Friday, April 15th, 8 p.m., and Thursday, April 21st, 5 p.m: Henry Grimes w/ Thulani Davis & Cheryl Banks (dancer) Friday at 8, and Henry Grimes w/ Nathaniel Mackey Thursday at 5, Cecil Taylor residency, Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St. at West St. 3 blocks below 14th St. [1OO14], 212-57O-36OO, A, C, E, or L to 14th St; M7 or 11 bus to 14th St., walk west to Washington St., turn left on Washington, then right onto Gansevoort St.

Tuesday, April 26th, 7 p.m: Henry Grimes & Connie Crothers, Under_Line Salon, Arts for Art / Vision Festival fundraiser at David Gage’s beautiful luthier shop, 36 Walker St. betw. Broadway & Church St’s, $45 (more if possible) includes music, dinner, and conversation, 212-274-1322,,, 212-254-542O, 6 train to Canal, walk west to Broadway, turn left on Broadway, turn right on Walker St., and walk west toward Church St.  Now that it’s taken place, you can see and hear this concert on YouTube; just enter the two musicians’ names in the search box to bring it up.

Saturday, April 3Oth, 7-11 p.m: Outsiders Creative and Improvised Music Festival on International Jazz Day, presented by Jamaaladeen Tacuma at the Philadelphia Clef Club, 738 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA [19146], admission at the door in cash only, $25 for adults and $15 for students with I.D., 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 Grimes’s group is to include Jamaaladeen Tacuma, James Brandon Lewis, and Justin Faulkner as the grand finale around 1O p.m.  Info:  Jam All Productions, 267-297-2525.,, directions,

(more events in this period to be announced)

Tuesday through Saturday, June 7th-11th: Arts for Art’s Vision Festival, Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq. South just across from Washington Square Park betw. Thompson & Sullivan St’s [10012], 212-477-0351, daily admission $35, $25 students and elders, Henry Grimes receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award (woo-hoo!) on opening night, June 7th, 2O16. Henry will have three groups: a quartet w/ Geri Allen, Graham Haynes, himself, and Andrew Cyrille; a group of singers singing his poems, w/ Karma Mayet Johnson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dwight Trible, and Imani Uzuri, led by Lisa Sokolov; and a sextet w/ Charles Gayle, Melanie Dyer, Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Marc Ribot, and Chad Taylor.  Also playing in the festival will be Harrison Bankhead, Dave Burrell, Bill Cole, Connie Crothers, Cooper-Moore, Stacy Dillard, Hamid Drake, Alvin Fielder, Tonya Foster, Melvin Gibbs, Kidd Jordan, Jemeel Moondoc, Miriam and Patricia Parker, Michele Rosewoman, Jen Shyu, Wadada Leo Smith, Sun Ra Arkestra led by Maestro Marshall Allen, Fay Victor, and many more.  Info:,, 212-254-5420,,, A/ B/ C/ D/ E/ F/ M to West 4th St. station at 6th Ave., or N or R train to 8th St. station at Broadway, or 1 train to Christopher St. station at 7th Ave. 6 train to Astor Place, walk down Lafayette St. to East 4th St., turn right, go along to base of park. (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.)

For help with directions and public transportation to get to NYC events, please go to or MTATripPlanner, or call 511 or 718-330-1234.

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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Nov. 4th:  Henry Grimes three-hour musician’s show on WKCR-FM, 89.9 on the radio dial, and on the Web at <WKCR link> (click on “RealAudio” or “MP3 stream” at the upper right of your screen), phone 212-854-9920, <Email link>, Henry playing some recordings, reading some new poetry, talking about Friday’s concert / celebration,  and playing some solo bass live on the air;

Nov. 6th, 2015
:  Concert, celebration, and dinner honoring Henry Grimes for his 80th birthday, Jan Hus Neighborhood House, Manhattan (NYC), musicians / dancers / writers confirmed to perform include Denardo Coleman, Connie Crothers, Andrew Cyrille, Melanie Dyer, Melvin Gibbs, Tyehimba Jess, Karma Mayet Johnson, Andrew Lamb, Alex Levine, Gamiel Lyons, Mixashawn (Lee Rozie), HPrizm (High Priest from Antipop Consortium), Kojo Roney and his father Antoine Roney, Brandon Ross, Warren Smith, Master of Ceremonies Marc Medwin, and more surprises to be announced — and, of course, Henry Grimes playing throughout!

NOTE:  A great review of this birthday event by journalist and professor Marc Medwin appears in “JazzTimes” here: <jazztimes>.

Tuesday, Nov. 17th: Cecil Taylor celebration, w/ Geri Allen, Henry Grimes, Jason Moran, and Henry Threadgill, plus rare videos and audio clips of Cecil Taylor,  Harlem Stage, Village of Harlem, NY… 

Dec. break for the holidays…


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Jan. 17th, 2O16:  Matana Roberts, Kyp Malone, Henry Grimes, & Mike Pride, the Stone, NYC;

Jan. 18th (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day): Henry Grimes and Melanie Dyer in Arts for Art Evolving series (Justice, Compassion, Peace) Jan. 4th-24th at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, NYC…

March 31st:  Henry Grimes & Lisa Sokolov, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, NYC (as above) …


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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;

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