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

This week’s show on May 14 features the return of one of WBAI’s most popular specials: “The Journey: From Africa to the New World Through Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Haiti and Beyond” for WBAI’s Spring Fund Drive. Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria narrates and provides music from his vast collection for this feature that was produced and engineered by Joyce Jones. You can see Bobby at 55 Bar on May 17 with Gabriela Anders.

Before we get to the rest of this week’s listings, a note that WBAI Radio’s Spring Fund Drive is in full swing. We urge you to give whatever you can and it’s particularly helpful to become a sustaining member with a monthly pledge, which we call a BAI Buddy. and gets you a few perks–including a members’ discount card useful for several places around NYC–in addition to giving the station a predictable, stable source of support. You can also pledge for your own copy of The Journey as a thank you gift for supporting the station! As always, thanks for any help you can offer.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls in a late set on May 15.

Bassist Mimi Jones is at Smalls in an after hours set on May 15 and leads a trio at Tavern on George in New Brunswick NJ on May 22.

Saxophonist Tia Fuller is at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse on May 16.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at Littlefield in Brooklyn on May 17 and at Nublu’s 151 space on May 23.

Organist Joey DeFrancesco and Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on May 17-18.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Art Yard in Frenchtown NJ on May 18.

Bassist Reggie Workman is at the Historic Masonic Temple in Brooklyn for the 50th Anniversary of The East on May 18.

Pianist Aaron Parks is at the Village Vanguard with Ben Wendel from May 14-19.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on May 18 and 25.

Poet Ngoma Hill is at Inkwell in Brooklyn for a Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage fundraiser on May 18 and at Harlem’s Sister’s Uptown Bookstore for the Fat Tuesdays music and poetry showcase on May 21 (and the third Tuesday of every month).

Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith is at Birdland from May 21-25.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Smoke for a Miles Davis tribute on May 23.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soulsquad are at Ginny’s Supper Club on May 23-24.

Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano are at Club Bonafide on May 24.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman is at St. Albans Presbyterian Church in Queens for Jazz Vespers with Darrell Green’s trio on May 25.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves in June, after the fund drive in our regular Tuesday time 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 features a brand new interview with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman! Be sure to tune in Tuesday night. And we have more listings for you this week.

Before we get to the rest of this week’s listings, a note that WBAI Radio’s Fall Fund Drive is in full swing. We urge you to give whatever you can and it’s particularly helpful to become a sustaining member with a monthly pledge, which we call a BAI Buddy. and gets you a few perks–including a members’ discount card useful for several places around NYC–in addition to giving the station a predictable, stable source of support. As always, thanks for any help you can offer.

Vocalist Catherine Russell leads a septet at Birdland from February 12-16 in an album release event for Alone Together.

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

Vocalist Nana Camille Yarbrough is at the Schomburg on February 14.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 14-15.

Drummer T.S. Monk leads a sextet at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on February 15-16.

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

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on February 16 and 23.

Trumpeter Eddie Henderson is at Zinc Bar with David Hazeltine’s quartet for a late afternoon set on February 17 as part of the VTY Jazz series.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in the late set at Smalls on February 20.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on February 23.

Saxophonist Claire Daly is at the Brooklyn Commons on February 26 as part of Ras Moshe’s Music Now! series.

Organist Joey DeFrancesco leads a trio with drummer Billy Hart at the Jazz Standard on February 27 to celebrate the release of “In the Key of the Universe.”

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday February 19 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.

We’re pre-empted this week for the start of WBAI’s Winter Fund Drive, but save the date for our February 12 show when we’ll be back with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman! Until then, hop on over to our archives for last week’s Randy Weston show and nearly a decade of previous shows. And we have more listings for you this week.

Before we get to the rest of this week’s listings, a note that WBAI Radio’s Fall Fund Drive is in full swing. We urge you to give whatever you can and it’s particularly helpful to become a sustaining member with a monthly pledge, which we call a BAI Buddy. and gets you a few perks–including a members’ discount card useful for several places around NYC–in addition to giving the station a predictable, stable source of support. As always, thanks for any help you can offer.

Bassist Ron Carter has a residency at the Blue Note on February 4,9, and 10.

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

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

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.

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

Vocalist Nana Camille Yarbrough is at the Schomburg on February 14.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 14-15.

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 February 12 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 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 Nana Camille Yarbrough. She has no immediate appearances, but we’ll let you know when she does.

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 July 26. 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 23 and 30.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Village Vanguard with Thumbscrew from July 17-22.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at Co-Op City in The Bronx on July 24 a free outdoor concert as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Bassist Reggie Workman will be at Grant’s Tomb for a free outdoor concert on July 25 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

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

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from July 26-29.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah leads the DIASPORA Ensemble at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church on July 27.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at the Blue Note for a late set on July 27.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on July 28 and August 4.

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.

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.

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.

We’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with Jake Maginsky, director of the documentary film Milford Graves: Full Mantis and our interview with Graves himself, head on over to our archives, where it lives along with nearly a decade of past shows. The film is at Metrograph in Manhattan until July 19. And we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on July 16 and 23. He also leads a trio at Smalls on July 18.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Village Vanguard with Thumbscrew from July 17-22.

Percussionist Ray Mantilla is at Grant’s Tomb for a free outdoor concert on July 18 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Pianist Marc Cary is at the Newark Museum for a free lunchtime performance on July 19 as part of their Jazz in the Garden series.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at Co-Op City in The Bronx on July 24 a free outdoor concert as part of the Jazzmobile series. He’ll also be at the Newark Museum for a free lunchtime performance on July 26 as part of their Jazz in the Garden series.

Pianist Barry Harris  is at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park for a free outdoor concert on July 20 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Master Drummer Michael Carvin leads a trio at Zinc Bar on July 21.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are both at the Caramoor Jazz Festival on July 21.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on July 21 and 28.

Bassist Reggie Workman will be at Grant’s Tomb for a free outdoor concert on July 25 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from July 26-29.

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

Finally, pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane are at the Jazz Gallery on August 2.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 22. 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 Jake Maginsky, director of the documentary film Milford Graves: Full Mantis. The film has a run at Metrograph in Manhattan from July 13-19. Maginsky and Graves will be at Q&A sessions at selected screenings on July 13-14. And we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on 9 and 16. He also leads a trio at Smalls on July 18.

There’s a free screening of the Lee Morgan documentary film I Called Him Morgan at the Newark Museum on July 11. See our review of the film for more details.

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

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.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on July 14 and 21.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Village Vanguard with Thumbscrew from July 17-22.

Percussionist Ray Mantilla is at Grant’s Tomb for a free outdoor concert on July 18 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Pianist Marc Cary is at the Newark Museum for a free lunchtime performance on July 19 as part of their Jazz in the Garden series.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at Co-Op City in The Bronx on July 24 a free outdoor concert as part of the Jazzmobile series. He’ll also be at the Newark Museum for a free lunchtime performance on July 26 as part of their Jazz in the Garden series.

Pianist Barry Harris  is at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park for a free outdoor concert on July 20 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Master Drummer Michael Carvin leads a trio at Zinc Bar on July 21.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are both at the Caramoor Jazz Festival on July 21.

Finally, Bassist Reggie Workman will be at Grant’s Tomb for a free outdoor concert on July 25 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 22. 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

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. 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.

This week’s guest is guitarist Mary Halvorson. She’ll be at the Village Vanguard on March 11 for an afternoon set with saxophonist John Zorn’s ensemble with bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Marc Ribot. And now on to the rest of the week’s listings:

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center in Harlem for a tribute to Alice Coltrane as part of their Women’s Jazz Festival on March 5.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at the Blue Note with Pete Rock for a late set on March 6.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at Spectrum in Brooklyn on March 8 for an album release party with Chad Taylor.

Finally, Pianist Marc Cary is at the HarlemStage Gatehouse on March 9 with Mothers of the Movements to remake the Freedom Now Suite with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Reggie Workman.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are at Birdland 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.

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

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