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.9Mile presents CMC International Jazz Fest jazz so buffalo is dedicated to the
Legendary American Bassist

Arthur 'Juini' Booth 

Juini Booth performed with the George Spanos Trio, featuring drummer/Bandleader Spanos and pianist Leo Genovese at the CMC International Jazz Festival in 2019 for a SOLD-OUT  audience. His final album was recorded here at GCR Studios, immediately following their performance. His final performance took place at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center Cinema for its "Sequester Series."

Arthur Juini Booth, legendary bassist/composer, lived and worked in New York City, and had been playing professionally since 16. Firmly rooted in the forefront of the American jazz tradition, which he helped to shape, Booth performed and toured for over 30 years with jazz musicians from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to Tony Williams Lifetime to Coleman Hawkins to Albert Ayler to Chuck Mangione to Sun Ra to McCoy Tyner.

Juini toured extensively in Western and Eastern Europe, performing solo bass concerts in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Some career highlights have been a concert with Randy Weston at the Tangiers Jazz Festival, Morocco; and with Sun Ra Arkestra in Tiblisi,Georgia (USSR) a film of painter Larry Rivers entitled "Round Trip."

He received the Mingus-Zimmerman Award sponsored by ISB (International Society of Bassists) for Most Imaginative Performance in the Free Choice Category Music Curator at Hallwalls in Buffalo New York (1981-82) and at NAC Niagara Arts Council in St. Catherine's, Ontario (1991). His compositional work has been supported by an NEA composers' grant, CAPS, and Meet the Composer.

Recording credits include: Shelley Mann, McCoy Tyner (3 albums), Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, Sun Ra, Hamiet Bluiett, and many other artists. His impact on this genre is tremendous, and he will be sorely missed.


JazzTimes Memorium by Michael West

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CMC Master Class
Brent Birckhead 
sponsored by Villa Maria College Music Department
Villa Maria Recital Hall

Friday, October 8th, 2021

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Known for his sound exploration and maverick approach to woodwind instruments, Brent Birckhead will host a master class at Villa Maria College's Recital Hall.  Birckhead will perform on multiple reeds with "Inside Sound: The Black Whole" in CMC Jazz' ARTIST MASTER series featuring Walter Kemp 3, Scott Tixier, RiShon Odel, and Allan Mednard.

Saxophonist Brent Birckhead is an award-winning artist, whose aesthetic is an intersectional amalgam of traditional and popular styles. Unbound by genre, Birckhead’s approach to woodwind artistry is driven by his compulsion for creative risk and deep respect for legacy. His place in the continuum of a storied lineage begins with his surname, Birckhead, and extends to his extensive musical education and work ethic as a visionary approach to life as a rising leader.

Educated at Howard University (BME, MM), Birckhead was named best blues/pop/rock soloist and outstanding instrumental jazz soloist by Downbeat Magazine as part of the annual Student Music Awards. In 2011 Brent was named "Best Alto Saxophonist" by the Washington City Paper.

The Baltimore native's talent earned him the honor of performing and touring with legendary artists including Lauryn Hill, Nas, Wale, Eric Benet, Larry Graham, George Duke, and many more.

Birckhead is a professor of saxophone at Morgan State University. On February 22nd Birckhead released his self titled debut album on Revive Music. He currently resides in New York City.

***This event is OPEN to the PUBLIC, and is sponsored by Villa Maria College, School of Music.

Curation: CMC Tribute Series
Drea d'Nur + Rootstock Republic

Dear Nina: A Sonic Love Letter to Nina Simone

Tralf Music Hall
Saturday, October 9th, 2021
4:00pm, doors at 3:00pm

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Drea d'Nur

Juliette  Jones

Jarvis Benson

Monique Brooks Roberts

Chris "BassPlayaPlaya" Johnson

Malcolm Parson

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Juliette Jones
Chris Johnson
Monique Brooks-Roberts
Malcolm Parson
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“Dear Nina: A Sonic Love Letter to Nina Simone” Ensemble

A delicate twist on the familiar notion of a tribute show, “Dear Nina: A Sonic Love Letter to Nina Simone” is a love ode that commits to honoring the wisdom, truths and stories embedded in Nina Simone’s legacy—musically, socially, and politically. The work was originally commissioned by The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY) in affiliation with their “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-1985” exhibit (March 2018/International Women’s Day—World Premiere). Later that same month, "Dear Nina" premiered in NYC to a sold-out audience at The Public Theatre’s Joe’s Pub. In the 2019 season, "Dear Nina" was met with high praise and back-to-back sold-out audiences: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Women’s Jazz Festival, (March 2019), the 1st annual “Singing Nina Festival” (May 2019—Headliner), Rootstock Republic’s new acoustic, seasonal salon series ’HOME,’ with the support of NewMusicUSA (June 2019), and the Niagara Fall Underground Railroad Heritage Center’s “400 Years of Resistance” (October 2019).

“Power, poise and passion reign supreme in this pairing of voice and strings that celebrates the legendary—and at times uncharted—canon of Nina Simone. Drea D’Nur (Vocalist, Pianist) and House of Rootstock (Strings, Arrangements) share center stage in this uniquely intimate and newly orchestrated songbook of Nina’s Love Songs, Blues and Protest Music.”
Reviews: "The audience was spellbound by the vocals and arrangements. Nina Simone’s fire and tenderness were on full display." — The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
“The music is characterized by sweeping chamber style arrangements whereby the audience is swept up into the beauty of orchestral strings.” — JazzBuffalo

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Thomas Sayers Ellis & James Brandon Lewis'

Heroes are Gang Leaders [HAGL]

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Saturday, October 9th, 2021
8:00pm, doors at 7:30pm

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HAGL is a Literary Free Jazz Ensemble of writers, artists and musicians dedicated to the sound extensions of literary text and original composition.

Winners of the 2018 American Book Award for Oral Literature, Heroes Are Gang Leaders are a genre-bending ensemble known for its bold approach to Race Fearlessness and Creative Deception Busting. HAGL was co-founded by saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and Poet Thomas Sayers Ellis initially to pay tribute to the late poet, activist and Jazz critic Amiri Baraka but over the course of 4 CDs, HAGL has created an Oral Literature of whirling and original ideas unlike any Spoken Word Jazz Ensemble before them.

Recorded over a three-year period at the longtime Fast Speaking Music Home of poet Anne Waldman by her son, musician and engineer Ambrose Bye, in New York City,

Artificial Happiness Button finds HAGL in search of new and original ways to combine Poetry and Jazz. For this project they move away from the literary canon to turn inward, courageously and humorously reaching, aesthetically and politically, beneath and beyond the manufactured Problem Reaction Solution Movements of Social Justice to reinvigorate the tradition of Jazz Poetry.

With its longtime lineup of poets, musicians and artists James Brandon Lewis, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Margaret Morris, Randall Horton, Luke Stewart, Heru Shabaka-ra, Devin Brahja Waldman, Brandon Moses, Warren "Trae" Crudup, Janice Lowe, HAGL is joined by new members Melanie Dyer, Jenna Camille, Nettie Chickering and Bonita Lee Penn as well as featured guests such as the legendary bassist William Parker, Jaimie "Breezy" Branch on trumpet and Chilean poet Cecilia Vicuña. A wake up call for 2020, Artificial Happiness Button is unflinching in its ability to take on such topics as the built-in earthly ceiling of human joy, the truth tug of war that occurs in personal relationships, the addictive effects of bottled racism in literature and the American South, mechanized widespread programmed hurt and the deadly electronic net of one-hive info sharing. This new offering from Heroes Are Gang Leaders is a timely and prophetic tour de force aimed at giving back all of the false aspects of the globe (and local globalism) while rescuing the real ones.

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CMC Artist Master Series
Walter Kemp 3, Scott Tixier, Brent Birckhead, RiShon Odel & Allan Mednard
Inside Sound: The Black Whole
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

Sunday, October 10th, 2021
5:00pm, doors at 4:30pm

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What makes a sound? When do we hear silence? Who generates the improvisational nature of sound? When do we perceive music? These, and many more questions were the impetus for "Inside Sound: The Black Whole."


Through an eclectic assemblage of touring collaborators and kinfolk, “The Black Whole” seamlessly reconnects jazz to its freer ancestral roots, while consciously and simultaneously working to uproot it through diverse sonic exchanges, instrumental interplay, and contemporary juxtapositions. Viscount-endorsed pianist and composer Walter Kemp 3 set out to explore this concept, pushing the boundaries of sound, and bringing with it a sense of cosmic freewheeling. Kemp, on piano, rhodes, and organ, GRAMMY award-winning improvisational violinist Scott Tixier, maverick woodwind master Brent Birckhead on alto sax, clarinet and flute, bass prodigy Rishon Odel and Allan Mednard, an NYC fixture on the percussion scene, add tonal richness to the group’s deconstructivist musical approach. What began as a Point9Mile Collaborative Artist Residency has emerged as an attention-grabbing ensemble that's way ahead of its time. Don't miss this otherwordly sound experience, led by Walter Kemp 3.

Kemp, Tixier, Birckhead, Odel, Mednard
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CMC Jazz Innovation Series

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Sunday, October 10th, 2021

8:00pm, doors at 7:30pm

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Val-Inc, is an Haitian afrofuturist, composer, turntablist, and professor at Berklee College of Music. Val-Inc is a pioneer of the electronic music subgenre Afro- Electronica incorporating Haitian Vodou rhythms with electronic instruments.

Val (Jeanty) is the great-grandniece of Haitian composer, pianist, and music director Occide Jeanty and granddaughter of a mambo (Vodou priestess). Growing up in Bizoton Fontamara, Haiti, Jeanty attended Sacré Cœur, which she describes as "a prestigious Catholic school, in a ritzy-bourgeois area" with strict rules. Jeanty left Haiti for the United States in 1986, when upheaval following the overthrow of then-president Jean-Claude Duvalier led to school closures.


Jeanty issued her first album in 2000 thanks to a Van Lier Fellowship, and has performed at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and internationally at music festivals in Austria and Switzerland. Jeanty's installations have been showcased in New York City at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Village Vanguard and internationally at Saalfelden Music Festival in Austria, Stanser Musiktage in Switzerland, Jazz à la Villette in France, and the Biennale Di Venezia in Italy.

Poet Tracie Morris chose Jeanty as the sound engineer for her 2002 poetry installation at the Whitney Biennial. Morris and Jeanty worked in Jeanty's home studio, even recording the poems in a vestibule between two rooms.

In 2011, Jeanty was commissioned by Wesleyan University's Center for the arts to collaborate with Dr. Gina Athena Ulysse on Fascinating! Her resilience, a multimedia performance exploring the meanings assigned to the word "resilience" in Western conceptualizations of Haitians after the earthquake of January 2010. Jeanty speaks about the relationship between sound and spirituality in the 2012 documentary film The United States of Hoodoo.

In 2014, Jeanty collaborated with Afro-Cuban bassist Yosvany Terry on his album New Throned King (5Passion), contributing samplings of vodou ceremonies.[14] The same year, she was also sound designer for the National Black Theater's Facing Our Truth: 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege. Jeanty's most recent work is with Turning Jewels Into Water, a duo with Indian-born Ravish Momin. With influences including Vodou, Indian folk music, jazz, and electronica, Turning Jewels Into Water has been said to "actively decentre shallow, Westernized understandings of 'world' music", and their 2019 debut Map of Absences called "a place where the ritualistic origins of music and rhythm meet with the digital realm.” Turning Jewels Into Water was also awarded a 2020 New Music USA grant. Their newest work, Our Reflection Adorned by Newly Formed Stars, was completed after the start of the pandemic, with the duo recording and sharing files at a distance.

In November of 2019, Roulette Intermedium, with New Music USA and the New York State Council on the Arts, commissioned interdisciplinary artist Risha Rox and Jeanty's collaborative work, Ritual Merging. This live multi-sensory ritual was crafted in honor of the Dead and featured improvisational soundscape and live body painting

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