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2016. May 16 – September 23. New York City’s Largest Free Performing Arts Festival Honors Jazz

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2016. May 16 – September 23. New York City’s Largest Free Performing Arts Festival Honors Jazz


City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 season of SummerStageNew York City’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 free performances to Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Yiddish Soul, and Taiwanese music to dance, comedy and theater, SummerStage will feature more than 200 unique artists, filling a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts landscape, ensuring that New Yorkers will have access to exceptional cultural experiences, free of charge. Since its inception 31 years ago, SummerStage has benefited more than six million people from New York City and around the world.

 

Having highlighted hip-hop music and culture in 2013 and salsa and Latin music in 2014, the festival is thrilled this year to honor another distinctly New York musical form: Jazz. The 2016 season of SummerStage will both showcase exceptional performing artists from around the globe, and will also feature more jazz performances than ever before, with nearly half a dozen planned for Central Park and many more in neighborhood parks across the city. The focus on jazz this season coincides with the upcoming centennial of the musical dawning of the term “jazz,” as well as what would have been the 100th birthdays of late jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

New York City has been the home to jazz’s greatest legends and hosted some of the genre’s finest moments. This summer, as an ode to the music that is interwoven with the fabric of our city, that tradition will continue in 8 different parks around the city. From bluesy jazz to funky jazz to orchestral jazz, this season has got it all. 

 

Living jazz legends McCoy TynerRon Carter, and Roy Haynes will kick off the festival in Central Park on June 4, with the first free show of the season.

 

Other notable performances will include the acclaimed saxophonist Kamasi Washington, also in Central Park; multiple GRAMMY-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard in Staten Island’s Clove Lakes Park performing Breathless, a work based on the final words of borough native Eric Garner; pre-eminent soul jazz vocalist and winner of the 2015 GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Dianne Reeves, in Queensbridge Park; and Stefanie Batten Bland presenting an interdisciplinary dance collaboration with jazz ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber also in Queensbridge Park.

 

The annual, three-day Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, New York City’s annual salute to the late saxophonist, will feature performances from Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground, the electrifying 11-piece band led by keyboardist Jason Lindner, the Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet, led by the visionary Randy Weston that will delve into the African roots of jazz, and finally DeJohnette - Moran - Holland, the collaboration of influential jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette, innovative pianist Jason Moran, and prolific double bassist Dave Holland.

 

The final free show of the 2016 season will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit Jazz Age Broadway musical, Chicago, with performances from the current cast. 

 

The complete SummerStage schedule of Jazz performances follows. For the most up-to-date scheduling and line-up for all SummerStage programming, follow SummerStage via the below links and visit  www.SummerStage.org for festival information.

 

Twitter:  @SummerStage  
Instagram: @SummerStage  
Facebook: SummerStage NYC

 

About City Parks Foundation  
City Parks Foundation is the only independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer  
programs in public parks throughout the five boroughs of New York City. At City Parks Foundation,  
we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community development, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs and community building initiatives -- located in more than 300 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across the city -- reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks reflect thriving communities.

 

SummerStage 2016 Jazz Schedule

 

Day

Date

Time

Artist

Park

Boro

Genre

Saturday

Jun 4

6:00 PM

The Legends Honor McCoy: McCoy Tyner Quartet / Ron Carter / Roy Haynes, in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival

Central Park

MN

Music

Saturday

Jun 18

6:00 PM

Kamasi Washington, in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival 

Central Park

MN

Music

Saturday

Jun 25

3:00 PM

Butler, Bernstein, and the Hot 9 / The Hot Sardines / Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Saylor and Dalton Ridenhour, in association with the New York Hot Jazz Festival

Central Park

MN

Music

Tuesday

Jun 28

7:00 PM

Lisa Simone / Screening: What Happened Miss Simone?  , in association with ImageNation

Herbert Von King Park

BK

Music & Film

Wednesday

Jun 29

7:00 PM

Soul in the Horn featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Mobetta Brown, Marcus Machado / Kendra Foster / DJ Natasha Diggs. Hosted by DProsper.

Herbert Von King Park

BK

Music

Thursday

Jul 7

7:00 PM

Tribute to Latin Jazz Great Dave Valentin

Crotona Park

BX

Music

Wednesday

Jul 27

7:00 PM

Dianne Reeves / DJ Greg Caz

Queensbridge Park

QU

Music

Saturday

Jul 30

7:00 PM

Stefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber / Master Class: Karisma Jay

Queensbridge Park

QU

Dance

Sunday

Jul 31

4:00 PM

Marc Cary: The Harlem Jam Sessions / Joseph Webb: Dancing Buddhas / WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Featuring Brianna Thomas & The Jazz Travelers

Queensbridge Park

QU

Family

Friday

Aug 5

7:00 PM

Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective

Clove Lakes Park

SI

Music

Sunday

Aug 7

7:00 PM

Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture, produced by Revive Music / Pre-Show Panel

Central Park

MN

Music

Wednesday

Aug 10

7:00 PM

"We Play For You, Butch Morris" featuring Nublu Orchestra / DarkMatterHalo with Wadada Leo Smith / Screening: Black February

East River Park

MN

Music

Friday

Aug 26

7:00 PM

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:

Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / DJ Greg Caz

Marcus Garvey Park

MN

Music

Saturday

Aug 27

3:00 PM

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:

Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman

Marcus Garvey Park

MN

Music

Sunday

Aug 28

3:00 PM

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:

DeJohnette - Moran - Holland / Allan Harris / Donnie McCaslin Group / Grace Kelly

Tompkins Square Park

MN

Music

Wednesday

Aug 31

8:00 PM

Chicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert

Central Park

MN

Theater

 

SummerStage Artist Information

 

Saturday, June 4  
The Legends Honor McCoy: McCoy Tyner Quartet / Ron Carter / Roy Haynes, in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival  
Central Park, MN  
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

McCoy Tyner’s blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists. At 17 he began a career-changing relationship with Miles Davis’ sideman saxophonist John Coltrane. Tyner joined Coltrane for the classic album  My Favorite Things (1960), and remained at the core of what became one of the most seminal groups in jazz history, The John Coltrane Quartet. Tyner’s name was propelled to international renown, as he developed a new vocabulary that transcended the piano styles of the time, providing a unique harmonic underpinning and rhythmic charge essential to the group’s sound. After over five years with Coltrane’s quartet, Tyner left the group to explore his destiny as a composer and bandleader. His 1972 Grammy-award nominated album  Sahara, broke new ground by the sounds and rhythms of Africa. He has since released nearly 80 albums, been awarded Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has earned four Grammys.  
MGerald Cannon - Bass  
Joe Farnsworth - Drums  
Sherman Irby - Sax

 

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. After touring in the early 1960s, he became a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. Currently, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. In addition to teaching, arranging music, lecturing, conducting, and writing two books, Carter remains as active as ever as a performer. Carter is a two-time Grammy winner and has been named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by  Downbeatmagazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Other distinctions include two honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, France’s Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters medallion and title, and he was named the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Hutchison Award from the Eastman School at the University of Rochester.

 

Roy Haynes is the pulse of legendary jazz. For over 50 years Roy Haynes has influenced and innovated, shaping some of the greatest recordings in jazz while his joyous drumming with the legends of the genre altered the very fabric and direction of jazz improvisation. Louis Armstrong. Lester Young. Charlie Parker. Thelonious Monk. Sarah Vaughan. Miles Davis. John Coltrane. Dizzy Gillespie. Bud Powell. Ella Fitzgerald. Stan Getz. Chick Corea. Pat Metheny. The list goes on and on as does Roy’s unflagging energy and marvelous invention. With his latest group of 20-something cohorts, Roy sends his “Hard Swing” to a timeless place. Haynes elevates the performances of his FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH BAND matching fire stroke for fire stroke, thrill for thrill, a tremendous give and take between the generations fueled by masterful musicianship and youthful abandon.

 

Saturday, June 18  
Kamasi Washington, in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival  
Central Park, MN  
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

At the age of 13,  Kamasi Washington started a lifelong quest discovering the many wonders of music. Within two years at the prestigious Hamilton High School Music Academy, Kamasi earned the lead tenor saxophone chair in the top jazz ensemble and joined the Multi School Jazz Band (MSJB). During his senior year of high school, Kamasi formed his first band, The Young Jazz Giants, with childhood friends including Ronald Bruner, Stephen Bruner and Cameron Graves. After high school, Kamasi received a full scholarship to study ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he explored many of the non-western musical cultures around the world. During the summer after his freshman year, Kamasi recorded his first album with The Young Jazz Giants to spread new sounds of jazz all around the country. In his second year at UCLA, Kamasi went on his first national tour with the west coast hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg. Later that year, Kamasi joined the orchestra of one of his biggest heroes, Gerald Wilson, and later went on his first international tour with R&B legend Raphael Saadiq. Over the years, Kamasi has performed and recorded with many of his musical heroes from various genres, including Gerald Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clark, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan. Kamasi’s own band The Next Step is a modern spin on a big band, which includes two drummers, two upright bass players, keyboard players, three horns players, a pianist, and a vocalist. In addition, Kamasi is part of a west coast musical collective called the West Coast Get Down. Most recently, Kamasi worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album  To Pimp A Butterfly. On May 5, 2015, Kamasi released his groundbreaking solo album  The Epic on the trendsetting record label Brainfeeder.  The Epic is a 172-minute, triple-disc masterpiece, featuring Kamasi’s ten-piece band The Next Step along with a full string orchestra and full choir.  The Epic debuted #1 on several iTunes Jazz charts, including the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and UK.

 

Saturday, June 25  
Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 / The Hot Sardines / Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars  
featuring Anat Cohen, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Saylor and Dalton Ridenhour, in association with the  
New York Hot Jazz Festival  

Central Park, MN  
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 is an artistic collaboration destined to happen. Ever since New Orleans singer and pianist Henry Butler settled in Brooklyn, it was only a matter of time before the gifted pianist and vocalist hooked up with retro-futurist trumpeter and bandleader Steven Bernstein. Master musician, pianist and vocalist Henry Butler tells stories through the rise, swing, and rumble of his fingers as they channel sounds as diverse as his Louisiana birthplace: jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B, among others. Together, trumpeter/maestro Steven Bernstein and the fiery unit he calls the Hot 9 use a traditional New Orleans palate as their launching point, exploring everything from early 20th century blues to thoughtful and exhilarating improvisations on the Crescent City canon.

 

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a frontwoman with a voice from another era, and you have the  Hot Sardines. It’s a great American success story worthy of the cinema. A born-and-bred NYC actor meets a Parisian-born writer at an open jazz jam over a noodle shop in Manhattan, and from there the Hot Sardines were born. Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth combine with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians – and their very own tap dancer – to play “hot jazz” as it was in the era when live music was king… with a little glamour, a little grit, and a lot of passion. Even while giving voice to the history-defining jazz of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, the Hot Sardines’ vibrant performances bridge generations and captivate 21st century audiences. Forbes Magazine calls them “one of the best jazz bands in NYC today.”

 

Trumpeter/Vocalist  Bria Skonberg is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."( Wall Street Journal) A specialist in classic American  hot jazz, Skonberg expands the vocabulary and traditions of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet with worldly rhythms and modern jazz variance. Her US debut album "So Is The Day" peaked at #7 on the National Jazz Charts, and featured original compositions and NOLA inspired stylistic fusions. Skonberg has been awarded the Jazz At Lincoln Center Swing! Award (2015), DownBeat Magazine Rising Star (2013-15), The New York Bistro Awards Outstanding Jazz Artist (2014), Hot House Magazine Best Vocal, Best Trumpet (2014-15), a nominee for Jazz Journalists' Association Up and Coming Artist (2013), and more. She is an educator, Co-Director/Co-Founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp, and Co-Founder of the New York Hot Jazz Festival (2012-). Bria Skonberg is a Bach/Conn-Selmer Artist.

 

Bria Skonberg will perform with the New York Hot Jazz All-Stars featuring Anat Cohen on clarinet, Vince Giordano on bass, Joe Saylor (from Jon Batiste's band) on drums, Dalton Ridenhour on piano, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Additional artists forthcoming.

 

Tuesday, June 28  
Lisa Simone / Screening:  What Happened Miss Simone?, in association with ImageNation  
Herbert Von King Park, BK  
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Lisa Simone Kelly, better known as Simone and Lisa Simone on Broadway and in entertainment circles, is a USAF veteran, singer, composer, Grammy award nominee, award winning actress, and only child of Dr. Nina Simone. Her career in the entertainment industry began over 20 years ago in Frankfurt Germany, while serving her country. Kelly not only originated the Disney roles of both Aida (  Aida), and Nala (  Lion King), she won the National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical in the lead role of  Aida while heading up its First National Tour, and continued in the role at New York’s Palace Theatre to much critical acclaim (Variety/Billboard), until the death of her mother in 2003. A member of The Original Broadway cast of  Rent, Kelly took out its First National Tour in the role of Mimi Marquez, garnering nominations for both the Helen Hayes and Jefferson Awards. Kelly was nominated for a Grammy Award, as a member of Liquid Soul, for their album  Here’s the Deal, and has continued to blaze a trail from New York’s Carnegie and Town Halls and Australia’s Sydney Opera House alongside Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo, Odetta, and Tracy Chapman, to headlining worldwide jazz festivals in Telluride CO, Montreux, North Sea, and Paris. Kelly was a featured performer on the soundtrack from Tyler Perry’s movie  For Colored Girls, and topped the jazz charts with her Big Band tribute album to her mother, entitled  Simone on Simone. Her last tour supported her album  All is Well, which hit number 4 on FNAC’s jazz charts. She is currently promoting her latest album,  My World.

 

What Happened Miss Simone? is a passionate and insightful documentary that explores the life of Nina Simone. A genius, classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, Black power icon and legendary recording artist who lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy.

 

Wednesday, June 29  
Soul in the Horn featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Mobetta Brown, Marcus Machado, Kendra Foster and DJ Natasha Diggs. Hosted by DProsper.  
Herbert Von King Park, BK  
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Theo Crokeris a trumpeter, vocalist, composer, and bandleader whose powerful and eclectic take on modern jazz pays respect to the tradition of the music while moving the genre forward. A native of Leesburg, Florida, Croker is the grandson of the late great jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham. Croker began playing trumpet at age 11 after hearing Cheatham play in New York City, and by his teens was studying music formally at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville followed by the music conservatory at Oberlin College. Croker's musical training has taken him all over the world including Shanghai, China where he took up residency at the House of Blues and refined his style. Shanghai is also where Croker met his mentor, Dee Dee Bridgewater, whom he performs with often. In 2014, Croker released his debut album AfroPhysicist on DDB Records via Sony Music Masterworks/OKeh Records. The follow-up,  Escape Velocity, will be released in May 2016.

 

Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He’s a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries bebop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound. Constant evolution drives him. His intuitive vision lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic brass to rock & roll and pushes the production tip in hip-hop. Having recently severed ties with TTB, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is again charting his own musical path. The summer release of his new album,  THE MOOD coupled with album tracks he produced for Talib Kweli, Omar, and Prodigy will make 2016 a long, hot burn.

 

Born February 9, 1984 Marcus Machado has been playing the acoustic guitar since the age of 2 and the electric guitar since the age of 4. His first performance was in kindergarten where he played “The Wind Cries Mary” by Jimi Hendrix on a guitar synthesizer.Marcus started playing professionally at the age of 9 years old. Mastering the keyboards, drums and bass he started by playing at local clubs throughout Florida and performing at charity benefits. In 2010 Marcus was showcased as the musical director and bandleader on the Boris "Live My Life Live“ CD. He toured with Boris opening up for Simply Red and played the Park Pop Festival for 300 000 people.. In June 2015 he has been recording at Swinghouse Studios and touring in Los Angeles. He has also created his own signature Stratocaster guitar line named MM Guitars. He is endorsed by D'Addario Strings. In December 2014 Marcus was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as The Next Young Gun. Marcus passion and love for music is not only heard when you listen to him but to see him perform only exemplifies he is truly a talent to be reckoned with.

 

From the hills of humble beginnings to the mountains of southern fried funk and jazz, 2x 2016 Grammy award winning talent  Kendra Foster has planted a soulful flag on R&B and pop music. Born and raised in the mists of north Florida, Singer- Songwriter Kendra Foster brings a fresh breath of southern charm and funk-soul music roots to music industry. Her style defies classification but contains drip drop elements of R&B, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Classical, Electronica, and World music. As a former member of George Clinton’s world famous Parliament Funkadelic, Kendra has traveled the world performing over 1,500 shows and appearances. 

 

Thursday, July 7  
Tribute to Latin Jazz Great Dave Valentin  
Crotona Park, BX  
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

Wednesday, July 27  
Dianne Reeves / DJ Greg Caz  
Queensbridge Park, QN  
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Dianne has received five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album and an honorary doctorate of music from Juilliard. Dianne’s magical, timeless voice, exceptional personality and the sheer force of her performance mark her as a captivating world-class artist. In what is her first album in more than five years, the Grammy Award winning  Beautiful Life is a soul-jazz classic. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington and featuring artists such as Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway and Esperanza Spalding, Dianne’s arsenal of talents is richly on display in each and every song on  Beautiful Life. Adored by audiences and critics alike throughout the world, Dianne Reeves is a natural wonder not to be missed.

 

DJ Greg Caz has been spinning around New York since the early 1990s. He made a name for himself during his long stint at Black Betty (R.I.P.) in Williamsburg, where he co-hosted Brazilian Beat Sundays – a raucous DJ night of 1970s Brazilian dance music that inspired two mix CDs, Baile Funk, Vols. 1 & 2. Caz caught the "sweet sickness” of record collecting at a young age and owns crates and crates of funk, soul, rare grooves, reggae, jazz, golden-era hip hop, Latin music, ’70s soft rock and African music. He has long been a resident DJ at Nublu in the East Village, and recently provided lyric translations for the reissue of four Marcos Valle albums on Light in the Attic records. He has appeared in London, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Scotland, Ireland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, Montreal and elsewhere.

 

Stefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber / Master Class: Karisma Jay  
Queensbridge Park, QN  
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Stefanie Batten Bland is a choreographic artist who creates performances rooted in community, highlighting the delicate threads that connect us to one another and to our planet.

Based in contemporary dance theatre, Company SBB constructs futuristic environments with installations ripe in poetic theatrical flavors that are emotionally driven. In 2008 while head choreographer of the Paris Opera Comique, in France under direction of Jérôme Savary, Stefanie founded Company SBB so that she might better investigate the human condition and relationships within our natural world. Her works for stage, non traditional spaces and dance cinema have performed throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. SBB also creates for gala and VIP events such as Guerlain Perfumes, Van Cleef & Arpels, Louis Vuitton, SYTYCD-Poland and for the 2012 French Presidential gala in Cannes France.

 

True to her name, Brooklyn-native,  Karisma Jay, is an honors graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts where she majored in dance. She is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School where she studied Performing Arts and Pre-Medicine and is a certificate student of the Mathematics Education Master’s program at City College. Teaching dance since the tender age of 11, she has honed her skills of working with children and adults to develop the confidence and charisma of even the shyest, youngest and/or oldest of students. Dancing and performing since the age of two, she has studied at Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Ailey School (Junior Division) and has performed/toured with prestigious dance companies such as Brooklyn Ballet, Maimouna Keita, Creative Outlet, Asase Yaa, and Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence. Professionally, Karisma has been featured in programs aired on Netflix, BET, MTV, NBC, and VH1. She is the 2016 winner of The Stars of New York Dance Award and Caribbean Life's Impact Award. In 2013, Karisma joined the company of the longest-running Off Broadway musical, STOMP. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of AbunDance Academy of the Arts with a mission to lead by example so that everyone who crosses paths with her flourishes AbunDantly.

 

Sunday, July 31  
Marc Cary: The Harlem Sessions / Joseph Webb: Dancing Buddhas / WBGO Kids Jazz featuring Brianna Thomas and The Jazz Travelers  
Queensbridge Park, QN  
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Jazz pianist, keyboardist, producer and composer  Marc Cary holds tight to his roots in Washington, D.C.’s go-go music scene, but they represent only one element among the myriad. Cary’s interests run from Indian classical to Malian music to hip-hop. He started his career working with Betty Carter, a legendary vocalist famous for drawing soul and sincerity out of her bands, and went on to work with Roy Hargrove, Dizzy Gillespie, Erykah Badu, Shirley Horn, Stefon Harris, Q-Tip and – most influential of all – Abbey Lincoln.

 

Joseph Monroe Webb is an international award winning dancer, choreographer, actor, educator and poet who has showcased his talents in a number of performances throughout the years, including the Tony Award winning Broadway production, Bring in ‘Da Noise Bring in ‘Da Funk. Following his Broadway success, Webb ventured into acting in television and film, including Martin Scorsese’s film Bringing Out The Dead, Black Nativity starring Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker, a short film by Red Bull Academy Music NYC, and more. Joseph was cast as a principal in a short Morningstar Farms documentary, to be released in April 2016. He has also performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee. Joseph has appeared as a feature and/or starring act in the cast of the Thank You Gregory, Tap Stars (Hamburg, Germany), Cotton Club Parade with Wynton Marsalis, and more. Joseph received raves reviews for his first major work at University Settlement, with the NY Times citing Joseph and his ability to blend various genres of art into one show as, “too hard to categorize, but there is no doubt he is a natural star.” In March 2016, Joseph returned to University Settlement (NYC) to debut the premiere of his latest work, Dancing Buddhas: The Three Jewels, to a sold out audience. Joseph is excited to continue developing part II and III of this dance-theatre series with the Dancing Buddhas professional dance company.

 

According to Will Friedwald at The Wall Street Journal, vocalist  Brianna Thomas "... may well be the best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation." Thomas was born and raised in Peoria, IL where she first cut her teeth as a performer. Initially taught and influenced by her Father, drummer and vocalist Charlie Thomas, Brianna comes from a rich background of diverse musical influences. Brianna moved to NYC in 2007 to attend college at The New School University and has since established herself as a talented vocalist on the scene today. Since graduating in 2011 she has performed with jazz greats Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton Marsalis, Russell Malone, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and longtime hero Dianne Reeves. Thomas has also performed Nationally and Internationally ranging from the "Women In Jazz Festival" at Jazz At Lincoln Center to the prestigious Montreux, Umbria, Bern and Sochi Jazz Festivals. Brianna recently released her debut album "You Must Believe In Love" Feb 17th 2014 on Sound On Purpose Records. The best illustration of Ms Thomas is given by the words of legendary trombonist and Jazz Messenger Curtis Fuller : "a marvelous new artist who has all it takes to reach the top of the jazz profession and music in general."

 

Friday, August 5  
Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective  
Clove Lakes, SI  
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Trumpeter and composer  Terence Blanchard breaks the mold with his new quintet, The E-Collective. This project journeys to an exciting realm of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B, and blues colors. The May 2015 Blue Note release Breathless is a first foray into straight-up grooveland for Blanchard, and he’s thrilled with the range of this band — from dance-steeped party to pensive, ambient sounds: “Breathless is the album I’ve been wanting to do for quite awhile.” Joined by guitarist Charles Altura, Fabian Almazan on piano and synths, bassist Donald Ramsey, and Oscar Seaton on drums, Blanchard’s Breathless is a master class in storytelling, written in response to social tensions and inspired by Eric Garner’s resounding words: “I Can’t Breathe.”

 

Sunday, August 7  
Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture, produced by Revive Music  
Central Park, MN  
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM  
5:00 PM Pre-Show Panel

Igmar Thomas and the Revive Big Band are poised to debut  A Journey Through The Legacy of Black Culture - a groundbreaking series of concept performances composed as a testament to the breadth of African diasporic musical traditions and their impact on American culture. Fusing jazz, soul, blues, rock and R&B, the band presents a transformative series that peels back the layers of appropriation and the noise of pop culture to translate the roots of black music according to the unifying rhythms at the foundation of the artform. Spanning genre and generation, the Revive Big Band presents a body of work reflective of their collective reverence of the standard and unabashed sonic freedom. Labeled the “ most electrifying young lions in jazz,” Revive Big Band makes music without walls that exists as a living homage to the black musical canon, from Louis Armstrong and Marvin Gaye to Tupac Shakur.

 

Wednesday, August 10  
"We Play For You, Butch Morris" featuring Nublu Orchestra / DarkMatterHalo with Wadada Leo Smith / Screening: Black February  
East River Park, MN  
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Built around the axis of musicians associated with the Lower East Side club/lounge by the same name, Nublu Orchestra is assembled from the multifaceted range of open-minded musicians that call Nublu home, artists who are brought together to discover a common ground. Nublu Orchestra is a project that expand the bounds of music in general and style in particular. It is a force that exists seemingly without definition. Rather than trying to compose music that enfolds the many approaches and genres by its members, the group enlists “conduction” (a term patented by the great late Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, the leading figure of this project since its inception over a decade ago until his passing in 2013) to shape collective improvisation to that end.

 

New York City seems like a perfect place for a world premiere of a stunning project such as the collaboration between Wadada Leo Smith, and DarkMatterHalo. Wadada Leo Smith, trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser is one of the most acclaimed creative artists of his times, both for his music and his writings. For the last five decades, Mr. Smith has been a member of the historical and legendary AACM collective. He distinctly defines his music as “Creative Music.” His diverse discography reveals a recorded history centered around important issues that have impacted his world. Wadada Leo Smith was the 2013 finalist for the most prestigious award in music, the Pulitzer Prize, as well as DownBeat’s 2013 winner of their 61st Critics Poll in the ‘Composer of the Year’ category. Consisting of two of the best and most original guitarists of their generation, Doug Wieselman and Brandon Ross, and the subtle, unpredictable sound designer, Hardedge, DarkMatterHalo is an enigmatic, daring ensemble, whose unsettlingly beautiful, visceral, always surprising, magical art beams with textures and timbres that one could never possibly expect. Their 2015 debut album,  Darkness Interrupted has been described as “a sonic masterpiece: Dark Side of the Moon for the new millennium,” as well as “a perfect soundtrack for today’s dark times.” DarkMatterHalo’s second album,  Cataclysmic Beauty will be released in June 2016. Wadada Leo Smith and DarkMatterHalo will be performing a few of Mr. Smith’s compositions using his revolutionary Ankhrasmation symbolic music language.

 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:  
Friday, August 26  
Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / DJ Greg Caz  
Marcus Garvey Park, MN  
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Breeding Ground combines the two most successful projects of New York-bred pianist Jason Lindner: Now Vs. Now, his propulsive groove trio with bassist Panagiotis Andreou and drummer Mark Guiliana; and his big band, which started at the Greenwich Village basement club Smalls twenty years ago. Created in 2009 by a commission from the Jazz Gallery and the Jerome Foundation, the 11-piece Breeding Ground ensemble finds Andreou and Guiliana in the engine room, with Lindner on more piano than synths, leaving room for a string section, a horn section, and singer-songwriter Jeff Taylor as the featured vocalist. Electro-acoustic, poly-rhythmic, cross-pollinated, dirty and mixed up, improvised and composed, multi-formatted and ever shifting, Breeding Ground is the epitome of liquid modernity. Their debut full-length album will be released in 2016.

 

DJ Greg Caz has been spinning around New York since the early 1990s. He made a name for himself during his long stint at Black Betty (R.I.P.) in Williamsburg, where he co-hosted Brazilian Beat Sundays – a raucous DJ night of 1970s Brazilian dance music that inspired two mix CDs, Baile Funk, Vols. 1 & 2. Caz caught the "sweet sickness” of record collecting at a young age and owns crates and crates of funk, soul, rare grooves, reggae, jazz, golden-era hip hop, Latin music, ’70s soft rock and African music. He has long been a resident DJ at Nublu in the East Village, and recently provided lyric translations for the reissue of four Marcos Valle albums on Light in the Attic records. He has appeared in London, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Scotland, Ireland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, Montreal and elsewhere.

 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:  
Saturday, August 27  
Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman  
Marcus Garvey Park, MN  
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Randy Weston received a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship for Music Composition that enabled him to compose  An African Nubian Suite, a major new work for jazz orchestra. The piece is based on his lifelong research on and interest in the culture, heritage and music of Africa. Weston notes: "  An African Nubian Suite is a testament to the profound effect my African heritage has had on my life. I hope it will also be my message to others to help them know and feel proud of this heritage, that when I play the work, our common heritage will touch and inspire my audience. It is a labor of love to the culture, the people and the music that has so inspired and informed my life." In 2014, Randy Weston received a Doris Duke Artist Award. This will allow him to compose a new work,  Seven African Queensand travel to Morocco to document the traditional music of the Gnawa.

 

You might know  Cory Henry as an in-demand, multi-instrumentalist and producer who’s worked with an array of musical legends across genres, including Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Garrett, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Shaun Kingston, Donald Lawrence, Michael McDonald, Boyz II Men, NAS, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots and as a member of the Grammy Award-winning collective Snarky Puppy. But,  The Revival, (GroundUP Music/Universal Music Classics), Henry's latest release and touring project, is truly his story: a live album and DVD showcasing Henry’s deep musical roots, both in the church and outside of it. Filmed and recorded in Brooklyn at the Greater Temple of Praise, The Revival showcases Henry’s musical roots in gospel, jazz and soul. As the Kansas City Star writes, "His performances combine the celebratory aspects of neon-lit Saturday nights with reverent praise-filled Sunday mornings." Working off his instrument of choice — the Hammond B-3 organ — the musician is joined by drummer James Williams and his godfather, Bishop Jeffrey White, who delivers a stunning vocal take on “Old Rugged Cross.” Whereas  The Revival is a tribute to his first love, the Hammond organ, and a showcase for his exceptional talents on the instrument, his upcoming album with The Funk Apostles will feature a full band sound – forged by nearly 100 shows over the last year. It is a synthesis of Henry’s many influences – Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, James Brown. Henry will be taking a classic sound into the here and now. As Henry says, “my way, my take.”

 

Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah

Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition,  Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself capturing her very essence. Hailing from the great Dallas, Texas Jazzmeia has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star.” With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Jazzmeia graced the New York scene in 2009 and earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and contemporary Music. It wasn’t much later when she began to perform as a sideman with musicians Winard Harper, Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Lincoln Center Alumni Vincent Gardner, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Johnny O’Neal, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess, and Ellis Marsalis. Her accolades include Downbeat Student Music Award Recipient 2008, 2009, and Best Vocal Jazz Soloist Winner 2010, The 2013 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at The Kennedy Center ­Washington D.C., The Rising Star Award for the 2012 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Jazz Competition, Finalist for Mid-­Atlantic Jazz Vocal

Competition 2014, and The 2015 ­16th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s Young

Lioness Award. Currently, Jazzmeia is a teaching artist in The NJPAC Wells Fargo ­Jazz for Teens Program and Jazz In The Schools Program in Newark, New Jersey. She appears in various clubs on the jazz scene nationally and internationally leading her dynamic group “The Artistry of Jazz Horn,” which includes­ pianist, bassist, drummer, saxophonist, poet, dancer and herself­ as vocalist.

 

The First Winner of the Annual Duke Ellington Vocal Competition in New York City, hosted by Mercedes Ellington, 27 year old  Charles Turner has taken the jazz scene by storm. Charles relocated to New York in 2011, and has performed in venues such as Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, Birdland, Ginny's Supper Club, Smalls, Minton's in Harlem, and Gin Fiz, where he performs every Thursday with Marc Cary and the Focus Trio. The Charles Turner Quartet has performed at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the Generations in Jazz festiv

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