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Jazz Night at AFH: Warren Smith’s Composers Workshop Ensemble
Friday, February 28, 2020
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Warren Smith’s Composers Workshop Ensemble brings a night of live jazz to the Andrew Freedman Home. Light food and beverages will be served.

About this Event
Warren Smith’s Composers Workshop Ensemble: Warren Smith, percussion; Jay Rodriguez, tenor sax; Clare Daly, baritone sax; Eli Asher, trumpet; Joe Daley, trombone; Jack Jeffers, bass trombone; Rod Williams, piano; Larry Roland, bass; Lloyd Haber, drums; Don Slatoff, alto sax.

Warren Smith has a long and illustrious musical history. One of his earliest major recording dates was with Miles Davis as a vibraphonist in 1957. In 1961, he co-founded the Composers Workshop Ensemble. In the 1960s, Smith accompanied Arethra Franklin, Nina simone, Lloyd Price, and Nat King Cole; he worked with Sam Rivers from 1964 – 76 and with Gill Evans from 1968-76. In 1969, he played with Janis Joplin and in 1971 with King Curtis and Tony Williams. He was also a founding member of Max Roach’s percussion ensemble, M’Boom, in 1970. In the 1970s and 1980s Smith had a loft called Studio Wis that acted as a performing and recording space for many young New York jazz musicians, such as Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake. Through the 1970s Smith played with Andrew White, Julius Hemphil, Muhal Richard Abrams, Nancy Willson, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, and Carmen McRae. Other credits include extensive work with rock and pop musicians and time spent with Anthony Braxton, Charles Mingus, Henry Threadgill, Van Morrison, and Joe Zawinul.

Live Music, Lite Food & Beverages; Tickets are $15
To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

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The Bronx Is Reading: BOOKS & BRUNCH
with best-selling author Ibi Zoboi

Saturday, February 29, 2020
2:00 pm

Join us for our February #TBIR Book Club meeting at the Andrew Freedman Home Library on Saturday, February 29, 2020. This is a ticketed event, you must purchase a ticket to attend. The author will join us in person for an engaging discussion. The ticket includes a copy of Black Enough, food, and beverage, plus honorarium for the author. Books are available for pick-up during TBIR Pop-up Hours at the Andrew Freedman Home (1125 Grand Concourse) Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm.

About the book

  • A bestselling, and emerging African American YA authors on what it’s like to be a Black teen in America.
  • A tour-de-force collection of stories about the Black experience, by award-winning, bestselling, and emerging African American YA authors.
  • Black is… two sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon as written by Renée Watson.
  • Black is… Jason Reynolds writing about three guys walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything.
  • Black is… Nic Stone’s bougie debutante dating a boy her momma would never approve of.
  • Black is …two girls kissing in Justina Ireland’s story set in Maryland.
  • Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—because there are countless ways to be Black enough.
  • Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, this is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.

Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Rita Williams-Garcia, Dhonielle Clayton, Kekla Magoon, Leah Henderson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renée Watson, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Ibi Zoboi, Lamar Giles

About the Author
Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in the New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book magazine, and the Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, American Street, was a National Book Award finalist, received five starred reviews, and was a New York Times Notable Book. She is also the author of Pride and My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children. You can find her online at

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Jazz Night at AFH: Warren Smith’s Jazz Trio
Saturday, February 29, 2020
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Enjoy an amazing afternoon with the illustrious sounds of legendary Jazz musicians performing in the iconic Andrew Freedman Home, featuring Warren Smith, percussion; Rod Williams, piano; and Larry Roland, bass.

This Saturday afternoon concert is free of charge and open to the public.

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