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The annual Vision Fest returns his year for its 24th edition and as usual provides a week full of avant garde jazz, dance, poetry, and visual art all under the same roof and available for the same admission fee. Single day passes are available and it’s probably a good idea to grab them in advance since the individual evenings can sell out. It’s worth considering a full festival pass, which gets you entrance to all six nights.

The 2019 event moves back to a more traditional calendar slot, running from June 11-16 and returns to Roulette in downtown Brooklyn. Roulette’s extremely easy to access, though: it’s one long block from the Atlantic Avenue subways and LIRR station.

The festival officially started on Sunday June 9 with film screenings at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan.

This post will highlight a few key performances to look forward to, but you can (and should) look at the full schedule since it’s not possible to focus on every performance there in a single post and one of the wonderful things about the festival are the sets that take you by surprise.

Andrew Cyrille | Joyce Jones/Sugabowl Photography

As is Vision’s tradition, the opening night on Tuesday June 11 is centered around an artist that Vision bestows with a lifetime achievement award. This year’s honoree is drummer Andrew Cyrille. As is Vision’s tradition, Cyrille will perform in multiple ensembles during the course of the evening with collaborators chosen by the honoree. Cyrille’s going for quantity this time and will be part of eight different ensembles throughout the evening.

Cyrille’s Haitian Fascination ensemble starts off the night, and here he’s joined by poet Quincy Troupe. Later on is a duet with saxophonist and frequent Vision participant saxophonist Kidd Jordan. Jordan’s wide-open, bluesy style should mesh well and will push the limits as both are consummate improvisors. Following that, drummer Milford Graves joins Cyrille for another duo that recalls the conversation between them in a live performance captured on their 1974 Dialogue of the Drums release.

In the second half of the evening, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and guitarist Brandon Ross join Cyrille for a trio. But one of the highlights of the night not to be missed is Cyrille’s duo with saxophonist Peter Brötzmann. Again, it reunites collaborators from an old recording, this time recalling the 1982 Andrew Cyrille Meets Peter Brötzmann release. Brötzmann rarely plays in the US these days, so any opportunity to see him is worth it.

Henry Grimes (left) and Marc Ribot at the 2016 Vision Fest. | Joyce Jones/Sugabowl Photography

Wednesday night kicks off with the return of guitarist Marc Ribot, who leads a quartet here along with drummer Chad Taylor–a frequent collaborator who was part of Ribot’s trio with bassist Henry Grimes. Nick Dunston (b) and Jay Rodriguez (sax, flute) round out the ensemble. Ribot’s set should be an evolution of his work with the Spiritual Unity ensembles and be a highly experimental, energetic show.

Later on Wednesday night, the stage gets turned over to poetry as Edwin Torres and Fred Moten’s words are accompanied by Brandon Lopez (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). It should be on the more experimental, “out” end of the spectrum, but that’s one hallmark of Vision: not only does it give space to poets, but it gives them prime time slots, doesn’t relegate them to a secondary stage (which there hasn’t been for several years now), and doesn’t shy away from performances that may be conceptually difficult.

                                            (L-R) Kidd Jordan, Michael Bisio, Hamid Drake | Joyce Jones/Sugabowl Photography

Saxophonist Kidd Jordan earns the closing slot on Wednesday night. Here, he’s joined by frequent Vision collaborators in bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake along with pianist Joel Futterman in a tribute set dedicated to the late AACM member Alvin Fielder. This is another attribute of Vision: the constant reminders of those who’ve passed on and the commitment to continue their legacy through new and revisited work. Jordan’s set should be one of the highlights of the festival, though. While Jordan’s work fits in with the avant garde slant of the festival, it draws equally deeply from the blues and sacred music. One of the most impressive things is his ability to move seamlessly between points of inspiration and create improvised free-form narratives. Parker and Drake are perfect partners here as both have the flexibility to respond to whatever Jordan does and create moods of their own for Jordan to answer.

Melvin Gibbs at the 2016 Vision Fest | Joyce Jones/Sugabowl Photography

Thursday night again features a full night of performances, bookended by two particularly worth paying attention to. The God Particle ensemble brings together Melvin Gibbs (electric bass), Stephon Alexander (sax, laptop, EWI), James Brandon Lewis (sax), Luke Stewart (bass), Marc Cary (piano, synth), Graham Haynes (tpt), Will Calhoun (d), and David Pleasant (d, body perc). Gibbs’s ensemble builds on his interest in physics and collaborative work with Alexander, who’s a theoretical physicist and author of The Jazz of Physics. Their description probably sums up the set best: “God Particle will premiere a new work, Ogodo, the Cosmic Fabric, which examines the similarities between theoretical physics and African cosmology in relation to the concept of the “cosmic fabric” of space-time.”

To close Thursday evening, saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc leads Alto Gladness, featuring a trio of saxophonists along with William Parker (b) and Gerald Cleaver (d) in a tribute to Cecil Taylor that looks to be loud, boisterous fun.

Friday begins the first of a trio of afternoon panel discussions, held at 3 PM before the evening’s main performances start. This afternoon’s focus will be on Race and Gender in music and how it reflects economics and available resources for artists.

Later on Friday night, the duo of bassist William Parker and pianist Matthew Shipp hits, in what they say is their first duo appearance in the US in a decade. Expect intense and nuanced conversation between the two from this intimate set.

Saturday starts off with another rountable discussion (this time at 1 PM) on Practical Concerns of FreeJazz Artists). A large panel takes on a range of issues including housing, funding opportunities, education, and performance opportunities.

James Brandon Lewis at the 2016 Vision Festival | Hank Williams

Saturday night features a solid lineup as well, with several acts worth seeing. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s Unruly Quintet takes the stage at 9:30 PM. The lineup is the same one as the critically acclaimed Unruly Manifesto released earlier this year: Luke Stewart (b), Warren “Trae” Crudup (d), Anthony Pirog (elec guitar), and Jaimie Branch (tpt). Pirog and Branch add depth to the already tight, hard-hitting trio that played Vision in 2016 and made a big impression with their raw energy and Lewis’s incredible honesty. Lewis brings the same raw power and finesse to the stage and the colors and textures Pirog and Branch add to the mix promise an extremely enjoyable and challenging set of music.

Douglas R. Ewart closes out Saturday night with a set that should be a little less high energy than the previous one, but still extremely satisfying as well, with bassist Luke Stewart returning and guitarist Brandon Ross joining the cast to pay tribute to Joseph Jarman.

Sunday starts with the final afternoon panel discussion on Understanding and Achieving Cultural Equity at 3 PM followed by several strong closing night sets. Heroes are Gang Leaders, led by James Brandon Lewis and poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, takes the work of the late poet, writer, music critic, and Vision performer Amiri Baraka as a starting point for their own combination of words and music that serves as a fitting follow-up to Baraka’s own Blue Ark ensembles that graced the Vision stage many times in the past.

Pianist D.D. Jackson draws the honor of closing out the entire festival on Sunday night with a band formed in tribute to the late saxophonist Hamiett Bluiett.

That’s a lot–and it still just scratches the surface of what’s on offer at Vision. Again, it’s worth jumping to the full schedule to see everyone scheduled to perform.

For a deeper dive into this year’s honoree Andrew Cyrille, check out our show that aired on June 4 on WBAI, which was actually the first of two parts. We’ve also previously profiled several of the artists highlighted in this piece.

Constants of the festival are the open atmosphere, where artists mingle before and after sets and outside the venue and the vending area with releases from the artists you’ve just heard–often on small or obscure labels–that you can likely have autographed on the spot to taker home and all sorts of other related things.

With as much change as there is every year in the arts scene and the continuing reports of either the resurgence or death of jazz (depending who you read), the Vision Festival endures as a reassuring institution that’s seemed to survive by keeping true to its roots and taking real ethical and artistic principles that it sticks to no matter what. For an impressive 24 years, that’s been the secret to success, if only by sheer force of will, lots of community support, and tons of behind-the-scenes and often donated labor that substitutes for corporate underwriting. But the above is simply an embodiment of the festival’s name: it creates one vision of what we might want the artistic world to look like and a template for bringing it closer to fruition.

We’ll also check back in with a review and photos after Vision wraps up.

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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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

We’re back on air this week! This week’s guest is trumpeter Jaimie Branch, whose Fly or Die debut album garnered lots of deserved praise last year. Tune in to hear her story. And we have more listings for you this week.

Before we get to the rest of this week’s listings, a note that WBAI Radio’s Winter Fund Drive is in full swing. We urge you to give whatever you can and it’s particularly helpful to become a sustaining member with a monthly pledge, which we call a BAI Buddy. and gets you a few perks–including a members’ discount card useful for several places around NYC–in addition to giving the station a predictable, stable source of support. Remember that one-time pledges start at only $5–yes: $5. As always, thanks for any help you can offer.

Guitarist Julian Lage leads a trio at Le Poisson Rouge on March 5.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at Nublu on March 5.

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch is also at Nublu on March 5 with Anteloper.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at the Jazz Standard from March 5-10.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art team up with The Kitchen for 3 nights of performances from March 7-9. Bassist William Parker and Hamid Drake are there on the 8th and return on the 9th with pianist Dave Burrell’s Harlem Renaissance project. Drummer Andrew Cyrille presents Haitian Fascination on the 9th.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on March 8 and is at Smoke from March 14-16.

Vocalist Thana Alexa is at Interface NYC for an Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday tribute on March 9.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on March 9 and 16. He’s also at Mezzrow on March 11.

Bassist Christian McBride is at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on March 7, 19, and 26.

Saxophonist Billy Harper leads a quartet at Zinc Bar in a late afternoon set on March 10 as part of the VTY Jazz series.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Smoke on March 12 with David Gibson’s quartet.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at Dizzy’s Club on March 13.

Vocalist Rene Marie is at the Jazz Standard from March 14-17.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist Vijay Iyer, and drummer Lenny White are all at the Blue Note from March 14-17 with trumpeter Charles Tolliver for the 50th anniversary of his Paper Man release.

Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett leads AfroHORN at Zinc Bar on March 16.

Drummer Will Calhoun is at The Blue Note with bassist Christian McBride and saxophonist Marcus Strickland as guests on March 18.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on March 30.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday March 5 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight. Keep up with us via Facebook, the blog here, or our main website, or Twitter and we’ll keep track of the schedule for you.

This week’s show presents an interview with organist Joey DeFrancesco! Be sure to tune in Tuesday night. He’ll be at the Jazz Standard on Wednesday February 27 in a release event for “In The Key Of The Universe” with previous Suga’ guest Billy Hart on drums. The New York City Winter Jazz Fest has just wrapped up, so watch this space for our event coverage and photos. And we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is at the Jazz Standard from January 22-27 leading a trio, sextet, and his Ritual Ensemble on various nights.

Drummer William Hooker is at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on January 23.

Billy HartBilly Harper, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, and Cecil McBee are at Dizzy’s Club with The Cookers from January 24-27.

Trombonist Dick Griffin leads a Rahsaan Roland Kirk tribute at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on January 26.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on January 26 and February 2.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Smoke for a Cannonball Adderley tribute with Antonio Hart’s quintet from January 26-28.

Saxophonist René McLean and percussionist Baba Neil Clarke are at Zinc Bar for a late afternoon set on January 27 as part of the VTY Jazz series.

Drummer Billy Hart leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from January 29- February 3.

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is at the Blue Note from January 31- February 3.

Percussionist Baba Neil Clarke is at The City College of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem for the Malcolm X Suite on February 1.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on February 2.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake is at Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church for Jazz Vespers on February 2.

Organist John Medeski is at The Stone with drummer Billy Martin on February 5.

Flutist Bobbi Humphrey is at Ginny’s Supper Club on February 9.

Guitarist Mary Halvorson is at The Stone with drummer Billy Martin on February 9.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art take their free jazz series on the road to HOLO in Ridgewood Queens on January 24 and 31 and February 7 and 14 with Parker and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis kicking off the Queens series on the 24. Also: 2019 Vision Fest dates have been announced: mark your calendars for June 11-16 at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn with former Suga’ guest Andrew Cyrille as the honoree. Full lineups will be announced later and we’ll get you details and full coverage as the date nears and the weather warms up.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday January 22 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight starting this week. 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 presents an old interview we did with Nancy Wilson, which we’ll present as our tribute to her. The New York City Winter Jazz Fest has just wrapped up, so watch this space for our event coverage and photos. And we have more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at the Bowery Poetry Club on January 14 with Heroes Are Gang Leaders in an Amiri Baraka tribute.

Bassist Ron Carter is at the Village Vanguard with Emmet Cohen’s trio from January 15-20.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on January 16.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Zinc Bar on January 16.

Bassist Christian McBride is at Brooklyn Bowl on January 17 with DJ Logic.

Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett leads AfroHORN at Zinc Bar on January 19.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on January 19 and February 2.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on January 19 and 26.

Drummer William Hooker is at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab on January 23.

Billy HartBilly Harper, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, and Cecil McBee are at Dizzy’s Club with The Cookers from January 24-27.

Trombonist Dick Griffin leads a Rahsaan Roland Kirk tribute at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on January 26.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Smoke for a Cannonball Adderley tribute with Antonio Hart’s quintet from January 26-28.

Drummer Billy Hart leads a quartet at the Village Vanguard from January 29- February 3.

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is at the Blue Note from January 31- February 3.

Percussionist Baba Neil Clarke is at The City College of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem for the Malcolm X Suite on February 1.

Vision Fest promoters Arts for Art have two winter series coming up. Justice is Compassion runs from January 16-21 at Nublu on the Lower East Side with performances every night. Highlights include drummer William Hooker on January 20 and bassist William Parker on January 21 to close the festival with the Artists for a Free World ensemble. Arts for Art takes the series on the road to HOLO in Ridgewood Queens on January 24 and 31 and February 7 and 14 with Parker and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis kicking off the Queens series on the 24. Also: 2019 Vision Fest dates have been announced: mark your calendars for June 11-16 at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn with former Suga’ guest Andrew Cyrille as the honoree. Full lineups will be announced later and we’ll get you details and full coverage as the date nears and the weather warms up.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday January 8 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_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 every Tuesday night from 10 PM -12 midnight starting this week. 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 Marcus Strickland! You can see his Twi-Life ensemble at the Mercury Lounge on January 11. That event’s part of the New York City Winter Jazz Fest which runs through January 12 at various venues in and near Greenwich Village. We have more festival details coming at the bottom of the segment, but before that we have more listings for you this week.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at City Winery on January 7 and the Mohonk Mountain House in new Paltz NY for Jazz on the Mountain from January 12-14.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on January 12 and 19.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille is at the Zürcher Gallery for a solo performance on January 9.

Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett leads AfroHORN at Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place on January 12.

Drummer William Hooker is at the Bowery Poetry Club on January 13 with bassist William Parker. He’ll also be at Shapeshifter Lab on January 23.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is at the Bowery Poetry Club on January 14 with Heroes Are Gang Leaders in an Amiri Baraka tribute.

Bassist Ron Carter is at the Village Vanguard with Emmet Cohen’s trio from January 15-20.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at Smalls on January 16.

Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is at Zinc Bar on January 16.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on January 19.

Billy HartBilly Harper, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, and Cecil McBee are at Dizzy’s Club with The Cookers from January 24-27.

The 2019 Winter Jazz Fest is underway and runs through the 12th at various venues around Greenwich Village with marathon nights of music on January 11 and 12 and individual events and talks on other nights. You jump to a preview of the standalone events this week here or just scroll down. I’ll also be following up with a detailed look at the remaining marathon nights in our annual Cheat Sheet preview early in the week. Standalone events this week include: Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Science are at Le Poisson Rouge on the 7th; Medeski, Martin, and Wood at Brooklyn Steel on the 9th; on the 10th Me’shell Ndegeocello is at Nublu and Gary Bartz and Pharoah Sanders recreate the Another Earth release for its 50th anniversary at Le Poisson Rouge. You can see the full schedule at the Winter Jazz Fest website.

Save the date(s): the 2019 Vision Fest will honor former Suga’ guest Andrew Cyrille and returns to Roulette in downtown Brooklyn from June 11-16. Full lineups will be announced later and we’ll get you details and full coverage as the date nears and the weather warms up.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Tuesday January 8 in our new weekly 10 PM slot! We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_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 bassist Cecil McBee. You can catch him at Birdland with The Cookers including Saxophonist Billy Harper from September 4-8. We have more listings for you this week, but bring the sad news that there’s one less artist we’ll be following. Pianist Randy Weston joined the ancestors on Saturday at age 92. Stay tuned for memorial or tribute news.

Bassist Christian McBride leads the New Jawn Quartet at the Blue Note from September 4-9.

Drummer Milford Graves is at Brooklyn’s First Union Congregational Society for an Issue Project Room-sponsored event on September 6.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church with Kali Fasteau on September 7.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from September 7-8 for a tribute to Jon Hendricks.

Bassist William Parker is at the Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St in Manhattan on September 8 for a free outdoor concert as part of Arts for Art’s inGardens series. Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah has a set on September 9.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on September 8 and 15.

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis’s trio is at the 73 See Gallery in Montclair NJ on September 9.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at the Bridgeport Theater in CT on September 9.

Drummer Billy Cobham and bassist Ron Carter are at the Blue Note from September 11-16.

Drummer Bobby Sanabria leads the Multiverse Big Band in a free outdoor performance at the amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park on September 14 as part of the Jazzmobile series.

Bassist Richard Bona is at Club Bonafide on September 14-15.

Tubist Joe Daley is at Terra Blues with Hazmat Modine on September 15 and 29.

Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah and drummer William Hooker team up for an afternoon set at the Children’s Magical Garden on Stanton St in Manhattan on September 15 for a free outdoor concert as part of Arts for Art’s inGardens series.

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown New Brunswick on September 15.

Guitarist Nels Cline and organist John Medeski are at Le Poisson Rouge with Chris Lightcap’s Superette on September 15.

Guitarist Marc Ribot is at Brooklyn’s Red Hook Jazz Festival on September 16 with the JazzBeens.

Saxophonist Rudresh Mananthappa leads a trio at Arts Westchester in downtown White Plains NY on September 14.

Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown Flemington on September 14 and the White Plains Jazz Festival on September 16. She’ll also be at Dizzy’s Club from September 21-23 with Ulysses Owens’s big band.

Trumpeter Marcus Printup and harpist Riza Printup are at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown Somerville on September 16.

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

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

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 16. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

We’re off the air this week, but if you missed last week’s show with bassist Jamaladeen Tacuma, head over to our archives where you can hear that and nearly a decade of previous shows. As usual, we have more listings for you this week.

Bassist William Parker leads the In Order to Survive Sextet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from August 28-29 with saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Hamid Drake.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille is at the Village Vanguard with Joe Lovano from August 28-September 2.

Guitarist Bill Frisell is at National Sawdust in Brooklyn to perform a specially commissioned work on August 29 and at Russ and Daughters Café on August 30.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Smoke for a Charlie Parker tribute from August 30-September 2.

Drummer Lenny White is at the Jazz Standard with Cyrus Chestnut’s trio from August 30-September 2. He’s also at Kitano on September 7-8 with George Colligan’s trio.

Bassist Linda May Han Oh leads a quintet at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church on August 31.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at The Side Door in Old Lyme CT on August 31 and September 1.

Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs is at the Nuyorican Poets’ Café on September 1.

The Sun Ra Arkestra led by saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to Earth on  September 1 for a free afternoon show at Union Pool in Brooklyn.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on September 1 and 8.

Vocalist Catherine Russell is at St. Peter’s Church in Midtown Manhattan for Jazz Vespers on September 2.

Saxophonist Billy Harper is at Birdland with The Cookers from September 4-8.

Bassist Christian McBride leads the New Jawn Quartet at the Blue Note from September 4-9.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is at Harlem’s Greater Calvary Baptist Church on September 7.

Vocalist Kurt Elling is at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from September 7-8 for a tribute to Jon Hendricks.

Blues vocalist Alexis P. Suter is at the Bridgeport Theater in CT on September 9.

Drummer Billy Cobham and bassist Ron Carter are at the Blue Note from September 11-16.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 2. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

bandstand_picPhoto Credit: Hank Williams

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

This week’s guest is bassist Jamaladeen Tacuma! He has no immediate upcoming shows, but we’ll let you know when he’s in the area. But we have more listings for you this week.

Saxophonist T.K. Blue is in Ossining NY at Henry Gourdine Park on August 20 for a free outdoor concert sponsored by Jazz Forum Arts.

Harpist Brandee Younger leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard from August 21-22.

Guitarist Bill Frisell has a residency at The Stone from August 21-26 and is joined by drummer Andrew Cyrille on the 23. He’ll also be at National Sawdust in Brooklyn to perform a specially commissioned work on August 29 and at Russ and Daughters Café on August 30.

Pianist Harold Mabern leads a trio at the Village Vanguard from August 21-26. Connecticut fans can catch his trio at The Side Door in Old Lyme on August 31 and September 1.

Pianist Marc Cary’s Harlem Sessions series continues with late Saturday night sets at Smoke on August 25 and September 1.

Master Drummer Michael Carvin leads a trio at Kitano on August 25.

Harpist Riza Printup and bassist Mimi Jones team up to lead an ensemble for a morning set at Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church on August 26.

Bassist William Parker leads the In Order to Survive Sextet at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club from August 28-29 with saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Hamid Drake.

Drummer Andrew Cyrille is at the Village Vanguard with Joe Lovano from August 28-September 2.

Saxophonist Gary Bartz is at Smoke for a Charlie Parker tribute from August 30-September 2.

Drummer Lenny White is at the Jazz Standard with Cyrus Chestnut’s trio from August 30-September 2. He’s also at Kitano on September 7-8 with George Colligan’s trio.

Saxophonist Billy Harper is at Birdland with The Cookers from September 4-8.

Bassist Christian McBride leads the New Jawn Quartet at the Blue Note from September 4-9.

We finish this week with events at the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival sponsored by the City Parks Foundation. Most are free. Trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and saxophonist Gary Bartz are both at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on August 22. Also on August 22 is a screening of Jake Meginsky’s documentary film Milford Graves Full Mantis at Harlem’s Maysles Documentary Center including a discussion with Graves and Meginsky. (See our review of the film and our show devoted to it.) Gary Bartz and drummer Jack DeJohnette are at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park on August 24 with Charles Tolliver. Vocalist Catherine Russell is at Garvey Park on August 25. Gary Bartz and Amina Claudine Myers are at Tompkins Sq. Park on August 26. See the full schedule here.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday September 2. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

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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 African percussion master and longtime Randy Weston band member Baba Neil Clarke. He’ll be performing a Mongo Santamaria tribute at the 47th annual International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn on Sunday July 1. It’s an outdoor concert and included in the festival’s $5 suggested daily admission. Also at the festival on different days are saxophonist Rene McLean and bassist Reggie Workman, who has a tribute to John Coltrane. The festival runs from June 30-July 4 with vendors, performances, a documentary film festival, and children’s programming. And we have more listings for you this week.

Pianist Harold Mabern is at Smoke in a continuing Monday night series on June 25 and July 2.

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is at Birdland from June 26-30.

Bassist William Parker has a residency at The Stone from June 26-30. Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, Cooper-Moore, and drummer William Hooker join him on June 29 for a Sunny Murray tribute.

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is at Summerstage in Central Park on June 30.

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

Percussionist Steve Kroon leads a septet at the Jazz Standard on July 3.

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

Hammond B3 Organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith leads a trio at the Jazz Standard from July 11-15.

Finally, Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is at the Metrotech Commons in downtown Brooklyn for a free lunchtime performance on July 12 as part of their R&B Festival series.

That’s all for now. Suga’ in My Bowl will be back on WBAI‘s airwaves on Sunday July 8. We’ll also have another edition of “On the Bandstand” online next Sunday with a fresh set of listings.

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

The annual Vision Fest returns his year for its 23rd edition and as usual provides a week full of avant garde jazz, dance, poetry, and visual art all under the same roof and available for the same admission fee. Single day passes are available and it’s probably a good idea to grab them in advance since the Wednesday night opening is already sold out.

The 2018 event is much earlier than usual: running from May 23-29, wrapping up on Memorial Day. It also features a return to Roulette in downtown Brooklyn after 3 years at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. Roulette’s extremely easy to access, though: it’s one long block from the Atlantic Avenue subways and LIRR station.

The festival officially started on Monday May 21 with films at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan.

As is Vision’s tradition, the opening night on Wednesday May 23 is centered around an artist that Vision bestows with a lifetime achievement award. This year’s honoree is pianist Dave Burrell. As is Vision’s tradition, Burrell will perform in multiple ensembles during the course of the evening.

Burrell’s Harlem Renaissance suite featuring drummer Andrew Cyrille should be worth a look, and emanates from the intersection of his family’s history with the era.

Next up is what promises to be a historic reunion of former bandmates when Burrell joins legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp along with drummer Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker; the latter two are both familiar names to the Vision crowd. Burrell appears on several of Shepp’s classic early 1970s albums, including Live at the Pan African Festival, Blasé, Kwanza, and Attica Blues. Additionally, he’s been a more recent collaborator with Drake and Parker. The set promises to be a memorable one, as Shepp doesn’t gig too often in the US now.

Wednesday night’s closing set promises to be an exceptionally exhilarating ride, with Burrell leading a quintet with dual tenor saxophonists in Kidd Jordan and James Brandon Lewis, bassist William Parker, and drummer Hamid Drake. Jordan and Lewis are at opposite ends of the age spectrum, but both have a free-flowing wide open playing style and with Jordan drawing from the deep wells of the southern Blues for much of his inspiration, the pairing with the rising star Lewis should be special for all involved.

Thursday night kicks off with a panel discussion on the topic of “Creating Safe(r) Spaces in the Performing Arts,” featuring members of the We Have a Voice Collective, who released an open letter on sexism in Jazz.

Electric guitarist Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl ensemble starts Thursday night, followed by Vision veteran Whit Dickey’s trio. The Women With an Axe to Grind ensemble is something not to be overlooked, though. Bassist Jöelle Léandre will be making a rare US appearance and is joined by flutist Nicole Mitchell and violist Melanie Dyer.

Friday night brings pianist Matthew Shipp in different ensembles. Shipp teams up with Daniel Carter on saxophone/trumpet/flute and ever-present bassist William Parker for “Seraphic Light” early in the evening and leads the “Acoustic Ensemble” for the closing set. In between that, drummer Nasheet Waits’s “Equality” ensemble has a set that will be worth catching.

On Saturday, vocalist Fay Victor’s “Mutations for Justice” hits early in the evening. Victor’s freeform vocals are nearly otherworldly at times, creating a sonic palette for improvisations reminiscent of reed instruments. Slightly later, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire joins pianist Kris Davis and drummer/percussionist Tyshawn Sorey for another highly anticipated experimental set. Drummer/percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett draws Saturday night’s cleanup slot with a variation of his long-running Afro-Horn ensemble with trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah as a special guest.

Sunday starts with an afternoon panel discussion moderated by writer Scott Currie, this time for part one on the topic of “The Ongoing Struggle for Cultural Equality in NYC Music Communities” with poet Steve Cannon, pianist Dave Burrell, bassist William Parker, trombonist Craig Harris, Bernadette Speach, and Adam Shatz. Later on, Harris closes out the evening with his “Brown Butterfly” suite.

Memorial Day Monday brings another afternoon panel discussion and continues Sunday’s theme. Mike Heller moderates a panel of bassist Reggie Workman, trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah, saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, bassist Luke Stewart, drummer Warren Smith, and dancer Patricia Nicholson Parker.

Fly or Die, Trumpeter Jamie Branch’s first release as a leader, gained favorable reviews last year. You get a chance to see her ensemble live in the evening’s first set of music. Slightly later Cooper-Moore gets a solo piano set followed by saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc’s “New World Pygmies.”

Finally, saxophonist Oliver Lake’s big band closes out the entire festival on Monday night. The final festival set is traditionally a large affair and this year should be no different, especially for someone with the compositional skills of Lake. People unfamiliar with Vision might have different ideas of what a big band sounds like, but Lake’s effort here is likely to be one that swings hard while creating multiple spaces for free improvisation and pushes the boundaries.

One unique attribute of Vision is the atmosphere it intentionally creates be breaking down boundaries between audience and musicians and even musicians themselves: it’s not uncommon to see musicians attend on different days simply to watch the other sets as audience members. There’s also a vending area open every night that provides the opportunity to take home some of the music one hears and possibly even get it autographed on the spot.

Vision’s one of the most highly anticipated festivals on our calendar every year at Suga’ in My Bowl radio, and for good reason. It’s a festival of Jazz that intentionally brings one back to the roots of what the music should be about: improvisation, community, and creativity.

For a deeper dive into this year’s honoree Dave Burrell, check out our show that aired on May 13 on WBAI. Our May 27 show will focus on trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, who’ll be part of Oliver Lake’s big band on the same night. It will air on WBAI (and stream online) from 11 PM-1 AM on the 27th and be archived on our site afterwards.

We’ll also check back in with a review and photos after Vision wraps up.

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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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