Hosts A Great Concert &
For His 80th Birthday!
Photo by Peter Gannushkin
|New York, N.Y., October 25, 2015: In honor of Henry Grimes's 80th birthday, there will be a great concert and celebration on Friday, November 6th, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the beautiful Sanctuary of Jan Hus Neighborhood Center, 351 East 74th St. between First and Second Avenues in Manhattan (NYC),
centrally located on the upper East Side near the Hunter College stop
of the Lexington Avenue subway, with many New York City buses running
throughout the area.
Mr. Grimes will play his acoustic bass and violin throughout the evening, and he has invited some of his dearest bandmate friends to join him in mostly duo settings, with the entire aggregation improvising together at the end of the musical part of the evening. Tickets are $35 per person, including concert, delicious dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, and birthday cake; tickets are available only at the venue after 5 p.m. on the day of the event (no credit cards).
Musicians / dancers / writers confirmed to perform include Denardo Coleman, Connie Crothers, Andrew Cyrille, Melanie Dyer, Melvin Gibbs, Tyehimba Jess, Karma Mayet Johnson, Andrew Lamb, Gamiel Lyons, Mixashawn (Lee Rozie), HPrizm (a / k / a High Priest from Antipop Consortium), Marc Ribot (early), Kojo Roney and his father Antoine Roney, Brandon Ross, Warren Smith, Master of Ceremonies Marc Medwin, more surprises to be announced, and the great Henry Grimes playing throughout!
About Henry Grimes
Henry Grimes (double bass, violin, poetry, illustration) is one of the fathers of the "avant-jazz" or "free jazz" movement, having created new music alongside Albert Ayler, Amiri Baraka, Coleman Hawkins, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Cecil Taylor, and many more in the breakaway '50s and '60s. But a tour to the West Coast went awry, leaving Henry in downtown L.A. at the end of the '60s with a broken bass he couldn't pay to repair, so he faded away from the music world. Discovered there in 2002, nearly destitute, Henry was given a bass by William Parker and very soon was back in full force. Since then, Mr. Grimes has played / toured / recorded with Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Edward "Kidd" Jordan, Roscoe Mitchell, Marc Ribot, Wadada Leo Smith, and many more, playing 600 concerts in 32 countries. He made his professional debut on a second instrument, the violin, at age 70 alongside Cecil Taylor at Lincoln Center, has seen the publication of the first volume of his poetry, illustrates his new recordings and publications, and continues to surpass himself and all expectations. http://
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born
and the day you find out why. -- Mark Twain
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Henry Grimes: 80th-birthday concert and celebration
Friday, November 6th, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (dinner following)
Jan Hus Neighborhood Center, Sanctuary
351 East 74th St, Manhattan (NYC)
featuring Denardo Coleman, Connie Crothers, Andrew Cyrille, Melanie Dyer, Melvin
Gibbs, Tyehimba Jess, Karma Mayet Johnson, Andrew Lamb, Gamiel Lyons, Mixashawn (Lee Rozie), HPrizm (High Priest from Antipop Consortium), Marc Ribot (early),
Kojo Roney and his father Antoine Roney, Brandon Ross, Warren Smith,
Master of Ceremonies Marc Medwin,
and the great Henry Grimes himself playing throughout!
Tickets are $35 per person, including concert, dinner,
non-alcoholic drinks, and birthday cake.
Tickets available only at the venue after 5 p.m. on Nov. 6th (no credit cards).
High-resolution photos, CDs, interviews available on request.
Contact: Margaret Grimes, 212-841-0899, grimestimes@