The Harlem Jazz Boxx Series is the most reflective series of jazz in the community on Tuesdays from noon–2 p.m. ($15); and Fridays from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. ($20), at the Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 West 124th Street.

This weekly series offers various perspectives on the jazz genre from straight-ahead to avant-garde, a musical form that is seldom presented in Harlem.

On Friday, August 16, Ray Blue Quartet will raise the pulpit levels with band members: the rousing pianist Kirk Lightsey, bassist Santi DiBriano, and drummer Alvester Garnett.

Blue’s music can be described as a fusion of straight-ahead jazz and African groove. He has been a first call saxophonist with such musicians as Charlie Persip Super Band, Wycliff Gordon, Bernard Purdie, Alicia Keys, and The Sun Ra Arkestra. The saxophonist, composer and arranger’s CD “Work” (Jazz Head Records) will be released on October 12. There will be two sets 7 p.m.–7:45 p.m.; 15 min break and second set from 8 p.m.–8:45 p.m.

On August 23, the alto saxophonist and composer Darius Jones performs. He has the capacity to bring you to tears or take you out-in and about. His repertoire includes compositions and performances in electro-acoustic music, chamber ensembles; contemporary, avant-garde jazz groups and modern dance performances. Jones’ 2012 release, “Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)” was listed among NPR’s Best Top 10 Jazz Albums of that year. Two sets from 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

On August 27 the Ed Cherry Trio (Noon–2 p.m.) will perform with his trio bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Anwar Marshall. Guitarist Cherry spent over 15 years in Dizzy Gillespie’s band, remaining with the group until the trumpeter’s death in 1993. Since then Cherry has performed and recorded with a variety of noted musicians from Paquito D’Rivera to Hamiet Bluiett, and John Faddis. Cherry is a swinging underrated player deserving of wider recognition.

Harlem Jazz Boxx is spearheaded by innovative trombonist, composer and conceptualist Craig Harris, Carolyn Johnson, president of Welcome to Harlem, a boutique-tour company focusing on the history and cultural diversity of Harlem, and the Arts & Education Continuum.

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The Jazz Gallery is the most stimulating jazz club in New York City. Since its 1995 inception it has developed a home where the youngest generation of emerging professional jazz musicians can explore their adventurous concepts with opportunities to collaborate with their peers, and perform in front of eager audiences.

On August 16 Taylor Ho Bynum 9-Tette will take the Jazz Gallery stage for two sets at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette splits the difference between Bynum’s long-running Sextet and his 15-piece PlusTet creative orchestra. The cornetist and composer will be joined by eight musicians from New York, Boston, and Chicago, a multi-generational, multi-cultural, and multi-perspective crew.

Celebrating the pre-release of their next recording, titled “The Ambiguity Manifesto” (scheduled for September release from Firehouse 12 Records, but advance copies will be available at the concert), the music blurs the lines between composition and improvisation, between solo and ensemble. The work draws upon lessons learned in Bynum’s 20-plus years of experience with some of the innovators of 20th century creative music, like Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, and

Bill Dixon.

The following evening on August 17 Kalia Vandever the trombonist, composer, and improviser who uses the instrument as an extension of her voice will grace the Jazz Gallery stage. This is the release show for her debut album, “In Bloom” which features her work for quartet, as well as duo with guitar and trombone/voice. Vandever will also present a few solo pieces she’s been working on in the last 6 months.

Her band is comprised of her closest friends and collaborators in NYC; pianist Theo Walentiny, bassist Nick Dunston, drummer Connor Parks, and guitarist Lee Meadvin.

For reservations and schedule visit the website at

“Sunday Supper” with Cynthia Scott swings for the month of August at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club (2751 Broadway) on Manhattan’s upper west side. “I will end the residency the end of August,” said Scott. “It has been a beautiful run and I so appreciate the audiences and getting to try out all kinds of new and old material. I am pulling out charts I hadn’t sung in years. One was by the late arranger Onzy Matthews. He was really the one that I think was supposed to fill Duke Ellington’s shoes. He was really that good.”

Although the vocal stylist used several different musicians during this residency her mainstay band for the duration will be pianist John Di Martino, saxophonist Patience Higgins, bassist Paul Beaudry and drummer Dwayne Cook Broadnax, who has been with her for

some years.

On being referred to as a jazz singer Scott explained, “I guess so because I am not locked in with how I should sing the song. Again, Jazz gives you FREEDOM and I believe in freedom. Everyone should. Sometimes, I take a lot of freedom and sometimes less. I really want audiences to have an emotional connection to the song if possible. I certainly want that for myself.”

As a result of this Smoke residency that began in April, the native Texan will be going into the studio in October to do another recording. She says it will be originals, and a few standards and one original song written by Norman Simmons entitled “Wish

Me Luck.”

For the duration of her Sunday’s at Smoke (August 18 and 25) you can expect Scott, a seasoned vocal stylist, to deliver songs with emotion and a taste of the blues.

For information and reservations visit the website or call 212-864-6662.

On August 17 and 18, the pianist, poet, actress, playwright and founder of Parlor Entertainment will present the 27th annual Jazz-At-The-Mansion (2 p.m.–6 p.m.) at the Morris Jumel Mansion (between St. Nicholas and Edgecombe Avenues/160th and 162nd Streets).

The band for this two-day free festival will feature pianist, vocals and music director Rudel Drears, guitarist Jeffrey Michels, saxophonist Sedric Choukroun and trumpeters Nicholas Mauro, Lila Monello and Koichi Yoshihara. Both Drears and Eliot are underrated musicians who should definitely be seen. They understand the concept of swing, and elements of the blues and gospel are in the forefront of their unique sound.

CORRECTION: The Harlem Spanish Orchestra was mistakenly mentioned as performing at Saturday’s Jazzmobile @ 55 Great Jazz on the Great Lawn concert. However, it was the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra led by Ron Allen who were scheduled. The Harlem Orchestra closed the concert to standing ovations. They were swinging so hard one lady lost her shoe to the wailing blues vocals of trombonist Wycliffe Gordon who sat in as a surprise guest. The host and vocalist Alyson Williams and Tulivu, who has performed with the orchestra for over 20 years, belted out jazz standards with the big band.