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2013 NYC Winter Jazz Fest: Will Calhoun Performs at Zinc Bar on 1/10, The Bitter End on 1/12

will calhounKCC Productions presents the Will Calhoun Trio on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Zinc Bar during the Jazz Connect Conference. The Trio consists of Will Calhoun on drums and indigenous percussion, John Benitez on bass, Robert Rodriguez on piano, and special guest horn TBA. The showcase sets will be at 9:45 and 11:15. Zinc Bar is located at 82 West 3rd St in the Village. Cover is $15, free for attendees at the Jazz Connect Conference. For more information, visit or call KCC Productions at (305) 332-2623.

A prolific song-writer, producer, performer and bandleader, Will Calhoun brings his cutting-edge mastery of technology and musicianship to a diverse range of projects. Famous for his Grammy-winning work with Living Colour, Will has recorded, toured and performed with such diverse artists as Living Colour, Mick Jagger, Oumou Sangare’, Mos Def, and Wayne Shorter to name a few. In the late ‘90s, Will formed the groundbreaking band Jungle Funk with Doug Wimbish and Vinx, followed by a Grammy-nominated solo jazz CD in 2000. Native Lands was released in 2005, marrying Will’s far-reaching interests in a genre-bending collection that taps key expressionists from various backgrounds. His forthcoming CD, set to be released in 2013 on Motema Music (, explores his jazz roots and includes Ron Carter, Donald Harrison and Wallace Roney. 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.

John Benitez earned a Grammy for Best Latin Performance, on Habana, with Roy Hargrove. In 2001 he released his first album as leader, Descarga in New York. Benitez has performed or recorded with many well-known American and Latin artists including Lucecita Benitez, Justo Betancourt, Wynton Marsalis, Tito Puente, Hilton Ruiz, Chucho Valdez, David Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri and Roy Hargrove’s Grammy award-winning Crisol Band. Benitez has performed as sideman and featured special artist in all of the major jazz festivals and venues, and has recently released a second CD, Purpose. A prolific composer, arranger and producer, he’s also the man Eddie Palmieri dubbed “The greatest bass player in the world.”

Robert Rodriguez has recorded on Jam Miami alongside Chick Corea on Arturo Sandoval’s Trumpet Evolution and on Ray Barretto’s 2005 Grammy-nominated recording Time Is Time Was, which featured Robert’s composition “One for Ray”.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Will Calhoun’s Native Lands Trio at Zinc Bar
The Will Calhoun Trio plays at the Zinc Bar as part of the 2013 NYC Winter Jazzfest and Jazz Connect Conference
Set times are 9:45 and 11:00pm
Cover is $15, free for attendees at the Jazz Connect Conference
Featuring: Will Calhoun – drums, percussion, loops, John Benitez – Bass, Robert Rodriguez – Piano, Special guest TBA on horn
Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street (between Thompson & Sullivan)
New York, NY
Check out the Zinc Bar Website or call (212) 477-9462 for additional details and to confirm times.

Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:30AM
Will Calhoun’s E=MC2 trio at The Bitter End
As part of the 2013 NYC Winter Jazzfest, Will Calhoun’s E=MC2 trio will play at The Bitter End.
Featuring: Will Calhoun – drums, percussion, loops, Marc Cary – Piano, Charnett Moffett – Bass
The Bitter End
147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and LaGuardia)
New York City, NY 10012
Check out The Bitter End Website or call (212) 673-7030 for additional details and to confirm times.

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Will Calhoun to Interview Bernie Worrell at ASCAP’s “I Create Music” Expo on April 30 in L.A.
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One comment on “2013 NYC Winter Jazz Fest: Will Calhoun Performs at Zinc Bar on 1/10, The Bitter End on 1/12

  1. Alex Adams
    February 7, 2013

    Hi Lia, I’m an actor writer and I was wondering what kind of things you do as an actress. I’m always looking for someone for readings..Alex

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