The next show will air on Sunday, June 22, 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. This installment of Suga’ in My Bowl will feature percussionist Hamid Drake.
Hamid Drake was born in Monroe, LA, in 1955, and later moved to Chicago with his family. He ended up taking drum lessons with Fred Anderson’s son, eventually taking over the son’s role as percussionist in Anderson’s group. As a result, Fred Anderson also introduced Drake to George Lewis and other AACM members.
Drake also has performed world music; by the late ’70s, he was a member of Foday Muso Suso’s Mandingo Griot Society, and has played reggae.
Hamid Drake has been a member of the Latin jazz band Night on Earth, the Georg Graewe Quartet, the DKV Trio, Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Octet/Tentet, and Liof Munimula, the oldest free improvising ensemble in Chicago.
By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music.
Drake has also worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Mahmoud Gania, bassist William Parker (in a large number of lineups), and has performed a solstice celebration with fellow Chicago percussionist Michael Zerang semiannually since 1991.
Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers Peter Brötzmann, Fred Anderson, and Ken Vandermark, among others.
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.
Photo: Hamid Drake at Vision Fest 2014.| Joyce Jones. Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licensed.
See our blog for photos and coverage from Vision Fest 19.
Watch Drake and Fred Anderson.
Watch Drake perform with bassist William Parker and saxophonist Peter Brötzmann in this 2004 clip.
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.
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.