Harlem Moon Jazz, Mitchell & Webber, San Juan, Bill Sax

On Oct. 2, the Cultural Committee of St. Philip’s Church will renew its long-running presentations of Harlem Jazz Afternoon at the Undercroft (1 pm – 4 pm). The kickoff will feature the Reggie Pittman Quartet with pianist/vocals Mala Waldron, bassist Beldon Bullock and drummer Jonathan Peretz.

For this performance Pittman says, “We will be playing straight-ahead jazz and some compositions by Jimmy Heath and Hugh Masekela, who both performed here at St. Philip’s.”

The Grammy-award winning trumpeter and composer Pittman has been recording and performing in the New York City area for over 30 years. His openness to all types of music allows him to jump across genre boundaries to perform with an eclectic group of musicians such as Sarah Vaughan, Lester Bowie, Branford Marsalis, Queen Latifa, Eddie Palmieri, Aretha Franklin, and The Allman Brothers. He won a Grammy performing with vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and was Grammy-nominated for his work with R&B vocalist/songwriter Babyface. He has performed with The Bergen and Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestras and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra.

When not leading his own bands, Pittman often performs with the Allman Brothers drummer, Jaimoe in his Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. As a multi-instrumentalist, he plays piano and sings, while remaining true to his trumpet. “Music is my life. I had a burning desire to share this gift with others, through performing and teaching,” said Pittman.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church is located at 204 West 134th Street (between ACP & Frederick Douglass Boulevards). Food and wine will be available. Tickets are $30; for more information call 917-301-6512.

On Oct. 5, The Jazz Gallery known for presenting and nurturing young musicians, as well as established musicians, who play on the outer limits of so-called jazz boundaries, will present Roscoe Mitchell & Anna Webber—The Margaret Whitton Award Culminating Concert, two shows at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

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