NEW DATE! NEW DATE! NEW DATE! NEW DATE!
Due to the snowstorm, Discover: Sights & Sounds has been rescheduled to Sunday, February 21st–same place, program and time of day. We hope you can make it. (We’ve added a musical surprise to the mix.) If you haven’t purchased a ticket, get on it! Existing tickets are valid for the new date, no need to do anything. If you have a ticket but can’t make the new date, you can obtain a refund through the Brown Paper Tickets site.
Ditch the winter blahs. Join us and our friends at Hominid Music & Arts and The MC for an afternoon of inspired sights and sounds:
HEAR tenorman JAMES BRANDON LEWIS’s kinetic, head-nodding exploration of 90s hip hop and its roots. His trio with Luke Stewart (b) and Warren Crudup III (d) melts rooms. This is how jazz does hip hop.
SEE artist PETER BODGE‘s stunning linoleum-block jazz prints. The Smithsonian has them. You can, too.
HEAR Jazz House Kids/Juilliard alum ANTHONY ORJI make the bass clarinet sing.
SEE a debut trailer from Montclair filmmaker JOEL KATZ, creator of the acclaimed documentaries Strange Fruit and White: A Study in Color.
The MC, a new Montclair media platform, 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.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW. Space is limited: TICKETS
BASEMEANT WRX ADULTS – $15
124 Walnut Street STUDENTS w/ ID – $10
Montclair, NJ 07042 KIDS 12 & UNDER – FREE
(973) 842-7473 Add $3 day of show (except kids)
More Info: (862) 621-9761
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 host of best-of lists that have 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 instruments 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.