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Sunday 12/27/15 Show: Winter Jazz Fest/ Julian Lage

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Photo: Julian Lage. | Mike Bouchard via Flickr. Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, Some Rights Reserved.
 
The next show will air on Sunday, December 27, 2015 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast will feature an interview with composer and guitarist Julian Lage, who is one of the artists lined up to be featured during the 2016 Winter Jazz Festival held in January. This program is a second in the series that Suga’ will focus on the 2016 Winter Jazz Festival.
 

 
Julian Lage is somewhat of a child prodigy — playing his instrument at the age of five and performing in public a year later. Shortly thereafter, Lage began playing with such renowned artists as Carlos Santana (when he was only eight years old!), Pat Metheny, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielemans, Martin Taylor, and David Grisman, among others, resulting in Lage being the subject of the 1997 Academy Award-nominated documentary film Jules at Eight. In addition to performing, Lage has recorded as a duo with Grisman (the 1999 release Dawg Duos), and contributed a fine cover of “In a Sentimental Mood” with Martin Taylor and David Grisman, to the 2000 compilation Acoustic Disc: 100% Handmade Music, Vol. 5. Lage has also appeared at numerous jazz concerts/festivals, including the St. Louis Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and even performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards. In 2009, Lage released his debut solo album, Sounding Point, on Emarcy. The album was widely celebrated as the arrival of a new and authoritative voice on the instrument.
 
This was followed by the concept offering Gladwell in 2011. He fronted a quintet that featured bassist Jorge Roeder, tenor saxophonist Dan Blake, cellist Aristides Rivas, and drummer/percussionist Tupac Mantilla.
 
Lage switched labels for the 2013 Free Flying release on Palmetto Records. It was recorded in duet with pianist Fred Hersch.
 
The duo format apparently agreed with Lage, though its focus shifted a bit. In 2014 he issued two such albums; the first was Avalon with guitarist Chris Eldridge. Produced by the Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale, it contained bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classic pop standards; the pair called it a “love letter to the acoustic guitar.” In late November, Room, with fellow jazz guitarist Nels Cline, appeared on Mack Avenue. Its focus was on a range of material, from intricately composed and complex works to free and spontaneous improvisations.
 
Lage’s most recent release is a solo guitar recording titled World’s Fair on Modern Lore Records in February 2015. Many of these selections will be played during his set as he opens for Channeling Coltrane: Rova’s Electric Ascension during the closing evening of the Winter Jazz Festival on Sunday, January 17.
 
This program is engineered, produced, hosted and edited by Joyce Jones.
 
Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.
 
The 2016 Winter Jazz Fest runs from January 13-17 at several locations in Greenwich Village. See the full schedule and artist lineup at their website. The next Suga’ show will feature our final installment of artists at the festival with guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer. Head on over to our blog for previews, our annual cheat sheet to selected acts, and a full review when it wraps up.
 
Web Extras
 
Watch Lage perform live at the 2012 Winter Jazz Fest.
 

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

Sunday 12/13/15 Show: Winter Jazz Fest/Brice Rosenbloom

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Photo: Brice Rosenbloom (L) and saxophonist Kamasi Washington. | Joyce Jones. Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, Some Rights Reserved.
 
The next show will air on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast will feature an interview with Brice Rosenbloom: organizer and producer of the 2016 Winter Jazz Fest held in January. This program kicks off a series of Suga’ Festival coverage.
 

 
In 2005, the Winter Jazz Fest was established to give greater exposure to Jazz in New York and beyond. What started as a one-night festival featuring 19 groups has grown into four-day festival that lights up 10 venues with 100+ acts.
 
Live music promoter and event producer Brice Rosenbloom is the Co-Artistic Director of Le Poisson Rouge and founder of the NYC Winter Jazzfest. His company, Boom Collective, presents hundreds of concerts a year in venues all over New York City.
 
As an active presence in New York’s vibrant cultural scene, Rosenbloom curated the intimate MAKOR music series beginning in 1999, nurturing developing artists. Rosenbloom then collaborated for a year working shoulder-to-shoulder with Wynton Marsalis to establish the launch season of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall at the Time Warner Center.
 
From there Rosenbloom continued overseeing a myriad of bookings with artists at the iconic Knitting Factory in 2005. Rosenbloom was then inspired towards the creation of the NYC Winter Jazzfest, which he produces with concert promoter Adam Schatz.
 
Rosenbloom’s prolific booking expertise within clubs and concert halls is complemented by artistic curating credentials in the performing arts world, representing varied interests in jazz, world, experimental, rock, electronic, and emerging contemporary music.
 
We’ll talk festival history and the logistics of putting on the event, preview the next festival, and play music from some of the participating artists such as saxophonist Kamasi Washington (see our previous show on him), trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, and much more!
 
This program is engineered, produced, hosted and edited by Joyce Jones.
 
Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.
 
The 2016 Winter Jazz Fest runs from January 13-17 at several locations in Greenwich Village. See the full schedule and artist lineup at their website. The next two Suga’ shows will feature coverage of artists at the festival. Head on over to our blog for previews, our annual cheat sheet to selected acts, and a full review when it wraps up.
 
Web Extras
 
Watch the official Winter Jazz Fest 2015 recap video.
 

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

Sunday 6/28/2015 Show: Vision Festival 20

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The next show will air on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast will feature an interview with several artists scheduled to appear at this year’s upcoming Vision Festival.

This year marks the Twentieth Anniversary of the Vision Festival. To celebrate this milestone, Arts for Art (AFA) has organized an event that sets the standard for creative FreeJazz music, dance, visual art, poetry and ideas, embracing values that challenge and inform.

As the AFA press release states, “We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before and have inspired us to be our best, our most profound, and in fact, our most Visionary. We think of artists like John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Jayne Cortez, and Amiri Baraka, and consider what our role must be to carry their legacy forward. How do we keep alive in the hearts and minds of a new generation, all of the idealism, integrity and sense of responsibility that lay at the heart of those creative movements? This year AFA celebrates all VISION artists. In particular, those iconic NY artists whose creative voices have helped build our reputation as the world’s premier FreeJazz Festival.”

Join us as we celebrate Vision 20 with former Suga’ guests who will be part of the festivities this year such as Joseph Daley, Craig Harris, Oliver Lake and others. We will also revisit an interview with Arts For Art / Vision Festival / RUCMA organizer Patricia Nicholson Parker laying out the history of the Festival and an additional conversation discussing this year’s commemoration.

Show engineered, produced, hosted, and edited by Joyce Jones. Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.

See the full Vision Fest line-up here and check our blog for a preview and full festival coverage.

Sunday 6/8/14 Show: Vision Festival 19

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Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Max Bashirov. Used with permission.

The next show will air on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. During this installment, Suga’ in My Bowl will spotlight Vision Festival 19 with the “wearer of many hats” Patricia Nicholson Parker and this year’s Lifetime of Achievement recipient saxophonist, pianist and bassist Charles Gayle.

Since 1996 the Vision Festival has brought music, visual art, and dance together under the aesthetic of avantjazz and improvisation. By bringing several expressive art forms together, they inform, inspire, and expand audiences across disciplines.

Each year, Arts for Arts/Vision Festival dedicates an evening to honoring the achievements of one living artist whose music has inspired and influenced the world around him/her. This serves not only to honor our living legends, but also inform the world of the importance of their achievements because of the information that is disseminated about the artists. This year, June 11, 2014, AFA honors Charles Gayle for his Lifetime of Achievement.

Arts for Arts says of Gayle, “A gentle and humble artist, he is clearly one of the greatest saxophone players. He is 75, yet he refuses to lay back and rest on his musical accomplishments, for fear that the music might lose its ability to move us — Charles Gayle does not play for himself, but to serve. His intention is to move and inspire, and he has dedicated his life to this goal.”

The Festival will also celebrate the musicWitness®, Visual Artist Jeff Schlanger. Schlanger created the art on the Vision Festival 19 flyer and live paints during the festival, creating improvised visual art responding to the music.

Check out the schedule for Vision Festival 19 at their website. You can see the Vision program guide with artist interviews, a profile of Jeff Schlanger, and more at ISSUU. We’ll also have festival coverage on our blog.

Produced, engineered, edited, and hosted by Joyce Jones. Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.

Web Extras:

Watch this 2013 performance of the Charles Gayle Trio live at Clemente Soto Velez Center.



Watch visual artist musicWitness® Jeff Schlanger demonstrate his live painting to music and talk about some of his musical influences.

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