“G R I M E S T I M E S !” MAY, 2O15
HISTORY IS * STILL * IN THE MAKING!!
Friday, May 1st, 2015: “Our Earth / Our World” series, Larry Roland and James Brandon Lewis at 7 p.m., William Parker Nederland Bass Trio w/ “surprise guests” at 8 p.m., and William Parker w/ Charles Gayle & Henry Grimes at 9 p.m., at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St. betw. Rivington & Delancey St’s in Manhattan (NYC 10002), 212-254-5420, 212-260-4080, ext. 12, <event link>. Take the F train to Delancey St. or J, M, or Z to Essex St., or M15 bus on 2nd / 1st Ave. / Allen St., or M9 bus on Ave. C / Essex St., or M21 across Houston St.
Sunday, May 31st, 2015, 2-4 p.m: Cooper-Moore (piano and flute) & Henry Grimes (upright bass, violin, poetry), at Manna House, 338 E. 106th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Ave’s), East Harlem, NYC 10029, $20 includes delicious home-cooked soul-food meal at a nearby location following the music, reservations required via Email to [Email link] or by text to 646-770-1712, full info at [Facebook link]. About Manna House: proprietor Gloria Denard, 212-722-8223, [Manna House link], [Manna House Email], link for [directions] (click on map to enlarge) .
A few nights ago, Cooper-Moore wrote: It was 1966 in Washington, DC. I had spent the summer in New York City working and hanging wherever the music was. Back in DC, the drummer Paul Avery let me share a room with him up on 14th and Fairmont, NW. Sometimes we would spend days listening to recordings. The vibraphonist Walt Dickerson was in town. He knew Paul and came by the crib for a visit. What I remember of the visit was all of us sitting and listening to Dickerson’s “Jazz Impressions of Lawrence of Arabia.” It was an album on which Henry Grimes was the bassist. That same year I bought McCoy Tyner’s “Reaching Fourth.” There Henry was again. I was 19 or 20 years old and dreamed of playing the music. But this was an example of a musical standard so high, how would I ever reach that level of playing?
I left Washington the following year to go live in Boston and soon after getting there met David S. Ware. David was a friend of Sonny Rollins. One afternoon on a visit with David at his apartment he put on “Sonny Meets Hawk!” the bass player again was Henry Grimes on some tracks and Bob Cranshaw on others.
The next few years I bought Cecil Taylor’s “Conquistador!” and “Unit Structures,” then Don Cherry’s “Where Is Brooklyn?” Henry Grimes was the bassist on them all.
One of the things that we learn in this music is that the Great players hire Great players.
Henry Grimes is a Great player.
I have only played with him a few times, once with him and Joe McPhee accompanying dancers in a collaboration project for ARTS FOR ART. Next was in William Parker’s “Jeanne Lee Project.”
But what really opened my ears was in a Marc Ribot quartet, with Ribot on guitar, Chad Taylor on drums, Henry on bass and me playing piano. This was at the Stone. Henry set up in the crook of the piano and I got to hear everything that he was doing. I knew then that if the opportunity ever were to come again to perform with Henry, there would only be a YES! from me.
Henry adds: And since GREAT players play with GREAT players, I’m playing with COOPER-MOORE!
… and much more to follow!
S O M E R E C E N T E V E N T S (the past 6 months) :
Nov. 3rd, 2014 (Henry’s 79th birthday concert!! and tour launch): Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Le Poisson Rouge, NYC;
Nov. 7th: Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria;
Nov. 8th: Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands;
Nov. 9th: Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Stadtgarten, Cologne / Koln, Germany;
Nov. 10th: Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Europa Jazz Festival, opening night, Salle Oasis Le Mans, exhibition hall, Le Mans, France;
Nov. 11th: Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Pardon, To Tu, Warszawa, Poland;
Nov. 12th: Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Bimhuis, Amsterdam, the Netherlands;
Nov. 13th: Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Cinema Nuovo Eden, Jazz in Eden Festival, Brescia, Italy;
Nov. 14th: Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Teatro Palamostre, Udine, Italy;
Nov. 15th: Marc Ribot w/ Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor, Time Zones Festival, Teatro Forma, Bari, Italy;
Dec. 12th, 2014: Henry Grimes interview and on-air concert on WNYU-FM, hosted by V.J. Inoncillo;
H A P P Y N E W E A R S !
Jan. 28th, 2015: Henry Grimes, upright bass / violin / words, w/ HPrizm (High Priest from Antipop Consortium, beats, electronics, words) at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Manhattan (NYC), part of the week-long “Evolving Pop-Up: Black Lives Matter” series Friday, Jan. 23rd – Friday, Jan. 30th honoring Amiri Baraka and Roy Campbell, Jr;
Feb. 14th (Valentine’s Day): Andrew Lamb w/ Henry Grimes & Warren Smith, Sistas’ Place, Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant), NY;
Feb. 17th: Henry Grimes’s Sublime Communication Trio, w/ Andrew Lamb & Newman Taylor Baker, Afternoon Harlem Jazz Series, Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church, Village of Harlem, NY;
April 8th: Henry Grimes, special guest with one of his top students, guitarist Alex Levine, and Newman Taylor Baker (playing washboard!), at Rue B, NYC;
pril 24th: Henry Grimes master class, New School performance space, Arnhold Hall, NYC;
April 25th: Garrison Fewell w/ Jim Hobbs, Luther Gray, and special guest Henry Grimes, “Our Earth / Our World” series at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, NYC;
April 27th: Wilmer Wise memorial, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, NY, Henry Grimes playing solo bass and speaking briefly, other musicians participating included Cecil Bridgewater, Ron Lipscomb, Wayne du Mayne, Earl McIntyre, Danny Mixon, Jimmy Owens, David Williams…
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;
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