Sistas’ Place, Howard Johnson, Blue Note, ‘Trubone’

Ron Scott | 1/26/2017, midnight
Like his fellow native Brooklynites (Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston), the pianist Ed Stoute wears his Brooklyn badge ...
"Trubone" Bernard James photo

He has won two Grammy Awards, one in 1989 for Best Hard Rock Performance by a Group while in the band Living Colour, and then again for Best Hard Rock Performance with the band in 1990.

Although Calhoun’s legacy will remain the rock band’s progressive drummer, he continues to explore new valleys as he concludes his three-day engagement at Manhattan’s Blue Note jazz club Jan. 26.

The three-day stint that began with the saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane, followed by the trumpeter Randy Brecker and ending with the guitarist Russell Malone, whose crisp captivating sound will add yet another dimension to Calhoun’s collaborative book.

The engagement’s formal title is “Will Calhoun Celebrating Elvin Jones,” one of his drumming mentors. The title also represents his latest CD (Motema Music).

The CD’s special guest performer, the great Senegalese master drummer Doudou N’Diaye Rose, represents Calhoun’s commitment to this music’s African roots. “Meeting and briefly studying with Doudou has positively changed my life forever, both as a human being and as an artist,” stated Calhoun.

Although in the jazz spectrum, Calhoun refuses to be categorized. His stylistic influences vary from rock influences to integrating drum and bass grooves, percussion roots of Africa and sampling into his playing.

The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third Street in the West Village. There are two sets, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For reservations, call 212-475-8592.

Black theater in Harlem has been a cultural release, as well as an outcry for equality, since Anita Bush organized the Lafayette Players in 1916.

Jan. 28-29, that vibrant tradition forges ahead with the premiere of “Trubone” at the Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center (34 W. 134th St.).

The Shades of Truth Theatre and Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group present the inspired recollections of a man preserved by time to rewrite history without paper, pen or apology.

“I tell you ‘bout life the way I lived it!” the character Trubone declares. “I was a runaway slave. I met John Brown, and Harriet Tubman was a friend of mine. I fought in the Civil War and I was lynched twice. I told Dr. King about a dream and gave Huey P. Newton a gun!”

Michael Green, conceived the play and is the director. He also plays Trubone and an ensemble of seven dynamic actors support him. The production was written by Michael Green, Vanessa Shaw, Vanessa L. Smith and Kisha Spence.

There are two shows Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and one 4 p.m. show Jan. 29. General admission is $35. For more information, visit the website shadesoftruththeatre@gmail.com or call 917-330-0132.