Harlem Jazz Series August lineup
August 4th – Milton Suggs
Experience the mesmerizing live performance of Milton Suggs, an exceptional American jazz vocalist and composer renowned for his soulful voice and groundbreaking musical style. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to witness his talent as he takes the stage for the Harlem Jazz Series.
Milton Suggs is an American jazz vocalist and composer known for his soulful voice and innovative musical style. Born and raised in Chicago, Suggs began his musical journey at a young age, singing in church and school choirs. He later studied jazz performance at Northern Illinois University, where he honed his skills and developed a unique approach to jazz singing. Suggs has released several critically acclaimed albums, including “Things to Come,” “The Truth Inside,” and “Lyrical.” Throughout his career, Suggs has collaborated with renowned jazz musicians and performed at prestigious venues and festivals around the world. He has received accolades for his contributions to the jazz community, including being named the winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition.
August 11th – JD Parran
JD Parran, renowned for his musical prowess and mastery of the saxophone, has solidified his status as a legendary figure in the music world, will be performing at the Harlem Jazz Series.
JD Parran, also known as J.D. Parran, is an accomplished American jazz musician, composer, and educator. He is primarily recognized for his virtuosity on various woodwind instruments, particularly the saxophone, clarinet, and flute. Parran has been an active performer and recording artist since the 1970s, contributing to numerous jazz and avant-garde projects. Parran has worked with several renowned musicians and ensembles, including Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, and Cecil Taylor. He has a diverse range of musical interests, and his playing style encompasses elements of jazz, free improvisation, contemporary classical music, and world music traditions. Throughout his career, JD Parran has consistently pushed the boundaries of musical expression, blending different genres and exploring unconventional approaches to sound. His contributions to the jazz and avant-garde music scenes have earned him respect and admiration among fellow musicians and audiences alike.
August 18th — Napoleon Revels-Bey
Napoleon Revels-Bey, an American musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator, will be performing at the Harlem Jazz Series.
Napoleon Revels-Bey, also known as Napoleon “Nappy” Revels-Bey, is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator. He is primarily recognized for his expertise in playing the saxophone, flute, and clarinet, as well as his contributions to jazz and avant-garde music. Revels-Bey has an extensive musical background and has performed and recorded with various notable artists and ensembles. He has collaborated with musicians such as Sun Ra, John Gilmore, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp, among others. His playing style incorporates elements of free jazz, improvisation, and experimental music, often pushing the boundaries of traditional jazz conventions. Revels-Bey’s contributions to the jazz and avant-garde music scenes have earned him recognition and respect within the industry. His innovative approach to music, virtuosic skills, and dedication to education have made him a notable figure in the realm of jazz and contemporary improvised music.
August 25tth – Kelvyn Bell
Kelvyn Bell an American guitarist, composer, and bandleader known for his contributions to various genres of music, including jazz, funk, and world music, will be performing for the Harlem Jazz Series.
Kelvyn Bell is an American guitarist, composer, and bandleader known for his contributions to various genres of music, including jazz, funk, and world music. He is recognized for his versatile playing style, incorporating elements of blues, rock, and African rhythms into his guitar work. Born and raised in New York City, Bell emerged as a prominent figure in the vibrant downtown music scene during the 1980s. He gained recognition for his collaborations with renowned artists such as James Chance and Defunkt. His unique guitar playing, characterized by a fusion of genres and inventive improvisation, brought a fresh sound to the music landscape. Kelvyn has performed and recorded with numerous notable musicians and bands, including Julius Hemphill, David Murray, and Vernon Reid. He has released albums as a bandleader, showcasing his compositional skills and innovative approach to music. Kelvyn’s unique musical voice, marked by his distinct guitar style and diverse influences, has solidified his place as a respected and influential figure in the music industry. His contributions to jazz and fusion music continue to inspire and captivate audiences around the world.
Mt. Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church
15 Mount Morris Park West
New York NY 10027 US