Acoustic bassist, violinist, and poet Henry Grimes continues his very active schedule of concerts, touring, and education with an informal month-long residency at the concert space called the Stone, northwest corner of Ave. C and 2nd St. in Manhattan, http://www.thestonenyc.com/calendar.php, playing various sets of music with many of his favorite musicians during the month. At the invitation of Stone proprietor John Zorn, Henry and Margaret Grimes curated the space for November, Henry's 75th-birthday month, and many of those booked asked to have Henry join them in their sets, creating a challenging and thrilling opportunity for him to play in an extended series in a select New York City spot with musicians (and a poet) he truly admires.
Is this a rough road for a 75-year-old? No, says Henry: He only tires when he stops playing music. And how blissful to get a break from endless travel and be able to stay at home and still be playing lots of concerts!
Henry wants to celebrate not just his own upcoming concerts, but those of all the musicians playing at the Stone in November, so here, in brief, is the complete November schedule. For details about the musiciansand they are a fascinating assortmentplease see short bios at thestonenyc.com/calendar.php and / or their individual Web sites:
11/1 Monday Stone Seminar: Jeff Tain" Watts workshop (open to all) 7 to 9 pm, $20
11/2 Tuesday 8 pm, $10 Juini Booth (bass)
10 pm, $10 Stacy Dillard (saxophones) with Diallo House (bass) and Ismail Lawal (drums)
11/3 Wednesday 8 and 10 pm, $20/ set Henry Grimes's 75th birthday Henry Grimes (acoustic bass, violin, poetry) with Edward Kidd" Jordan (tenor saxophone)
[NOTE: Food and drinks aren't allowed at the Stone, but in celebration of Henry's 75th birthday, after the two sets of music, musicians and ticket-holders will convene at a late-night area restaurant to be announced (Dutch treat!).]
11/4 Thursday 8 and 10 pm, $20/ set G. Calvin Weston Group, tribute to Ornette Coleman and Free Jazz G. Calvin Weston (drums, keyboards, trumpet) Ed Ricart (guitar) Tom Spiker (bass) Billy Martin (percussion, drums)
11/5 Friday 8 and 10 pm, $15/ set Harriet Tubman Brandon Ross (guitar) Melvin Gibbs (bass guitar) J.T. Lewis (drums)
11/6 Saturday 8 pm, $15 Vincent Chancey's Phat Chance Vincent Chancey (French horn) Steve Bloom (guitar) Jeremy Carlstedt (drums)
10 pm, $10 Laura Kahle (pocket trumpet) with Radu Ben Judah (bass) and Jeff Tain" Watts (drums)
11/7 Sunday 8 pm, $20 Mark Dresser and Henry Grimes
10 pm, $10 Matana Roberts (alto saxophone) with Ches Smith (drums)
11/8 Monday 7-10 pm, $20 Stone Seminar: Mark Dresser bass explorations workshop for bassists
11/9 Tuesday 8 pm, $10 Edwin Torres (poetry) with Henry Grimes (bass, violin) and Ernesto Gomez (harmonica)
10 pm, $10 Ismail Lawal (drums)
11/10 Wednesday 8 pm, $15 Carmen Staaf (piano, accordion) with Kendall Eddy (acoustic bass) and Austin McMahon (drums)
10 pm, $20 Carmen Staaf (piano, accordion) with Henry Grimes (bass, violin)
11/11 Thursday 8 and 10 pm, $10/ set Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
10 pm, $10 Andrew Bemkey (piano, clarinets) with Newman Taylor Baker (drums)
11/19 Friday 8 pm, $10 Mixashawn (Lee Rozie) with William Hooker: Jah Emidy"
10 pm, $10 Mixashawn (Lee Rozie) (spoken word, saxophones, flutes, berimbau, voice, percussion) with Henry Grimes (bass, violin): Live from Downtown Atlantis"
11/20 Saturday 8 and 10 pm, $20/ set STONE IMPROV NIGHT A Stone Benefit Come down and help The Stone stay afloat with its monthly improv concert!
11/21 Sunday 8 pm, $15 Connie Crothers (piano) with Henry Grimes (bass, violin) 10 pm, $10 Connie Crothers (piano) with Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone) Roy Campbell, Jr. (trumpets) Ken Filiano (bass) Roger Mancuso (drums)
11/23 Tuesday 8 pm, $10 Marc Ribot (solo guitars, voice)
10 pm, $20 Marc Ribot (guitars, voice) Trio with Henry Grimes (bass, violin) and Chad Taylor (drums)
11/24 Wednesday 8 pm, $10 Gino Sitson (solo)
10 pm, $10 Ken Filiano (bass) with Henry Grimes (bass, violin)
11/25 Thursday Closed for Thanksgiving
11/26 Friday 8 pm, $10 Charles Burnham (violin)
10 pm, $15 Scott Robinson (contrabass, saxophones, theremin, sonic devices) with Marshall Allen (alto sax, flute, EVI), Pat O'Leary (cello, bass and sonic devices), Kevin Norton (vibraphone, drums, percussion), and Henry Grimes (bass, violin)
11/27 Saturday 8 and 10 pm, $15/ set Andrew Lamb and The Moving Form: Andrew Lamb (reeds, flutes, woodwinds, perc), Tom Abbs (bass, tuba, perc), Warren Smith and Michael Wimberly (drums, perc), Will Halsey (spoken word, perc), and Jimmy James Greene (spontaneous visual art, flute)
11/28 Sunday 8 and 10 pm, $20/ set Odean Pope (saxophones) with Henry Grimes (bass and violin) and Craig McIver (drums)
11/29 Monday 7-9 pm, $20 (open to all) Stone Seminar: Harriet Tubman Trio workshop Brandon Ross (guitars) Melvin Gibbs (bass guitar) J.T. Lewis (drums)
11/3O Tuesday 8 and 10 pm, $20/set Zim Ngqawana (saxophones, flute) with Henry Grimes (bass, violin) and Andrew Cyrille (drums)