Christelle Durandy / Blog

WORD* ROCK* & SWORD is here !

Tomorrow, fam, SEPT. 21st @ 6PM


Album of the week: Paul Carlon's La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing



La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing by saxophonist Paul Carlon

Another great review of Paul's tribute to Billy Strayhorn:


La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing by saxophonist Paul Carlon

A project I am honored to be a part of. A few years ago Paul Carlon called me to join is Octet, since then we have continuously worked together. And here I am, being a part of his tribute to the Master Billy Strayhorn. The band will be at Something Jazz Club, in NY, monday 16th. In the meantime, check out one of the reviews Paul's writings got. Cheers.


WORD*ROCK*&SWORD: A Festival Celebration Of Women's Lives

An amazing festival I'm enormously proud and happy to be a part of!


From Sept. 16th to Sept. 23rd 2012


_________________________________________ 9.16 @4pm Why We Care! Opening Service w/ Laura Flanders, Sara Zaidi, Jacqueline Woodson, J. Bob Alotta The Brecht Forum 451 West Street New York, NY (between Banks and Bethune) FREE and open to the public

_________________________________________ 9.18 @7pm My Name is My Own II: An Evening of Words by Formerly Incarcerated Women Curated by: The Correctional Association of New York Casa Frela Gallery 47 West 119 Street in Harlem FREE and open to the public

_________________________________________ 9.20 @6pm Rituals of Sound and Body led by Ola Ronke of So Hum Studios and vocalist/composer Imani Uzuri Thurs Sept 20, 2012 6-8pm @ Sacred Studio (www.sacredbrooklyn.com) $10-$30 sliding scale. 30 spaces available (RSVP suggested). 5 scholarhips available. yoga mats will be provided. please wear comfortable clothes, bring a journal and an open heart

_________________________________________ 9.21 @7pm w/ Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation A Screening and Discussion w/ Film Maker Shalini Kantayya. Featuring her film A Drop Of Life. @ 1360 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY. Event is free. RSVP http://www.restorationplaza.org/calendar/adropoflife

_________________________________________ 9.22 6pm Doors Word*Rock*& Sword: A Musical Celebration of Womens Lives. http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/3566 Toshi Reagon, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joan As Police Woman, Lizz Wright, Slanty Eyed Mama, Morley, Dj Rimarkable, Alsarah, Imani Uzuri, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Sun Singleton, Allison Miller, Ganessa James, Alex Nolan, Liza Jessie Peterson, Arooj Aftab, Staceyann Chin, Christelle Durandy, Lenelle Moise, BETTY, Gwen Snyder Siegal, Climbing PoeTree

_________________________________________ 9.23 6pm Closing Service Kundalini Foods! To Heal/Cleanse Energize your Chakras With Chef/Healer Stefanie Kelly @ Pillow Cafe 505 Myrtle Avenue New York, NY (718) 246-2711

Blue Note Jazz Fest and more Happenings !!!

We had to do it again, so we're doing it: In style, an instant in time as the summer solstice, for an everlasting recognition to the fierceness of the grandes dames of Jazz and Blues. That's Thursday, June 21st, with an awe-inspiring cast.

Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Memphis Minnie, Sarah Vaughn, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Koko Taylor, and more ... 16 of New York's fiercest artists come together to celebrate and pay tribute to their musical mothers. If you love classic blues and jazz, and if you want to know how what you hear today came to be, then join these incredible artists on this musical journey.

Toshi Reagon and Allison Miller present Celebrate! The Great Women of Blues and Jazz, with vocalists Christelle Durandy, Karma, Mayet Johnson, M. Nahadr, Imani Uzuri, Josette Marchak, and Toshi Reagon. Bandleader Allison Milller will lead a group featuring Mimi Jones, Shamie Royston, Mayra Casales and Alex Nolan. The evening will be hosted by Liza Jessie Peterson and will feature special guest dancer Michelle Dorrance. We are excited to have this show as a part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Get your tickets today!

Toshi Reagon » Allison Miller » Jill Newman Productions »

"Celebrate! The Great Women Of Blues & Jazz " HIGHLINE BALLROOM 431 W 16th St. • New York, NY 10011 • between 9th & 10th Ave • (212) 414-5994

• Dinner menu available • General Admission Seating • First come, first seated • $10 min/person at tables • All ages

Celebrate The Great Women of Jazz and Blues at The Schomburg

The Schomburg Women In Jazz festival has been happening for twenty years. This year we celebrate some of our musical mothers. Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn and others. Curated by Toshi Reagon, join Band Leader Allison Miller, and Vocalists Tamar-kali, Karma Mayet Johnson, Josette Newsam Marchak, M. Nahadr, Imani Uzuri, and Christelle Durandy; Dancer Michelle Dorrance, Poet, Author Liza Jesie Petterson. and Mimi Jones-bass, Shamie Royston-piano, Alex Nolan-guitar Tanya Darby-trumpet, Reut Regev-trombon, Mayra Casales-percussionist.


Bonjour, Writeous!!! Yeah, right on! That's what we do tomorrow night. We celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Astrea's Lesbian Writers fund! The Lesbian Writer's Fund awards, since 1991, emerging lesbian poets and fiction writers across the U.S. Too often, lesbian writing is marginalized by literary venues and funding sources, resulting in exceptionally talented artists unable to receive the nurturing and support so vital to their craft.

Tomorrow night will feature performances by:

R. Erica Doyle Karma Mayet Johnson Ana-Maurine Lara Chinelo Okparanta Kirya Traber Lenelle Moïse & A special presentation honoring the life & work of poet/writer/activist, Cheryl B

CocoMama quintet will be in the house: Nicki Denner, piano Jennifer Vincent, bass Koko Jones, percussion Jessica Rodriguez, percussion Yours truly, vocals

DJ RiMarkable on the decks

BRETCH FORUM 451 West Street @ Bank Street New York, NY 10014 8-11PM No One turned away for lack of funds, scorpios get in free, $15 for everyone else, $25 guarantees you a seat and a treat! www.astraeafoundation.org Come celebrate some amazing women; bring your love, fierceness, and leave with some of the folks in the room. xoxoxoxoxo Christelle