Sunday, Oct. 9th, 2016, 6 p.m. (doors at 5:30): WKCR’s 75th-anniversary benefit concert, w/ Henry Grimes and the George Coleman Quartet, Miller Theatre on the Columbia U. campus, 2960 Broadway at 116th St. [1OO27], 212-854-1633, box office 212-854-7799,,,,, single tickets $60 / $45 from, info, 212-854-9920. In honor of its 75th anniversary, WKCR-FM, Columbia U’s non-commercial student-run radio station, presents a concert featuring two incredible performances by free jazz bassist Henry Grimes and the George Coleman quartet, including George Coleman on tenor sax, George Coleman, Jr. on drums, Rick Germanson on piano, and John Webber on bass, celebrating WKCR’s history of broadcasting alternative, eclectic, and significant content over its 75 years on FM.
“New York Times” listing,  “★ WKCR’S 75TH-ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (Sunday) An essential part of the infrastructure for jazz in New York, WKCR-FM (89.9) — the student-run radio station at Columbia University — has rarely encountered a major birthday it couldn’t commemorate. This concert, a celebration of the station’s own 75th anniversary, will feature the avant-garde bassist Henry Grimes and a postbop quartet led by George Coleman, the eminent tenor saxophonist. At 6 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights [we call it Harlem], 212-854-7799,”  (Chinen)




Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 8 p.m: Marc Ribot trio w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, BRIC JazzFest Marathon at BRIC Ballroom, 647 Fulton St. betw. Ashland Place & St. Felix St., Fort Greene section of Brooklyn [11217], 4 or 5 train to Nevins St., 718-683-5600,  See “The New York Times” review at
(Illustration in chalk by Guillaume Blestel)





Wednesday, Oct. 19th, VIP reception at 6 p.m., performance at 7: Karma Mayet Johnson curating Cave Canem’s 20th anniversary and “Black Power 50,” presenting “Freedom Now!”, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Ave. / 6th Ave. at 135th St.), 212-491-2200, 917-275-6975,, eventbrite,, Meet us uptown at the Schomburg to celebrate Cave Canem’s 20th anniversary with a once-in-a-lifetime inter-generational interdisciplinary artistic village.  Helmed by the performance’s Artistic Director, Karma Mayet Johnson, “Freedom Now!” features Cave Canem’s co-founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady and Black Arts movement icon Sonia Sanchez, with a special appearance by NYC-based youth poets.  Together, they showcase original work and re-envision the “Freedom Now!” legacy to deliver a message of consciousness, survival, hope, and transcendence.  Musicians include Lewis “Flip” Barnes, Lisala Beatty, Chris Eddleton, Henry Grimes, Alex Harding, Val Jeanty, Karma Mayet Johnson, Jared Nickerson, and Marvin Sewell.  General public $35, Schomburg members $30, VIP’s $100.
An interesting note:  Henry has history with the “We Insist! Freedom Now” suite, now being played and explored anew at the Schomburg: He remembers rehearsing it several times back in the very early ’60s with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln and many others, he thinks at Nola Studio.



… and much more to follow! …


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April 15th and April 21st, 2016: Henry Grimes w/ Thulani Davis & Cheryl Banks on the 15th, and w/ Nathaniel Mackey on the 21st, Cecil Taylor residency, Whitney Museum, NYC;

April 26th: Henry Grimes & Connie Crothers, Under_Line Salon, Arts for Art / Vision Festival fundraiser at David Gage’s luthier shop, including dinner, music, and conversation, NYC (Now that it’s taken place, you can see and hear this concert on YouTube; go to, or just enter the two musicians’ names in the search box to bring it up);

April 3Oth: Outsiders Creative and Improvised Music Festival on International Jazz Day, presented by Jamaaladeen Tacuma at the Philadelphia Clef Club, w/ Dave Burrell, Charlie Ellerbe, Justin Faulkner, Henry Grimes (born and raised in Philadelphia, now living in New York), Richard Hill, Raymond King, James Brandon Lewis, Jeff Monjack, Odean Pope, Heru Shabaka-Ra, Elliott Sharp Bobby Zankel, John Zorn, and many more; Henry’s group included Jamaaladeen Tacuma, James Brandon Lewis, and Justin Faulkner as the grand finale;

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, 2016

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

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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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