12.31.14New Years Eve in Toronto

celebrate the beginning of 2015 with the sounds of
Paul E. Lopes (Bump N' Hustle)
Mike Tull (Bump N' Hustle)
Dave Campbell (What It Is!)
Blueprint (Garage 416)
Jason Palma (Footprints)
Groove Institute (United Soul)
Santosh (Guru Brothers - Live Percussion)

Hosts: Pedro, Carlos, Taboo & Kwame

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Rivoli (full complex) : 334 Queen Street West

12.11.14Uptown Nights Roundtable: Black Music NOW

7:30 pm: Discussion
Open Q&A and light reception to follow
Plus a special opportunity to take a pictures in the Black Music NOW Photo booth, provided courtesy of WhosEvent Photo Booth.

An extension of Harlem Stage’s popular Uptown Nights series, UPTOWN NIGHTS ROUNDTABLE launches October 8 with “Black Music NOW." The Roundtable brings together a cross-section of artists, scholars, journalists, and industry professionals to discuss topics pertinent to the state and future of black music. Panelists include: singer-songwriter/bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, Jocelyn Cooper (AFROPUNK partner), DJ/producer Rich Medina, and Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey (Musicologist and Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania).

Dr. Fredara M. Hadley, an ethnomusicologist and a visiting associate professor of Jazz Studies at Oberlin College, moderates.

After Meshell Ndegeocello scored several hits early in her career, the bassist, singer, and songwriter later opted to concentrate on more challenging material by exploring the politics of race and sex, among other topics. From her 1993 Maverick label debut through her releases of the 2010s for Naïve, she built a discography of recordings that defied classification through progressive mixtures of jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and rock. Initially held in regard primarily for her bass playing and bold lyrics, her songwriting, which often examined dark interpersonal issues, is just as exceptional.

Jocelyn Cooper, a music industry veteran who has worked with such artists as Beyoncé and Sean Garrett, collaborates with Matthew Morgan (former music manager of Santigold), to run AFROPUNK. Showcasing black musicians making alternative, experimental and underground music and hosting numerous events throughout the year, the production company throws the acclaimed AFROPUNK FEST every summer in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY.

An accomplished producer, DJ and poet on the worldwide underground music scene, Philadelphia’s Rich Medina connects the dots between hip hop, jazz, house, spoken word, Afrobeat and bass heavy future soul. Holding down multiple residencies past and present, such as Little Ricky’s Rib Shack at APT, Jump’n’Funk at S.O.B.’s, and Just For Kicks at Triple Crown, “Big Rich" has garnered world-wide acclaim through his trademark DJ stylings.

Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. A widely published writer, he is the author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop (University of California Press, 2003). It was named outstanding book of the year by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. He also has recently completed In Walked Bud: Earl “Bud" Powell and the Modern Jazz Challenge, which is forthcoming from the University of California Press. His next book, Who Hears Here?: Essays on Black Music History and Society, a mid-career collection of his essays is also forthcoming. He was recipient of the Lowens Award from the Society for American Music for best article on an American music topic in 2001.

Moderator: Fredara M. Hadley is a Visiting Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Oberlin College. She is an ethnomusicologist who writes, teaches, and researches about Black music. Fredara is the founder of Jooksi, a company that provides music-based tours of New York City.