Craig Harris and Tailgaters Tales – Harlem Jazz Series
July 19, 2017 12:00pm – 2:00pm
When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him. From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, into the confrontational expressionism of the ‘60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word. He has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of progressive jazz’s most important figures and his own projects display both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression. It is those two qualities that have dominated Craig’s past twenty years of activity, bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, curator and artistic director.
1st set: 12pm – 12:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 1pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30am
Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church – 59 West 137th Street, New York NY 10037 US