Burnt Sugar Review at Winter Jazz Fest 2014

Burnt Sugar Triple threat!
Vernon Reid conducts the Burnt Sugar Arkestra: The Steely Dan Songbook
Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative

Friday – January 10th @ 11:15pm
Winter Jazz Festival
The Bitter End
147 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10012
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Greg Tate – conduction/guitar / Melvin Van Peebles – vocals/storytelling / Vernon Reid – conduction/guitar / Mikel Banks – vocals/conduction / Lisala – vocals / Karma Mayet Johnson – vocals / Shelley Nicole – vocals / Micah Gaugh – alto sax/vocals / V. Jeffery Smith – tenor sax/vocals / ‘ Moist’ Paula Henderson – bari sax / Andre Lassalle – guitar / Ben Tyree – guitar / Leon Gruenbaum – keyboards / Bruce Mack – keyboards / Jared MIchael Nickerson – electric bass / Trevor Holder – drums / Chris Eddelton – drums

Led by Village Voice icon Greg “Ionman” Tate and  monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel and adherence to Butch Morris’s “Conduction” system allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop & rock spectrum.

With an alumni that includes Matana Roberts, Vijay Iyer, DJ Mutamassik, Okkyung Lee and Avram Feffer, Burnt Sugar has released fourteen recordings on their labels Tru Groidd & Avant Groidd Musica defining the art of creating scripted sounding music with the wave of a baton and hand gesture.

With the insistence of Melvin Van Peebles, Mikki Shepard, Bill Bragin, Leda Le Querrec and Vernon Reid, the Burnt Sugar Arkestra has spent the last three years performing the musics of Melvin Van Peebles, Miles Davis, James Brown, David Bowie, Steely Dan and Sun Ra in venues as disparate as The Apollo Theatre, The Stone, Sons d’hiver Festival in Paris France, Rikers Island Prison, Bryant Park, The Painted Bride, Real Art Ways and Lincoln Center.

Melvin Van Peebles had such a good time working with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber bringing “Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song:The Hood Opera” to life on the Paris stage at the Sons d’hiver Festival in 2010, that he decided to continue the collaboration with the formation of his band ‘widLaxative.’

REBELLUM  is the 2013 ten-piece renegade splinter cell brain child of Greg Tate hacked from the recombinant corpus of the Burnt Sugar Arkestra and Melvin Van Peebles’ widLaxative, brought to life in Luqman Brown’s Harlem N.Y. Buddahbug Studios.

The Burnt Sugar Arkestra Review … knowledgeable of our musical past … performing our musical future.


Jan 7 – $10
Jan 8 – $45 Orchestra Section, Balcony Boxes Seats / $35 Balcony Seats / $25 Upper Balcony Seats
Jan 9 – $15 ADV, $18 DOS
Jan 10/11 – $35 1-day / $55 2-day
Full Fest Pass – $95**

**The Full Festival Pass includes:
– Admission to the Jan 7th WJF Kickoff show at LPR w/ Bobby Previte’s TERMINALS feat. John Medeski, Nels Cline and guests
– Orchestra ticket for Jan 8th Blue Note 75th Anniv show at Town Hall w/ Jason Moran, Robert Glasper and guests
– Admission to the Jan 9th SummerStage showcase at LPR w/ Revive Big Band and guests
– A 2-Day WJF Marathon Pass featuring over 80 groups at 8 different venues

APAP Delegate Discounted Admission:

(RSVP Required for verification and discount codes)
If you are a 2014 registered APAP delegate you have the opportunity to attend the 2014 NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon at a reduced price, please [email protected] for more details.