Makanda Project

Upcoming Concerts


Saturday, March 15
The Makanda Project
featuring CRAIG HARRIS &
live painting sponsored by MassArt's sparc! the ArtMobile
Dudley Library Auditorium
7:00 to 9:30 pm
65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA
FREE CONCERT
Information: 617-442-6186


Tuesday, March 18
The Makanda Project
featuring CRAIG HARRIS & EDDIE ALLEN
John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
NYC Baha'i Center
8:00 and 9:30 pm
53 East 11th Street, NYC
Information & advance tickets: www.bahainyc.org; 212-222-5159
Tickets $15, students $10


Saturday, April 19
The Makanda Project
featuring MICKEY DAVIDSON
The Dance Hall
7:30 to 9:00 pm
7 Walker Street, Kittery, ME
Information: thedancehallkittery.org; 207-703-2083
Tickets $15


Monday, April 21
The Makanda Project
Hebron Academy
Albert Lepage Center for the Arts
7:00 pm
Hebron, ME
Presented by Mahoosuc Arts Council
Information: mahoosucarts.org
Tickets $15; students 17 and under free


Tuesday, April 22
The Makanda Project
Bingham Auditorium
Gould Academy
7:00 pm
45 Church Street, Bethel, ME
Presented by Mahoosuc Arts Council
Information: mahoosucarts.org
Tickets $15; students 17 and under free


Friday, May 30
The Makanda Project
featuring OLIVER LAKE
Dudley Library Auditorium
7:00 to 9:30 pm
65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA
FREE CONCERT
Information: 617-442-6186


Saturday, June 14
The Makanda Project
Bromley Heath Jazz & Art Day at Jackson Square
live painting sponsored by MassArt's sparc! the ArtMobile
Southwest Corridor Park
2:00 to 6:00 pm
Columbus Ave and Centre Streets, Jamaica Plain, MA
FREE CONCERT


Saturday, July 26
The Makanda Project
Roxbury Heritage Park
1:00 to 4:00 pm
183 Roxbury Street, Roxbury, MA
Presented by Roxbury Action Program
Information: 617-652-7564


Saturday, August 16
The Makanda Project
Roxbury Heritage Park
1:00 to 4:00 pm
183 Roxbury Street, Roxbury, MA
Presented by Roxbury Action Program
Information: 617-652-7564

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Bookings & general info

...contact John Kordalewski at jsnjk@verizon.net or 617-298-6551

On YouTube


Live at the BOSTON arts FESTIVAL, 9/12/2010

Caribe
Seeing Autumn

Dudley Library concert, 5/1/2010
Salim Washington book talk (Clawing at the Limits of Cool),
Oliver Lake solo on "Sauntering"



Live at the Baha'i Center, New York City, 8/10/13, featuring Oliver Lake

You Know What


Live at Hibernian Hall, Boston, 4/21/13, with Mickey Davidson and Dancers

Well I See


Live at Roxbury Founders Day, 9/14/13

Why Not?

Struttin'

...the soon-to-be-released
Makanda-Project CD on
Passin' Thru Records



The Makanda Project,

an ensemble based in Makanda Ken McIntyre's hometown of Boston, is dedicated to continuing Makanda's legacy through the performance of his music - specifically, by playing compositions which Makanda never had the opportunity to record or perform in public. An enormous body of such work exists, reflecting the full range of Makanda's imagination as a composer. The group hopes that as some of it is heard there will be heightened appreciation for Makanda's significance as a musician.

The band, which was formed in 2005 and has kept mostly the same personnel since then, consists of 13 musicians: 5 saxophones, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, a vocalist, piano, bass, and drums. The leader, pianist John Kordalewski, who studied and performed with Makanda, has written arrangements for the large group, working from the lead sheets in Makanda's notebooks. For some concerts the group adds a vocal ensemble, and for others a guest soloist: Oliver Lake, Craig Harris, Warren Smith, Carl Grubbs, Odean Pope, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Joe Ford, and Billy Hart are among those who have appeared with the band. On some occasions the group also collaborates with dancer/choreographer Mickey Davidson and her company, adding a movement dimension to the interpretations of Makanda's compositions.

Since 2007 the group has presented an ongoing series of free concerts in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. These concerts have reflected a belief in the importance of building a presence and role for the music on a community level. They have also served as a consistent platform from which to present an ever-expanding repertoire of Makanda's compositions to an appreciative and growing audience. The group has also performed elsewhere in New England and beyond.

Also in keeping with Makanda's legacy, most of the members of the Makanda Project are educators as well as musicians, and the group has presented a variety of educational programs along with its performances.

the Makanda Project
[Click photo to enlarge.]

Standing, left to right: Arni Cheatham, John Lockwood, John Kordalewski,
Charlie Kohlhase, Kurtis Rivers, Robert Stringer, Lance Bryant, Sean Berry,
Diane Richardson, Bill Lowe, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Yoron Israel;
Kneeling left to right: Jerry Sabatini, Josiah Woodson

the Makanda Project
[Click photo to enlarge.]

Bottom, left to right: John Kordalewski, Charlie Kohlhase, Lance Bryant,
John Lockwood, Bill Lowe, Arni Cheatham, Robert Stringer, Joe Ford,
Eddie Allen, Kurtis Rivers, Jerry Sabatini, Diane Richardson.
Hidden behind trumpets: Yoron Israel

the Makanda Project
[Click photo to enlarge.]

Bottom, left to right: John Kordalewski, Charlie Kohlhase, Lance Bryant,
John Lockwood, Bill Lowe, Arni Cheatham, Robert Stringer, Joe Ford,
Eddie Allen, Kurtis Rivers, Jerry Sabatini, Diane Richardson.
Hidden behind trumpets: Yoron Israel




Recent Concerts

9/14/2013 - Roxbury Heritage Park, Roxbury, MA
8/13/2013 - with OLIVER LAKE & WARREN SMITH, Bahai Center, New York City
8/10/2013 - with LIVE PAINTING AND DRAWING, Roxbury Heritage Park, Roxbury, MA
7/6/2013 - with Voices, Roxbury Heritage Park, Roxbury, MA
5/11/2013 - with YORON ISRAEL, WARREN SMITH & BILLY HART, Dudley Library Auditorium, Roxbury, MA
4/22/2013 - with ODEAN POPE, The Rotunda, Philadelphia, PA
4/21/2013 - with MICKEY DAVIDSON, Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall, Roxbury, MA
3/16/2013 - with OLIVER LAKE, Dudley Library Auditorium, Roxbury, MA














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