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Harlem Stage announces benefit concert honoring Cecil Taylor
(Published: October 07, 2015)

HARLEM STAGE ANNOUNCES FROM THE FIVE SPOT TO THE WORLD: A CELEBRATION OF JAZZ LEGEND CECIL TAYLOR TO BENEFIT HARLEM STAGE, CO-HOSTED WITH JASON MORAN, NOVEMBER 17th

Performers include Jason Moran, Geri Allen and Cecil Taylor, himself

Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue, Manhattan)
November 17 at 7:30pm
Tickets range from $250 to $1,000
harlemstage.org; 212.281.9240 ext. 19/20

On Tuesday, November 17, Harlem Stage will host a benefit concert honoring one of the last living pioneers of the jazz avant-garde, the legendary Cecil Taylor. Co-hosted with Jason Moran, the evening will celebrate the trifecta of Cecil Taylor's talent as a musician, poet and dancer. Performances inspired by his compositions with poetry and dance will feature top artists including Jason Moran, Geri Allen, surprise guests and Cecil Taylor himself.

The evening will begin at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $250 to $1,000 and can be purchased online at www.harlemstage.org or by calling the box office at 212.281.9240 ext. 19/20. Proceeds from the concert will help support the programs that make Harlem Stage the indispensable cultural force it is.

In 2012, Taylor, who lives in Brooklyn but rarely plays in New York, performed during Harlem Stage's A Celebration of the Maestro, a month-long presentation of his work featuring a wide range of performances, readings, conversations and screenings, presented in partnership with the Issue Project Room, the Jazz Studies Department of Columbia and the Anthology Film Archives. In a review, The New York Times called the performance "ritualistic, immersive, often breathtaking."

Legendary pianist and poet Cecil Taylor is widely recognized as a singular figure in the history of American music. He opened the iconic Five Spot in 1956, followed by Monk and Coleman, a pioneer, along with John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, of improvised music and the free jazz that began to flourish in the 1950s and ‘60s and still sounds avant-garde today. His music is characterized by an extremely energetic, physical approach that produces complex improvised sounds. At 86, he has been honored with countless awards, including a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has been named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. Taylor is also a poet; he often integrates his poems into his musical performances and they frequently appear within the liner notes of his albums. The New York Times: "[he is] still playing extraordinarily: his performances are shocking in their intensity and virtuosity."

More Information: http://www.harlemstage.org/


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