Fall Benefit Concert: Uptown in Autumn
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
November 14, 2017
Reception at 6pm, Concert at 7:30pm
Tickets start at $25 (+ member discounts)
Welcome to our Fall Benefit Concert at the historic Schomburg Center for Research in Black
Culture. This year, we focus on our ties with the Harlem community, and celebrate Harlem’s nearly century-long support for jazz. The evening highlights the rich partnerships and deep support that the Jazz Museum enjoys throughout Harlem.
Guiding us on a musical journey that traces the evolution and migration of the music we love, from Southern blues to Chicago, New York and beyond are:
• W.C. Handy Award-wining blues vocalist Guy Davis
• The relentlessly inventive Harlem pianist Marc Cary
• Jazz legends Randy Weston and Reggie Workman.
Our pre-concert reception includes light hors d’oeuvres and drinks along with live music and presentations on the Sonny Rollins and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis exhibits now on view at the Schomburg Center and Jazz Museum.
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Guy Davis, an actor, singer,and guitarist, says, “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have the dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.” Blowing that dust o to see its beauty is something he’s excelled at for over 20 years. Guy’s musical storytelling is influenced by Blind Willie McTell, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and harmonica player, Sonny Terry. His recent album, Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train – A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, is an homage to these two musical heroes. Davis is the son of actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.
Marc Cary is one of the most original pianists in New York. He has a strong post-bop foundation but is a relentless explorer of Afro-Cuban rhythms, electronic groove music, hip-hop, and more. “There isn’t much in the modern-jazz-musician toolkit that Marc Cary hasn’t mastered,” says the New York Times, “but he has a particular subspecialty in the area of groove.” Cary has toured with Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove, and Carmen McRae. In 1994, he became an accompanist and arranger for Abbey Lincoln, to whom he dedicated a recent album on the Motema label.
Randy Weston, now seven decades into his remarkable career, remains one of the world’s foremost pianists and composers. His work encompasses the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa. “Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest, most inventive beat,” says critic Stanley Crouch. “But his art is more than projection and time. It’s the result of a studious and inspired intelligence . . . an intelligence that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique.” An NEA Jazz Master, Weston was recently inducted into the DownBeat Hall of Fame.
Reggie Workman is a technically gifted bassist whose versatile style fits into both hard bop and avant-garde settings. He began his career in the mid-1950s, playing with Gigi Gryce, Red Garland, and Roy Haynes. In 1961 he joined John Coltrane Quartet, participating in several important recordings and tv appearances. He later joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and performed with Yusef Lateef, Herbie Mann, and Thelonious Monk. An active university educator, Workman was recently named a Living Legend by the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum in his hometown of Philadelphia.