NEW YEAR’s EVE, 2O16 / 2O17



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December 31st, 2016: “Truth is Marching In” / “Bells at Midnight” — Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Grimes/ Ribot/ Taylor Trio + Billy Martin/ Marc Ribot Duet! Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn [11201], 718-330-0313, 10 p.m., $30,, Join guitarist Marc Ribot, drummer Chad Taylor, and legendary Albert Ayler alumnus bassist Henry Grimes to kiss 2016 and its disaster goodbye, and harness the power of improvisation and the music of Albert Ayler to renew our spirits for a New Year of music, love, rage, and RESISTANCE. Grimes, Ribot, Taylor’s ritual improvisation will lead to a midnight rendition of Albert Ayler’s powerful masterpiece “Bells” to greet the New Year’s arrival. Marc Ribot will join celebrated drummer Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin and Wood) for an opening set featuring Martin’s new project Veve Mechanique, an infectious mix of electro/acoustic grooves and inspired improvising.  2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Borough Hall, Brooklyn; A, C or F to Jay St.-Metrotech; or A, C, or G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn St’s.  

ribottriobyjoycejonesbric15oct2o16byjoycejonesbwsmallerHenry Grimes, Chad Taylor, Marc Ribot, BRIC, Brooklyn, 2016,
photo by Joyce Jones

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AVAILABLE NOW!, “Music to Silence to Music,” a new biography of Henry Grimes, written by Dr. Barbara Frenz with foreword by Sonny Rollins, from  Northway Publications in London, <book link>, and in the U.S. from <book link U.S.>.

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S O M E   R E C E N T    E V E N T S    (the past 6 months)


June 7th-12th, 2016: Arts for Art’s Vision Festival, Judson Memorial Church, NYC, Henry Grimes receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award on opening night, June 7th, 2016.  Henry led three groups of his own choosing:  a quartet w/ Geri Allen, Graham Haynes, himself, and Andrew Cyrille; a group of singers singing his poems, w/ Karma Mayet Johnson, Mixashawn (Lee Rozie), and Dwight Trible, music and arrangements by Lisa Sokolov, Henry Grimes playing bass and violin; and a sextet w/ Melanie Dyer, Henry Grimes, Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Marc Ribot, Mixashawn (Lee Rozie), and Chad Taylor.  (NOTE: Henry played at Judson Memorial Church on 9/23/65 w/ Albert & Donald Ayler, Charles Tyler, Call Cobbs, Gary Peacock, & Sunny Murray, “Spirits Rejoice” session; and of course at last year’s Vision Festival.)

Matana Roberts:  I Call America art exhibit
June 26th – July 10th

Various performances and other events, including July 7th, 2016: Henry Grimes (bass, violin), Darius Jones (saxophone), at Fridman Gallery, NYC.

Oct. 9th: WKCR’s 75th-anniversary benefit concert, w/ Henry Grimes and the George Coleman Quartet, Miller Theatre, NYC.

Oct. 15th: Marc Ribot trio w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, BRIC JazzFest Marathon at BRIC Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY.

Oct. 19th:  Cave Canem’s 20th anniversary and “Black Power 50” present Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln’s “Freedom Now!” in an updated / extended version curated by Karma Mayet Johnson, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Village of Harlem, musicians / poets dancers including Lewis Barnes, Lisala Beatty, Zubaida Bello, Toi Derricotte, Melanie Dyer, Cornelius Eady, Chris Eddleton, Henry Grimes, Alex Harding, Val Jeanty, Karma Mayet Johnson, Juliette Jones, Andre Lassalle, Jadele McPherson, Jared Michael Nickerson, Marvin Sewell, Mahlaney Wilson.

Nov. 13th:  Connie Crothers memorial celebration, Roulette, Brooklyn, free admission, musicians, speakers, painters, videographers, etc. including Michael Bisio, Karen Borca, Cameron Brown, Rob Brown, Jay Clayton, On K’a Davis, Melanie Dyer, Virg Dzurinko, Ken Filiano, Henry Grimes, Paula Hackett, Ratzo Harris, Kazzrie Jaxen, Jessica Jones, Sheila Jordan, Frank Kimbrough, Charley Krachy, Jackson Krall, Andrew Lamb, Adam Lane, Carol Liebowitz, Nick Lyons, Bill Mazza, Roger Mancuso, Deborah Masters, Jemeel Moondoc, Rudi Mwongozi, Kevin Norton, Kirk Nurock, Patricia Nicholson Parker, Larry Roland, Alexis Parsons, Yuko Otomo, Mara Rosenbloom, Felice Rosser, Angelica Sanchez, Jeff Schlanger, Warren Smith, Steve Swell, Richard Tabnik, Michael Thompson, Rachel Tristano, Michael Wimberly, and many more.

Nov. 25th:  Henry Grimes with Andrew Lamb & Warren Smith, Rendall Memorial Church, Village of Harlem, New York.

Dec. 1st:  Marc Ribot, solo improvisation; Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, the Stone, NYC…


… and much more to follow!


T W O    M O R E    G R E A T    N E W
P E N D I N G    R E L E A S E S !

Roscoe Mitchell with Dave Burrell / Henry Grimes / Tani Tabbal, recorded in concert 2/17/11 at Roulette, NYC, label to be announced;

Henry Grimes and Wadada Leo Smith, recorded in concert in NYC at Zurcher Studio in 2O11 and at the Vision Festival in NYC in 2O12, label to be announced; and

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