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Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

Before we get to our listings, a first a quick thank you to those who pledged during WBAI’s Summer Fund Drive. We’re still looking for sustaining members to support the station with a monthly pledge as ‘BAI Buddies or anyone who can chip in a one-time donation. Subscribing as a sustaining member with a recurring small monthly pledge is particularly helpful. It’s quick and easy and you can stop payments at any time. Details are at WBAI’s pledge page. We’d especially appreciate pledges in the name of our show. None of it goes to us and we don’t get paid to be on-air; it’s for listener-supported radio in New York and streaming worldwide. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

This week’s guest is Shemekia Copeland. She’ll be at Iridium in Midtown Manhattan on August 18 and we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on August 6 and 13. He also leads a trio at Smalls on August 15 and at the Village Vanguard from August 21-26.

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

Flutist Nicole Mitchell has a residency at The Stone from August 7-11 and is joined by vocalist Fay Victor on the 11th.

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

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

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

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on August 11 and 18.

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

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

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at St. Peter’s Church in Midtown Manhattan for Jazz Vespers on August 12.

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

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

Guitarist Julian Lage has a residency at The Stone from August 14-18 and is joined by guitarist Mary Halvorson on the 14.

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

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at Tarrytown NY ‘s Jazz Forum Arts on August 17-18.

At the Jazz in the Valley Festival in Poughkeepsie NY on August 19, vocalist Rene Marie and bassist Mimi Jones lead ensembles. Drummer Will Calhoun, and percussionist Neil Clarke are with Rachiim  Ausar-Sahu & Jazz/Espiritu.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is in Ossining NY at Henry Gourdine Park on August 20 for a free outdoor concert sponsored by Jazz Forum Arts.

Harpist Brandee Younger leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from August 21-22.

Guitarist Bill Frisell has a residency at The Stone from August 21-26 and is joined by drummer Andrew Cyrille on the 23. He’ll also be at National Sawdust in Brooklyn to perform a specially commissioned work on August 29 and at Russ and Daughters Café on August 30.

Jake Maginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves: Full Mantis is at Maysles Cinema in Harlem on August 22. Both Meginsky and Graves will be there for a post-film discussion. See our review of the film and our show devoted to it for more details.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday August 19. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday August 5. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s guest is African percussion master and longtime Randy Weston band member Baba Neil Clarke. He’ll be performing a Mongo Santamaria tribute at the 47th annual International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn on Sunday July 1. It’s an outdoor concert and included in the festival’s $5 suggested daily admission. Also at the festival on different days are saxophonist Rene McLean and bassist Reggie Workman, who has a tribute to John Coltrane. The festival runs from June 30-July 4 with vendors, performances, a documentary film festival, and children’s programming. And we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on June 25 and July 2.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at Birdland from June 26-30.

Bassist William Parker has a residency at The Stone from June 26-30. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, Cooper-Moore, and drummer William Hooker join him on June 29 for a Sunny Murray tribute.

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at Summerstage in Central Park on June 30.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin will also be playing John Coltrane’s music at Dizzy’s Club on June 30.

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a septet at the Jazz Standard on July 3.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from July 3-8.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from July 11-15.

Finally, Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Metrotech Commons in downtown Brooklyn for a free lunchtime performance on July 12 as part of their R&B Festival series.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 8. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

We’re off the air this week, but will be back next Sunday. If you missed last week’s show with saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, head over to our archives to hear that and nearly a decade of other shows. She’ll be at Rutgers University’s Newark campus on March 29 for a Women’s History Month Jazz concert with drummer Bobby Sanabria. And we have more listings for you this week.

Drummer Jack DeJohnette and guitarist Bill Frisell are at Roulette in Brooklyn for a John Abercrombie tribute on March 26.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Jazz Standard from March 27- April 1.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard with guitarist Bill Frisell from March 27- April 1.

Drummer Lenny White is at Smoke with George Colligan’s trio on March 29 and at the Village Vanguard with Renee Rosnes from April 3-8.

Saxophonist Tia Fuller leads her quartet at Smoke with bassist Mimi Jones from March 30- April 1.

Drummer Billy Cobham is at BB King’s with the Crosswinds Project on April 3.

Pianist Randy Weston is at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 3 for a live interview and leads the African Rhythms Quartet at the Jazz Standard from April 5-8.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson leads the Code Girl project at the Jazz Standard from April 3-4.

Guitarist John Scofield is at the Blue Note from April 3-8.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday April 1. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s guest is saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin. She’ll be at Joe’s Pub on Wednesday March 21 at 9 PM with an album release party for RISE UP and also at Rutgers University’s Newark campus on March 29 for a Women’s History Month Jazz concert with drummer Bobby Sanabria. And we have more listings for you this week.

Vocalist Lizz Wright and pianist Marc Cary are at the Schomburg Center in Harlem for a tribute to Alice Coltrane as part of their Women’s Jazz Festival on March 19.

Guitarist Bill Frisell leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from March 20-25.

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

Bassist Ron Carter and trombonist/seashellist Steve Turre are at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College on March 22 for the Highlights in Jazz series.

Pianist Billy Childs leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from March 22-25.

Vocalist Catherine Russell hosts a daytime family concert exploring the music of pianist Mary Lou Williams at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 24.

Drummer Jack DeJohnette and guitarist Bill Frisell are at Roulette in Brooklyn for a John Abercrombie tribute on March 26.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Jazz Standard from March 27- April 1.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard with guitarist Bill Frisell from March 27- April 1.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday April 1. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Winter Fund drive is in full swing and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

We’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with guitarist Mary Halvorson, head over to our archives, where you can listen to that and nearly a decade of past shows. And now on to the rest of the week’s listings:

 

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are at Birdland on March 13.

Bassist William Parker and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake are at Roulette in Brooklyn on March 13.

Guitarist Bill Frisell leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from March 13-18 and returns the next week with a quartet from March 20-25.

Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at Kitano with Gene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble on March 14 and leads the Multiverse Big Band in West Side Story Reimagined at Hostos Community College in The Bronx on March 17.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland for an album release party for The Questions from March 14-17.

Drummer Roy Haynes celebrates his 93rd birthday at the Blue Note from March 15-18.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a quartet at Smoke from March 16-18 for an 82nd birthday celebration and leads a trio at Smalls on March 21.

Vocalist Lizz Wright and pianist Marc Cary are at the Schomburg Center in Harlem for a tribute to Alice Coltrane as part of their Women’s Jazz Festival on March 19.

Bassist Ron Carter and trombonist/seashellist Steve Turre are at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College on March 22 for the Highlights in Jazz series.

Pianist Billy Childs leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from March 22-25.

Vocalist Catherine Russell hosts a daytime family concert exploring the music of pianist Mary Lou Williams at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 24.

Drummer Jack DeJohnette and guitarist Bill Frisell are at Roulette in Brooklyn for a John Abercrombie tribute on March 26.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Jazz Standard from March 27- April 1.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard with guitarist Bill Frisell from March 27- April 1.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 18. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

Words by Hank Williams

In New York City this week, it’s cold, wet, gets dark insanely early, and unending service changes lend a Chess-like complexity to late night or weekend subway trips. Such is the state of winter in the Big Apple, but just when we get close to peak Seasonal Affective Disorder, the annual Winter Jazz Fest blows in to give you a reason to rush out and brave the cold for a weekend. 130 reasons, in fact–the number of acts the festival boasts spread across its multi-day span—with some 600-odd musicians making things happen.

The 14th edition of the ever-expanding annual showcase follows a familiar format: two marathon nights of music in venues scattered around the heart of Greenwich Village, with a few standalone opening and closing events – some of which are already sold out—and we’re told that tickets for even the marathon nights are going fast.

As we’ve done for the past few years, we’ll go through a shows with a viewers’ guide to some of our preferred picks, with an admitted lean toward former guests on our Suga in My Bowl radio show.

I’ll point you toward the full schedule for Friday January 12 and Saturday January 13 marathon nights and artist lineup, but hopefully this will help wade through the myriad choices available each night. Obviously, there are several ways to experience the festival. You can either pick and choose key acts, take a more eclectic approach and see what you find, or some combination of the two. It’s all good.

FESTIVAL THEME AND FOCUS

Following the lead of last year’s event, the festival again tackles themes of social justice. This is most clearly addressed through three different talks during the course of the festival.

“Jazz on the Border” will highlight issues around US visa laws and their impact on musicians. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington moderates the “Jazz and Gender” panel, which includes Angela Davis and pianist Vijay Iyer among the panelists.

“The Long March: a Conversation on Jazz and Protest” on Tuesday the 16th is the only one with an admission fee, but is easily worth the price. Saxophonist Ras Moshe, who’s becoming well known in free and avant garde jazz circles, moderates the talk among saxophonist Archie Shepp, flutist Nicole Mitchell, and pianist Samora Pinderhughes.

The above talk immediately precedes a concert by Nicole Mitchell, who is this year’s resident artist. Mitchell will present a new release, Mandorla Awakening II, a sci-fi themed Afrofuturist composition. She also fronts Maroon Cloud with vocalist Fay Victor on Wednesday the 17th at Le Poisson Rouge.

Mitchell has a couple of appearances during the Friday/Saturday marathon nights. “Art and Anthem for Gwendolyn Brooks” honors the late Chicago poet and features pianist Jason Moran.

If you (understandably) don’t want to wade through the wall of words here, you can just scroll to picks for the first marathon day on Friday or second day on Saturday.

TICKETS AND ADMISSION

WJF has several options available for the standalone shows, marathon nights (either one or both) or full festival passes for the hardcore enthusiasts. The one constant is that we strongly recommend tickets in advance, since even with the expanded venues at the New School, it’s possible to get closed out of nights–and you save some money over buying at the door. The “marathon” nights on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th are sold for the entire night only: not for individual shows. They’re still a pretty good deal for how much music you get if you see more than a single show, and there’s likely something to suit almost everyone’s taste. 2-day passes and full festival passes get entrance to the marathon days as well. Separate tickets are available for the opening and closing events, with the exception of events that sell out.

Recommendation: Consider the 2-day marathon pass even if you can only make it for parts both evenings since that saves you even more.

LOCATIONS AND LOGISTICS

The WJF’s heart is still in the center of the Village: with venerable institutions Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, and Le Poisson Rouge returning. The New School continues as a festival sponsor and provides several spaces for the festival in its campus clustered around 13th Street off Fifth Avenue, including some much needed larger venues. All of these are close enough to comfortably (though maybe briskly) walk between for sets. Zinc Bar is small and popular, so be warned that seeing an act scheduled there means getting there very early, and possibly skipping something else in the process. Quite frankly, last year I opined that it needed to be dropped. WJF has simply outgrown the venerable space and it’s unfair to stick artists in there.

On the western frontier of the Village and Tribeca are SOB’s and the Django at the Roxy Hotel.

Nublu’s new(ish) second location at 151 Avenue C, between 9-10 Streets returns this year. It’s a brisk walk or quick bus or L train ride away from the action clustered near the center.

Subculture and Bowery Ballroom are clustered together on the Lower East Side and round out this year’s venues.

Obviously, figuring out what one wants to see also means taking into account the logistics of who’s playing where and getting between venues.

 

 

Photo credit: Winter Jazz Fest (screenshot)

FRIDAY JANUARY 12 HIGHLIGHTS

Adegoke Steve Colson and Iqua Colson 7 PM at New School Tishman Auditorium 63 5th Ave

The Colsons have been playing together since the 70s, with Steve’s piano and Iqua’s vocals taking an innovative look at nearly everything they’ve done. Trombonist Craig Harris joins them this evening in a tribute to the late pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, a co-collaborator in the New York chapter of AACM. It’s a rare opportunity to see them.

Sons of Kemet 7:40 PM at Le Poisson Rouge

Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings may not be a household name on the US—yet—but he’s been steadily making a name for himself on the UK jazz scene with various groups. He returns following a successful US debut last year with Shabaka and the Ancestors. Sons of Kemet has a bass-heavy sound with a tuba prominently featured in the front line with Hutchings’s free-form playing flying above it. For a deep dive, see our show on him last month.

Fay Victor SoundNoiseFUNK 9 PM New School Jazz Building 5th Floor Theater (55 W 13 St)

Vocalist Fay Victor is another name that you might not know, but you should. Victor came to my attention through the NYC avant garde jazz scene and Vision Festival, where she’s been a staple for years. However, that’s selling her short. Her prodigious vocal talent, songwriting ability, and commitment to the music only became completely clear to me during out recent show with her. In this set, expect a broad approach to the jazz tradition drawing deeply from the Blues. It won’t be a straight ahead set, and that’s a good thing.

James Brandon Lewis’s Unruly Notes 11 PM Zinc Bar

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis has been steadily woodshedding and the fruits of his labor are becoming clear. His regular trio including bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Warren Trae Crudup have expanded to include electric guitarist Anthony Pirog, who featured prominently on their last release. Here, the concept expands even further with trumpeter Jamie Branch. The band plays hard—though with increasing finesse—buoyed by Crudup’s steady backbeat. Lewis’s style leans toward the avant garde end of the spectrum, but that’s just one of many lenses he uses to approach nearly everything from hip hop to Anton Dvorzak compositions and feed them through the jazz tradition. The most unfortunate thing about this set is the location, which has been way too small for WJF for years now. You’ll have to come very early and probably wait on line for a while, but the set will be so very worth it.

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition 11:20 PM at Bowery Ballroom

Meanwhile, over on the east side, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition takes the Bowery stage. True to their name, expect an eastern-inflected take on jazz. It’s a late start time, but a solid backup if you decide that the wait to enter Zinc Bar is too daunting.

SATURDAY JANUARY 13 HIGHLIGHTS

Jazzmeia Horn 7 PM at New School Tishman Auditorium 63 5th Ave

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn’s fortunes have been rising recently with a Grammy nomination for her debut release A Social Call. Horn’s already moved past where she was at the time of the recording, however. Horn is scarily talented, and enthusiasm to push the limits of her instrument will see her scatting, rapping, and marshalling a range of vocalizations in the space of a single performance. Horn’s an example of a young talent showing a different and fresh approach to jazz that attempts to join standards and the jazz tradition with younger audiences and the pop influence. Commendably, though, she does this without resorting to gimmicks and a refusal to sacrifice the jazz tradition. We’ve got an interview with her cued up for a future show, so stay tuned!

Antonio Sanchez and Migration 7:40 PM at Le Poisson Rouge

Drummer Antonio Sanchez is a busy man. In addition to heading his own migration ensemble, he’s been touring with guitarist Pat Metheny and the occasional gig with vocalist Thana Alexa, who’ll be with him here.

Harriet Tubman Plays Free Jazz 9 PM at New School Tishman Auditorium 63 5th Ave

In what has to be one of the most daring sets of the festival, Harriet Tubman will be taking a crack at riffing off of Ornette Coleman’s masterpiece Free Jazz. Here, the Tubman power trio of electric guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs, and drummer JT Lewis will be joined by the lineup from saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s Unruly Notes (see above) and saxophonist Darius Jones. It promises to be a wild ride. Gibbs deserves credit for the idea, which will be less a note-for-note recreation of the original than using it as a springboard for Coleman’s harmolodic approach and a modern take at what would happen if two different groups played together at the same time, improvising among themselves and riffing off each other.

Nicholas Peyton’s Afro Caribbean Mixtape 9:20 PM at SOB’s

Trumpeter Peyton’s Mixtape builds on snippets of speeches by Dr. Greg Kimathi Carr, who heads Howard University’s Afro American Studies Department. The recording blends Peyton’s ethereal trumpet lines with remixed snippets of sound. Peyton’s set should lean toward the pop/ electronic end of the spectrum. It’ll be a completely different approach from the maelstrom of the Tubman set. They’ll both be good in different ways.

Rene Marie 10:20 PM at Subculture

On a much different note than much of what I’ve presented, vocalist Rene Marie promises an intense, straight ahead set. Marie’s focus on technique, straight singing, and ballads provide a quieter, more contemplative experience than some of the more raucous acts at WJF. If that’s your speed, then you know where to go.

Sun Ra Arkestra Plays Live Score to Space is the Place 11 PM at New School Tishman Auditorium 63 5th Ave  

You could do much worse than just camp out the entire evening in the cavernous Tishman Auditorium. Like the previous Harriet Tubman set, we find the Arkestra digging back into the archives for inspiration. In this case, it’s a take on the 1974 film starring Sun Ra himself and directed by John Coney with substantial input from Ra. In a nutshell, Ra and the Arkestra return to Earth in their music-powered spaceship to take Black people with them from the decaying planet with “sounds of guns, anger, and frustration” and “see what they can do on a planet all of their own.” With touches of sci-fi, soul, and a hint of Blaxploitation, it’s the expected wild ride, with music and appearances from the Arkestra weaved through several scenes. It’s not clear how the current Arkestra will approach the task, though Arkestra veterans Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson were part of the original production and will be in the house along with newer members. Whatever happens, it’ll be a way-out adventure.

Jamaladeen Tacuma Brotherzone 1 AM at Subculture

You’ll have to stay up really late for this set, but if you do, you’ll be treated to a funky set from the alum of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time band that, in his words draws on the “sounds of soul, funk, jazz, rock, ambient poetics and the vibrations of life.” As a special treat, Abiodun Oyewole from The Last Poets will lay down some of his poetry.

SUNDAY JANUARY 14 HIGHLIGHT

Ravi Coltrane Presents Universal Consciousness: Melodic Meditations of Alice Coltrane 7 PM at Le Poisson Rouge

If you haven’t had enough already–or skip one of the marathon days–then there’s a single concert on offer Sunday night, but it’s a good one. In this separate ticketed event, saxophonist Coltrane presents some of his mother Alice’s music. Coltrane will build on the Indian-influenced sound of Alice’s later work, especially Translinear Light (2004).

MONDAY JANUARY 15 HIGHLIGHT

A Tribute to Geri Allen 8 PM at New School Tishman Auditorium 63 5th Ave  

Drummer Geri Allen has assembled a stunning cast to pay tribute to the late Geri Allen, who died last year. The concert is a fundraiser for the Geri Allen estate, so tickets are separate, but it’ll be a memorable event for a pianist who left a big mark on the music and left us way too soon.

That’s just scratching the surface of the festival, but hopefully there are a few ideas here for starters. I’ll be at many of the shows highlighted, though admit to still making up my mind. The good news is that there’s enough here that it’s hard to go wrong and even if a set doesn’t live up to expectations, there’s another one that’s bound to more than make up for it. See you on the other side. I’ll be back with a festival review.

If you missed them, see our preview shows with saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, vocalist Fay Victor, and a tribute to late pianist Geri Allen.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

We’re off the air this week, but if you missed the last show with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, head on over to our archives, where you’ll find that and archived shows dating back to 2009. Be sure to tune in next Sunday when we’re joined by guitarist Bill Frisell! Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Fall Fund drive is in full swing and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from November 7-12.

Guitarist Marc Ribot has a residency at The Stone’s space on Ave C from November 7-12.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria’s class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University wraps up on Wednesday November 8. He also leads the Multiverse Big Band in an educational concert on the history of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s studio space on November 16 and returns for “West Side Story at 60 Reimagined” at JALC’s Dizzy’s Club from November 27-29.

Bassist Christian McBride and vocalist Dianne Reeves are at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 10 and will be at the Village Vanguard with Brian Marsella’s trio on November 17.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on November 13 with McCoy Tyner.

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is at Birdland from November 14-18.

Pianists Marc Cary and Randy Weston and bassist Reggie Workman are all at the Schomburg Center for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s annual benefit concert on November 14.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at the Village Vanguard for an afternoon set on November 19.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at the Blue Note from November 21-26 with a release party for her The Memphis Tour album.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on November 27 with McCoy Tyner.

Pianist Marc Cary is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on November 28 playing the music of Duke Ellington.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust on December 1 for a 50th anniversary concert of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space and at The Stone on December 6 with Ned Rothenberg.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday November 12. (Our scheduled October 29 show has been pre-empted for the fall fund drive.) We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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Hank Williams is an associate producer for Suga’ in My Bowl on WBAI Radio and webmaster for the Suga’ and Behind the Mic sites. He is also a PhD candidate in English and Africana Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at 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 pre-empted this week for WBAI Radio’s fund drive, but if you missed the last show with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, head on over to our archives, where you’ll find that and archived shows dating back to 2009. Also coming this week on the blog is our review of the 2017 BRIC Jazz Fest. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Fall Fund drive is in full swing and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Blue Note with Odean Pope’s Sax Choir on October 30 and leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from November 7-12.

Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at Dizzy’s Club on October 31 with Mokoto Ozone’s trio.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria’s class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University continues on Wednesday nights until November 8.

Bassist Christian McBride and vocalist Kurt Elling are both at Fuerza Puerto Rico: a benefit for hurricane relief at the Jazz Gallery on November 1.

Flutist Nicole Mitchell is at The Stone’s new space at the New School from November 3-4.

Bassist Dave Holland is at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Zakir Hussain on November 5.

Guitarist Marc Ribot has a residency at The Stone’s space on Ave C from November 7-12.

Bassist Christian McBride and vocalist Dianne Reeves are at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 10.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on November 13 with McCoy Tyner.

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is at Birdland from November 14-18.

Pianists Marc Cary and Randy Weston and bassist Reggie Workman are all at the Schomburg Center for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s annual benefit concert on November 14.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday November 12. (Our scheduled October 29 show has been pre-empted for the fall fund drive.) We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

Tonight’s show is a rebroadcast of our show with drummer Lenny White. And we have more listings for you this week as the summer winds down.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at The Blue Note on September 5-6.

Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts is at the Jazz Standard from September 5-10 with an Elvin Jones tribute. Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is a special guest on September 5 and bassist Charnett Moffett joins the band from the 8-10.

Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs leads a trio at Club Bonafide on September 8.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on September 8-9 and at Smalls on the 13.

Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun is at the Apollo Theater with Prophets of Rage on September 12.

Bassist Ron Carter is at the Jazz Standard with Ethan Iverson’s trio on September 12.

Vocalist Lizz Wright is at Highline Ballroom on September 15.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez is at the Jazz Standard from September 15-17.

Bassist and vocalist Mimi Jones is at the Bronx Museum for the Arts on September 16.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at the Children’s Magical Garden (at 129 Stanton St in Manhattan) for a free outdoor concert as part of Arts for Art’s InGardens series on the 16 and at Roulette in Brooklyn on the 18.

Finally, pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from September 19-24.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 17. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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