Monday, October 17, 2016

USA: “An Evening of Musical Masters” Saturday, October 22nd 7:30pm @ Metro Baptist Church

Abby London-Crawford
In Association with
The Sanctuary Arts Initiative
Of Metro Baptist Church
“An Evening of Musical Masters”
Saturday, October 22, 2016
7:30 PM
@Metro Baptist Church
410 West 40th Street
(9th & 10th Ave.), NYC
$20 for the Evening

Doors open at 6:45 pm.
General seating. Cash only.
All tickets purchased at door.

Reservations may be made in advance at or at 646.206.2080;
but reserved only until 7PM on the evening of the concert.

7:30 PM
T.K. Blue, Sax, Flute
Zaccai Curtis, Piano

8:30 PM
Dick Griffin, Trombone, Piano

Michael Wimberly, Percussion, Vibes

9:30 PM
Elektra Kurtis and Ensemble Elektra:
Elektra Kurtis, Violin
Curtis Stewart, Violin
Kenny Davis, Electric Bass
Reggie Nicholson, Drums

Photo Credits:
R.I. Sutherland-Cohen for T.K. Blue, Dick Griffin;
Alexandra Ionescu for Michael Wimberly; Gulnara Khamatova for Zaccai Curtis; Marta Monko for Ensemble Elektra.

Abby London-Crawford, in association with the Sanctuary Arts Initiative of Metro Baptist Church, will present, “An Evening of Musical Masters,” Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Metro Baptist Church, 410 West 40th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues in Manhattan, New York City.

Doors open at 6:45 PM, with performances starting at 7:30 PM; continuing at 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM.

There is general seating, with $20 admission for the evening.  Cash only.  All tickets purchased at the door.  Reservations may be made in advance at or at 646.206.2080; but reserved only until 7PM on the evening of the concert.

Musical Masters” will present duets between saxophonist/flautist T.K. Blue, and pianist Zaccai Curtis at 7:30 PM; Trombonist/pianist Dick Griffin, and percussionist/vibraphonist Michael Wimberly at 8:30 PM; as well as a collaboration between violinist/composer Elektra Kurtis and Ensemble Elektra (violinist Curtis Stewart; electric bassist Kenny Davis; and drummer Reggie Nicholson) at 9:30 PM.

“Even though the church is located behind and across from Port Authority, its sanctuary is ideal for music, as it offers an environment that envelopes you immediately with its calming and welcoming ambience,” says Ms. London-Crawford, the producer of the event.

 For over ten years Ms. London-Crawford has been the festival manager of the Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center’s annual “Rhythm in the Kitchen” Music Festival, which had its beginnings in this very church, Metro Baptist, in 2006, and 2007, before being relocated to another neighborhood church.  HKCC will produce their future festivals at Metro Baptist.  This evening, however, is Ms. London-Crawford’s first independently produced concert.
Ms. London-Crawford has also been a volunteer in two of the many services at Metro: the winter clothing closet and the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project, which has been growing vegetables for its community-based Food Pantry on its roof for six years now.

“I am inspired by the work of the Sanctuary Arts Initiative, the site of exciting music, dance, social events, and film, and am grateful that its director, Lily Womble, was eager to welcome me with this concert.  It is perfect that they are feeding folks in body, and now spirit through the arts.”

“I don’t like to categorize or label music, or box it in,” Ms. London-Crawford points out.  But I titled this concert, “An Evening of Musical Masters,” for a reason.  What is a master?  Each musical artist on this program exemplifies the true meaning of a musical master:  one who takes up the lessons and legacy of his or her mentors; learns; does not rest on his or her laurels; and moves the music forward, often becoming a teacher in turn.

“Regardless of age, we recognize brilliance when we hear it.  We hear the traditions, influences of the ‘elders,’ all the creative forces exercised for an inspired, deeply felt communication between player and listener/participant.

“At the concert, we will hear written and arranged compositions, as well as spontaneously improvised ones.  These moments are often remembered for a lifetime.  Such mastery in music uplifts, and that artistry can be a healing force.  I know the musicians on this program feel that way every time they play.”

Line up for October 22:

7:30 p.m.        T.K. Blue/Zaccai Curtis

8:30 p.m.        Dick Griffin/
Michael Wimberly

9:30 p.m.        Elektra Kurtis and Ensemble Elektra:
                        Curtis Stewart;  Kenny Davis; Reggie Nicholson