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.




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,,
(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,,,,, Meet us uptown at the Schomburg Center to celebrate Cave Canem’s 20th anniversary with a once-in-a-lifetime inter-generational, interdisciplinary artistic village. Helmed by the peformance’s artistic director Karma Mayet Johnson, Freedom Now! features Cave Canem 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 legacy of Audre Lorde and Henry Dumas to deliver a message of consciousness, survival, hope, and transcendence. Musicians include Lisala Beatty, Chris Eddleton, Henry Grimes, Alex Harding and Marvin Sewell. General public $35, Schomburg members $30, VIP’s $100…

… and much more to follow! …


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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)


Jan. 17th, 2016:  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);

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…

… and much more to follow!


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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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