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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s that time of year again: time for New York’s weeklong avantjazz blowout run by the scrappy nonprofit Arts for Art organization. While larger, bigger festivals have crashed and burned over the years,  the Vision Festival just keeps rolling on, getting better every year and setting a high bar for improvised music.

For 2017, the festival returns to the historic Judson Memorial Church with nightly concerts from May 29-June 3, with an all-day conference at Columbia University on Thursday June 1 and a new series of after-hours midnight sets  at the cozy Nublu on Ave C. This is all in addition to the usual well-managed mayhem at the Judson mothership where you can casually run into visual artists like Jeff Schlanger, furiously sketching and translating the sound to lines, shapes, and color or the musicians themselves, who often hang out to see other sets. There’s also the marketplace in Judson’s basement, where you can grab a drink, or buy some music (and probably get it signed by at least one of the musicians).

Although Vision’s focus is avant garde jazz and poetry, the scope and variety shows how broad a spectrum there is even within that category. There are acoustic acts, ones that experiment with various electronic instruments and other electronics, duos, trios, big bands, the occasional solo act, with the most common thread being a fierce allegiance to Wayne Shorter’s definition of jazz as challenge– “I dare you”–to which Vision’s artists respond “challenge accepted.”

With that said, I’ll walk through a few highlights (with an admitted slight bias to former Suga’ in My Bowl guests) of acts I’m looking forward to. With those caveats admitted up front, I’ll say that one of the great pleasures of Vision is learning about someone new or getting blown away by the set of someone you’d heard or seen before and not appreciated. So while this guide is meant to point to a few highlights, leave yourself open to listening to a few new things. Some might hit; others might not, but that’s the way it goes with challenges and taking risks. When they pay off, however, they pay off big time.

Monday May 29

Pianist and multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore is the focus of tonight’s sets and recipient of this year’s lifetime achievement award from Vision. Cooper-Moore is featured in three ensembles over the course of the evening: In Order to Survive, Digital Primitives, and Black Host. Sandwiched between the sets is poet Carl Hancock Rux, who takes the stage at 9 PM with DJ Hamilton Kirby. Rux’s storytelling skills are phenomenal, as is his grasp of music. Expect a highly lyrical, deeply captivating set.

William Parker’s “In Order to Survive” is appearing in just one of its numerous permutations this evening, but here the quartet of bassist Parker, saxophonist Rob Brown, drummer Hamid Drake, and Cooper-Moore on piano joins some of the most frequent collaborators in the ensemble. It also fuses a quartet that thoroughly embraces the philosophy of free improvisation, which makes it somewhat difficult to predict exactly where things will go, but it’s sure to be one of the highlights of the evening and the festival itself. See the video on the Vision page for an idea of that to expect.

“Digital Primitives”, on the other hand, joins Cooper-Moore with Assif Tsahar (tenor sax), Chad Taylor (drums, m’bira), and Brian Price (tenor sax). Here, Cooper-Moore’s weapons of choice will be his hand-crafted instruments, which promises a much different interpretation of free jazz. Check out the video on the Vision page for a sample of their work.

The evening’s closing set promises that “Black Host”  will “bring forth original compositions that blend modern jazz, free music, psych, post-punk and electrified noise with painstaking detail and heady abandon. A reverb-drenched and incisive stew of rhapsodic piano, searing alto and fractured guitar over rhythms that are alternately chunky and airy, rendered with a tremendous live energy.” Cooper-Moore returns to piano for this set and one can expect a high energy climax to end the evening. Again, Vision’s page has a video.

For a much deeper dive into Cooper-Moore, check out Suga in My Bowl’s show focused on his career.

Tuesday May 30

Yoshiko Chuma’s “School of Hard Knocks” shows a different end of the Vision spectrum, combining dancers, visual projections and music to kick off the evening’s festivities. The “Jazz and Poetry Choir Collective,” on the other hand, fulfills Vision’s longstanding practice of centering experimental poetry and music collaborations.

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s ‘Double Trio” teams him up with frequent collaborator, guitarist Mary Halvorson. Halvorson’s own career is starting to take off and her work with fellow electric guitarist Marc Ribot always produces brilliant exchanges of exciting improvised work.

Closing out the evening are “TRIO3,” who make a welcome return to the Vision Fest. This time, the core veteran trio of saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille are joined by Marc Cary on piano and Ayana Workman, who’ll read text from “Suite for Courage.” TRIO3 is always worth catching and will likely be playing some music from their just-released Visiting Texture album. See Vision’s page for a video of them in action.

Wednesday May 31

The trio of Whit Dickey (drums), Mat Maneri (viola), and Matthew Shipp (piano) combines three Vision regulars, but for the first time in this specific combination, according to Vision organizer Patricia Nicholson Parker. In a later set, violinist Jason Kao Hwang’s “Burning Bridge” brings tuba player Joe Daley back in a medium-sized ensemble. Poet Tracie Morris returns to Vision after a long hiatus accompanied by guitarist Marvin Sewell for a short set that promises a set rooted in Morris’s bluesy spoken word.

Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Charles Gayle also makes a return, joined by Vision stalwart William Parker on bass and
Michael TA Thompson on drums for the closing set. It’s a rare treat to get to see Gayle, and you should do so. Vision’s page has a video from 3 years ago, when he received a lifetime achievement award. For a much deeper dive into Gayle, I’ll send you to the Suga’ archives again, where we discussed Gayle’s career in a Vision preview.

Thursday June 1

If you’re a hardcore Vision fan and attending several (all?) nights, you might be running a little ragged by now, but Thursday’s not a night to skip.

First, however, if you’re on vacation or can manage a day off from work, then head to Columbia University for a free Vision Fest-focused conference titled “The Sound of Resistance.” Academics, including Ingrid Monson (Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call out to Jazz and Africa; Saying Something: Jazz Improvisation and Interaction) and Fred Moten (In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition) will be joined by Cooper-Moore, Patricia Nicholson Parker, and many others to go deeper into the state of improvised music, politics, and culture.

Head back to Judson in the evening for Odean Pope’s “Saxophone Choir”, which starts things off at Judson with a 7 PM set. Poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez follows with a short set (which will hopefully include his poem for Oscar Lopez Rivera).

Flutist Nicole Mitchell’s “Artifacts Trio” gets tasked with batting cleanup this evening and will be easily up to the task. Mitchell had a memorable part in last year’s ensemble with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor and this year helms her own trio with two other members of the legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians collective: cellist Tomeka Reid and drummer Mike Reed. Vision’s page has an audio sample and you can listen to our March 2017 show with Mitchell for a deeper dive into her work.

Friday June 2

“Dream Book” joins Vision veterans Joe McPhee (sax, trumpet) and Daniel Carter (sax, trumpet, flute) with a capable ensemble in tribute to late bassist Dominic Duval and saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

Later in the evening, pianist Dave Burrell leads a quartet that should provide lots of fireworks and interesting interaction. William Parker joins in on bass with drummer William Hooker and the first appearance this year of saxophonist Kidd Jordan. Jordan’s saxophone style has evolved into an impressive mix of free-form eclecticism, as he seamlessly moves between upper register squeals  and more open free-form blowing. But for Jordan, it always seems to revert to the roots of the music in the Blues and what he referred to as the “Holy ghost” in Joyce Jones’s interview in our last show.

Saturday June 3

Vision has a tradition of closing with big blowout performances and this year looks to hold true to form. “Postitive Knowledge” with Oluyemi Thomas (bass clarinet, soprano sax) and Ijeoma Thomas (voice poetry, percussion) should provide a spiritually grounded (and spirited) opening set–especially when accompanied by special Guest Andrew Cyrille on drums.

Later in the evening, David Murray (tenor sax, bass clarinet) leads a unique trio with percussionist Kahil El’Zabar and
Gerry Eastman on bass and guitar. Murray’s well known for his “Class Struggle” ensembles, but Murray promises an experience different from any of his previous Vision appearances. He writes in introduction that “Kahil and I have broken ground by composing extremely memorable songs which he leads and I answer vocally, which is something I rarely do. His infectious enthusiastic spirit always takes my horns to another level.” For a deeper dive into Murray, I’ll point you to our 2014 show with him.

William Parker and saxophonist Oliver Lake are tasked with co-leading the closing set with “Songs for a Free World,” featuring choreography by Patricia Nicholson Parker and a vast assemblage of vocalists and musicians marshalled to bring their swirling vision (pun unintentional) to life. It promises to be an incredibly moving set to end the festival.

If you can stay up late, head over to the postage-stamp sized Nublu for the midnight set with “Heroes are Gang Leaders,” featuring an expanded version of saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s trio with vocalists and spoken word artists (including the incomparable Thomas Sayers Ellis) joining JBL’s normal collaborators Luke Stewart on electric bass and  Warren Trae Crudup on drums. Last year, Lewis’s trio was one of the revelations of the festival for me and put his work squarely on my radar with their hard-hitting style and inspired energetic playing.

I’ll be reporting daily dispatches throughout the festival including photos from Suga’ in My Bowl host and executive producer Joyce Jones. We also have tentative plans to try some video shorts this year during the festival. Check back for all of it.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

Welcome to Suga in My Bowl radio‘s weekly feature, On The Bandstand, where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests. We’re online weekly and on the air on NYC’s WBAI-FM radio alternate Sunday nights from 11 PM -1 AM. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.
 
We’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with flutist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett, then head on over to our archives to hear that or any of the other roughly 7 years of shows that are up.
 
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Before we get to the week’s shows, WBAI needs your support to stay on the air and keep us on the air in the station’s Fall Fund Drive. You can call 516-620-3602 or pledge online. Jane Bunnett’s just released Oddara CD with the Afro Cuban Maqueque group is available for a pledge of $35 to WBAI during this fall fund drive. There are also a few autographed copies of Quincy Troupe’s Miles and Me book or Will Calhoun’s Celebrating Elvin Jones CDs available and either would make a unique holiday gift. There are also copies of the MAC Power Trio’s Perfection CD with former Suga’ guests David Murray, Geri Allen, and Terri Lyne Carrington. You can also donate as little as $5. Even a little bit helps a lot and will be greatly appreciated!
 
Drummer Roy Haynes is at The Blue Note on October 24-25.
 
Flutist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett is at Birdland with Maqueque on the 25th for 8:30 and 11 PM sets.
 
Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland celebrating the release of his The Beautiful Day CD from the 26-29.
 
Also at The Blue Note is saxophonist Kenny Garrett as part of pianist Chick Corea’s Miles Davis tribute from the 26-30.
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on October 27th.
 
TRIO3 with saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club for the 7:30 set on October 27th.
 
Vocalist Rene Marie is at the Jazz Standard from the 27-30.
 
Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams is at the Community Church of New York in Manhattan on the 28th to wrap up the AACM New York chapter’s fall concert series.
 
Trombonist Craig Harris is at Harlem’s Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church on October 28th with saxophonist David Murray as a special guest.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on the 29th.
 
Vocalist Catherine Russell and Columbia University Professor Robert O’Meally are at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on November 1 for “Jazz in the Key of Ellison” as part of the James Moody Jazz Festival.
 
Saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson leads a quartet to celebrate his 90th birthday at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on November 1.
 
Pianist Vijay Iyer at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from November 4-6.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s gallery exhibit of his visual art collaboration Aza is on view at the Bronx Music Heritage Center through February 11. We reviewed the show earlier this year.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 30th, depending on scheduling for the 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.

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 show features flutist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett. She’ll be at Birdland with Maqueque on the 25th for 8:30 and 11 PM sets.
 
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Before we get to the week’s shows, WBAI needs your support to stay on the air and keep us on the air in the station’s Fall Fund Drive. You can call 516-620-3602 or pledge online. Jane Bunnett’s just released Oddara CD with the Afro Cuban Maqueque group is available for a pledge of $35 to WBAI during this fall fund drive. There are also a few autographed copies of Quincy Troupe’s Miles and Me book or Will Calhoun’s Celebrating Elvin Jones CDs available and either would make a unique holiday gift. There are also copies of the MAC Power Trio’s Perfection CD with former Suga’ guests David Murray, Geri Allen, and Terri Lyne Carrington. You can also donate as little as $5. Even a little bit helps a lot and will be greatly appreciated!
 
TRIO3 with saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille are at Roulette in Brooklyn for the Passin’ Thru Festival on the 17th.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Small’s on the 19th.
 
Trombonist Craig Harris is at Harlem’s Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church on October 21st and 28th. Saxophonist David Murray joins in as a special guest on the 28th.
 
Pianist Vijay Iyer will be at the McCarter Theater in Princeton NJ on Oct. 21 and Columbia University’s Miller Theater on the 22nd.
 
Vocalist Catherine Russell is at the McCarter Theater on October 22nd.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun is at Applehead Recording in Saugerties NY for a session with the Zig Zag Power Trio on the 22nd.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at the Bronx Music Heritage Center for a Latin jazz tribute to the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe on the 22nd.
 
Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah leads his Diaspora ensemble at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on the 22nd.
 
Drummer Roy Haynes is at The Blue Note on October 24-25.
 
Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland celebrating the release of his The Beautiful Day CD from the 26-29.
 
Also at The Blue Note is saxophonist Kenny Garrett as part of pianist Chick Corea’s Miles Davis tribute from the 26-30.
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on October 27th.
 
Vocalist Rene Marie is at the Jazz Standard from the 27-30.
 
Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams is at the Community Church of New York in Manhattan on the 28th to wrap up the AACM New York chapter’s fall concert series.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on the 29th.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s gallery exhibit of his visual art collaboration Aza is on view at the Bronx Music Heritage Center through February 11. We reviewed the show earlier this year.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 30th. 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.

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 this week, but if you missed last week’s show with drummer and percussionist Milford Graves, head on over to our audio archives and check it out. Meanwhile, the music rolls on as the fall begins to settle in.
 
Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art present a short series on Race and Resistance at El Taller Latinoamericano from October 10-12. Highlights include a talk on October 11th moderated by Suga in My Bowl host Joyce Jones and featuring poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker on the topic of Race and Resistance. Melendez also reads his poetry later that night. Bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake appear in a trio on the 12th. See the full schedule and details at their website.
 
Saxophonist Marshall Allen makes a rare non-Arkestra appearance at The Stone on October 12 with the UB313 ensemble.
 
Pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions at Ginny’s Supper Club on October 13 and 27th.
 
Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads Quarteto Ache at Clem’s Place in Newark NJ the 14th and is at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library for a free afternoon show with Gene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble on the 15th.
 
Saxophonists Billy Harper and David Murray are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on October 14-15 with pianist Elio Villafranca’s “Letters to Mother Africa”.
 
Trombonist Craig Harris is at Harlem’s Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church on October 14th and 21st.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on October 15th.
 
Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at Roulette in Brooklyn for the Passin’ Thru Festival on October 16-17. He leads a big band on the 16th and is joined by fellow TRIO3 collaborators bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille on the 17th.
 
BRIC Arts Media’s second annual Jazz Festival runs through October 15 at the BRIC Media House in downtown Brooklyn. There are free concerts on the 11-12 followed by three marathon nights of jazz from the 13-15 with saxophonist David Murray’s Infinity Quartet, saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and the Soulsquad, guitarist Julian Lage’s trio, pianist and keyboardist Marc Cary, and guitarist Marc Ribot’s trio with bassist Henry Grimes among many other acts. The full schedule is up on the BRIC Arts media website and see our own preview for more details.
 
Pianist Vijay Iyer will be at the McCarter Theater in Princeton NJ on Oct. 21 and Columbia University’s Miller Theater on the 22nd.
 
Vocalist Catherine Russell is at the McCarter Theater on October 22nd.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun is at Applehead Recording in Saugerties NY for a session with the Zig Zag Power Trio on the 22nd.
 
Drummer Roy Haynes is at The Blue Note on October 24-25.
 
Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s gallery exhibit of his visual art collaboration Aza is on view at the Bronx Music Heritage Center through February 11. We reviewed the show earlier this year.
 
Finally, the Jazz Loft According to W Eugene Smith documentary film is running at the Metrograph Theater. See our review from a screening last year.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 16. 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.

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 stop by our archives to get your fix from nearly 7 years of archived shows until next week. Also see our review of Will Calhoun’s art exhibit on display in the South Bronx. As usual, we have lots more music for you this week.
 
We start this week with the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, whose 17th annual jazz festival kicked off on the 15th and runs until May 15th in venues throughout Brooklyn. WBAI Radio is a media sponsor. You can get full information and a schedule from the CBJC by calling 718-773-2252 ext 103.
 
Saxophonist Tia Fuller is at The Blue Note on the 25th with the Berklee Rainbow All Stars.
 
AZA, the exhibit of drummer Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration is on display at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education in the South Bronx until July 21st. Calhoun will be at the Blue Note on the 26th May 30th with McCoy Tyner.
 
Pianist Randy Weston has a busy week. He leads the African Rhythms ensemble with bassist Alex Blake in the Dweck Center of the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch on the 26th and in a free performance at New School University’s Tishman Auditorium on the 28th to close out his yearlong residency. Finally, Weston returns to the Dweck Center on the 30th for a talk on the African roots of jazz. The Brooklyn library events are part of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival.
 
Looking further ahead, Saxophonist Oliver Lake and bassist Reggie Workman are at Village Vanguard with TRIO3 from April 26-May 1.
 
Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio in a lunchtime set at St. Peter’s Church on April 27th.
 
Drummer Billy Cobham is at The Blue Note from April 27-May 1 with Donald Harrison.
 
Drummer Kim Thompson leads a quartet at Zinc Bar on the 29th.
 
Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah leads his DIASPORA band at Sistas’ Place on April 30. This event is part of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival.
 
Pianist Geri Allen is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on April 30 with Joe Lovano.
 
Saxophonist and EVI master Marshall Allen makes a rare non-Arkestra Earthly appearance with two sets at The Stone on April 30.
 
Low brass specialist on tuba Joe Daley is at The Stone on May 1 for the early set and at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on May 7th.
 
Vocalist Kurt Elling, bassist Christian McBride, and vocalist Dianne Reeves all lead groups at the Prospect Park Bandshell on May 7 as part of the GRAMMY Park festival.
 
Pianist Michele Rosewoman leads her Quintessence ensemble at Zinc Bar on May 5.
 
Organist John Medeski is at The Stone on May 6.
 
Finally, The Red Bull Music Academy has a night of spiritual Jazz featuring Pharoah Sanders, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and Kamasi Washington on May 8. The event’s listed as sold out, but details are at the Red Bull Music Academy site and there may be a wait list.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on May 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 Hunter and Lehman Colleges and The City College of New York.

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 Kamasi Washington. You can see him live at Brooklyn’s BRIC JazzFest on October 15 and in Manhattan at Le Poission Rouge on the 16th. There’s much more going on this week, so let’s dive in.

 

Drummer Antonio Sanchez and vocalist Thana Alexa are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on October 6-7th.

 

Drummer Jeff Tain Watts is at the Jazz Standard with saxophonist Yosvany Terry on October 8-10.

 

The New York Chapter of the AACM kicks off its monthlong 50th anniversary celebration at the Community Church of New York on E 35 St with a panel discussion and performance with pianist Muhal Richard Abrams on the 9th and performances every Friday in October.

 

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on October 9-10 with John Zorn.

 

There’s a tribute to the late Amiri Baraka at Newark’s Symphony Hall on the 10th. Guests include poets Felipe Luciano, Jessica Care Moore, and Quincy Troupe saxophonists Oliver Lake and René McLean, trombonist Craig Harris, bassist Reggie Workman, and James Mtume among others.

 

Pianist Randy Weston at a tribute to Dr. John Henrik Clarke at Medgar Evers College on the 10th and presents the Gnawa master musicians of Morocco at New School’s Tishman Auditorium for a performance on the 13th.

 

Also at Medgar Evers’ Dr. Clarke Tribute is Dr. Leonard Jeffries.

 

We mentioned the BRIC Arts Jazz Fest at the top of the segment and there are other Suga’ guests to keep an eye out for. Harpist Brandee Younger has a set on the 15th and organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his Evolution ensemble on the 16th.

 

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin leads the Soulsquad at Le Poisson Rouge on the 16th.

 

Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria has a free show at the Brooklyn Heights Library at 2 PM on October 17th.

 

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at the Blue Note from October 17-22.

 

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 18th. 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.

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 show highlights the AACM musicians collective. Their 50th anniversary celebration features talks and performances every Friday night in October starting on the 9th at the Community Church of New York on E 35th St. Full schedule and details are at the AACM New York website. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.

Bassist Alex Blake is at the Blue Note with vocalist Julie E on September 21.

Director Carol Bash is at HarlemStage on the City College of New York campus for a screening of her Mary Lou Williams documentary The Lady Who Swings the Band on September 22. Pianist Geri Allen and Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin will be on hand also for a performance and discussion.

Pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary is at Palisades in Brooklyn on September 23.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from September 23-24.

Saxophonist Rene McLean is at Smoke with a Jackie McLean tribute from September 23-24.

Drummer Kim Thompson leads a quartet at Zinc Bar on the 24.

Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at the West Gate Lounge in Nyack NY on the 25th with Larry Harlow’s Latin Legends Band and has a free outdoor show at Pelham Bay Park’s Bartow Pell Mansion in the Bronx at 6 PM on October 2.

Percussionist Steve Kroon will be at Brooklyn’s First Baptist Church of Crown Heights for Jazz Vespers with the Jeff King Band on September 27.

Drummer Jeff Tain Watts leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from September 24-27 and returns with Yosvany Terry on October 8-10.

Saxophonist Billy Harper is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on the 29th with the Josh Evans Big Band for a Roaring Twenties Jazz Age party.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake and legendary bassist Reggie Workman at the Blue Note as TRIO3 from September 29-October 1. Pianist Vijay Iyer joins them as a guest on the 30.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on October 4th. We’ll also 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

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.

Suga’ in My Bowl is off the air this week: we’re back on September 20. If you missed the last show with vocalist Lizz Wright, then head on over to our our audio archives for that and much more. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.

Saxophonist Lou Donaldson is at the Blue Note from September 15-16.

Drummer Billy Cobham is at BB King’s on September 16.

Legendary bassist Reggie Workman is at Symphony Space on September 18.

Vocalist Carmen Lundy is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from September 18-20.

Bassist Bob Cranshaw is at Small’s with Joe Farnsworth’s quartet on September 19.

Pianist Harold Mabern co-leads a quartet with Eric Alexander at OSPAC in West Orange NJ on September 19.

Vocalist Nona Hendryx is at Le Poisson Rouge with Word/Rock/Sword on September 19.

Low brass specialist on tuba and trombone Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on September 19.

Bassist Alex Blake is at the Blue Note with vocalist Julie E on September 21.

Director Carol Bash is at HarlemStage on the City College of New York campus for a screening of her Mary Lou Williams documentary The Lady Who Swings the Band on September 22. Pianist Geri Allen and Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin will be on hand also for a performance and discussion.

Pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary is at Palisades in Brooklyn on September 23.

Drummer Jeff Tain Watts leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from September 24-27 and returns with Yosvany Terry on October 8-10.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from September 23-24.

Saxophonist Rene McLean is at Smoke with a Jackie McLean tribute from September 23-24.

Bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Pat Metheny are at NJPAC for a performance and conversation on September 27.

Percussionist Steve Kroon will be at Brooklyn’s First Baptist Church of Crown Heights for Jazz Vespers with the Jeff King Band on September 27.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on September 20th. We’ll also 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

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 vocalist Lizz Wright! You can catch her Freedom and Surrender album release show at Highline Ballroom on September 10. And we have lots more music for you this week, so let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.

Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria is at Jersey City’s Newport Tower for a free outdoor show at 12 noon on September 9.

Pianist Randy Weston is at New School’s Tishman Auditorium for a performance and talk on September 10. It’s the kickoff event for his yearlong residency, so look for several more events over the course of the year.

Pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions on September 10 and 17 at The Gin Fizz.

Vocalist Lizz Wright is at Highline Ballroom on September 10.

Vocalist René Marie is at the Jazz Standard from September 10-13.

Saxophonist Billy Harper is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with The Cookers from September 10-13.

Percussionist Adam Rudolph is at the Jazz Gallery on September 11-12.

Saxophonist Lou Donaldson is at the Blue Note from September 15-16.

Drummer Billy Cobham is at BB King’s on September 16.

Legendary bassist Reggie Workman is at Symphony Space on September 18.

Vocalist Carmen Lundy is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from September 18-20.

Bassist Bob Cranshaw is at Small’s with Joe Farnsworth’s quartet on September 19.

Pianist Harold Mabern co-leads a quartet with Eric Alexander at OSPAC in West Orange NJ on September 19.

Vocalist Nona Hendryx is at Le Poisson Rouge with Word/Rock/Sword on September 19.

Low brass specialist on tuba and trombone Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on September 19.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on September 20th. We’ll also 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.

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