Multi-instrumentalist Chip Shelton may not be a household name, but he has recorded eight CDs (Summit Records) to critical acclaim. Shelton is still growing and honing his craft with each new performance, having impressed audiences from Japan to Egypt, to the U.S., particularly New York, where he resides and has somewhat of a cult following on the jazz front.

On Feb. 9 and 23, Shelton will be performing at Creole Restaurant & Music Supper Club (2167 Third Ave. at 118th Street) for two sets beginning at 7 p.m.

On Feb. 9, vocalists will include the talented international singer-songwriter Okaru Lovelace and David Patterson. For this gig, Shelton will be playing tenor and sopranino (a smaller version of the soprano sax in E-flat) saxophones, in-blown flute and piccolo. His accompanists, who have played with all-star casts, will include pianist Michael Cochrane, bassist Calvin Hill, drummer Sipho Kunene and Daoud David Williams on percussion. Personnel can change depending on performance date.

Sheldon and his group will also appear at Miller Library in Jersey City, N.J., on Feb. 16, 8-10 p.m. Other gigs through April can be found on his website,

Shelton recently released a limited-edition CD of previously unreleased material from two prior performances. The first was recorded live at the Rive Gauche in Cairo, Egypt, in 2005 and includes Sheldon’s interpretations of “Night in Tunisia” (Dizzy Gillespie), “All Blues” (Miles Davis) and his original “Imprints.”

The second performance was recorded on Oct. 30 and 31, 2008, at Cecil’s Jazz Club in West Orange, N.J. Since the noted jazz club owned by drummer Cecil Brooks III no longer exists, this may very well become a collector’s item. The featured tunes are “Heritage Hum” (Jimmy Heath), Shelton’s original “Now That You’ve Gone” and “Simone,” a Frank Foster tune. The theme for the Halloween weekend was “Cecil Gets the People Out for Obama.”

Sheldon calls this ninth CD a “limited edition” since it only has six tracks and it is on his own label, Crystal Clear Music Inc.

The Cecil’s lineup included Shelton on C-tenor saxophone and end-blown flute, guitarist Lou Volpe, Jon Davis on piano and organ, Dwayne Cook Broadnax on drums and Williams on percussion.

Sheldon is an excellent musician with fresh ideas to add to the jazz forum, and you’ll get an opportunity to see him play instruments that aren’t usually in the jazz dialogue. For digital copies of his music, email

The world-famous Apollo Theater will offer a variety of programs for the diverse tastes of the Harlem community and its international fans for Black History Month and through spring 2013. For entertainment night owls, the Apollo Music Cafe at 10 p.m. on Feb. 1 and 2 is the place for you. On Feb. 1, Rebecca Naomi Jones explores the relationship between her late father’s music tastes and her own. Her father, Eddie Jones, was the longtime musical director-vocal arranger of the doo-wop group the Cadillacs. Jones has performed on Broadway in “American Idiot” and “Passing Strange.”

On Feb. 2, B. Slade and Patrice Covington hit the stage. Covington has been seen nationwide with Ruben Studdard and other “American Idol” contestants. She has also toured with Broadway’s “Dreamgirls” as Effie White. Singer, songwriter and actor B. Slade has released several hundred songs on 27 albums over a span of 14 years. He has won eight Stellar Awards and received two Grammy nominations: Best Soul Album for “Out the Box” and Best Urban/Soul Alternative Performance for his single “Blend,” from his 2008 album, “Unspoken.”

Now in its third season, the Apollo Music Cafe series crosses genres as performers swing in the theater’s Soundstage, which offers a nightclub setting with bar and stage-side seating. You don’t have to go downtown to be hip in an avant-garde setting. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 general admission.

“The Apollo has always been about what’s next, and our Black History Month programs honor the past while looking forward into our future,” said Apollo Executive Producer Mikki Shepard. “While Apollo Music Cafe recreates a lounge-like atmosphere … our open house weekend welcomes the community in to hear performances and reconnect with the theater, and our new ‘Live Wire’ series will focus on the Apollo’s seminal role in the development of American culture.”

On Feb. 7, the Apollo’s education program introduces a new series with the “Apollo Live Wire Discussion Series with Black Men/Soul Music.” Duke University professor of Black popular culture Mark Anthony Neal will lead a discussion on the artistic, social and political legacy of soul music and its role as an expressive art form for Black men. This event is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. RSVP required at

The weekend of Feb. 9 and 10 features a free open house. This is a chance to see another side of the Apollo and hear tidbits from in-house historian Billy Mitchell, who has been associated with the famous theater since 1965.

The open house ends on Feb. 10 with the film “Voices of Love: Whitney Houston and Her Family.” This documentary traces the history of song in this talented family while celebrating the power of gospel music to heal, to transcend and to entertain. It features Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston, Sweet Inspirations, the Drinkard Singers, Roberta Flack, Gary Houston and the Drinkard Singers II. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Gary Keys.

On the same day, other screenings of significant importance will include the Community Works documentaries “Harlem Is … Gospel” and “Harlem Is … Music,” as well as New Heritage Films’ “Hughes’ Dream Harlem,” a cine-poetic film on Langston Hughes featuring Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. For a complete schedule, visit