Now in its 17th season, BAMcafé Live just announced its October lineup featuring rock, jazz, R&B, world, pop and more!
Friday & Saturday night schedule (Host: Phillip Andry) Fri, Oct 7 at 9pm—Aabaraki Sat, Oct 8 at 9pm—David Ryan Harris Fri, Oct 14 at 9pm—Melvis Santa & Ashedí Sat, Oct 15 at 9pm—Jay Rodriguez: Pambelé Fri, Oct 21 at 9pm—Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet Sat, Oct 22 at 9pm––Eco Music Big Band: Pan Latin Night Fri, Oct 28 at 9pm––Eric Wyatt Sat, Oct 29 at 9pm––Laaraji
About the artists
Fri, Oct 7 at 9pm
Belying their simple four-piece makeup, Aabaraki crafts a delicious alt-soul sound that not onlypays homage to the founders of funk, but also modernizes the genre. Led by charismaticfrontman Akie Bermiss, the Brooklyn-based group opts for sophisticated minimalism, operatingas a single unit in producing, writing, singing, and creating all of its music—with the occasionalstop-off for a Prince/Bill Withers mashup that’s guaranteed to bring down the house.Sat, Oct 8 at
David Ryan Harris
In partnership with Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration and Restoration Rocks! MusicFestival.
After playing guitar and singing in John Mayer’s band, David Ryan Harris released his fourth full-length album, Lightyears, in the fall of 2015, featuring guest appearances by Mayer,Indie.Arie, and Nikka Costa. Elmore Magazine called Lightyears“Harris doing what he doesbest… performing alone with his guitar, singing beautiful and all-too-real lyrics.” His most recent album was released last month.
Fri, Oct 14 at 9pm
Melvis Santa & Ashedí
Havana-born artist Melvis Santa made a splash on the Cuban musical scene at 14, when shefounded the collective Sexto Sentido—a project that jazz great Chucho Valdés deemed as “thebest Cuban vocal quartet of the past 30 years”. Based in New York since 2014, she continues to make her mark as a performer who blurs the boundaries of Afro-Cuban music and jazz.Touching audiences and critics alike, her debut CD as a bandleader, Santa Habana, wascritically acclaimed and nominated for the Cubadisco Awards in 2012. Her new compositionsfeature her project Ashedí, consisting of piano and batá drums.
Sat, Oct 15 at 9pm
Jay Rodriguez: PambeléAn Afro Latin Experience
The music director of Groove Collective and a three-time Grammy nominee, Rodriguez hasperformed or recorded with a diverse list of talent, including icons Joe Lovano, Elvis Costello,Gil Evans, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Stevie Wonder, Wynton Marsalis, Cab Calloway, and others.Rodriguez has recorded/toured with Prince, Gangstar, DJ Premiere, George Porter Jr., andmore and is now hard at work on a new recording.
Fri, Oct 21 at 9pm
Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sextet
A professional musician for more than 45 years, the Harlem-born percussionist Steven Kroon is mostly known for his work with late vocalist Luther Vandross. He has also recorded and performed with Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett andLady Gaga, and others. His sextet plays high-energy Latin jazz with a blend of Afro-Cuban andBrazilian music.
Sat, Oct 22 at 9pm
Eco Music Big Band: Pan Latin Night
The Eco Music Big Band is a multigenerational “virtuoso band” (The NYC Jazz Record) thatdefies style, tradition, and expectations with genre-bending, avant-garde performances andrecordings. Founded by Fred Ho in 2013 and led by Marie Incontrera, the band is committed topresenting the music of overlooked 20th-century jazz composers and reimagining classical andavant-garde works for jazz band. The band has performed throughout the city at venues suchas the Blue Note Jazz Club, Red Rooster’s Ginny’s Supper Club, National Black Theater, Joe’sPub at the Public Theater, and Roulette, among others.
Fri, Oct 28 at 9pm
A saxophonist born and raised in Brooklyn, Eric Wyatt has jazz in his blood; his father playedwith the likes of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Eric’s godfather Sonny Rollins. Having recorded with artists such as Kenny Garrett, Wynton Marsalis, and BobCrenshaw, Wyatt’s 2014 release Borough of Kings received outstanding reviews internationally.
Sat, Oct 29 at 9pm
Presented in conjunction with World Music Institute. Laraaji began playing music on the streets of NYC in the late 70s, improvising trance-inducing music on a modified zither/autoharp. Brian Eno “discovered” him playing in Washington SquarePark and the result was Laraaji’s most widely-recognized release, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, the third installment of Brian Eno’s Ambient series.
Laraaji went on to release a series of albums and captivate a global following. In recent years he has been collaborating with a new generation of musicians, including playing live at the Deer hunter-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival.
BAMcafé Live is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, 2nd floor. For information and updates, call 718.636.4100 or visit BAM.org.
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