee Younger will be at Minton’s in Harlem on the 10th.

    Bassist Christian McBride appears with the Jazz House Kids at Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on the 11th.

    Drummer Bobby Sanabria has a free performance in Marcus Garvey Park on August 13 as part of the Summerstage series.

    That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI August 10th and we’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand” on air and online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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