Featuring: Craig Harris-Trombone, Carla Cook-Vocals, Helga Davis-Vocals, Latanya Hall- Vocals Tony Lewis - Drums, Calvin Jones-Bass, Bahnamous Bowie-Keyboards, Abdour M'boup-Percussion, Chiek M'baye-Percussion
When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1978, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him. From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, and into the confrontational expressionism of the '60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word.
But the contemporary music world quickly realized that his talents went far beyond his superb skills as a trombonist. While he performed with a veritable Who's Who of progressive jazz' most important figures ≠ including Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Lester Bowie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Jaki Byard, Cecil Taylor, Muhal Richard Abrams, and the list goes on and on -- his own projects displayed both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of African-American musical expression.
And it's those two qualities that have dominated Craig's past 15 years of activity, bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world and into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, curator and artistic director.
Despite his seemingly overwhelming commitments as artistic director and curator that have somewhat diminished his participation on the jazz circuit, Craig is about to return to the world of regular performing with his various ensembles and pure music projects.
For his Sweet Rhythm appearance Craig will be performing with Nation of Imagination (N.O.I.)
Nation of Imagination (N.O.I.) features Harris with three vocalists, three percussionists, keyboards, and bass. Conceived as a springboard for forays into the rich veins of world music, it was founded in 1996 and is designed to form artistic alliances with musicians from different cultures. The first collaboration was with Eastern European Gypsy musicians and premiered in Turkey, then toured Europe. A collaboration with West African percussionists is the most recent project.
Friday, Sept. 20 & Saturday, Sept. 21
88 Seventh Avenue South, NYC
Sets: 8:00pm & 10:00pm