BMCC 'Lost Jazz Shrines' series continues
MISANI Special to the AmNews | 6/1/2011, 4:06 p.m.
The Borough of Manhattan Community College's (BMCC) acclaimed "Lost Jazz Shrines" series continues its 13th season on Friday, June 3 with "52nd Street in the Modern Mode," the final program in the 2010-11 series, which will be presented at BMCC's Tribeca Performing Arts Center (PAC), located at 199 Chambers St. in the Tribeca area of New York City.
This year, the series, which opened on May 20 and will end this Friday, celebrates the legendary jazz clubs and musicians of "52nd Street: The Center of New York's Jazz Scene from the 1930s through 1940s."
This week's program, titled "Arts & Crafts & Candi," culminates with a concert led by drummer-composer Matt Wilson, the musical director of this year's series. His band, Arts & Crafts, featuring Terrell Stafford (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano and organ), and Martin Wind (bass), is paired with the legendary conga and bongo master Candido Camero, who celebrated his 90th birthday on April 21.
Candido has performed with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Machito and other Afro-Cuban pioneers. This concert will focus on those collaborations and Candido's self-titled jazz debut album, "which displays his blending of hand drums employing the swing time beat." The performance, which takes place at 8:30 p.m., is preceded by a 7 p.m. film screening of "Candido: Hands of Fire."
The Friday, May 20 "52nd Street in the Modern Mode, Part 1: Multimonk" program was inspired by the great jazz master Thelonius Monk, who is "recognized as a multidimensional genius of modern jazz" and considered "one of the giants of American music." It featured a concert with Wilson (drums), Scott Robinson (saxophones, brass), Frank Kimbrough (piano) and Ray Drummond (bass). Preceded by a 7 p.m. "Recollections of 52nd Street" interview with Dan Morgenstern (NEA Jazz Master and director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University), it was moderated by Willard Jenkins.
The Friday, May 27 program, "52nd Street in the Modern Mode, Part 2: Topsy Turvy: A Bebop Redux," focused on the music of the larger jazz groups that played at clubs on 52nd Street. Amongst them were Dizzy Gillespie, Mary Lou Williams Fat Waller, Tadd Dameron, John Lewis, John Kirby and others. The concert featured Wilson (drums), Jeff Lederer (reeds), Tia Fuller (reeds), Kirk Knuffke (brass), Curtis Fowlkes (brass), Vijay Iyer (piano), Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Chris Lightcap (bass).
Tickets for the Friday, June 3 concert and film screening are $25 ($15 for students and seniors). To purchase tickets, call (212) 220-1460, visit Tribeca PAC's box office at 199 Chambers St. or go to www.tribecapac.org.