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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 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 really does wrap our coverage of this year’s Vision Festival with the second half of an interview with drummer Andrew Cyrille. You can catch him at the Village Vanguard from July 5-10 with saxophonist Joe Lovano. Be sure to check out our extended coverage of this year’s Vision on the blog: just scroll down for posts.
 
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. See our review of the show for more details.
 
Trombonist Craig Harris is at MIST in Harlem on the 27th presenting his composition “TriHarLenium: A Sound Portrait of Harlem 1976-2006”.
 
There’s a free screening of Liz Garbus’s documentary What Happened Miss Simone? In Brooklyn’s Von King Park as part of the Summerstage festival on June 28.
 
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at Birdland from June 28-July 2nd.
 
Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his Evolution ensemble and a Trio at the Jazz Standard from June 28-July 3rd.
 
Drummer J.T. Lewis is at The Stone on the 30th for the late set.
 
Trombonist Steve Turre is at Smoke on July 1-3 with Carl Allen and the Heritage Band.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz leads his a band on July 2 and poet Sonia Sanchez reads her work on July 4 in outdoor concerts at the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn. Performances are included in the festival’s small suggested admission fee.
 
Finally, Harpist Brandee Younger has weekly Sunday brunch sets at Minton’s in Harlem starting on July 3.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on July 10. 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. Be sure to check out our extended coverage of this year’s Vision Festival on the blog. We have a few more posts from Vision in the pipeline, too.
 
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. See our review of the show for more details.
 
For those of you far north of NYC, saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quintet at The Falcon in Marlboro NY on the 19th.
 
Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn with Vernon Reid’s Power Trio on the 22nd.
 
Pianist Marc Cary is at Ginny’s Supper Club on the 24th.
 
Vocalist Lizz Wright is at CT’s Ridgefield Playhouse on the 25th.
 
Trombonist Craig Harris is at MIST in Harlem on the 27th presenting his composition “TriHarLenium: A Sound Portrait of Harlem 1976-2006”.
 
There’s a free screening of Liz Garbus’s documentary What Happened Miss Simone? In Brooklyn’s Von King Park as part of the Summerstage festival on June 28.
 
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at Birdland from June 28-July 2nd.
 
Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his Evolution ensemble and a Trio at the Jazz Standard from June 28-July 3rd.
 
Saxophonist Gary Bartz leads his a band on July 2 and poet Sonia Sanchez reads her work on July 4 in outdoor concerts at the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn. There is a very small donation for admission.
 
Finally, the Blue Note Jazz festival runs throughout the month in venues around the city and has many more shows in addition to the ones highlighted here.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on June 26. 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.

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You might think a film festival is an unusual place for jazz fans – and you might be right – unless the festival in question is DOC NYC. The annual celebration of documentary film usually has several music selections and this year’s no exception. We’re going to pull out a few that jazz fans might want to keep an eye out for, including some unexpected picks. Even if you miss them here, the festival circuit offers a trial run for films and often result in wider release for ones that garner positive reactions.
 
Baddddd Sonia Sanchez
 
Sanchez is a major figure in African American poetry and one of the key people in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s-79s. As with many artists in the movement, Sanchez drew lots of inspiration for her sound from the rhythms of jazz — particularly free jazz – that was the soundtrack of the time. See, for instance “a/coltrane/poem” that approximates the latter’s style with her phrasing and vocal inflections or “pharaoh sanders blowin’”, a homage to ‘Trane’s late career collaborator whose bloomed into a saxophone legend in his own right.

We interviewed Sanchez and devoted a full show to her in 2009 and talked to the directors in 2013, so needless to say we’re excited to see the finished product. You can, too, and if you show up on November 19th, you’ll get to see a talkback with co-directors Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, Barbara Attie, and Janet Goldwater. Sanchez herself is scheduled to attend, as is poet Byronn Bain. The film has already been picked up for distribution by California Newsreel.


 
Hustler’s Convention
 
This is another film centered around a poet who gained fame in the Black Arts Movement — Jalal Nurddin — though Nuruddin’s work is much different from Sanchez’s. Nuriddin was fascinated with the street vernacular and prison toasts he heard while growing up and fused that with the political sensibility of the 1960s as a member of The Last Poets.

The film frames Nuruddin’s work in the context of the period and explores how he came to poetry and some of the struggles he’s faced along the way. The film centers around a 1974 release he did for Douglas Records under the pseudonym of Lightnin’ Rod that collects a few of the aforementioned prison toasts. While its only DOC NYC screening has passed, it’s worth keeping an eye on for a follow-up theatrical run after the festival ends.


 
The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith
 
At the first screening, director Sara Fishko – who also presented much of the material that forms the basis of the film as a 10-part series for public radio station WNYC – said that she didn’t initially think of doing a documentary film while poring through the vast collection of still photographs and audio Smith left. But it works spectacularly well as a film, nonetheless.

Smith lived in a ramshackle loft at 821 Sixth Ave in the 1950s-60s in what was then in the middle of a district where wholesalers of flowers were concentrated. At that point, the area was rundown and solidly commercial, which made it the perfect spot for musicians to congregate. Smith, a professional photographer with credits in the legendary Life magazine and elsewhere, moved in to focus on his work. Musicians started showing up at the loft for late night jam sessions that would sometimes last for days on end and Smith captured lots of it on audio tape. Monk is the most prominent of the people at the loft and happened to do most of the rehearsals for his Town Hall concert there and this audio is the film’s centerpiece.

We’re working on a full review of the film, but until then here’s a video made for an exhibit of the materials made by the New York Public Library that will give you a feel for it and, of course, you can dive in and listen to the original radio series on WNYC.


 
What Happened, Miss Simone?
 
We talked to director Liz Garbus and others in July about What Happened, Miss Simone? when it debuted on Netflix (where it’s still available to stream) and had a short New York theatrical run. If you didn’t catch it then (or just want to see it on the big screen), then you have two more shots at it. Garbus is expected to attend the screening on November 17 for a talkback.

What Happened, Miss Simone? takes a biographical trip through the singer’s life and does so courtesy of Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone (who is interviewed extensively) and with full cooperation of the Simone estate, so there’s plenty of rare film footage and a lot of Simone’s songs are featured here.


 
Head on over to the DOC NYC website for remaining showtimes and a full list of films.
 
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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 trumpeter Hugh Masekela! He has no upcoming performances in the NYC area, though listeners in the Midwest and on the West Coast should check his site for dates with Larry Willis and see our review of their performance at Jazz Standard. And we have lots more music for you this week.
 
The Doc NYC Festival continues until the 19th and has several films of interest to jazz fans. The Sonia Sanchez documentary Baddd Sonia Sanchez screens on the 18th and 19th. The Jazz Loft According to W Eugene Smith collects material from the extensive recordings and photographs from Smith’s years in a Sixth Ave loft building frequented by several jazz luminaries and screens on the 16th. Finally, Liz Garbus’s Nina Simone documentary What Happened Miss Simone? Screens on the 17th and 18th. The Doc NYC website has showtimes and details and you can find links to everything and a festival preview on our blog.
 
If you missed the weeklong run of Jeff Lieberman’s The Amazing Nina Simone documentary in NYC, you’ve got another shot on the 18th, when it screens at Huntington LI’s Cinema Arts Centre. Those of you (far) north of the city can catch it in Rhinebeck NY on the 20th and Woodstock on the 21st at Upstate Films.
 
Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at the Blue Note from November 17-22.
 
Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Small’s on the 18th and is with Steve Davis’s sextet at Smoke from the 27-29th.
 
Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from November 19-22.
 
Percussionist Adam Rudolph leads “GO”: the guitar orchestra in a CD release party at Roulette in Brooklyn on the 23rd.
 
Trombonist Dick Griffin is at The Stone on the 24th.
 
Bassist Larry Ridley is at The Stone on November 27th.
 
Drummer Alphonse Mouzon is at BB King’s with Larry Coryell for a Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute on the 27th.
 
Saxophonist René McLean is at The Cell Theatre on the 28th.
 
Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun and vocalist Nona Hendryx will be at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater on the 29th in Parallel Lives: Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf.
 
Poet jessica Care moore is at the Blue Note on November 30.
 
Bassist Christian McBride leads two different trios at the Village Vanguard from December 1-6 and 8-13.
 
That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves on November 29. 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.

Suga’ in My Bowl is returns to the air this week with a focus on Nina Simone featuring interviews with filmmaker Liz Garbus and others. You can catch Garbus’ What Happened, Miss Simone? at the IFC Center in Manhattan and streaming on Netflix. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some upcoming gigs.

Drummer/percussionist Bobby Sanabria has a free outdoor show in the Bronx with Asencion at Middletown Road and Stadium Ave in Pelham Bay Park on July 10th.

Pianist Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio with bassist Alex Blake headlines Medgar Evers College’s Jazzy Jazz Festival in a free performance at their Brooklyn campus on July 10. Details are at the Medgar Evers College website.

Drummer Alphonse Mouzon is at the Blue Note with Larry Coryell from July 14-19.

Organist John Medeski is at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City with The Word for a free outdoor concert on July 15.

Pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary hosts the Harlem Sessions on July 16 and on most Thursdays at The Gin Fizz in Harlem.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at the Prospect Park Bandshell for the Celebrate Brooklyn series on July 18.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Turning Point in Piermont NY on July 18 and has a free show in Wagner Park on the 30.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on July 21.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Smoke on July 24-26 with Heads of State.

Low brass specialist on tuba and trombone Joe Daley is be at the Beacon Jazz Festival on July 25 with the International Brass and Membrane Corps.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is back on WBAI‘s airwaves July 26. 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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