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Harlem Stage's Jazzy December Lineup Featuring Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Elio Villafranca and More
(Published: November 19, 2018)

Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Fall 2018 season of performances. The season is curated by Monique Martin, recently appointed Director of Programming for Harlem Stage and features artists who #Disrupt and take creative risk. The performances feature a range of artistic genres, offering audiences the chance to experience legendary performers, as well as rising stars.

Harlem Stage will present critically acclaimed vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles and her band SCOPE as they play hits from their newest album, Free of Form. The melodic music delivers socially referential messages, allowing the audience to both reflect and engage as Charles touches on issues surrounding mass incarceration, political ideology, social media, police brutality, addiction, war and historical context, while retaining colors of jazz, soul, indie rock, R&B and electronic experimentation.

Join Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca and his Afro Caribbean Trio as they offer up an evening of Jazz infused with Afro Caribbean rhythms. Born in the Pinar del Río province of Cuba and trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of pianists, composers and bandleaders that has been making major creative contributions to the international development of modern jazz.

Harlem Stage and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah present a free special pop up concert featuring Braxton Cook and hisquintet at Harlem's own Silvana's restaurant. One of this generation's emerging voices on the alto saxophone Braxton is also a talented vocalist and songwriter whose sounds blends Soul, R&B, and Jazz. A Juilliard graduate, he has toured with Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott, Marquis Hill, and The New Century Jazz Quintet, among others

Closing out the season, catch Weedie Braimah and The Hands of Timewith special guests Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Pedrito Martinez. Weedie Braimah's percussive orchestra will surely awaken the rhythmic senses and soul of anyone present, as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah stretches jazz music's rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean.

"During a time in America and the world in which many of us feel impotent against the oppressive forces of the state, art enables us to respond, to speak truth to power, to resist and to attempt to transform. The time is now and the doors to the Harlem Stage Gatehouse are open" said Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of Harlem Stage.

Monique Martin, Director of Programming,said "This season, Harlem Stage will continue to be a ‘Sanctuary Space' for dialogue, bridge building and transcendent theater, music and dance. Artists from down the block, around the way and across the globe will present bespoke programs to ignite our imaginations, pose disrupting questions and ground us in our collective commitment to a world that honors everyone. We look forward to holding space with you and honoring our collective humanity."

TICKETING INFORMATION
Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan).
Box Office Hours: Regular box office hours are 10AM-3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.
By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19
Online:www.HarlemStage.org

ABOUT HARLEM STAGE
Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem's cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas.For over 35 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation's leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Stew, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more. Its education program each year provides over 1,000 New York City children with introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

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Saturday, December 1
7:30pm
Price: $25
Uptown Nights: Sarah Elizabeth Charles and SCOPE
Sarah Elizabeth Charles and her band SCOPE have been together for nine years and continue to re-define their musical space. Through live performance and educational engagement, Sarah has shared her vision for what sonic landscapes have the potential to be. Harnessing freedom of expression, social commentary and ever-changing dialogue, this band's name speaks for itself. SCOPE is the possibility and the opportunity to deal with something. This music sends a message that we are all unique human beings worthy of exploring our true selves and sharing it with the world. During this performance, the audience will experience music from SCOPE's newest record, Free of Form, which includes protest and socially reflective material that serves as a form of questioning, celebration, individuality and unification.

Thursday, December 6
7:30pm
Price: FREE
Uptown Nights: Elio Villafranca Afro Caribbean Trio
Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall Citywide, a program of the Weill Music Institute.

Born in the Pinar del Río province of Cuba, Steinway Artist, Grammy Nominated,and 2014 JALC Millennium Swing Award! Recipient pianist and composer Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba.

Since his arrival in the U.S. in mid-1995, Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable pianists, composers and bandleaders. Over the years, Elio Villafranca has recorded and performed nationally and internationally as a leader, featuring jazz master artists such as Pat Martino, Terell Stafford, Wynton Marsalis, Billy Hart, Paquito D'Rivera, Billy Harper, Eric Alexander,and Lewis Nash, Chick Corea, and Jon Faddis, Johnny Pachecoamong others. He is based in New York City and he is a faculty member of Temple University, Philadelphia and The Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University in NYC.

Featuring Russell Hall on bass and Dion Parson on drums

Friday, December 14
7:30pm
Price: FREE
Uptown Nights: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Featuring Braxton Cook
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuahpresents a special pop up concert featuring Braxton Cook and hisquintet at Harlem's own Silvana's restaurant. One of this generation's emerging voices on the alto saxophone Braxton is also a talented vocalist and songwriter whose sounds blends Soul, R&B, and Jazz. A Juilliard graduate, he has toured with Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott, Marquis Hill, and The New Century Jazz Quintet, among others. In 2017, Fader Magazine called Braxton Cook a "Jazz Marvel" and "Jazz Prodigy."

Saturday, December 15
7:30pm
Price: $25
Uptown Nights: Weedie Braimah and The Hands of Time with special guests Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Pedrito Martinez

Weedie Braimah exemplifies tradition, evolution and soul as he brings his vision of building a reverence for folkloric West African music to life by anchoring the concert with percussion as the driver. His percussive orchestra will awaken the rhythmic senses and soul through his unique folkloric-fusion utilizing instruments such as Kora, Ngoni, Balafon, Djembe, Dundun, Tama, Sabar, Bass, and Electric Guitar creates new sounds reaching musical boundaries like none before.

Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, returns as host, curator and performer for his final year of a three residency that continues to Stretch jazz music's rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass a range of cultural influences from his native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean. Scott aTunde Adjuah is a WaterWorks artist that creates a bridge to liberation and freedom with some of music's most daring musicians and improvisers.

Cuban congero Pedro Pablo "Pedrito" Martinez has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D'Rivera, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting and has contributed, as a percussionist and vocalist, to over 50 albums.


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