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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 October 1 features the return of one of our specials: “The Brazilian Journey” for WBAI’s Fall Fund Drive. Educator Dr. Judith King-Calnek narrates and leads listeners on a musical journey through Brazil for this feature that was produced and engineered by Joyce Jones. We did a brief Q&A with Dr. King-Calnek that you can read here.

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. You can also pledge for your own copy of The Brazilian Journey as a thank you gift for supporting the station with a $50 donation! As always, thanks for any help you can offer.

Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings is at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Comet is Coming on October 1.

Pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from October 1-6.

Bassist Ron Carter leads a big band at Birdland from October 1-5 and returns with his Golden Striker Trio from October 8-12, a quartet from October 15-19 and finally a nonet from October 22-26.

The documentary film Decade of Fire has a screening and talk by director Vivian Vazquez Irizzary at the Bronx Documentary Center on October 3 and screenings at the City College of New York on October 2 and at Concrete Plant Park in The Bronx on October 5.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis closes out Arts for Art’s In Gardens series with an afternoon set at Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St on October 5.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on October 5.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is at the Jazz Gallery with Fabian Almazan’s trio on October 5.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with weekly late Saturday night sets at Smoke on October 5 and 12.

Vocalist Abiah is at Joe’s Pub on October 7.

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a listening party on October 8.

Vision Fest Promoters Arts for Art is hosting a poetry and music showcase at El Taller Latino Americano in East Harlem from October 11-13. Highlights include saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s Trio on October 12 and poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez on October 13.

Poet and multi-instrumentalist Ngoma Hill is at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Harlem on October 15 and the third Tuesday of every month for the Fat Tuesdays poetry and music showcase.

We end this week with celebration and sorrow. Guitarist Mary Halvorson was named as a 2019 MacArthur Foundation Fellow! On the other end, pianist Harold Mabern died on September 19, 2019. WBGO’s Nate Chinen’s obituary is worth a read. I’ll miss collecting his gigs for the Bandstand and miss seeing him and hearing his music even more.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday October 1 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_picSuga in My Bowl radio presents a new feature, On The Bandstand where we collect upcoming NYC area shows from current and past Suga’ guests.

The October 13th show was en encore presentation of our guide to the musical history of Brazil, “The Brazilian Journey“, hosted by Dr. Judith King-Calnek, and produced and engineered by Suga’ in My Bowl host Joyce Jones. It’s a 3 CD set on offer for a pledge to WBAI Radio during their fall fund drive. And while I’m at it, I’ll point you to the earlier interview we did with Dr. King-Calnek.

And there’s music for you to catch this week.

The musical Lady Day continues its run at the Little Schubert Theater at 422 W. 42nd St starring vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater as Billie Holiday.




You have 3 chances to see Bobby Sanabria, who hosted our Journey special. He’ll be at the Americas Society at 980 Park Avenue with his Multiverse Big Band for the Music of the Americas concert on October 15th. On the 19th, he’ll appear with the Eugene Marlow Heritage Ensemble for the free “We’ve Got Rhythms Concert” at 2:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Heights Branch at 280 Cadman Plaza West in Downtown Brooklyn. Finally, on the 24th, he’ll appear with the Eugene Marlow Heritage Ensemble at the historic Nuyorican Poets Café.

Bassist Christian McBride will be at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with a big band and a trio from October 21st to the 27th.

Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts leads a quartet at Harlem’s Ginny’s Supper Club on October 26th.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz will be leading a Quintet at Smoke on November 1st and 2nd.

Vocalist Carol Maillard will be at the at the Tarrytown Music Hall on November 8th as part of the legendary Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Looking ahead, several Suga’ guests will be at Cape May, NJ Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Vocalist Dianne Reeves appears on November 8th. Last month’s guest saxophonist Kenny Garrett and pianist Marc Cary’s Focus Trio take the stage on November 9th.

Dianne Reeves will also be at the Moody Jazz Festival in Newark on November 9th.

That’s all for now. Remember to tune in to the next Suga’ in My Bowl on Sunday, November 3rd on WBAI, where we’ll have another edition of “On the Bandstand”.

A reminder that WBAI radio is still in serious financial trouble. Help keep Suga’ (and all your other favorite shows) on the air by pledging whatever you can. Consider becoming a “WBAI Buddy” with a monthly pledge.

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.

Dr. Judith King-Calnek

Dr. Judith King-Calnek

Suga’ in My Bowl is offering “The Brazilian Journey” as a premium in the February pledge drive at WBAI Radio. Suga’ host and executive producer Joyce Jones reached out to Dr. Judith King-Calnek to tap her enormous wealth of knowledge and lead our listeners through a fascinating tutorial of the Brazilian musical tradition, as we’ve done previously with “The Journey” and “The Blues Journey“, charting Afro-Latin and the Blues, respectively. We thought it would be interesting to extend “The Brazilian Journey” with a short “behind the scenes” chat for the blog and Dr. King-Calnek graciously agreed. Questions by Suga’ assistant producer Hank Williams.

When did you first become interested in Brazilian music?

I’ve always been interested in music and am not sure when I actually distinguished between musical genres. I remember loving songs like “Summer Samba” (by Marcos Valle & his brother) and Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66, and other things that entered into the rotations of American radio stations during the Bossa Nova invasion, but I didn’t think of them as or know them to be Brazilian. I think in the late ’60s and early ’70s even the popular radio stations were much more open to a wider array of sounds, from Brazil, Africa (hits from Hugh Masakela, Miriam Makeba and Manu Dibango), which opened up a lot of musical space for anyone who was musically curious.

I think in the late ’60s and early ’70s even the popular radio stations were much more open to a wider array of sounds, from Brazil, Africa […] which opened up a lot of musical space for anyone who was musically curious.

What was the first album that really stood out to you and what was special about it?

There were two albums: first was Flora Purim’s “Open Your Eyes You Can Fly”, which completely blew my mind. The other was Gilberto Gil’s “Nightengale”, which really excited me. Later I would come to realize that Gil’s “Nightengale” was an Americanized version of his Brazilian release “Refavela”, which I prefer. Both Flora’s and Gil’s music felt liberating. The rhythms were infectious and the melodies dared to go where other music didn’t go.

With so much music to choose from, how did you decide on which recordings to highlight in “The Brazilian Journey”?

I tried to think of music that exemplifies different historical, geographical, and musical phases in Brazil. It’s really hard because there’s SO much great music that inevitably something will be left out.

Is there anything you wish you’d covered, but couldn’t fit?

I woke up the other night, at about 2 in the morning and said, “Oh no! I didn’t talk about the Quilombo dos Palmares! or the Tailor’s Revolt (Revolta dos Alfaiates)! I didn’t talk about the Samba Schools Portela and Mangueira! I didn’t talk about this year’s carnival themes. Did I mention that Paulo Moura was not only a great saxophonist, but clarinetist as well? I should’ve ended with Trio da Paz and other great Brazilian musicians here in New York…” and on and on. In short, there is a LOT that I didn’t include. I’m sorry. I hope my musician friends and lovers of the music will forgive me.

What are a few key points you’d like listeners to take away from TBJ?

Brazil is a huge country — larger than the continental United States. It has an incredibly rich history, a dynamic present and a very promising future. I’m just offering a very small taste, the tip of the iceberg, if you will, to whet your appetite for the delicious world of Things Brazil.

How was the experience doing a radio documentary like this?

I LOVED working with Joyce Jones! It felt like spending time with two friends: great Brazilian music and Joyce. I am hopelessly in love with Brazil, its music and culture, and it brings me immense pleasure to share that passion with other folks. Also, I love doing radio and have missed it sorely since I’ve been off the air, so this was a great experience for me. Thank you very much for inviting me. Muito obrigada!

What do you think radio’s importance is in a world of video on demand and seemingly unlimited streaming audio options?

I’m an old time radiohead, so my view is a biased one. I like the organic relationship that radio has with a live audience. There is something very rich about local radio. But I do have to say that I love the fact that I can stream stations and listen even if I’m out of the area.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Just that I’ve really enjoyed this experience and thanks again for inviting me. It’s helped me fight away the winter blahs.

Excerpts from “The Brazilian Journey” will air on WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM in the NYC area and streaming online at wbai.org from 11 PM – 1 AM Eastern Standard Time on February 16, 2013. You can make a pledge for the entire set on CDs at WBAI’s donation site.

Judith King-Calnek teaches anthropology, theory of knowledge and history at the United Nations International School, where she is the Head of the Humanities Department. She has taught anthropology at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Her publications have focused on education and citizenship in various contexts (international schools, Brazil and the United States). Her most recent publications on free people of color in 19th Century Virginia reflect her continued interest in the intersection of race/color and citizenship in socially stratified societies. King-Calnek holds a Ph.D. in comparative education and anthropology from Teachers College Columbia University as well as two master’s degrees (curriculum and teaching and anthropology and education) from the same institution, and a BA from Pomona College. In addition to her teaching and researching, Judith King-Calnek pursues her long time love of Brazilian music and jazz as a radio programmer and producer in the New York area, for which she has received numerous awards. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Hank Williams is a assistant 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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