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WILBUR WARE WEEKEND, November 13 – 15, 2015: Celebration & FUNDRAISER

We are excited about our upcoming Fundraiser: Wilbur Ware Weekend at a new venue, Cassandra’s Jazz Club and Gallery. Dr. Dwight and Cassandra Dickerson have chosen to open in Historic Harlem, 2256 Seventh Avenue (Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard), near 133rd Street. We look forward to this celebration, and invite you all to join us!


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Our first musical weekend was in 1979 right after Wilbur passed. Galvanized by Clifford and Sandy Jordan, musicians came together in New York (and Chicago) to support and encourage us.  As you see, the WILBUR WARE WEEKEND was held at the Tin Palace in NYC. (The Chicago effort was organized by Wilbur and Valarie Campbell at Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase.) The second effort was in 1981 at Mark Morganelli’s Jazz Forum, and it allowed us to present “Live Jazz in the Neighborhoods” in Philadelphia. At that event, Melba Liston suggested our Honoree and was our presenter. Curly Russell was our MC, and so many wonderful jazz fans turned out to support our efforts. The musicians of course were gracious and supportive with their time and their music.


We celebrated and remembered Wilbur Ware in 2012 at Merkin Hall-Kaufman Center after we had reorganized and gained authority to operate in New York State. Although it was not done to raise funds, it did provide an opportunity to enjoy wonderful music by those who always encourage our efforts and to announce our first CD “Wilbur Ware Superbass” that is still available here on our website, at CD Baby, Amazon, and everywhere online where music is sold. Whenever you purchase on Amazon, use Amazon Smile and contribute to our nonprofit.

Our 2015 Honoree: Bob Cranshaw for his Lifetime of Musical Achievement

Our lineup for this weekend event:

Friday, November 13, 2015

Juini Booth Quartet

Pasquale Grasso, guitar

Donald Smith, piano

Leroy Williams, drums

with Special Guests

Wallace Roney, trumpet/Kojo Odu Roney, drums

Roberta Piket, piano

Saturday, November 14, 2015

George Coleman, tenor (NEA Jazz Master)

Harold Mabern, piano

Eric Alexander, tenor

John Webber, bass

Joe Farnsworth, drums

with Special Guests

Arturo O’Farrill

Andy Bey

Charles Davis, tenor

Bertha Hope, piano

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Louis Hayes/Dezron Douglas Quartet

with Special Guests

Steve Davis, trombone

Josh Evans, trumpet

Jeremy Pelt, trumpet

Camille Thurman, tenor saxophone

Michael Weiss, piano

Anthony Wonsey, piano

Glenn Zaleski, piano


DJs: Rob Crocker, WBGO (Friday and Sunday); Sharif Abdus-Salaam, WKCR (Saturday)


DDQ: Dwight Dickerson, piano; Ron McClure or Lisle Atkinson, bass; Greg Bandy, drums; T. K. Blue, alto; Michael C. Lewis, trumpet (for this event).

We look forward to your presence!


Kindly donate in the following ways: (1) You may use the DONATE button here on the website. As you know, PayPal accepts credit cards by default. There you may indicate FUNDRAISER to show how you want the contribution used. AND remember that it’s tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. (2) You may mail a check: Wilbur Ware Institute, Inc., 620 Malcolm X Boulevard, Ste. 4P, New York, NY 10037-1223. (3) You may donate at the door. We will have t-shirts and CDs there as well. Thanks so much.


At the Door: DONATION $25 per set


$45 – two nights                    $65 – three nights                Seniors/Students $18


Cassandra’s has a two-drink minimum.


Successful Collaboration!



Louis and Randy at EXHIBITION                                                Charlotte Ka at EXHIBITION


Note: The Opening Reception on Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 3 – 6 pm featured Iconic Master Drummer Louis Hayes; Juini Booth, bass; Rodney Kendrick, piano. Many others joined for our musical enjoyment, including TK Blue, pianist Ed Stout, vocalist Melba Joyce and others.


The Artists’ Talk:  Sunday, October 19, 2014, from 3 to 6 pm.

Our Panelists: This was an exceptional event!

C. Daniel Dawson (Fine Artist), Maxine Gordon (Writer: Widow and Biographer of Dexter Gordon), Dick Griffin (Fine Artist/Musician), Charlotte Ka (Fine Artist), Slide Hampton® (NEA Jazz Master Musician), and Cobi Narita (Jazz Impresario). Vocalist Melba Joyce joined us; named after Melba Liston, she share anecdotes and background.

MODERATORS: Janice Robinson (Musician) and Gloria Ware.

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It is such a pleasure to collaborate with Kenkeleba House. It seems we have always been aware of the iconic couple:  fine artist Joe Overstreet and his wife Corrine Jennings. They are fine art and have long associations with the Black Arts Community and far beyond. Their knowledge of art, music, artistic and musical history is profound and their activism is legend.


Established in 1974 as an Alternative Space dedicated to supporting African American art, Kenkeleba is also a pioneer in developing multicultural programming. Kenkeleba House presents the work of emerging, mid-career, and mature artists. It also provides needed opportunities for those artists who may not have commercial representation. Kenkeleba supports experimental work and interdisciplinary programs that feature the visual arts along with literature and music.


Kenkeleba presents contemporary and historical visual art in solo or group exhibits. It has circulated local, regional, national, and international exhibitions and provided art events for churches, libraries, community centers, and galleries. Kenkeleba has developed extensive archives and provides research material for publications and other institutions. In its history, they have exhibited more than 6000 artists, produced 22 art catalogs, and many public programs, artist talks, seminars, lectures, and educational programs for children and adults.

As exquisite space, the Wilmer Jennings Gallery operates across the street from Kenkeleba House at 219 East Second Street, near Avenue B.


For this Exhibition, our Curator was Ed Sherman. Also a photographer and videographer, as well as an arts administrator, Ed has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. Mr. Sherman was the national and New York President of the National Conference of Artists and is currently a board member of NCANY. The National Conference of Artists is the oldest continuously operating African American visual arts organization in the United States. Founded in 1959, the New York chapter was formed in 1973. The Exhibition “Visions, Roots & Rhythms” continued through November 8, 2014. We hope Ed Sherman will share more images from this extraordinary event in the new year.