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Bill Saxton Replaces Lonnie Youngblood for Harlem Speaks Thursday, December 15, 2005


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December 9, 2005

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The Jazz Museum in Harlem 104 East 126th Street New York, NY 10035 212 348-8300


Bill Saxton Replaces Lonnie Youngblood for Harlem Speaks Bill Saxton, December 15, 2005

New York, NY--Due to family circumstances, saxophonist and bandleader Lonnie Youngblood has regretfully postponed his appearance slated for Thursday, December 15, 2005. His friend and fellow saxophonist Bill Saxton has consented to sit in a second time for the Jazz Museum in Harlem's Harlem Speaks conversation series.

Since Saxton's first talk on July 28, 2005, the Harlem native has launched a jazz parlor called “Bill's Place," located at 148 West 133rd Street, between Lenox and Seventh Avenues. The new performance venue is located on “the main floor of a renovated four-story brownstone," as Amsterdam News jazz writer Ron Scott recently reported. Saxton will discuss the origins and intent of his jazz parlor as well as the mission of Harlem Jazz Scene, Inc., which is housed there.

Saxton's quartet was a regular at St. Nick's Pub for over a decade. The Harlem cosmopolite has also performed world-wide, touring Europe and Africa and across the United States since the 1980s.

He studied woodwinds, arranging and composition at the New England Conservatory, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. He's played and recorded with a virtual who's who of jazz, including the most recent Harlem Speaks guest Clark Terry, and, among others, Clifford Jordan, Charlie Persip, Frank Foster, Tito Puente, Jimmy Ponder, and Bobby Watson. He's a superb leader and sideman, and a top-notch jazz educator as well, serving as an adjunct faculty member of the New School of Social Research. Saxton also coaches a clarinet ensemble and teaches music theory to youth on behalf of a music program sponsored by the NYC Housing Authority.

Lock in your reservation by calling 212 348-8300.

The Harlem Speaks series is co-produced by the Jazz Museum in Harlem's Executive Director, Loren Schoenberg, Co-Director Christian McBride, and Greg Thomas Associates. The bi-monthly series occurs at the offices of the Jazz Museum in Harlem, located at 104 East 126th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues, from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

This discussion series is free to the public. To view the photo archives of Harlem Speaks go to: http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org/ hs_photos.html

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