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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.

We’re off the air this week (and recovering from the Vision Fest), but head over to our archives if you missed last week’s show with saxophonist Kidd Jordan.  We’ve also got a review of the first day and days 2 and 4 if you missed this year’s festivities. A review of the last 2 days is coming soon, too. WBAI Radio’s officially wrapped its Spring Fund Drive and thanks to those who pledged! If you didn’t get around to it, it’s not too late to  pledge online snd even a few dollars helps a lot. Now let’s get to those listings.

WBGO Radio has a visual art exhibit featuring works produced by musicians. It’s on view at their studio in downtown Newark NJ and features the work of Will Calhoun, Mino Cinelu, Dick Griffin, Oliver Lake, Carmen Lundy and others. Saxophonist Oliver Lake will be performing for the reception on June 8.

Director John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary film Chasing ‘Trane is playing at Cinema Village in Manhattan (closes June 8), the Picture House in Pelham (June 9-15), and Time and Space in Hudson (June 10-11). See our review of the film for a preview.

Director Casper Kollin’s Lee Morgan documentary film I Called Him Morgan  is also playing at Time and Space in Hudson (June 8-9) and the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville on June 15. We’ve got a review of that, too.

 

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on May 30-31 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

 

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park on June 8 as part of the Northside Festival.

Guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sanchez are at the Beacon Theater on June 10.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen is at Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 10.

Vocalist Thana Alexa and bassist William Parker are both at the Red Hook Jazz Festival on June 11.

 

Bassist/vocalist Richard Bona is at Club Bonafide on June 10 and 17 with Mandekan Cubano.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 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 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.

This week’s show continues our Vision Festival 22 preview coverage with saxophonist Kidd Jordan, who you can catch at Vision on Friday June 2.  V22 opens at Judson Memorial Church on May 29 and runs through June 3. Scroll down for details and our annual preview is on the way.

 

Before we get to this week’s listings, a reminder that WBAI Radio’s starting its Spring Fund Drive and needs your support to stay on the air and keep our show on the air. There are 3 ways to give. You can call 516-620-3602 (preferably while we’re on the air), pledge online, or just send a text message to 41444 and enter WBAI as the message. You can pledge as little as $5 or consider becoming a sustaining member with a monthly pledge. Of course, we’re grateful for any help you can give.

WBGO Radio has a visual art exhibit featuring works produced by musicians. It’s on view at their studio in downtown Newark NJ and features the work of Will Calhoun, Mino Cinelu, Dick Griffin, Oliver Lake, Carmen Lundy and others. Saxophonist Oliver Lake will be performing for the reception on June 8.

It’s the last call for director John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary film Chasing ‘Trane at the IFC Center in Manhattan. It’s been held over for awhile now, so best not to delay any longer. See our review of the film for a preview.

Bassist Alex Blake is at The Blue Note with vocalist Julie E on May 29.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at Birdland from May 30-June 3.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on May 30-31 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Drummer JT Lewis and bassist Melvin Gibbs are at Le Poisson Rouge with Harriet Tubman on May 31.

Pianist Randy Weston is at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark NJ on June 3 for Jazz Vespers.

Myself—Hank Williams—will be at the Left Forum at John Jay College on June 3 as part of the “Writer as Revolutionary” panel speaking on the Black Arts Movement.

Drummer Will Calhoun is at Prince Street Project Space with Adejoke Tugbiyele on June 4.

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington is at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park on June 8 as part of the Northside Festival.

Guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Antonio Sanchez are at the Beacon Theater on June 10.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen is at Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 10.

Vocalist Thana Alexa and bassist William Parker are both at the Red Hook Jazz Festival on June 11.

The big event on the horizon is this year’s Vision Fest. It starts on the May 28 at Anthology film archives and moves to Judson Memorial Church from the 29-June 3 with nightly performances of jazz, dance, poetry, and visual art. In addition to William Parker and Cooper-Moore, you can see drummer Hamid Drake, poets Carl Hancock Rux and Jesus Papoleto Melendez, TRIO 3 with Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille and Oliver Lake; and saxophonists Charles Gayle and David Murray. There’s also a conference on June 1 at Columbia University sponsored by the Center for Jazz Studies and a new series of after hours sets starting at midnight at Nublu.

WBAI Radio returns as a media sponsor of this year’s Vision Fest.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday June 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 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.

This week’s show features bassist Linda May Han Oh. Her CD release event for the brand new Walk Against Wind will be on Wednesday April 19 at the Jazz Standard. You can also see her on Tuesday April 18 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club with Jaleel Shaw or on the 21st at Cornelia St Café with Chris Dingman’s Trio.

For an extended preview of Oh, we’re streaming her just released Walk Against Wind as our next Listen. Hear. entry. You can stream the entire CD for a limited time as well as our previous entry with saxophonist Clare Daly’s 2648 West Grand Boulevard.

Now let’s get to this week’s listings.

We start with Director John Scheinfeld’s John Coltrane documentary film Chasing ‘Trane. It’s screening at the IFC Center in Manhattan through Thursday April 20. Also see our review of the film.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on April 17th with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on the 19th.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to talk about his recording and performing career for the third installment of the Session Stories series on April 20 and at Newark’s NJPAC on April 23rd with bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake leads a big band at the Jazz Gallery from April 21-22nd.

Looking a little further ahead, drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun is in Montclair NJ at the Wellmont Theater with Paul Shaffer’s band on April 21 and at the Theatre at Westbury in Long Island on April 22nd.

Trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre leads a qunitet at Smoke from April 21-23.

Trombonist Craig Harris is at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on April 22nd.

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter is at Newark’s NJPAC on April 22-23rd.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at WNYC Radio’s Greene Space for an Ella Fitzgerald tribute on April 24.

Trumpeter Hugh Masekela will be at the Town Hall on April 27th with the Jazz Epistles.

Saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah leads his Diaspora ensemble in a jazz opera titled Sun Ra Returns at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn on April 29th.

Saxophonist David Murray leads the Class Struggle ensemble at the Village Vanguard from May 2-7 with trombonist Craig Harris.

Finally, we announced this year’s Vision Fest a few weeks ago, but the full schedule is now up! Head on over to their site for the full schedule. We’ll return with our standard cheat sheet festival preview as the dates get closer.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday April 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 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.

This week’s show features a documentary special from Joyce Jones on the late Abbey Lincoln. You can get a copy of the 2 CD set for a $35 pledge to WBAI which includes a year’s station membership by calling 516-620-3602 (preferably while we’re on air) or pledging online. You can pledge as little as $5 or consider a monthly donation which gets you station membership as a WBAI Buddy with additional benefits. We also still have a few autographed copies of Jon Else’s True South book on filmmaker Henry Hampton’s struggle to get the monumental Eyes on the Prize series on TV as a thank you gift at the $35 pledge level which includes a year’s station membership along with the book. Thanks for whatever help you can offer the station!

Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Carnegie Hall with Living Colour on March 6 performing the music of Aretha Franklin.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on March 6 with pianist McCoy Tyner. He’ll also be at Smoke from the 17-19th for a record release party with Heads of State.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6 for the annual Women in Jazz Festival. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is there on the 13th for the same series.

Vibraphonist Gary Burton is at Birdland from March 7-11th.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at Rockwood Music Hall on March 9-10th.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note for his annual birthday celebration from March 9-12th with special guests.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Turning Point in Piermont on the 11th.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from March 13-16th

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on the 14th for part 3 of the Session Stories: a talk on his recording and performing work.

Bassist Mimi Jones leads a trio at Inc Bar and Kitchen in New Brunswick NJ on the 15th

Trumpeter Marcus Printup is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on March 17-18th with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra playing music from the sixties.

Pianist Michele Rosewoman leads New Yor-Uba at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from March 17-19th.

Drummer JT Lewis and keyboardist David Virelles are at the Jazz Gallery on the 18th with the Phantom Station ensemble.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and pianist Vijay Iyer are at the Village Vanguard as TRIO3 + 1 from March 21-26th.

We conclude this week with a look much further ahead with date announcements for this summer’s Vision Festival and Blue Note Jazz Festivals. See our post on those (or just scroll down) for details.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 19. 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. 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.

true_south_book_coverWe’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with Jon Else, author of the book True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, head on over to our archives and check it out. Also, WBAI Radio’s Winter Fund Drive continues and you can pledge online for as little as $5. A $25 pledge gets you a year’s membership in the station or consider a monthly donation which gets you station membership as a WBAI Buddy with additional benefits. We also have a few autographed copies available of Jon Else’s book as a thank you gift for a $35 donation which includes a year’s station membership along with the book.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Ecstatic Music Festival on March 4th.

Looking ahead to March, saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson is at The Blue Note from March 2-5th.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and guitarist Marc Ribot are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room with Dave Douglas’s Metamorphosis on March 3-4th.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY with Ministers of Sound on March 4th and The Turning Point in Piermont on the 11th.

Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Carnegie Hall with Living Colour on March 6 performing the music of Aretha Franklin.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on March 6 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6 for the annual Women in Jazz Festival. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is there on the 13th for the same series.

Vibraphonist Gary Burton is at Birdland from March 7-11th.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at Rockwood Music Hall on March 9-10th.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at the Blue Note for his annual birthday celebration from March 9-12th with special guests.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett is at the Blue Note from March 13-16th

We conclude this week with a look much further ahead with date announcements for this summer’s Vision Festival (May 29-June 5) and Blue Note Jazz Festival (June 1-30). See our post on those (or just scroll down) for details.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 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 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.

true_south_book_coverThis week’s show features Jon Else, author of the book True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize. You can see him at the Brooklyn Museum on February 25 as part of a panel discussion on the Eyes on the Prize series. WBAI Radio’s starting its Winter Fund Drive and we need your help to support the station. You can call 516-620-3602 while we’re on air or pledge online for as little as $5. A $25 pledge gets you a year’s membership in the station or consider a monthly donation which gets you station membership as a WBAI Buddy with additional benefits. We also have a few autographed copies available of Jon Else’s book as a thank you gift for a $35 donation which includes a year’s station membership along with the book.

Percussionist Mino Cinelu is at the Blue Note on February 20th with the Loop Loft All Stars.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to talk about his recording career for part 2 of the Session Stories on February 20th.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from February 21st-26th.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey presents “Harlem River Drive” at Ginny’s Supper Club on February 21st for two sets.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Gallery as part of Threadgill + Iyer + Prieto with Henry Threadgill and Dafnis Preito on February 22 & 23 and at the Ecstatic Music Festival on March 4th.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Sunny’s in Red Hook Brooklyn on February 23rd.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at Long Island University Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater on February 25th.

Vocalist Carol Maillard is with Sweet Honey in the Rock at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall in Hillside NJ on February 26th.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY with Ministers of Sound on the 26th and March 4th.

Looking ahead to March, saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson is at The Blue Note from March 2-5th.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and guitarist Marc Ribot are at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room with Dave Douglas’s Metamorphosis on March 3-4th.

Drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun is at Carnegie Hall with Living Colour on March 6 performing the music of Aretha Franklin.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on March 6 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6 for the annual Women in Jazz Festival. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is there on the 13th for the same series.

Vibraphonist Gary Burton is at Birdland from March 7-11th.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday March 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 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 check out our audio archives for last week’s show with vocalist Lisa Fischer or nearly 7 years of archived shows to get your fix until next week. Now let’s get to our music listings.

Vocalist Lisa Fischer is at the Blue Note with Grand Baton from February 14-19th.

Vocalist Catherine Russell leads a sextet at Birdland from February 14-18th singing love songs.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY with Ministers of Sound on the 15th and 26th and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on the 18th.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in the late set at Smalls on the 15th.

Pianists Randy Weston and Monty Alexander are at Medgar Evers College’s Founders Auditorium in Brooklyn for “A Spiritual Awakening” on February 15th. Tickets are free!

Drummer Andrew Cyrille leads a quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on February 16th.

Bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun are at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on February 16th.

Melvin Gibbs drummer JT Lewis are at The Stone on February 18th with Harriet Tubman.

JT Lewis returns to the The Stone with the Phantom Station ensemble on the 19th.

Low brass specialist Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on February 18th.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to talk about his recording career for part 2 of the Session Stories on February 20th.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from February 21st-26th.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey presents “Harlem River Drive” at Ginny’s Supper Club on February 21st for two sets.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Gallery as part of Threadgill + Iyer + Prieto with Henry Threadgill and Dafnis Preito on February 22 & 23

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Sunny’s in Red Hook Brooklyn on February 23rd.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at Long Island University Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater on February 25th.

Vocalist Carol Maillard is with Sweet Honey in the Rock at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall in Hillside NJ on February 26th.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the Schomburg Center on March 6th for the annual Women in Jazz Festival.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on February 19th. 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. 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.

Our guest this week is vocalist Lisa Fischer! You can catch her at the Blue Note with Grand Baton from February 14-19th. Now let’s get to our music listings.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note from February 6-7 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Sunny’s in Red Hook Brooklyn on February 9th and 23rd.

Harpist Brandee Younger is at the CUNY Graduate Center on the 10th and at the Schomburg Center on March 6th for the annual Women in Jazz Festival.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at The Met Museum of Art on February 10th.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at Brooklyn’s Kingsborough Community College singing Ella Fitzgerald songs on February 10th.

Pianist David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on February 10-11th.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 10-11th.

Vocalist Catherine Russell leads a sextet at Birdland from February 14-18th singing love songs.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at The Falcon in Marlboro NY with Ministers of Sound on the 15th and 26th and Daryl’s House in Pawling NY on the 18th.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in the late set at Smalls on the 15th.

Pianists Randy Weston and Monty Alexander are at Medgar Evers College’s Founders Auditorium in Brooklyn for “A Spiritual Awakening” on February 15th. Tickets are free!

Drummer Andrew Cyrille leads a quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on February 16th.

Bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun are at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on February 16th.

Melvin Gibbs drummer JT Lewis are at The Stone on February 18th with Harriet Tubman.

JT Lewis is at The Stone with the Phantom Station ensemble on the 19th.

Low brass specialist Joe Daley will be at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on February 18th.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to talk about his recording career for part 2 of the Session Stories on February 20th.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from February 21st-26th.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey presents “Harlem River Drive” at Ginny’s Supper Club on February 21st for two sets.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Gallery as part of Threadgill + Iyer + Prieto with Henry Threadgill and Dafnis Preito on February 22 & 23

Finally, It’s last call for the Aza, gallery exhibit of drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s visual art collaboration on view at the Bronx Music Heritage Center. It closes on February 11. We reviewed the show last year.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on February 19th. 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. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

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Words by Hank Williams. Photos by Joyce Jones/SugaBowl Photography. | MAIN PHOTO: (L-R) Antoine Roney, Gerald Cannon, and Ravi Coltrane. Used with Permission. Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons CC-NC-BY-ND.

Drummer and percussionist Will Calhoun’s musical journey made its latest stop last week at the famed Blue Note club in Greenwich Village for a 3-night midweek run of music focused on the late drum legend Elvin Jones. I caught the early sets on Tuesday and Thursday.

“Celebrating Elvin Jones” as the dates were called was billed as the release event for the CD of the same name, although it has been available since late summer 2017 and has garnered deserved praise from critics – and fans alike, depending how much stake one puts on Amazon’s customer reviews.

The logistics of arranging club dates (and syncing them with Calhoun’s ambitious travel schedule) pushed the event to the current period.

The material has been performed live several times already, though. Calhoun had a set at the 2016 Winter Jazz Festival with much of the current ensemble. This was followed by an August Jazzmobile event in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, a 3-night September run at Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and fall dates at Scullers in Boston and the San Jose Jazz Festival.

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Will Calhoun

For these Blue Note dates, Calhoun fortified his ensemble with some of the musicians on the CD – saxophonist Antoine Roney and pianist Carlos McKinney – while calling up veteran bassist Gerald Cannon to provide the heartbeat and adding a special guest each night: saxophonist Ravi Coltrane on Tuesday, trumpeter Randy Brecker on Wednesday, and guitarist Russell Malone on Thursday, respectively. The connecting thread is that they have all played with Jones. Calhoun, ironically, is the only one who hasn’t since the two share the same instrument.

Calhoun, however, may be the perfect person to approach the project. “With Will I felt the [same] spirit and looseness that Elvin had,” Cannon said. “It’s a very rare thing in another drummer.” Cannon would know: he held the bass chair in the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine until Jones’s death in 2004. While Cannon had been following Calhoun’s meteoric career with the popular rock band Living Colour, he wasn’t aware of the drummer’s range–and interest in Jazz—until a series of Blue Note dates after Jones’s death. The decision was made to honor the Jazz Machine’s pre-arranged run with someone different in the drum chair each night. Cannon persuaded the drummer’s widow Keiko to allow Calhoun to have a night and he made an impression. “This cat can swing, man,” Cannon thought after the sets.

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Gerald Cannon (left) and Ravi Coltrane

Additionally, Cannon’s the musical director for pianist McCoy Tyner, who he’s played with for 11 years. As such, his insight is even more valuable since John Coltrane’s alumni seem to take many common indelible lessons with them from their time with the band although they’ve followed varied musical paths. “What I’ve learned by playing with McCoy and Elvin is the spiritual aspect of the music,” he told me. “When you play with them, you just feel enlightenment.”

Gerald Cannon: What I’ve learned by playing with McCoy and Elvin is the spiritual aspect of the music

Calhoun, echoing Cannon’s point, described his approach to the music and choice of lineup as “a sacred thing,” carefully choosing musicians who could see the spiritual side of the project and join him on the journey. The investment paid off, as the assembled ensemble treated the work with incredible respect as they worked to form intimacy on the bandstand.

The more one sits with Calhoun’s Elvin Jones project (both the performances and CD), the more one realizes that a lot of thought goes into just about every detail. Hence, the choice of an ensemble was far from simple, though understandably somewhat dictated by logistics and availability.

“I thought about [the lineup] for quite some time and wanted to stick with the guys on the recording for obvious reasons,” Calhoun related over the telephone. “Also, [the musicians] understood my vision and the guys know me personally outside the music.”

Given that, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane was a natural addition. Calhoun wanted him to be a part of the original recording, but it didn’t work out scheduling-wise. “Having Ravi up there is a sonic value and spiritual vibration,” Calhoun said. “There’s another kind of meaning to having Ravi there as well,” as he sees working with Coltrane’s son, (who’s now carved out his own unique voice on the instrument mastered by his famous father) as being the natural closing of the circle.

Similarly, Calhoun had sought out trumpeter Randy Brecker for his earlier Life in this World and Native Lands releases, but clashing schedules scuttled the efforts. Brecker’s commitment to the set was so great that he passed up a tribute to his brother to be at the show.

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Gerald Cannon (left) and Russell Malone

Finally, adding a guitarist to the rotation was a natural move for Calhoun, hence the presence of Russell Malone. “I just like the instrument and freedom of the [guitar as an] instrument,” he revealed. “Elvin played guitar and played with [guitarists] John Paul Bourelly and Jim Hall.” Calhoun plays the 12 string acoustic guitar on “Sarmastah,” one of his own compositions that appears on the release, though wasn’t part of the Blue Note sets.

Not surprisingly, the same reverence and obsessive attention to detail also went into the choice of songs to be played.

The setlist was identical both dates: “EJ Blues,” followed by “Harmonique,” then “Doll of the Bride,” and an electrified version of “A Love Supreme” to close the set. The choice of music wasn’t an easy one, Calhoun confessed. While he wanted to showcase music from the CD (indeed, the first three songs are on the release), not everything from the release could make the cut for the live performance: a necessary concession to the reality of time limits when dealing with club sets, especially when dealing with longer pieces that allow artists to fully stretch out and explore the music, which was the case.

The result, however, was a holistic approach to Jones, going beyond mere replication of his music and performances, but a real attempt to present as full an account of his essence as possible. The choices make sense in that context. “EJ Blues” is a Jones composition; “Harmonique” and, of course, “A Love Supreme” hail from John Coltrane; “Doll of the Bride” is adapted from a traditional Japanese folk song and was a staple of Jones’s own setlists while he helmed the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine.

The rotating guests also served to give the music a distinctly different feel each night as the rest of the ensemble worked around the unique instrumental sound, colors, and approach of each one. Guests, Calhoun said, “take you a little bit out of the norm.”

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Antoine Roney

In “EJ Blues,” for instance, Coltrane and Roney traded sax solos on Tuesday night, with the former opting for soprano saxophone. On Thursday, guitarist Russell Malone’s approach allowed Roney more space to shine while adding subtle colors to the main melody.

“Harmonique” highlighted the different approaches the different guests brought. While the general structure of the song remained the same, subtle changes were pronounced between the nights. Cannon’s bass solo led off each time, though Tuesday’s rendition saw Coltrane and Roney collaborating and smoothing out the edges of the angular melody. On Thursday, Malone subtly added color while Roney more purposefully hit the slightly atonal notes in the intro.

A seemingly simple question to Calhoun about his arrangement of “Doll of the Bride”–which began with an extended drum and percussion solo each time–led to a patient, unexpectedly detailed explanation that can only be highlighted here.

The key characters in the story, however, are the late Senegalese master percussionist Doudou N’Diaye Rose (who appears on the album as a guest on the song) and and Moussa D’Gyue, who owned a shop in Harlem that Calhoun frequented as a teenager. “He was like my uncle,” Calhoun says of D’Gyue, who shared many lessons on Africa, recommended books, and generally fed his intellectual curiousity.

After hours, D’Gyue and a group of West African men would gather in the back around a communal plate of food for a wide-ranging discussion of politics, culture, and whatever else they decided to engage. Eventually they invited him into the fold. “It was my first time witnessing that type of interaction,” Calhoun says.

D’Gyue became a crucial contact much later in Calhoun’s career when he took his mentor along for a series of shows he had booked in Senegal. Calhoun had been trying to get introduced to Rose for years without success and it turned out that D’Gyue knew the master percussionist and was able to arrange a meeting.

Calhoun: The world is my library

All of this leads back to the goal of Calhoun’s “Doll of the Bride” intro, as he sought “to create this almost drive by view of African rhythms:” a broad outline of what one might see, were they fortunate enough to have gone on Calhoun’s journey. Calhoun summed up the inspiration for the song’s arrangement much more succinctly in his on-stage intros, simply saying, “the world is my library.”

Calhoun began both nights on the Senegalese bongo drum, eventually moving to the drum kit while Cannon kept time with a heartbeat-like bass rhythm. Cannon, who’s also an accomplished visual artist, compared working Calhoun’s rhythm section to “doing a collaborative painting.”

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Calhoun

Calhoun wanted to “start out with a more traditional approach,” hence the use of his hands. As the solo built, Calhoun eventually enlisted nearly every form of input possible, working the sticks, mallets, brushes, and even his bare hands on different drum surfaces in an attempt to replicate what he’d listened to and learned: a deceptively difficult task. “The Senegalese rhythms are quite difficult to play on the drum kit,” Calhoun explained to me later.

But it all came back to Jones even before the solo ended. “Elvin’s drumming has a bit of Congolese and West African style,” he pointed out, hence Calhoun’s meshing of different approaches and specific rhythmic patterns.

On Thursday night, McKinney’s melodic solo on “Doll of the Bride” slowed the song’s intensity before building to a fierce percussive assault of his own on the piano, which gave way to Malone’s solo on the guitar. Calhoun said that Malone’s “tone is a bit darker than the pop tone and works great with the melodies” they were playing.

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Carlos McKinney

As with the other songs, each musician was given plenty of space to solo and collaboratively build the piece. Malone’s shift from improvisation back to the song’s melody signaled Roney to return to the stage for his turn in the spotlight and Cannon’s solo built off his delicately plucking out the melody on the strings as the rest of the bandstand and audience quieted to listen to one of the more contemplative and intimate moments in a night often filled with the type of explosive fire Jones himself is usually associated with. Cannon told me that one thing he’s learned from extensive work with Elvin Jones and now McCoy Tyner “is how important [his] role is as a bass player in order to be flexible and solid at the same time.”

Time was running short on both nights, which left space for only a very abbreviated rendition of “A Love Supreme” as a finale, which Calhoun playfully (and accurately) described onstage as “an uptown, electronic, Bronx version.”

The Senegalese bongo was again Calhoun’s chosen tool to start the song, which seamlessly morphed into Cannon’s delivery of the famous bass line, which invited Roney and McKinney into the mixture and the piece ended with a shimmery piano flourish.

And that was it.

The end of Thursday’s set had a slightly bittersweet feel as it was the final night and there was only one more set to go before the end of the short run.

Gerald Cannon: I haven’t played these tunes since Elvin died

“It was a little emotional for me,” Cannon confided. “I haven’t played these tunes since Elvin died.”

The intimacy and familiarity with the material developed over several sets on successive nights seemed to really bring the ensemble together. Cannon mentioned several times how much fun it was, pointing out that the comfort level had reached the point where he felt as if he could really explore, adding that “Will’s a great bandleader.” That’s high praise from someone with Cannon’s experience.

The next steps of this project are unclear since it’s just one of many projects all of the musicians juggle. Cannon has several scattered spring dates at the Blue Note with McCoy Tyner along with other gigs. Coltrane has his own work as a leader, including a week in February at the Jazz Standard. Brecker, Roney, and McKinney have commitments as well.

Calhoun heads out for another global tour to support the release of Living Colour’s new Synesthesia release and will somehow squeeze in time for work on film scores, his visual art collaboration, and (one of my favorite projects) a live recording date with guitarist Melvin Gibbs and bassist Vernon Reid for the Zig Zag power trio that performed at the 2017 Winter Jazz Fest and has had a few other dates over the past two years.

Calhoun’s committed to continuing work on the Elvin Jones project and more dates, but admits that “it’s been a little challenging,” pointing out that “there’s not a lot of money involved,” a constant refrain and reality of working in jazz now.

Calhoun: I want to honor the music and play it in an arena where it’s respected

Not surprisingly, it’s more than just the logistics of finances. ”I want to honor the music and play it in an arena where it’s respected,” Calhoun said. “Being an artist, you have a few important decisions to make” and one is artistic integrity and honoring the work. Fans will just have to keep their eyes on Calhoun’s tour schedule for more dates. Calhoun says that there’s one guaranteed stop, though.

“Of course, I have to play in Detroit because that’s where the Jones brothers are from.”
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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

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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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 check out our audio archives for last week’s show with bassist Melvin Gibbs or nearly 7 years of archived shows to get your fix until next week. Now let’s get to our music listings.

Bassist Mimi Jones hosts a jam session in the late set at Smoke on January 30th. You can also catch her leading her own sextet at Monmouth University in New Jersey on February 4th.

Bassist Christian McBride is also at the Jazz Museum to talk about his recording career for part 1 of the Session Stories on January 31st.

Vocalist Carmen Lundy is at Birdland from January 31-February 4 2017.
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John Medeski has a residency at The Stone from January 31-February 5 2017.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre on February 4 as part of the Family Concert series: Who is Louis Armstrong?

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Sunny’s in Red Hook Brooklyn on February 9th.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is at The Met Museum of Art on February 10th.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at Brooklyn’s Kingsborough Community College singing Ella Fitzgerald songs on February 10th.

Pianist David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on February 10-11th.

Vocalist Dianne Reeves is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on February 10-11th.

Vocalist Catherine Russell leads a sextet at Birdland from February 14-18th singing love songs.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio in the late set at Smalls on the 15th.

Pianists Randy Weston and Monty Alexander are at Medgar Evers College’s Founders Auditorium in Brooklyn for “A Spiritual Awakening” on February 15th. Tickets are free!

Drummer Andrew Cyrille leads a quartet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on February 16th.

Bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer/percussionist Will Calhoun are at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on February 16th.

Melvin Gibbs drummer JT Lewis are at The Stone on February 18th with Harriet Tubman.

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 last year.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on February 5th. 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. Find him on Twitter @streetgriot

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