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Harlem Jazz Series - Calvin Jones Trio

August 6, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Calvin Jones, the acoustic and electric bassist, was born in North Carolina. His recording resume numbers over forty CDs and he has toured and performed with Ray Anderson, Patti Austin, Don Braden, Cecil Brooks, Tom Brown, Alex Bugnon, Donald Byrd, Steve Coleman, Carla Cook, Ted Curson, Chico Freeman, Darrell Grant, Craig Harris, Jon Hendricks, Andrew Hill, Javon Jackson, Angela Johnson, Ronny Jordan, Eartha Kitt, Dave Koz, Les McCann, Greg Osby, Max Roach, Pharoah Sanders, and James “Blood” Ulmer, Emeline Michel, Johannes Mossinger to name a few. Mr. Jones has performed on Broadway with “Bring ‘N Da Noise, Bring ‘N Da Funk (including the first national tour), “Aint Nothin’ But The Blues”, “All Shook Up” and “The Janice Joplin Show.” Touring and performing has taken Mr. Jones to some forty countries and forty-five of the fifty U.S. states.

Featuring: Calvin Jones - bass.

1st set: 12:00pm - 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm - 1:45pm

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

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Location: Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave. New York NY 10027 US

Crumb / Phony Ppl / Purr

August 8, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Crumb, the nascent Brooklyn-via-Boston four-piece named “The Best of What’s Next” by Paste Magazine in 2018, dilate singer Lila Ramani’s songs into freeform ‘60s psych, loose jazz, and indie rock, referencing the likes of Melody’s Echo Chamber and Novos Baianos. With support from Brooklyn’s Phony Ppl, a sprawling veteran hip-hop collective signed to Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment that once backed Fetty Wap on Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a performance of “Trap Queen,” and Purr, the bedroom pop project from NYC natives Eliza Callahan and Jack Staffen which recently recorded with Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado.

Cost: Free

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Location: East River Park, 420 FDR Drive, New York NY 10019 US

Elisa Monte Dance

August 9, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The New York-based company playing their first-ever SummerStage festival, Elisa Monte Dance is distinguished by physically demanding choreography performed by a talented, diverse corps of dancers and successful collaborations across disciplines. Founder Elisa Monte got her start with Agnes DeMille, was later mentored by Alvin Ailey, and has since collaborated with a myriad of artists over the years, including the experimental composer Glenn Branca, the architect Billie Tsien, and the visual artist Philip Tsiaras. The evening will include a 20th Anniversary performance of Monte’s famed duet, “Treading,” with music by minimalist composer Steve Reich, and danced by former company member and new artistic director Tiffany Rea-Fisher.

Free dance classes are held on stage before dance performances. All are welcome and no RSVP is required.

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Location: East River Park, 420 FDR Drive, New York NY 10019 US

VP Records 40th Anniversary: Elephant Man / Junior Reid / Estelle / Raging Fyah

August 10, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm

It’s been 40 years since Vincent and Patricia Chin set up VP Records in Jamaica, Queens; the success of that shop would prompt them to found VP Records, now one of the most important sources of reggae and dancehall music in the world. To celebrate, VP hosts a showcase with some of its illustrious alumni: Elephant Man, whose 2003 hit “Pon di River, Pon di Bank” and collaborations with Wyclef Jean and Busta Rhymes helped further blur the lines between dancehall and hip hop; Junior Reid, the former Black Uhuru vocalist whose 1989 classic “One Blood” has spawned countless remakes and interpolations; Estelle, the genre-bending, Grammy-winning English singer best known for her Kanye West collaboration “American Boy” and now has her own album, Lover’s Rock, with VP; and Grammy-nominated Raging Fyah, a five-piece band from Kingston, Jamaica that makes music bound to the roots rock reggae tradition.

Cost: Free

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Location: Central Park - Summerstage, 71st Street and East River Drive, New York NY 10021 US

Eddie Palmieri / Baby Power / DJ Lucho / DJ Eddie Batiz

August 11, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The legendary salsero Eddie Palmieri is a Bronx music legend. After playing Carnegie Hall by age 11, the Puerto Rican Grammy Award-winning pianist, bandleader, musician, and composer founded the bands La Perfecta and the Afro-Cuban supergroup Harlem River Drive, helping shift the sounds of salsa, incorporating more trombones and flute for a new “trombanga” style.

Cost: Free

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Location: East River Park, 420 FDR Drive, New York NY 10019 US

Lila Downs / Lido Pimienta / DJ Ripley

August 11, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The daughter of an American professor father and Mixtec singer mother, the Oaxaca-born singer-songwriter and actress Lila Downs has long been a champion of Mexico’s indigenous populations; For evidence, look no further than the video for her duet with Juanes “La Patria Modina,” which highlights the real-world after effects of NAFTA and the US-Mexico drug war on indigenous Mexicans. While her early work was often jazzy, she quickly evolved into a folkloric style, and eventually would dabble in ranchera, bolero, blues, and soul, singing in indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl and Purépecha on her way to winning a Grammy (Pecados y Milagros, 2010) and three Latin Grammy awards. She’s joined by indigenous Colombian-Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter Lido Pimienta, who pairs traditional indigenous and afro-Colombian rhythms with next-gen synthesizers and electronic compositions—she won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize for her LP La Papessa. With DJ Ripley, a Brooklyn/Philly-based border-busting DJ that celebrates people’s stories across race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality with global street bass sounds.

Cost: Free

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Location: Central Park - Summerstage, 71st Street and East River Drive, New York NY 10021 US

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