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Lia Chang: Will Calhoun Trio in Free Jazzmobile Concert at Morningside Park in New York on August 18

Drummer Will Calhoun © Lia Chang

Drummer Will Calhoun © Lia Chang

The Will Calhoun Trio featuring Marc Cary on keys, Earl Travis on Bass, Will Calhoun on drums and a special guest, will perform on Thursday, August 18th from 7pm-8:30pm in a free concert at Morningside Park, Morningside Ave and West 114th St. in New York. Hosted by Friends of Morningside Park and presented by Jazzmobile in partnership with Maysles Cinema.

Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy winners and contribute to so many genres: jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, et al, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life.

Calhoun’s unique blend of improvisational and hard rock drumming can be found on each of Living Colour’s four Epic releases. As a member of Living Colour, Calhoun received a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance by a group and another Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.

In addition to his work with Living Colour, Calhoun has recorded and/or toured and performed with diverse artists including B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Marcus Miller, Dr. John, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Oumou Sangare, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD, High Life), Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, The Allman Brothers. As a producer, player, and songwriter, Will has worked on Herb Alpert’s Grammy-nominated CD, Colors, and Mos Def’s The New Danger CD.

After releasing several solo drum/electronic albums and (with Doug Wimbish and Vinx) forming the groundbreaking band JUNGLE FUNK in the late 90’s, Calhoun released his first solo jazz CD, which was Grammy-nominated in 2000: The Will Calhoun Quintet: Live at the Blue Note.

Calhoun’s latest creation Native Lands is his follow-up release on Half Note Records. The album can be described as Jazz meets World, coupled with trance-inducing urban music. This dual disc (CD/DVD) combines Calhoun’s experiences as he marries his far reaching interests in a genre-bending collection that taps key expressionists from various backgrounds. Among those contributing are Pharaoh Sanders, Mos Def, Buster Williams, Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks, Marcus Miller and Wallace Roney, as well as Nana Vasconcelos from Brazil and Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali.

Calhoun is currently touring with Malian Songstress Oumou Sangare.
Fri 07/22 – Montreal, Quebec @ Nuits Africa Festival
Sat 07/23 – Ketonah, NY @ Caramoor Center for Music and Arts/Venetian Theatre
Mon 07/25 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Wed 07/27 – New York, NY @ City Winery
Fri 07/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park/Celebrate Brooklyn
Sat 07/30 – Brownfield, ME @ Stone Mountain
Click here for tickets.

Jazzmobile, by its very nature, is an outreach and audience development program. Firstly, Jazzmobile goes to non-standard venues-the peoples neighborhoods; streets, parks, schools, and playgrounds, which comprise 90% of its efforts. While Jazzmobile is centrally located in Harlem, USA, it has grown and progressed through programming city wide, state wide, area and region wide, and has presented famous jazz artists in jazz programs in every major market from Boston, Massachusetts to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jazzmobile audiences continue to grow and expand world wide each year. Jazzmobile has played a major role in the renaissance of Jazz. The organization has been involved in providing the impetus for Jazz programs and in particular arts in education. Jazzmobile has influenced the vitality of the music beyond its New York base, serving as a paradigm of similar organizations and institutions across the country and throughout the world.

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Morningside Park
Morningside Ave and West 114th St.
New York

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Photos: Phylicia Rashad, Michael McElroy, Marva Hicks in Broadway Inspirational Voices “Wondrous Grace” Concert in NY
Photos: Playwright David Henry Hwang in rehearsal at the Goodman Theatre for World Premiere of Chinglish
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Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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