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

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

This week’s show features an interview with guitarist Marc Ribot. You can catch him at the Village Vanguard on February 11,13,15th. And we have the usual line-up of live music this week.

We start with our own event this week: On February 18th “Who Owns Music?” lands at Harlem’s Raw Space for an exciting discussion between bassist William Parker, writer/poet Quincy Troupe, WBGO Radio’s Sheila Anderson, Grammy nominated vocalist René Marie, Ahmed Abdullah, Music director of Sista’s Place and hosted by Suga’ in My Bowl’s Joyce Jones and Hank Williams. It’s a fundraiser for WBAI Radio. Admission is included with a $25 membership pledge to WBAI or $15 at the door. We’ll have more details up on the site soon.

Professor Michele Wallace will host a screening and discussion on the 100th anniversary of the Birth of a Nation film at NYU’s Gallatin School on February 9th.

Pianist Geri Allen will be at Columbia University’s Miller Theater on February 12th for a musical tribute to the visual artist Romare Bearden. She’ll also be part of a pre-concert discussion with Columbia University Professor Robert O’Meally.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin leads her Soulsquad at Minton’s on February 12th.

Organist John Medeski is at the Village Vanguard on February 12th.

Vocalist Diane Schuur will be at Iridium on February 13th – 15th.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves will be at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 13th and 14th.


Pianist Marc Cary‘s residency at the Cell Theatre continues with late sets on February 14th and 21st.

Harpist Brandee Younger is also at the Cell Theatre with a quartet for the late set on February 14th.

Poet Sonia Sanchez will be appearing at an event honoring Malcolm X at Harlem’s Shabazz Center (formerly the Audubon Ballroom) on February 14th.


Professors Farah Jasmine Griffin and Robert O’Meally will be at Barnard College’s Diana Hall on February 14th for a discussion on Bessie Smith. It’s just one event in a larger symposium on the Blues at Barnard. Admission’s free, but reservations are recommended since space is filling up fast.

Vocalist Catherine Russell has two upcoming New Jersey shows. You can catch her at William Paterson University’s Shea Performing Arts Center in Wayne NJ on the 14th or Nico’s Kitchen and Bar in Newark NJ for a jazz brunch on the 22nd.

Trombonist Craig Harris presents “Brown Butterfly”, a Muhammad Ali tribute, at Harlem’s Mt. Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church at 3 PM on February 15th.

Looking ahead, Carl Hancock Rux’s play “Stranger on Earth” based on writer James Baldwin’s words has shows at HarlemStage on the City College of New York’s campus on February 19-20.

Art Historian Kellie Jones will be at Columbia University’s Low Library in the morning of February 21st for a panel discussion on Romare Bearden’s “Odyssey”.

Lastly, pianist Harold Mabern will be at Smoke for the New Drum Battle on February 20th-22nd.

That’s all for now. With our biweekly schedule, Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI airwaves February 22nd. 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.