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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 this week, but if you missed  last week’s show with legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette, head over to our archives to hear it and 8 years of archived programs. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Fall Fund drive starts tomorrow and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

Vision Fest promoters Arts Art’s “Race and Resistance Un-Columbus” weekend festival wraps up on October 9 at El Taller Latino Americano (215 E 99 St in Manhattan). Bassist William Parker’s “Songs of Freedom” featuring dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake closes out the evening.

 

Bassist Ron Carter leads a quartet at Birdland from October 10-14 and a trio from the 17-21.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is teaching a 6 session class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University on Wednesday nights from October 4 to November 8.

Drummer JT Lewis is with Brandon Ross at Roulette in Brooklyn on October 10.

Pianist  David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on October 13 with Roman Filiu.

Vocalist Lisa Fischer is at NJ’s South Orange Performing Arts Center on October 14 with Grand Baton.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on October 17 with McCoy Tyner.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on the 18.

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at the Blue Note on October 19-20.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Jazz Standard with Chico Freeman’s Plus+Tet quartet from October 19-22.

Saxophonists Billy Harper and Howard Johnson are at the Jazz Standard from October 19-22 with Charles Tolliver’s Tentet.

Drummer JT Lewis, vocalist Lisa Fischer, pianist Marc Cary, and saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin are all at the Town Hall Theater on October 22 for City Suite.

Finally, the BRIC Arts Media Jazz Fest runs from October 14-21 at their downtown Brooklyn location starting with screenings of the documentary films Chasing Trane and I Called Him Morgan on the 14-15 and ends with 3 marathon nights of music from the 19-21. The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Science, and pianist Viyay Iyer‘s sextet are all scheduled to appear. We’ll have full info on it next week and a preview is in the works.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday October 15. 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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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 legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette! He’ll be at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on October 6-7 with Hudson, the super group with organist and former Suga’ guest John Medeski, guitarist John Scofield, and bassist Larry Grenadier. Before we get to our listings, a quick reminder that WBAI’s Fall Fund drive starts tomorrow and the station needs your help to stay on the air. See WBAI’s pledge site for ways to support the station. And we have many more listings for you this week.

 

Drummer and percussionist Hamid Drake is with percussionist Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures at the Jazz Gallery from October 3-4.

Bassist Ron Carter leads a big band at Birdland from October 3-7, a quartet from the 10-14, and a trio from the 17-21.

Drummer Lenny White is at the Village Vanguard from October 3-8 with Renee Rosnes’s quartet.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland for an early set on October 4.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is teaching a 6 session class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University on Wednesday nights from October 4 to November 8.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art are sponsoring a “Race and Resistance Un-Columbus” weekend festival from October 7-9 at El Taller Latino Americano (215 E 99 St in Manhattan). Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett’s Afrohorn with trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah leads off on the 7th, with sets by poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez and trombonist Craig Harris later that evening. On the 8th, poet Quincy Troupe reads accompanied by guitarist Kelvyn Bell. Multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore has a set later that night. On Monday the 9th, the event wraps up with bassist William Parker’s “Songs of Freedom” featuring dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake.

Drummer JT Lewis is with Brandon Ross at Roulette in Brooklyn on October 10.

Pianist  David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on October 13 with Roman Filiu.

Vocalist Lisa Fischer is at NJ’s South Orange Performing Arts Center on October 14 with Grand Baton.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at the Blue Note on October 17 with McCoy Tyner.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on the 18.

Finally, the BRIC Arts Media Jazz Fest runs from October 14-21 at their downtown Brooklyn location starting with screenings of the documentary films Chasing Trane and I Called Him Morgan on the 14-15 and ends with 3 marathon nights of music from the 19-21. The Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Science, and pianist Viyay Iyer‘s sextet are all scheduled to appear. We’ll have full info on it next week and a preview is in the works.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday October 15. 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 this week, but if you missed last week’s show with percussionist Ray Mantilla, head over to our archives to check it out along with 8 years of shows. Meanwhile, we have plenty of listings for you this week.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at Mezzrow on September 26.

Drummer and percussionist Andrew Cyrille is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on September 26 with Bill McHenry.

Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is at Birdland from September 26-30.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at the Jazz Standard on September 27 and is joined by drummer Antonio Sanchez.

Pianist Randy Weston and saxophonist Billy Harper are at the Blue Note on October 1.

Drummer and percussionist Hamid Drake is with percussionist Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures at the Jazz Gallery from October 3-4.

Bassist Ron Carter leads a big band at Birdland from October 3-7, a quartet from the 10-14, and a trio from the 17-21.

Drummer Lenny White is at the Village Vanguard from October 3-8 with Renee Rosnes’s quartet.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Birdland for an early set on October 4.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria is teaching a 6 session class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University on Wednesday nights from October 4 to November 8.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art are sponsoring a “Race and Resistance Un-Columbus” weekend festival from October 7-9 at El Taller Latino Americano (215 E 99 St in Manhattan). Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett’s Afrohorn with saxophonist Ahmed Abdullah leads off on the 7th, with sets by poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez and trombonist Craig Harris later that evening. On the 8th, poet Quincy Troupe reads accompanied by guitarist Kelvyn Bell. Multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore has a set later that night. On Monday the 9th, the event wraps up with bassist William Parker’s “Songs of Freedom” featuring dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake.

Pianist  David Virelles is at the Jazz Gallery on October 13 with Roman Filiu.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday October 1. 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 guest is percussionist Ray Mantilla! He doesn’t have any upcoming shows at the moment, but we’ll let you know when he has another gig. We have plenty of other listings for you this week.

 

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at Roulette in Brooklyn on the 18.

Bassist William Parker’s In Order to Survive ensemble with drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake is at Le Poisson Rouge on September 21. Parker will also be First Street Green (33 E 1st St in Manhattan) for a free outdoor concert as part of Arts for Art’s InGardens series on the 24.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria leads Quarteto Aché at Floridita Restaurant in Harlem on September 22. He also teaches a 6 session class on the Roots and Rhythms of Latin Jazz at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University on Wednesday nights from October 4 to November 8.

Finally, pianist Barry Harris leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from September 19-24.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at Brooklyn Bowl on September 23.

Bassist and vocalist Richard Bona is at Club Bonafide on September 23.

Guitarist Julian Lage is at Mezzrow on September 26.

Drummer and percussionist Andrew Cyrille is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club on September 26 with Bill McHenry.

Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is at Birdland from September 26-30.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at the Jazz Standard on September 27 and is joined by drummer Antonio Sanchez.

Pianist Randy Weston and saxophonist Billy Harper are at the Blue Note on October 1.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday October 1. 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 this week, but if you missed last week’s memorial to “Brother Phil,” Kelan Phil Cohran, head on over to our archives and check it out. We also have more listings for you.

WBGO Radio’s visual art exhibit featuring works produced by musicians continues 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 Ravi Coltrane, harpist Brandee Younger, and pianist David Virelles are all at the Jazz Gallery for an Alice Coltrane tribute on July 18-19.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio for the late set at Smoke on July 19.

Bassist Alex Blake is at Zinc Bar on July 20 with the Puppeteers Jazz Band.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett and harpist Brandee Younger are both at the annual John Coltrane Day concert in Huntington Park LI on July 22.

Organist John Medeski is at The Stone with Simulacrum on July 27.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from July 27-30.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at the Turning Point in Piermont NY on July 29.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at the Bowery Poetry Room on July 30 with Heroes are Gang Leaders.

Drummer Roy Haynes is at Subrosa with pianist Eddie Palmieri on July 31.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 23. 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 is a memorial to the late trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist“Brother Phil”–Kelan Phil Cohran–but we have lots more listings for you.

WBGO Radio’s visual art exhibit featuring works produced by musicians continues at their studio in downtown Newark NJ and features the work of Will Calhoun, Mino Cinelu, Dick Griffin, Oliver Lake, Carmen Lundy and others.

Bassist Ron Carter is at the Blue Note from the 11-16.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Charnett Moffett are at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on July 11 for a screening of Naked Lunch (based on William Burroughs’ novel) and playing a soundtrack co-composed by the late Ornette Coleman.

Bassist William Parker’s In Order to Survive with drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake is at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on July 13-14.

Saxophonists David Murray and Kidd Jordan are at are at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on July 14 for a reunion of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time band.

Saxophonist Rene McLean is at Brooklyn’s Sista’s Place on July 15.

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at Central Park’s Summerstage for a Fela Kuti tribute on July 16.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, harpist Brandee Younger, and pianist David Virelles are all at the Jazz Gallery for an Alice Coltrane tribute on July 18-19.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio for the late set at Smoke on July 19.

Bassist Alex Blake is at Zinc Bar on July 20 with the Puppeteers Jazz Band.

Saxophonist Kenny Garrett and harpist Brandee Younger are both at the annual John Coltrane Day concert in Huntington Park LI on July 22.

Organist John Medeski is at The Stone with Simulacrum on July 27.

Finally, Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from July 27-30.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 23. 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 this week, but if you missed last week’s show with saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, head on over to our archives to listen to the full show. And we have more listings for you this week.

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.

Pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs is at Newark’s Gateway Center for a free lunchtime concert on July 5.

Tubist Howard Johnson is at the Newark Museum for a lunchtime concert on July 6.

Saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson is at The Blue Note from July 6-9.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Smoke from July 7-9 and the Blue Note from the 11-16.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Charnett Moffett are at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on July 11 for a screening of Naked Lunch (based on William Burroughs’ novel) and playing a soundtrack co-composed by the late Ornette Coleman.

Bassist William Parker’s In Order to Survive with drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake is at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on July 13-14.

Saxophonists David Murray and Kidd Jordan are at are at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on July 14 for a reunion of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time band.

Saxophonist Rene McLean is at Brooklyn’s Sista’s Place on July 15.

Vibraphonist Roy Ayers is at Central Park’s Summerstage for a Fela Kuti tribute on July 16.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 9. 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 guest is saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, who you can see at Brooklyn’s Scholes Street Studio on July 1. And we have more listings for you this week.

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.

 

Drummer Roy Haynes is at Subrosa with pianist Eddie Palmieri June 26.

Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra led by pianist Carla Bley is at The Blue Note on June 27.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at The Blue Note on June 28 with pianist McCoy Tyner.

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith is at the Jazz Standard from the 27 to July 2.

Bassist Dave Holland leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from the 27 to July 2.

Saxophonist Salim Washington is at Farafina Café in Harlem on July 1.

Drummer and percussionist Bobby Sanabria and Ascension have a free outdoor concert at the 1 Bronx Festival on July 2 at the corner of Westchester and 3rd Aves.

Bassist Ron Carter is at Smoke from July 7-9 and the Blue Note from the 11-16.

Saxophonist “Sweet Poppa” Lou Donaldson is at The Blue Note from July 6-9.

Bassist William Parker’s In Order to Survive is at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on July 13-14.

Saxophonist Rene McLean is at Brooklyn’s Sista’s Place on July 15.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl is scheduled to be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 9. 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 (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

Words by Hank Williams. Photos © Joyce Jones/SugaBowl Photography. | MAIN PHOTO: Odean Pope Saxophone Choir @ 2017 Vision Fest. Used with Permission. Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons CC-NC-BY-ND.

The 22nd annual Vision Fest started its six-day run on Memorial Day Judson Memorial Church’s expansive main hall with a tribute to pianist and multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore, who was featured in several ensembles and received their lifetime achievement award. We reviewed the opening night in a previous post.

Tuesday night featured another evening of music and poetry capped by the ensemble called TRIO3 plus two. The core TRIO3 members—bassist Reggie Workman, saxophonist Oliver Lake, and drummer Andrew Cyrille—have been playing together for 27 years: a phenomenally long time for any combo.

Guests, particularly pianists, are an occasional part of the ensemble and Marc Cary get the invite for tonight’s show. Cary joined the trio near the end of the set along with Ayana Workman, who read some poetry.

Workman explained that for Vision they went through their extensive catalog of music and tried to select songs that were illustrative of Vision’s perennial theme of social justice.

Bassist Reggie Workman showed a little-known talent by starting off on the digeridoo on one piece: a surprising development.

Marc Cary and Ayana Workman joined the trio for the final piece of the night’s set. Cary’s work added welcome colors to a relatively sedate set of music and he also brought electronics into the mix, as the ensemble created textures complementing Workman’s spoken words. Ayana Workman’s words fit Vision’s theme of social justice well, but didn’t feel particularly inspired and the reading of names of police violence seemed rote at times.

The set did provided a glimpse at the variety of music collectively produced by these three master musicians who are frequent Vision performers, especially considering the substantial back catalogs of their own work.

Thursday night featured saxophonist Odean Pope, who started the night off leading the “Saxophone Choir”, an expansive ensemble that brought a swinging big band sound to the Vision stage. Pope’s artistic statement mined his own past as inspiration: “Ever since I heard the big sound and lush harmonies of the gospel choirs of my youth,” he wrote, “I imagined a choir of saxophones that would have the same power and more.”

Pope brought the above and more to the stage with a band that swung hard through several pieces with a precision that would make most big bands envious and with pieces that moved briskly and left the listener wishing for more each time as Pope did double duty of playing and conducting the ensemble. Pope originally assembled the group in 1977 and most of the members included in the Vision set have been playing together for a long time.

The first song, titled “Dedication to Max Roach”, was a brightly swinging number and in the third piece, saxophones took the lead and produced the sort of power one would expect from an ensemble with with 7 saxophones–3 tenors (including Pope), 3 altos, and a baritone–joined by a pianist, bassist, and drummer.

The fourth piece shifted pace for a ballad, “Cis,” dedicated to his late wife who Pope described as an “incredible Black lady.”

The tempo picked up significantly for their next song, dedicated to a musician Pope knew in San Francisco that sent Pope into the upper register with a few squeals thrown in.

The set closed with an uptempo rendition of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” that benefited from the richness of the ensemble as the horns powered through the familiar melody and ended way too soon.

Slightly later on Thursday night, saxophonist Darius Jones’s “Farmers By Nature” began with a frenetic attack by all of the members from the start of the set that set the tone for their time on stage. Bassist William Parker returned to the Vision stage again to anchor the effort that included an angular Cecil Taylor-esque piano solo by Craig Taborn. Later in the set the interaction evolved into a call-and-response between Taborn’s shimmering piano lines and Jones’s plaintive sax bleats while Gerald Cleaver worked away on the drums before it ended on a quiet note and tapered to a close.

Poet Jesus Paopleto Melendez followed and read a short set of poetry capped off by a poem dedicated to the recently freed Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera that was printed on a long continuous scroll that Melendez unwound while he read.

Nicole Mitchell’s Artifacts Trio. (L-R) Mitchell, Mike Reed, Tomeka Reed.

Flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Artifacts Trio had Thursday night’s final set.  Staying true to her promise to celebrate the ongoing legacy of the AACM, Mitchell broke into a sung chant of “have mercy upon us” in an adaptation of a piece written by pianist/vocalist Amina Claudine Meyers. That was Mitchell’s take on Vision’s social justice theme. “I look at the human race as one organism which means that we’re suicidal” because of all the war and strife in the world, Mitchell said from the stage.

In an adaptation of Anthony Braxton’s “23B,” Mitchell set a blistering pace on the flute, which, fortunately, was matched by Tomeka Reid on the cello and finished abruptly with a high-pitched flute flourish.  Reid’s warm, sonorous sound on the cello nicely complemented the flute’s brightness throughout the set.

The last two nights will be covered in the next post.

Hank Williams is assistant producer for Suga’ in My Bowl and produces the weekly “On the Bandstand” segment as well as running the show’s website and blog, where he has reviewed several jazz festivals. His writing has also appeared in Left Turn magazine and American Music Review. He teaches at Lehman and Hunter colleges in the City University of New York system. 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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