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Harlem Jazz Series - Ed Cherry Trio

November 6, 2018 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Cost: $15

“Ed is a great, soulful, swinging underrated player deserving of wider recognition.” “An expressive instrumentalist, Cherry has a hip, melodic approach that is a refreshing contrast to guitarists who frequently resort to playing “finger music,” the execution of rapid streams of notes that serve no musical purpose other than to fill space.” Guitarist Ed Cherry has been playing professionally since the early '70s, as a sideman to musicians such as Tim Hardin, Jimmy McGriff, Henry Threadgill and Jimmy Smith. Most famously, he spent over fifteen years in Dizzy Gillespie's band, remaining with the group until the trumpeter's death in 1993. Since then Ed has performed and recorded with a host of stellar musicians including Paquito D’Rivera, John Patton, Roy Hargrove, Hamiet Bluiett, and John Faddis to name a few. Right now, Ed is a member of vocalist Paula West quartet as well as leading his own trio. In addition to his exceptional work as a sideman and as a critically acclaimed leader, Ed Cherry also has impressive credentials as a music educator, and is currently on staff at 'jazzmobile' here NYC.

Featuring: Orion Turre – drums; Kyle Koehler – organ; and Ed Cherry – guitar

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break); Second set: 1pm-1:45pm

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

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Ensemble Connect

November 6, 2018 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Cost: FREE; RSVP required

Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. This two-year fellowship program prepares the finest young professional classical musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Ensemble Connect offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner with a New York City public school throughout the fellowship.

Ensemble Connect: ·· Wilden Dannenberg, French Horn; Thea Humphries, French Horn; Christopher Goodpasture, Piano; Gergana Haralampieva, Violin; Brian Hong, Violin; Jennifer Liu, Violin; Suliman Tekalli, Violin; Caeli Smith, Viola; Meagan Turner, Viola; Ari Evan, Cello; Arlen Hlusko, Cello; and Ha Young Jung, Double Bass

Location: The Julliard School - Paul Hall, 155 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10023

Harlem Jazz Series - Carla Cook Quartet

November 9, 2018 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully -- but she doesn't stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you'd never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This native Detroiter, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you'll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist or snob. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style. In 1999, Cook recorded her debut album; It's All About Love. The CD enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. In 2000, Cook recorded her second album, Dem Bones and in 2002, she recorded Simply Natural, both for MAXJAZZ. Her albums continue to receive critical acclaim.

Featuring: Carla Cook - vocals; Mike King - piano; Calvin Jones - bass; and Alvester Garnett – drums

First set: 7pm - 7:45pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8pm - 8:45pm

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

Book Launch: Upright Bass: The Musical Life & Legacy of Jamil Nasser - A Jazz Memoir

November 10, 2018 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Cost: Free. Please, RSVP via verticalvisionsmedia@gmail.com. 

Upright Bass: The Musical Life and Legacy of Jamil Nasser - A Jazz Memoir
New York book launch.

Vertical Visions Media Presents The Untold Story: “A book that uncovers why Miles Davis was so fascinated by the untold stories of how these Memphis musicians were so ahead of the others…”

About the Book:
George Joyner, Jamil Sulieman, and Jamil Nasser are three names that appear on the records of Phineas Newborn, Lou Donaldson, Ahmad Jamal, Red Garland and many more. These three names identify one jazz bassist, composer, and jazz advocate, who made an indelible mark in the jazz world for over fifty years. Upright Bass chronicles his evolution from a young bassist on Beale Street to a top-flight bassist on the New York Jazz scene. Miles Davis harbored curiosity about the environment that produced Jamil and three Memphis musicians he hired in 1963. Nasser's narrative captures the untold stories of two piano giants Phineas Newborn and Oscar Dennard. He also shares anecdotes about his mentors: Papa Jo Jones, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, and Ray Brown. Moreover, Jamil describes his decade long tenure with Ahmad Jamal, which included a life-threatening imprisonment in South America. Finally, we learn about his plight as an outspoken jazz artist fighting for greater union representation, the perils of heroin addiction in the music industry, media access, healthcare, and self-ownership.

About the Author:
Muneer Nasser is a musician, author, songwriter and historian. Born on June 3, 1967 to the late, great bassist Jamil Nasser, Muneer Nasser’s exposure to the jazz idiom was early and powerful. He has had the unique opportunity to meet many of the jazz greats that his father knew. Muneer’s lifelong commitment to jazz history evolved out of these encounters. Consequently, he has read over one hundred books, magazines, and conducted informal interviews with jazz masters whose answers stimulated his quest to document jazz history. Watch out for Muneer’s new CD release A Soldier’s Story available December 2018.

Guests include: Jimmy Owens, Lou Donaldson, Harold Mabern, Dick Griffin, Rufus Reid, George Coleman, Richard Wyands & others

Location: St. Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

Eddie Palmieri & Lalo Rodriguez

November 10, 2018 | 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Cost: VIP: $100; $85; $75; and $55.

Mi Dia Bonito – Historic Reunion of Salsa Legends! Opening Act Tribute to Charlie Palmieri by the Uprising All Stars featuring Herman Olivera under the direction of Jimmy Bosch.

Eddie Palmieri and Lalo Rodriguez reunite at Lehman Center after forty years!

Their first collaboration began when at the age of 16, Lalo Rodrigez made his debut as a professional singer, recording the album with Eddie Palmieri entitled “The Sun of Latin Music”. This album was the first to win American Grammy Award. In 1975, he recorded the second album titled “Unfinished Masterpiece”, which won the second Grammy– making a milestone in the history of salsa.

This concert celebrates one of the most successful partnerships in the history of classic salsa from New York and around the globe!

Don’t miss this historic reunion with songs such as Un Dia Bonito, Nada De Ti, Nunca Contigo and Oye lo que te conviene.

Location: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx NY 10468

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