RESIZED Fine Arts Newsletter Summer 2014 ExhibitD-4 (2)edited

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Previously Unreleased! Wilbur Ware’s last record session as a leader

Our first CD Wilbur Ware Super Bass is always available here on our website. We now offer t-shirts at cost also.

Clifford Jordan's classic LP now on CD may be ordered here also.

We are pleased to offer several additional CDs for sale here. In addition to the t-shirts and Wilbur Ware Super Bass, we also thank Sandy Jordan for allowing us to offer the classic recording by Clifford Jordan, Glass Bead Games. And Al Sutton also is allowing us to offer Chris Anderson’s Solo Ballads I and II, Live at Bradley’s with bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Billy Higgins, as well as The Warm Voice of Billy C. If you are not familiar with Chris, you should know that Wilbur considered him a “genius” as did Billy Higgins; moreover, Barry Harris regularly featured him on his gala concerts at Symphony Space. You will be delighted by his music. You may choose to DONATE specifically for any of these items. Please DO NOT click on the photo; rather, click on the DONATE button. The cost of $24.50 will cover postage in the United States, simply let us know what you are requesting: Memo CD and the name of the CD and/or t-shirt. All donations are appreciated, and memberships are always welcome. Please indicate your level of membership for our yearly records.

For our friends outside of mainland U.S. (even Hawaii and Alaska) who are interested in any item, kindly send more appropriate postage. All postage to Japan, Europe, South America, Africa, Australia and other places is much more costly. Many are adding an additional $15.00 postage + a donation. Others are purchasing the music from CD Baby,, iTunes, and other places where music is sold online. We also appreciate that very much.

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We are still seeking General Operating and Programming funds.

This fall, we are celebrating and honoring one of our finest musicians: JAZZ MASTER MELBA LISTON, Trombonist, Composer, Arranger.  Our Fine Arts Exhibition will be from September 28 to November 8, 2014, at Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba. Please plan to attend the opening on Sunday, September 28, from 3 to 6 pm at 219 East 2nd Street (at Avenue B). On October 17, we will celebrate Melba with Randy Weston headlining our Performance event with the Manhattan School of Music Concert Jazz Band under the direction of Justin DiCioccio with TK Blue (Musical Director). Our Special Guest for this event is Fostina Dixon who will perform Melba’s original music. Randy will have his quartet; along with TK, he will have Alex Blake on bass and Neil Clarke on percussion. Randy collaborated closely with Melba for over forty years and was instrumental in her travel to Jamaica where she taught for five years.

In 2015-2016, we are planning a major Symposium on the life and music of Melba Liston with  several scholars who have studied her life and music.  We are planning free Student Workshops at Harlem School of the Arts with Arturo O’Farrill who is Artist In Residence. We continue to seek funds for our events, and we invite your donations.

We will update this site throughout the year. Please look for our Newsletters also.
Thanks again for your support.

OUR 2014 DONORS: As you donate, you will be acknowledged here!
Joe Overstreet and Corrine Jennings
Cobi Narita
Bob and Elizabeth Saenger

George Aprile
Robert S. Baker
James and Nancy Bartow (Board Member)
Peter Collins
Katherine Cox
Richard Davis (Bassist)
James and Marcella Erthein
Alvin Fielder (CD Associate Producer)
Vernard Gray
Christine Pines
Jerry Roberts
Sonny Rollins (Jazz Master)
Ann Ruckert (Member)
Bob and Elizabeth Saenger
Albert Sutton
Patricia Vingo
Bernard and Gloria J. Ware (Wilbur’s Son & his wife)
Doris White (Wilbur’s Sister)
Ed Williams
Barbara Yarbrough (Wilbur’s Sister)

Board Members and Officers – Clif Edmonds, Bertha Hope, Sandy Jordan, and Maxine Smith

Michelle Earle
Carol Williams
Jill Williams
Sue Yellin
Patricia Vingo