NEW MASSES NIGHTS began life as a monthly NYC performance series at Henry Winston Unity Hall in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Currently, New Masses Nights is intermittently presenting shows in a variety of sites in NYC and beyond. Each edition features the unique heritage of liberation arts rooted in the struggle for progressive change. A revolution in jazz, word and song. This series is inspired by the cultural/political magazine of the 1920s-40s, "New Masses” which published such legendary writers and artists as Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, Mike Gold, Dorothy Parker, Eugene O'Neill, Art Young, William Gropper, Dorothy Day, Upton Sinclair, Hugo Gellert, Kenneth Fearing, Em Jo Bash and John Dos Passos. Here's a powerful concept, simultaneously old and new: join us as the cultural workers speak. producer/host: John Pietaro, Writer/Musician/Cultural Organizer NEW MASSES NIGHTS CALENDAR: --Nov 11, 2017 The Colony, Woodstock NY AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE (with guest poet Patricia Martin), JOURNEY BLUE HEAVEN --Oct 30, 2017 The Commons, Brooklyn NY AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE perform selections from their ESP-Disk release and new works. _________________________________________________________________________________________ HISTORY: WE OPENED the series with a special edition on 10/29/16 entitled "DUMP TRUMP! A Revolution in Jazz, Poetry, Song" which featured Matt Lavelle's 12 Houses, the Red Microphone, Juan Quinonez, Ngoma Hill, Raymond Nat Turner and Susan Yung, with guest speaker Jarvis Tyner. ****Nov 28: --7:30--a reading from the pages of "New Masses" magazine by John Pietaro with Laurie Towers, electric bass --8PM--Neo-Beat Poet STEVE DALACHINSKY --8:45--RAS MOSHE'S MUSIC NOW! ****December 31: NEW YEAR’S EVE AT WINSTON UNITY: --9pm - 2am New Masses Nights will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Party of a new type. MATT LAVELLE’S 12 HOUSES ( will be performing two sets of outre’ jazz/funk/protest music and THE BEAT BREWERS will keep the dancing energy flowing. Party on progressively! FB event page: ****Jan 28, 2017: -7:30PM--THE BEYOND GROUP: Carman Moore –conducting, Cheryl Pyle-c flute /alto flute, Michael Eaton-Soprano sax /Tenor Sax, Roberta Piket- Piano, Bern Nix – Guitar, Newman Taylor Baker-Washboard Percussion --8:15PM--DAVID LAIBMAN , powerhouse blues and ragtime guitarist/songwriter and --9PM--Rad Poet/multi-instrumentalist NGOMA HILL --PLUS readings from the pages of "New Masses" magazine-- ****February 25: SPECIAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION! --7:30PM--The renowned bassist and poet LARRY ROLAND --8:15--Legendary poet and activist AMINA BARAKA, with accompaniment by THE RED MICROPHONE, performing works from Amina's just-recorded album "If I Can't Dance, It's Not My Revolution" to be released on ESP-Disk soon! The Red Microphone: Ras Moshe Burnett-Reeds, Flute; Rocco John Iacovonne-Reeds, Piano; Laurie Towers-Electric Bass; John Pietaro-Drums, Percussion --9PM--DAVE ROSS TRIO with special guest "Queen Shloca" (Shlomit Oren Ross) Dave Ross: Guitar, Eric Lawrence Saxophone/flute , Ras Moshe Burnett: Saxophones/flute, Shlomit Oren Ross: Movement/Voice ****March 25: SPECIAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION! -7:30-Exploratory vocalist MARYANNE DEPROPHETIS with Ron Horton, trumpet and Dean Johnson, bass -8:15- performance artist CRYSTAL SHIPP -9PM Young lioness of the saxophone & clarinet LEE ODOM and her trio ****April 25: SHOW POSTPONED due to DC Climate March ***MAY 27: SPECIAL MAY DAY EDITION--- OUR HEADLINER IS THE BERN NIX QUARTET! - The guitarist of Ornette Coleman's revolutionary Prime Time band for over 15 years has since been leading ensembles with his ax out front. The Quartet released an album of its own in 2014 and have performed on many stages including the Vision Festival. We are honored to welcome The Bern Nix Quartet to our series. And make way for the evening's opening act, Gabby G & the Heavy Hitters, a quartet of young lions who are studying with the legendary Reggie Workman at the New School... -BERN NIX QUARTET: Bern Nix-guitar, Matt Lavelle-trumpet and alto clarinet, Francois Grillot-bass, Reggie Sylvester-drums -GABBY G & THE HEAVY HITTERS: Gabrielle Garo-alto saxophone, Matthew Whitaker-organ/piano, Wes Whitelock-guitar, Donovan Marshall-drums ****JUNE 24: This month, New Masses Nights presents music and poetry to rock the rafters and your soul, from outside to deep blue. All of that and we will host the ALBUM RELEASE PARTY, NEW MASSES STYLE, OF AMINA BARAKA'S DEBUT CD! You cannot miss this one... -AMINA BARAKA & THE RED MICROPHONE: In honor of the release of Amina's very first album as a leader, the poet and her band will perform select works from the CD and offer some discussion between Amina and the audience about the poetry. Copies of the CD--Amina Baraka & the Red Microphone (ESP-Disk, 2017)--will surely be available. Let's make this one a real PARTY. Amina Baraka- poetry/voice, John Pietaro- drums/percussion/musical direction, Ras Moshe Burnett: reeds/flute, Rocco John Iacovone-reeds/piano, Laurie Towers- electric bass -STEVE COHN TRIO: composer, multi-instrumentalist Cohn has gathered a special trio just for our series, and we are anxious to hear where this sound journey they take us. Steve's piano, shakuhachi and trombone will match wits with celebrated jazz bassist HILL GREEN and drummer MARVIN BUGALOO SMITH, a veteran of Sun Ra, Chet Baker, Archie Shepp and Charles Mingus' bands. ****JULY 29: -BEV GRANT others TBA ****AUGUST 26: THIS EDITION OF NEW MASSES NIGHTS SERVES AS DAY 2 OF THIS YEAR'S DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL (for info on Day 1, please see tab for the Festival). This evening will be a fundraiser for the family of the late BERN NIX, whose final performance was as headliner of this series on May 27. Bern was a big supporter of New Masses Nights, a neighbor to the Winston Unity Hall and an audience member for nearly every show we produced, when he wasn't onstage. -Bern Nix Tribute Trio -Ras Moshe's Music Now! -UpSurge NYC - others TBA _________________________________ This series is inspired by the cultural/political magazine of the 1920s-40s, "New Masses.” Here's a powerful concept, simultaneously old and new: a monthly community gathering in the Henry Winston Unity Hall on the 7th floor of 235 West 23rd Street. NEW MASSES NIGHTS - 7:30pm (doors open 7) Henry Winston Unity Hall 235 West 23 Street, 7th floor New York New York 10011 Price: $10 donation

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