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Words by Hank Williams

This week, the annual Winter Jazz Fest is on and in full swing. The 15th edition of the increasingly popular showcase expanded again, with a third “mini marathon” night of music on Saturday January 5th and several standalone events, which we previewed here. In this post, we’ll take a look at the two marathon nights of music on Friday January 11th and Sunday January 12th in venues scattered around the heart of Greenwich Village.

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

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

FESTIVAL THEME AND FOCUS

The theme is again on social justice, as it has been for the last few years. This year, following on the heels of #MeToo, the spotlight has shifted to women’s role in music. The We Have Voice Collective was initiated by several female musicians, including Fay Victor, Nicole Mitchell, Linda May Han Oh, Jen Shyu, Imani Uzuri, and Tia Fuller. Their open letter calls for a code of conduct, establishing safe spaces for women, LGBTQIA, transgender, and non-binary artists working in music and more opportunities for work in a field that’s often dominated by men. Festival co-organi   and support of the broader discussion around Black Lives Matter, a theme that festival producer Brice Rosenbloom has committed to gender parity for the festival, noting in an essay in the 2019 program that while WJF has taken steps of its own, he sees that there’s still more work to be done and that the next step is pushing individual bandleaders to commit to more gender balance in their groups.

This year’s artist-in-residence is Meshell Ndgeocello, who has several sets of her own and will be part of an afternoon panel discussion on Saturday January 12.

TICKETS AND ADMISSION

WJF has ticket options for either the Friday or Saturday marathon nights–or both–but they don’t offer tickets for individual sets. That said, they’re a pretty good deal for how much music you get if you see more than a single show and there’s likely something to suit almost everyone’s taste. The one constant is that we strongly recommend getting tickets in advance, since the festival’s popularity does lead to sellouts.

LOCATIONS AND LOGISTICS

The WJF’s heart is still in the center of the Village: with venerable institutions Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, and Le Poisson Rouge returning, but the spaces at the New School that have been used for the last two years are gone and as a result the festival’s more scattered, with poles in the West and East Village also.

Zinc Bar is small and popular, so be warned that seeing an act scheduled there means getting there very early, and possibly skipping something else in the process.

On the western frontier of the Village and Tribeca are SOB’s and the SOHO Playhouse.

Nublu, Bowery Ballroom, Subculture, The Sheen Center, Public Arts, Mercury Lounge, and Bowery Ballroom are clustered together on the East Village/Lower East Side

Obviously, figuring out what one wants to see also means taking into account the logistics of who’s playing where and getting between venues, which requires more planning with the larger distances this year. It’s still very possible to venue-hop since most are a brisk walk, Citibike, or cab ride away.

 

Photo credit: Winter Jazz Fest (screenshot)
You can download the map here and there’s a copy in the festival program. Pickup of wristbands for marathon nights is at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St).

HOT TIP: Use the WJF’s crowd estimator to see how much space a venue has before deciding to leave where you are. It’s at: https://www.winterjazzfest.com/crowds

FRIDAY JANUARY 11

Zinc Bar has an enticing lineup for the night and one good enough to consider staying put. The caveat is that it’s been too small for the festival for a long time, which means long lines to get in and a tight, crowded experience once you’re there. Should you decide to go, however, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen opens the night with a 6:40 PM set and at 9:20 PM the Borderlands trio takes the stage with pianist Kris Davis, bassist Stephen Crump, and drummer Eric McPherson. The following 10:40 PM set with the Artifiacts Trio featuring flutist Nicole Mitchell, cellist Tomeka Reid, and drummer Mike Reed should be an extremely satisfying one.

Over at the Sheen Center, guitarist Mary Halvorson brings her Code Girl project to the stage at 8:40 PM. Halvorson’s dense, looping electric guitar style’s attracting more fans, both as a side player and as a leader. Her collaborations with fellow guitarist Marc Ribot and others showcase her ability as a collaborative player capable of adding dense textures to an ensemble, which she’s continued in her own projects as a leader. For a deep dive, see our March 2018 show with Halvorson.

Meanwhile at Subculture in the 9:40 PM set, pianist Aaron Parks will work through his 2018 Little Big release, which is gaining a lot of deserved attention.

Over at Mercury Lounge, saxophonist Marcus Strickland‘s Twi Life is a solid pick in the 10:40 PM slot for anyone looking for a fresh take on the music rooted in the jazz tradition, yet incorporating funk, soul, and elements of hip hop. For a deeper dive see our recent show with Strickland as part of our 2019 WJF coverage.

For you real night owls or hardcore fans of the after-hours scene, Nublu‘s 1 AM Late Night Jam Session led by trumpeter Jamie Branch is worth making your way over to the Lower East Side for. Branch’s debut 2018 Fly Or Die release gained the attention of a lot of people who might not have caught her while woodshedding at the Vision Festival or other venues.

SATURDAY JANUARY 12th

The piano duo of Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn kick things off with a 6:20 PM set at Le Poisson Rouge. Iyer shouldn’t need much introduction at this point, but his densely layered, nearly cinematic works have kept him busy touring when he’s not teaching at Harvard. The conversation between the two should yield a heady, exciting set that will reward close listening yet still being accessible. For a much deeper dive, see our 2015 show featuring Iyer.

 

Later on at LPR, veteran drummer Billy Hart‘s quartet sets up in the 9 PM time slot. Hart, who earned his chops as a member of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking and forward-looking 1970s Mwandishi band is now a key member of The Cookers superband when not helming his own ensemble. Expect a high energy straight ahead set that’ll swing hard.

 

Over at SOB’s, vocalist Fay Victor and saxophonist Nubya Garcia present compelling cases for going there. Victor’s 6:40 PM set with Mutations for Justice reprises the concept she’s workshopped over the past year and done versions of at last year’s Winter Jazz and Vision Festivals. Victor’s avant-garde vocal style meshes well with that of her band and speaks directly to the current political period, with some of her lyrics sounding like a stream of consciousness voice from Trump’s brain and critiquing the absolute absurdity of it all. Nubya Garcia’s 9:30 PM set might provide some revelations, as it did for me when I heard her open for Thursday night’s concert with sax greats Gary Bartz and Pharoah Sanders. When asked about how it felt to open for them, she said: “I can’t really put that into words. It’s very surreal and a huge honor.” Garcia’s style seemed a natural pairing and her set was an energetic one led by her playing paired with strong, bass-heavy drumming and trippy, dub-inflected keyboards. If you want to see one possible future of what jazz looks like, see her.

Over on the east side, Subculture has some appealing sets with Liebman, Rudolph, & Drake combining the powers of Dave Liebman and percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake at 9:20 PM. Expect, obviously, a percussion-heavy set but one marked by African rhythms and rich textures set off by Liebman’s work on sax and piano.

You may want to stay put for J.D. Allen and David Murray‘s midnight set, which should keep you alert with the dueling tenor saxophones of the co-leaders. Murray’s capable of playing both “in” and “out” and matching lyricism with pure energy.

To tip my hand somewhat, I’ll probably post up at The Sheen Center, a new venue this year. If you missed saxophonist Gary Bartz‘s historic Thursday night set with Charles Tolliver and Pharoah Sanders, you have another chance to catch him in the 8:20 PM set with Pocket Science, where he teams up with colorful (in every sense of the word) electric bassist Jamaladeen Tacuma. I’m not quite sure what to expect, but Tacuma’s funk and harmolodics-inspired riffs should give Bartz a nice foundation to launch from.

If you’re inclined towards Pocket Science, stick around for the 9:40 PM set intriguingly titled Impressions of Pepper Round Robin with an all star cast of drummers Mark Giuliana, Makaya McCraven, and Nate Wood; electric guitarist Liberty Ellman; keyboardists Brian Jackson (best known for his Gil Scott Heron collaborations) and Matthew Whittaker; pianist David Virelles; trumpeter Keyon Harrold; harpist Brandee Younger; trombonist Clark Gayton; and saxophonist JD Allen. Admittedly I don’t know exactly what to expect here, but it’s certain to be a wild, loud, electronic ride.

At 11 PM, pianist/vocalist Amina Claudine Myers slows things down a bit with a quieter, more contemplative set that’ll showcase her thoughtful lyrics and vocal ability. Myers is joined by three other vocalists here, so expect some interesting interplay between them.

That’s a lot! But the nice thing about Winter Jazz is that it presents you with a good dilemma: who to choose from the sheer amount of interesting acts. We’ll check back in after it’s all wrapped up.

Are you planning to go? Who are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments.

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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 in The Bronx.

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bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

We’re off this week, but if you missed last week’s show with Eric Friedler, director of It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story, head on over to our archives, where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows. Be sure to get tickets for the film’s New York premiere on Saturday November 10 as part of the DOC NYC Festival. We’ve also got a preview of Jazz films at the festival on our blog.

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.

Poets Abiodun Oyewole and Felipe Luciano are at the Apollo Theater on November 5 for a conversation about the origins and impact of The Last Poets.

Drummer Will Calhoun is at Brooklyn Bowl with Living Colour on November 6 and at Iridium with David Sancious on November 11.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at the Gateway Office Complex in downtown Newark NJ for a free lunchtime performance on November 7 as part of WBGO Radio’s concert series and at the Apollo Theater for a live taping of NPR’s Code Switch on November 16.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves is at Newark’s NJPAC on November 8.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez presents “Birdman Live” at Newark’s NJPAC on November 8.

Bassist Christian McBride leads a big band for an evening of Latin Jazz at Newark’s NJPAC on November 9 and heads to the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on November 20.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen returns to Earth at Nublu on November 10.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on November 10 and 17.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington presents Money Jungle at Newark’s NJPAC on November 11.

Bassist Alex Blake is at Club Bonafide on November 11 and at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on November 17.

Guitarist Marc Ribot has a residency at The Stone from November 13-17.

Vocalists Catherine Russell and Kurt Elling are at NJPAC with the Count Basie Orchestra on November 15.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on November 17.

Bassist William Parker, multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore, and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker are at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on November 18 for a free afternoon set as part of Arts for Arts’ Sunday afternoon series.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Newark’s NJPAC with Eric Alexander’s quartet on November 18 and leads a trio at Smalls on November 21.

Drummer  Lenny White is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with George Colligan’s Trio on November 20.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday November 11. 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 Eric Friedler, director of It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story. You can see him at the film’s New York premiere on Saturday November 10 as part of the DOC NYC Festival. Advance tickets are available through the DOC NYC website and recommended. We’ve also got a preview of Jazz films at the festival on our blog.

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 is at the Beacon Theater with Steely Dan on October 29 and 30.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Birdland from October 30-November 2 with his Golden Striker Trio.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on November 1. He’ll also be leading a big band for an evening of Latin Jazz at Newark’s NJPAC on November 9.

Pianist Diane Schuur is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room on November 2 and 3.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah leads the DIASPORA ensemble at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on November 3.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on November 3 and 10.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on November 3 and 17.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on November 4 for a free afternoon performance as part of Arts for Arts’ Sunday afternoon series.

Poets Abiodun Oyewole and Felipe Luciano are at the Apollo Theater on November 5 for a conversation about the origins and impact of The Last Poets.

Drummer Will Calhoun is at Brooklyn Bowl with Living Colour on November 6 and at Iridium with David Sancious on November 11 and 12.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria is at the Gateway Office Complex in downtown Newark NJ for a free lunchtime performance on November 7 as part of WBGO Radio’s concert series.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves is at Newark’s NJPAC on November 8.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez presents “Birdman Live” at Newark’s NJPAC on November 8.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen returns to Earth at Nublu on November 10.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington presents Money Jungle at Newark’s NJPAC on November 11.

Guitarist Marc Ribot has a residency at The Stone from November 13-17.

Vocalists Catherine Russell and Kurt Elling are at NJPAC with the Count Basie Orchestra on November 15.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Newark’s NJPAC with Eric Alexander’s quartet on November 18 and leads a trio at Smalls on November 21.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday November 11. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

We’re off the air this week, but will be back with a new show next Sunday. Until then, if you missed last week’s show with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, hop on over to our archives where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows.

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.

Pianist Billy Childs is at the Schomburg Library on October 22.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Village Vanguard from October 23-28.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Birdland from October 23-27 with a quartet; and October 30-November 2 with his Golden Striker Trio.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on October 24.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at the Beacon Theater with Steely Dan on October 24, 27, 29, and 30.

Drummer JT Lewis is at the Jazz Gallery on October 26 with Brandon Ross.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at the Greenwich Music House on October 25, and at The Stone on October 26.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at Bard College’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson NY on October 26.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on October 27 and November 3.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem for a talk on November 1. He’ll also be leading a big band for an evening of Latin Jazz at Newark’s NJPAC on November 9.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah leads the DIASPORA ensemble at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on November 3.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on November 3 and 17.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on November 4 for a free afternoon performance as part of Arts for Arts’ Sunday afternoon series.

Poets Abiodun Oyewole and Felipe Luciano are at the Apollo Theater on November 5 for a conversation about the origins and impact of The Last Poets.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday October 28. 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 filmmaker Melissa Haizlip, director of the documentary Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV. There will be screenings at the Urbanworld Film Festival on September 21 and the Reel Sisters of the African Diaspora Film Festival on October 6 and the director will be at both screenings for question and answer sessions. And we have more listings for you this week.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Le Poisson Rouge with guitarist Mary Halvorson on September  17.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on September 19.

Trombonist/seashellist Steve Turre leads a quintet at Smoke for a CD release party on September 21-22.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at Dizzy’s Club from September 21-23 with Ulysses Owens’s big band.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is in downtown Washington NJ for a free outdoor concert on September 22.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on September 22 and 29.

Vocalist Fay Victor is at 55 Bar on September 27.

Guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sanchez are at CT’s Ridgefield Playhouse on September 27; Morristown NJ’s Mayo Performing Arts Center on September 28; and LI’s Staller Center for the Arts in Stony Brook on September 29.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on September 29 and October 13.

Trumpeter Adam O’Farrill is at the Jazz Gallery on September 29.

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at Hartford CT’s The Artist’s Collective on September 29.

Saxophonist Claire Daly leads a quartet at Jazz Forum Arts in Tarrytown NY on September 30.

Vocalist Andy Bey is at the Blue Note on September 30.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at Birdland from October 2-6.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at Columbia University’s Miller Theater on October 20.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art presents their inGardens series of free outdoor concerts in Lower East Side neighborhood gardens on weekends through September 30. Bassist William Parker is At the 6BC Botanical Garden on E 6 St in Manhattan on September 22 and at First Street Green on E 1st St in Manhattan on September 29. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at First Street Green on September 23 and Vocalist Fay Victor closes out the series at First Street Green on September 30. See the full schedule at the Arts for Arts website.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 30 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 Nana Camille Yarbrough, head on over to our archives where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

We’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, head over to our archives for that and nearly a decade of past shows. Be sure to tune in next Sunday for a show highlighting performances at the 47th annual International African Arts Festival with an interview with African percussion master and longtime Randy Weston band member Neil Clarke. And we have more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble with trombonist Craig Harris at the Village Vanguard from June 19-24.

Drummer Antonio Sanchez is at the Jazz Gallery with Will Vinson’s Trio on June 20.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in a late set at Smalls on June 20 and is at Smoke for Monday nights starting June 25.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 21 for the Guitar Summit with guitarist Julian Lage.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on June 23 and 30.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on June 23 at Union Pool in Brooklyn.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Caramoor in Katonah NY for the American Roots Music Festival on June 23.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soulsquad and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn are at the Saratoga Springs NY Jazz Festival on June 23. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque both have sets at Saratoga on June 24.

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

Finally, 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.

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

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 24. 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 trumpeter Adam O’Farrill. He has a release party at 55 Bar in Greenwich Village on Wednesday June 13 for El Maquech, which is out on Biophilia Records. He’ll also be at the Jazz Gallery on the 14 with Theo Walentiny. And we have more listings for you this week.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh is at the Village Vanguard with Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas from June 12-17.

Guitarists Bill Frisell leads a trio at the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook on June 15 and is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 21 for the Guitar Summit with guitarist Julian Lage.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 16.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as a Saturday night series with late sets at Smoke on June 16 and 23.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Le Poisson Rouge on June 17 with Los Cubanos Postizos.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble with trombonist Craig Harris at the Village Vanguard from June 19-24.

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

Drummer Antonio Sanchez is at the Jazz Gallery with Will Vinson’s Trio on June 20.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in a late set at Smalls on June 20 and at Smoke for Monday nights starting June 25.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on June 23 at Union Pool in Brooklyn.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at Caramoor in Katonah NY for the American Roots Music Festival on June 23.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Soulsquad and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn are at the Saratoga Springs NY Jazz Festival on June 23. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque both have sets at Saratoga on June 24.

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

Finally, 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.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 24. 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 pianist Dave Burrell! He’s getting a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Vision Fest and will be performing in three different combos on the opening night at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn on May 23. Drummer Andrew Cyrille joins Burrell for the Harlem Renaissance suite, later that night he reunites with saxophonist Archie Shepp, then leads a quartet in the closing set with James Brandon Lewis, Kidd Jordan, and William Parker. Scroll to the bottom for more Vision Fest info.

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Bassist Ron Carter is at the Blue Note from May 14-16.

Pianist Vijay Iyer at the Village Vanguard from May 15-20.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in a late set at Smalls on May 16.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at the Jazz Gallery on May 17 and is joined by Antonio Sanchez on drums.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis leads a trio at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church as part of the Harlem Jazz Boxx series on May 18.

Bassist Alex Blake leads an ensemble at Smalls on May 18.

Saxophonist Rene McLean is at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT for a Jackie McLean tribute on May 18.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as late night sets at Smoke on May 18 and 25.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble with trombonist Craig Harris at the Village Vanguard from May 19-24.

Saxophonist Tia Fuller leads a quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on May 22.

Vocalist Rene Marie is at Birdland from May 24-26 and at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on May 27.

Drummer Will Calhoun leads a quartet at Dizzy’s Club on May 28.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on May 30 at Iridium to celebrate Allen’s 94th birthday.

The 23rd annual Vision Festival showcase of avant garde Jazz, poetry, dance and visual art returns to Roulete in Brooklyn from May 23-29 and starts with a film festival on May 21 at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan. Highlights include guitarist Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl project, vocalist Fay Victor’s Mutations for Justice, drummer Francisco Mora Catlett’s Afro Horn, trombonist Craig Harris’s Brown Butterfly suite, and saxophonist Oliver Lake’s Big Band on the final night. There are also afternoon panel discussions on the topic of the struggle for cultural equity in New York’s music communities on May 27 and 28. You can jump to the full schedule right now and we’ve got a preview coming this week and continuing event coverage after that.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday May 27. 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 this week, but if you missed last week’s show with guitar maker Linda Manzer, hop on over to our archives, where you can hear that and nearly a decade of archived shows. And we have more listings for you this week.

Bassist Ron Carter is at the Blue Note from May 7-9 and 14-16.

Percussionist Adam Rudolph has a residency at The Stone from May 8-12 and will be joined by drummer Hamid Drake and guitarist Nels Cline on various nights.

Blues guitarist James Blood Ulmer is at City Winery on May 10.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah leads the Diaspora Ensemble at Sista’s Place on May 12.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at Le Poisson Rouge on May 12.

Vocalist Lisa Fischer leads Grand Baton at the Blue Note from May 10-13.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions returns as late night sets at Smoke on May 11 and 18.

Pianist Vijay Iyer at the Village Vanguard from May 15-20.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in a late set at Smalls on May 16.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at the Jazz Gallery on May 17 and is joined by Antonio Sanchez on drums.

Bassist Alex Blake leads an ensemble at Smalls on May 18.

Saxophonist Rene McLean is at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT for a Jackie McLean tribute on May 18.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble with trombonist Craig Harris at the Village Vanguard from May 19-24.

Saxophonist Tia Fuller leads a quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on May 22.

Finally, on the radar is the 23rd annual Vision Festival which returns to Roulete in Brooklyn from May 23-29 and a film festival on May 21 at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan. We’ll have more details in the next Bandstand and an upcoming preview online or you can jump to the full schedule.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday May 13. 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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