Darryl Alladice and CAAMO, Inc. are proud to present the following evening of jazz and poetry:
The JAY RODRIGUEZ Quartet: Sacred Music Works
with Jay Rodriguez, woodwinds, Brandon Younger, harp, Melissa Slocum, contra bass and Swiss Chris, percussion
Also: JACQUELINE JOHNSON and JP HOWARD, poetry
Saturday, May 4, 2013
St Augustine’s Church
290 Henry Street (Lower East Side)
New York City
Born in Baranquilla, Colombia, Jay Rodriguez began his musical studies at the age of seven on clarinet and was playing lead alto with the late great Tito Puente by the age of 15. He is now one of the busiest men in jazz, composing, arranging, teaching, and soloing on tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet.
Jay has a lithe sound and the refreshing willingness to explore any genre and contribute to any ensemble. A two-time Grammy nominee, he is most known for his incredible breadth of musical knowledge and his versatility. He has played with the greats of Latin music (Eddie Palmieri, Bobby Sanabria, Chucho Valdes, Celia Cruz), mainstream jazz (Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, Gil Evans Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Roy Hargrove) and jazz’s uptown scene (Bill Ware, Craig Harris, David Murray).
As a founding member and musical director of the Groove Collective, Jay has opened for and jammed with James Brown, backed Tupac Shakur, and shared the stage with Prince, Isaac Hayes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Bernie Worrell, and B.B. King. He has recorded with Musiq Soulchild and Wyclef Jean.
Tonight we are lucky to hear from Jay as a composer and performer of sacred music, together with his slammin’ band.
“He could be breathy and insinuating on a ballad, brawny and extroverted in an uptempo…” – Jon Pareles NY Times
“Jay’s distinctive sound ranges from Lester Young to Ornette Coleman. His explosive musical style is rhythmically innovative.” Ira Gitler
Jacqueline Johnson is a mutli-disciplined artist creating in both writing and fiber arts. She is the author of “A Gathering of Mother Tongues” published by White Pine Press and is the winner of the Third Annual White Pine Press Poetry Award. She is also the author of “Stokely Carmichael: The Story of Black Power, Simon & Shuster Books.
Ms. Johnson has received awards from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Mid‑Atlantic Writers Association’s Creative Writing Award in poetry, McDowell Colony for the Arts and is a Cave Canem fellow. Ms. Johnson has taught poetry at Pine Manor College, Poets House, Very Special Arts, Imani House, the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center and African Voices in New York City. She has read at the Pratt Institute, Poetry Society of America, Creative Time, NuYorican Poets Café, New York University, and at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Her recent publications include: Afro Beat Journal, Art’s Buoyant Felicity: An Anthology of Art/ Healing/ Creativity edited by eDeRuth; “Cutting Down the Wrath Bearing Tree,” Callaloo: The Politics Issue, John Hopkins University, Tempu Tupu, African American Women’s Poetry, African World Press, Saints of Hysteria: A Half Century of Collaborative American Poetry, Softskull Press, Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews, University of Akron Press, Calabash: Caribbean Journal, Beyond the Frontier, Role Call an Inter‑generational Anthology, Def Poetry Jam, Streetlights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience, Viking Penguin and Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition, Purple Moon Press.
Ms. Johnson has served as the chair of the literary committee for the Brooklyn Arts Council and has judged poetry contests for Poet’s House, NAACP ActSo Awards and Bronx Council of the Arts.
She is at work on several new projects: a novel “The Privilege of Memory” and a poetry book “A Woman’s Season.” She is a graduate of New York University and the City University of New York. A native of Philadelphia, PA she currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
JP Howard aka Juliet P. Howard is a poet, Cave Canem graduate fellow, member of The Hot Poets Collective and native New Yorker. She co-founded and nurtures Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon and Blog (WWBPS), a forum offering women writers at all levels a venue to come together in a positive and supportive space. WWBPS hosts monthly literary Salons in NY and the blog accepts submissions of poetry. JP was a Lambda Literary Foundation 2012 and 2011 Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow, as well as a Cave Canem 2011 Fellow in Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was a 2009-2010 finalist in the poetry category by the Lesbian Writer’s Fund of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. She was also the recipient of a Soul Mountain Retreat writing residency in 2010. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in: The Best American Poetry Blog, MiPOesias iPad Companion, The Mom Egg 2013 & 2012, “Of Fire, Of Iron”, “B” an Anthology, Talking Writing, Muzzle Magazine, Muzzle’s 2011 “Best of the First Year” Print Issue, Connotation Press, Brown Girl Love, an online writing project for women of color, TORCH, Queer Convention: A Chapbook of Fierce, Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems 2008-2009, Cave Canem XI 2007 Anthology, Promethean Literary Journal, The Portable Lower East Side (Queer City) and Poetry in Performance. She was awarded an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York in 2009, holds a BA from Barnard College as well as a JD from Brooklyn Law School. Women Writers in Bloom
Founded in 1983, the mission of The Contemporary African American Music Organization, Inc. (CAAMO) is to promote free expression and continuing education in music and the performing arts with African-American origins. Many thanks to NYSCA and Poets and Writers, Inc. for their support.
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We are very proud to announce the publication of my second book of poetry, Measuring in Liters.
Come celebrate with us! The book party will be held on February 4, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
La Camelia Restaurant
64 Downing Street (at Varick Street)
New York City, NY
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm
St Augustine’s Church, 290 Henry Street, New York City.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and painter Oliver Lake is renowned for his extraordinary technique and explosive, bluesy saxophone sound.
Award winning poet Cornelius Eady has published 8 books of poetry, and has written several works of musical theater.
Sabrina Hayeem-Ladani is a poet, actor, singer and dancer who was born and raised in Manhattan.
Darryl Alladice & CAAMO, Inc. are proud to present the ALAKANDE! SPREAD JOY Ensemble, along with poets esther louise and CHERYL BOYCE-TAYLOR on SUNDAY OCTOBER 21, 2012 2-4 pm St Augustine’s Church, 290 Henry Street, Manhattan. $20 admission. Alakande! Spread Joy! is a women’s percussive and vocal ensemble that spreads joy by way of music, dance, song, and verse from the African Diaspora. Poet Born in Trinidad and raised in New York City, CHERYL BOYCE-TAYLOR is the author of 3 collections of poetry, and poet esther louise, from Brooklyn, New York, has also been widely published.
My new book of poetry, Measuring in Liters, will be out soon! Keep your eye on this website for more information.
We’re back! Curating another wonderful series of jazz and poetry in New York –
Darryl Alladice, CAAMO, Inc., Poets and Writers, Inc. and NYSCA are proud to present
The CRAIG HARRIS ENSEMBLE,
along with poets DARRYL ALLADICE and EJ ANTONIO
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
290 Henry Street,
By public transportation: take the F train to East Broadway, walk east along Henry Street, or the B/D to Grand and walk east along Grand, right on Pitt Street, and left on Henry.
So excited to present our dear friends Robert Gibbons, poet, and Ruben Gonzalez, songwriter and guitarist, who will be joined by Michael Wimberly on Tuesday, May 15 at the Dwyer!