April 4, 2017 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
The artistic scope of renowned saxophonist, composer, painter, and poet Oliver Lakeâ€™s half-century-long career is unparalleled. An extensive resume of his collaborations includes a veritable whoâ€™s who of the jazz vanguard. Oliverâ€™s efforts extend far beyond the music, with his creation of the non-profit Passinâ€™ Thru organization, becoming a mainstay at Pittsburghâ€™s City of Asylum, publishing two books of poetry and frequently producing visual artwork for exhibitions across the country. Lakeâ€™s output as an exacting andÂ unequivocally original composer has long been celebrated, highlighted by commissions awarded from the Library of Congress, the Rockefeller Foundation ASCAP, the International Association for Jazz Education, Composers Forum and the McKim Foundation.Â He has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and was also presented with the Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award at the Kennedy Center in 2006. In 2014, Oliver was honored with the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award, a multi-year grant awarded to American artists in the fields of jazz, theater and dance.
The Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series is artistically directedÂ by Craig Harris, a trombonist, composer and longtime Harlem resident. Harris has been a major figure in the Harlem jazz scene since 1976. He has performed throughout the USA and abroad with some of the genre’s most important figures.
House doors open at 11:30 a.m.Â
1st set: Noon â€“ 12:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 1:00 â€“ 1:45