Sistas' Place, where Jazz: A Music of the Spirit Lives and Culture is a Weapon, continues its 17th season with the Miles Griffith Quartet featuring pianist D.D. Jackson, bassist Hilliard Greene, and precussionist/vocalist David Pleasant,Saturday, February 11th, 2012, @ 9 and 10:30pm.
For our second African American History Month presentation vocalist Miles Griffith has chosen to delve into the Origins of the Blues. This subject is most appropriate anytime but particularly so during this month wherein our history is supposed to be scrutinized and celebrated. The music known as the Blues is a unique structure in that it is both simple and sophisticated at the same time and it is foundational to all music that comes from African American people.
The band Miles Griffith has put together to explore this theme is an excellent one. Mr. Griffith is an innovative vocalist who is rooted and fearless in attempting seemingly impossible vocal excursions. D.D. Jackson is certainly the right choice for this group's pianist as he can match Miles with equally daring pianistic improvisations. Hilliard Greene probably came to a wider appreciation through his work as a bassist in the late great Billy Bang's last band. He's a marvelous bass player with impeccable technique. David Pleasant is a one-man percussion band and with his Gullah/Geeche background and presence, one should expect even more rootedness and creativity from this ensemble.
Special Concerts Celebrating Women's History Month
Sat., March 10th- Akua Dixonwith poet Betty Neal in aTribute to Harriet Tubman
Fri., March 16th & Sat., March 17th-Jay Hoggard Quartet
Fri., March 23rd & Sat. March 24th- Ladies Got Chops Week-End
Sat., March 31st- Lil Phillips
Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival at Sistas' Place
Sat., April 7th- Kenyetta Beasley Quintet/A Tribute to Frank Foster
Sat., April 14th- James Spaulding Expressions
Sat., April 21st- Reggie Nicholson Concept
Sat., April 28th- Winard Harper Group/A Tribute to Bob Colley
Sat., May 7th- Keith Loftis Group
Sat., May 12th- Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora featuring Alex Harding on baritone saxophone, pianist D.D.Jackson, bassist Radu, drummer Reggie Nicholson, vocalist Miles Griffith, vocalist/poet Monique Ngozi Nri and poet Louis Reyes Rivera.
Sat., May 19th- Robert Rutledge in a Tribute to Malcolm X
Sat., May 26th- Benny Russell- African Liberation Day Celebration