Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris Quartet
December 11, 2018 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 forty 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, music curator, and artistic director. Craig, who comes from a tradition of art as a cultural facilitation to help promote change, has employed his musical voice to comment on social injustice with projects including God’s Trombones, based on James Weldon Johnson’s book of sermons.
Featuring: Adam Klipple – piano, Calvin Jones – bass, Tony Lewis – drums, Jay Rodriguez – reeds, and Craig Harris – trombone
First set: 12:00 pm-12:45 pm (15 min break); Second set: 1:00 pm-1:45 pm
Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York NY 10027 US