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Harlem Jazz Series - The Ras Moshe Burnett Ensemble

  • Greater Calvary Baptist Church 43-55 West 124th Street New York, NY 10027 USA (map)

Ras Moshe Burnett (Theodore Burnett III) is a Jazz musician, saxophonist, poet, activist, teacher and returning student working toward a music therapy degree in the NY area. He hails from East New York-Brooklyn NY with maternal Grandparents who hail from Harlem NY. His paternal Grandfather Ted Burnett ("Barnett" professionally), played Tenor and Alto Saxophones after his arrival from Jamaica in the early 1930's. Ras' father, Yaakov Levi (Ted Burnett II) played Alto Sax, Flute and Bass Clarinet in the Brooklyn/Harlem area throughout the 70's. Ras himself studied music in the public schools, (mentored in Jazz history by Don Payne in Junior High), and with his father and grandfather, eventually playing in reggae bands in the 80's and early 90's, then leading his own Jazz groups since 1987. Ras is a nine year member of Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble featuring Warren Smith, Joseph Daley, Gerald Veasley, Althea SullyCole and Lisette Santiago. Ras believes in the positive effect that Jazz and New Music can have on personal and socio-political life, and also utilizes Jazz for social movements in the Black community and human rights causes.

Featuring: Ras Moshe - reeds; Lee Odom - reeds; Melanie Dyer - viola; Alex Marcelo - piano; Larry Roland - bass and poetry; and Chuck Fertal - drums

First set: 12pm-12:45pm (15 min break); Second set: 1pm-1:45pm 

Cost: $15