James Brandon Lewis Trio + Peter Bodge Art Exhibit
On a cold winter's day, a feast for the ears and eyes:
Tenorman James Brandon Lewis is making big waves. Come and hear why his latest release, Days of Freeman--a kinetic, head-nodding homage to 90s hip hop and its roots, from KRS-One to Digable Planets, worksongs and spirituals--made "best-of" lists for 2015. He and trio-mates Luke Stewart (b) and Warren Crudup III (d) melt rooms. This is how jazz does hip hop.
Peter Bodge's jazz portraits hang in the Smithsonian and in the collections of Barry Harris, Sheila Jordan, Richard Davis, and the late Max Roach and Clark Terry. Bodge's artwork for the Eric Dolphy: Freedom of Sound festival in Montclair drew raves. This is his first exhibit here. Duke, Billie, Prez, Monk, Philly Joe, Coltrane, Mary Lou Williams..a rare chance to view these stunning pieces, and to take one home.
Anthony Orji. Remember the name. Better yet, catch the young reed phenom, a Jazz House Kids and Juilliard alum, when he opens the music with a solo set.
Montclair filmmaker Joel Katz's documentaries include the acclaimed Strange Fruit and White: A Memoir in Color, which played at the Montclair Film Festival. We're proud to debut a trailer for his new documentary, The People of the #1 Bus.
And The MC, a new media platform in Montclair, will record the event for its inaugural podcast.
We'll have an art activity for the kids, and free wine, beer juice and finger foods.
Proceeds help to fund Seed Artists children's programming.
This event is co-presented by Seed Artists--a 501(c)(3) nonprofit--Hominid Music & Arts, and The MC.
James Brandon Lewis
James is a modern titan of the tenor. His accolades range from mainstream tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, which hailed him as one of "7 Young Players to Watch," to The New York Times, Burning Ambulance, and a range of best-of lists that honored his last two albums. He has shared stages with such icons as Benny Golson, Geri Allen, Richard Davis, Wallace Roney, Grammy-winning singer Dorinda Clark Cole, the late "Queen of Gospel" Albertina Walker, and avant-garde masters William Parker, Andrew Cyrille, Gerald Cleaver, Charles Gayle, Marilyn Crispell, Cooper Moore, Marvin "Bugalu" Smith, and Sabir Mateen. James has collaborated with the dance company CircuitDebris, under the direction of Mersiha Mesihovic, and extensively with the poet Thomas Sayers Ellis. James attended Howard University and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.
Visual artist and educator Peter Bodge has been creating stunning linoleum-block prints of jazz artists for decades. He has seven such pieces in the Smithsonian's permanent collection, and the National Museum of American History featured his Ellington portrait as the principal image for its jazz collection. Peter's works also grace the collections of departed legends Max Roach and Clark Terry, and greats from Barry Harris to Richard Davis, Sheila Jordan and David Murray. Peter is a Walking Jazz Encyclopedia.
Anthony attended the prestigious Jazz House Kids program, in Montclair, New Jersey, and from there earned a full scholarship to Juilliard. His principal instrument is the bass clarinet, which he took up under inspiration from his musical hero, Eric Dolphy. Anthony currently lives and performs in New York City.
Filmmaker Joel Katz, Chair of the Media Arts program at New Jersey City University, makes films and videos that expand upon micro-histories to examine broader themes of social history and race in America. His works include Corporation with a Movie Camera (1992, PBS broadcast), Dear Carry (1997, premiere at Museum of Modern Art), Strange Fruit (2002, national PBS broadcast; theatrical release), and White: A Study in Color (2012). Katz's work has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Independent Television Service, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and numerous other agencies. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2008 and has served on the Board of Directors of Third World Newsreel since 1999 and the Black Maria Film Festival since 2010. Joel lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
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