Videos

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“Day to Day Doldrums of a Plain Unremarkable Existence”

On December 22, 2013, I read at the Bowery Poetry Club,  with a slide show presentation.

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The Bern Nix Quartet at the Iridium, in New York City, on July 25, 2012. Members of the quartet are: Bern Nix on Guitar; François Grillot on Contrabass; Matt Lavelle on Flugelhorn and Bass Clarinet; Reggie Sylvester on Drums.
Bern Nix, born in 1950, has recorded and performed with Ornette Coleman, notably playing alongside fellow guitarist Charlie Ellerbee in Coleman’s Prime Time group on their key recordings from Dancing in Your Head in the mid-1970 to In All Languages in 1987.

He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and currently resides in New York City. Nix has released CDs including “Alarms And Excursions” (September 1, 1993). First teaching guitar after arrival in New York City, Nix is a native of Ohio.

He has released a solo recording entitled Low Barometer (Tompkins Square Records) which will became available online in September 2006, and also performed with James Chance and the Contortions, appearing on their 1981 “Live in New York” recording. Another recent Nix composition, “Less is More”, appears on “Art and Money”, an album released by 1687, Inc. in 2006.

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June 18 is the big day! Art Takes Times Square will present thousands of works by artists from all across the world in an immense art exhibition in NYC. This momentous event – hosted by Questlove of The Roots – will be celebrated with an evening of music, performance, and art, and you’re invited to be a part of it:
Art Takes Times Square
Monday June 18, 2012, 7pm – 11pm
Broadway between 42nd Street and 44th Street

Hosted by Questlove of The Roots
Featuring brass bands, performers and works by thousands of artists

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Cobi Narita has been a tireless champion of jazz and its practitioners for over four decades. As the founder of the Universal Jazz Coalition, the Jazz Center of New York and International Women in Jazz, Narita has made an indelible impression on the New York jazz scene. — Lee Mergner, Jazz Times

A latest great article in Jazz Times written by Sylvia Levine Leitch: jazztimes.com/articles/28897-cobi-narita-a-special-place-for-jazz

This tribute to Cobi Narita, “Jazz: The Japanese Connection” was held by Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz at Nuyorican Poets Cafe on February 6, 2010. The performers were Kuni Mikami (piano), Yoshi Waki (bass), Yutaka Yoshida (drums), Yuko Yamamura (french horn), Chikako Iwahori (tap), Mamiko Taira (vocalist), NOW (vocalist), Okaru Lovelace (vocalist), Toru Dodo (piano) and Cobi Narital (legendary Jazz producer).

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By 2011, Rome Neal had produced 7 years of Banana Puddin’ Jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. This 29 minute video gives a broad spectrum of the various talents and entertainers that had sustained Rome’s program. ENJOY!

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This 15 minute video is a compilation of 35 years of my photographs and earlier poems. I had traveled to many third world nations (Morocco, The Philippines, China, India and Europe) capturing/documenting their peasant/working class cultures. I use three pertinent poems written in 1979 as voiceovers since they can be applicable to present situations especially for the newly arrived immigrants. The three poems are entitled: “Could Not Hear Charlie Parker, One Day”, “Wail of the Liberated Woman”, and “Paranoia Axiom Blues”. They were performed at Lower East Side’s Charas in 1979 in the presence of poet Ted Berrigan, artist Willie Birch, with a Jeff Wright hosting. Yukio Tsuji, formerly at La Mama, had composed the music and later I used Japan’s National Anthem which was recorded at Japan’s Earthquake Fundraiser in March, 2011 at St. Peter’s Church.

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From São Paulo, Brazil, the band was founded by Lorena Hollander in the mid 2002, together with Rafael Tortola as an outlet for Hollander’s compositions. As São Paulo has the largest Japanese community in the world Fukoutside of Japan, the band celebrates many things involving Japanese culture, including the Cherry Blossom. Diafanes’ performance, “Sakura,” was a piece to not only celebrate cherry trees in bloom, but also to acknowledge Japan’s recent tragedy in Fukushima.

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On February 3, 2010, at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz presented “The Japanese Connection” in relation to Cobi Narita’s dedicated work to promote Jazz and Tap dance in NYC through her NYC Universal Jazz Coalition in the 80s. The celebration occurred in Lower East Side at Nuyorican Poets Cafe with many musicians, singers and poets.

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Produced by “Gruppe Dokumentation” & “Tylis” and filmed in Loisada, by Marlis Momber, this 10 min. commercial gives a brief preview before gentrification occurred in Lower East Side in the Fall of October, 1978 with Chino Garcia & Bimbo Rivas.

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On September 19, 2011, a recent tribute performance for the late, great Billy Bang held at St. Peter’s Church entitled “Memorial Service & Birthday Celebration of the Life and Musical Legacy of Billy Bang”, Musicians and participants in this clip are: Maria Arias & Billy Bang’s family, Henry Grimes, Hil Greene, Bill Cole, Roy Campbell, Mel Graves, Ted Daniels, Dick Griffith, Newman Taylor Baker, Nhan Thanh Ngo. The background music is extracted from Billy’s album: Vietnam – The Aftermath (Justin Time, 2001).

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A slideshow compilation of Susan L. Yung’s travel photos synched to Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy, Mercy Me”

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A composite of Miguel Algarin, one of the founders of Nuyorican Poets Cafe for over 35 years.

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Two American women of Chinese descent — one born in Hong Kong and the other in Portland, Oregon, found themselves in 1974’s Chinatown as community activists, organizing the local immigrants of their civil rights. In this documentary, their spontaneous dialogue is interspersed with early 16 mm video footages and photographs that focus their involvement in Chinatown’s first civil rights, the Confucius Plaza demonstrations where Asian Americans were demanding employment as construction workers in1974. Through one woman’s participation in the electorial politics and her full participation for Chinatown’s residents in NYC society, Margaret Chin runs for City Councilwoman in 1993 for the first time. Presently, in 2010 after her 5th attempt with resilience, persistence and endurance, she has won the election as a City Council representative.

This film gives a background of Chinatown’s development and its progress in a Democratic system. George Hirose, director of Photography at Pratt Institute says:

“I watched “Democracies in Chinatown: 1974-1994” online … and I was very moved by it. It’s a powerful piece … so many things I didn’t realize or know about. It actually made me decide to change the scope of my Lower East Side night documentation to include Chinatown and more of lower Manhattan. I don’t think that I could come close to telling the kinds of stories about the realities of the immigrant experience that you were able to convey but I hope to capture some of the feeling. “
— George Hirose
Director of Photography
Pratt Institute

I think it’s great. The footage is so direct and real, and the history both in the footage and in the discussion is just fascinating.

I like the music. … and particularly the rawness of the footage. It doesn’t give a slick veneer intended to manipulate the viewer. Instead, looking at the images and contrasts, the viewer makes associations and develops meaning and understanding directly between the viewer and the director’s images.

— Rob Hollander, Ph.D.
Lower East Side Residents for Responsible Development
(SaveTheLowerEastSide.blogspot.com)

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Rome Neal presents
LADY! II Part 1
AN EVENING SHOWCASING LADIES IN JAZZ

Vocalists:
Now, Christiana Blain, Sade Adona, Maribel Gil, Tasha Nicole, Scottie Lee Davis, Lindsay Roberts, Lorelle Howard, Mutiyat Ade-salu

Poets:
Marshalla Ramos, Elizabeth Rivera de Garcia, Malika Iman
Helena D. Lewis

Dancers:
Hilary-Marie Michael, Jennifer Akabue

Musicians:
Edwina Lee Tyler – guest drummer
Katie Cosco – piano

Lauren Falls – bass
Bernice Brooks – drums
Tove Langhof – tenor sax
Maria K. Grand – tenor sax

followed by Jazz Jam and Open Mic

Saturday, February 5th, 2011 @ 9pm

COMPLIMENTARY BANANA PUDDIN’ FOR ALL

reservations : 212-780-9386 or http://www.nuyorican.org

NUYORICAN POETS CAFE
236 East 3rd Street (bet B&C Aves) (take F-train to 2nd Avenue)

BANANA PUDDIN’ JAZZ SPONSORS:
LAURENCE HOLDER, IMRAN SHEIK, LUCILLE DANDRIDGE,
JOHN D. SMITH, COBI NARITA, KAZ OOK
PURE JAZZ MAGAZINE, WWW.MALCHIJAHHATS.COM,
HAROLD A. THOMAS, WWW.RUSTIKTAVERN.COM,
SANKOFA ABAN BED & BREAKFAST, 301 STRATFORD STUDIOS,COM

Become a BPJ sponsor today…. CALL NOW: 718-288-8048 or romekyn@earthlink.net

Checkout:
http://www.bananapuddinjazz.com

Banana Puddin’ Jazz on BCAT TV every Tuesday morning at 11am:http://www.bricartsmedia.org/communit

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Rome Neal presents
LADY! II Part 2
AN EVENING SHOWCASING LADIES IN JAZZ

Vocalists:
Now, Christiana Blain, Sade Adona, Maribel Gil, Tasha Nicole, Scottie Lee Davis, Lindsay Roberts, Lorelle Howard, Mutiyat Ade-salu

Poets:
Marshalla Ramos, Elizabeth Rivera de Garcia, Malika Iman
Helena D. Lewis

Dancers:
Hilary-Marie Michael, Jennifer Akabue

Musicians:
Edwina Lee Tyler — guest drummer
Katie Cosco – piano
Lauren Falls – bass
Bernice Brooks – drums
Tove Langhof – tenor sax
Maria K. Grand – tenor sax

followed by Jazz Jam and Open Mic

Saturday, February 5th, 2011 @ 9pm

COMPLIMENTARY BANANA PUDDIN’ FOR ALL

reservations : 212-780-9386 or http://www.nuyorican.org

NUYORICAN POETS CAFE
236 East 3rd Street (bet B&C Aves) (take F-train to 2nd Avenue)

BANANA PUDDIN’ JAZZ SPONSORS:
LAURENCE HOLDER, IMRAN SHEIK, LUCILLE DANDRIDGE,
JOHN D. SMITH, COBI NARITA, KAZ OOK
PURE JAZZ MAGAZINE, WWW.MALCHIJAHHATS.COM,
HAROLD A. THOMAS, WWW.RUSTIKTAVERN.COM,
SANKOFA ABAN BED & BREAKFAST, 301 STRATFORD STUDIOS,COM

Become a BPJ sponsor today…. CALL NOW: 718-288-8048 or romekyn@earthlink.net

Checkout:
http://www.bananapuddinjazz.com

Banana Puddin’ Jazz on BCAT TV every Tuesday morning at 11am:http://www.bricartsmedia.org/communit

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YEHNIIVA: IN HONOR OF MOTHERS, edited by Susan L.Yung, has a brief description of Sierra Leone’s history, its recent civil war in Africa, and presently its reconstruction to provide funding to five villages as sponsored by Beatrice Moigula.

Sierra Leone had recently ended a ten-year civil war, which involved young children forced to kill by a tyrannical leader. Presently, this West African nation is rebuilding the destruction incurred by the civil war and providing rehabilitation for these children. This Part 2 video focuses on Beatrice Moigula returning to Sierra Leone after a 15 year hiatus abroad to organize a home base for Yehniiva: In Honor of Mothers and develop micro credit programs to five ravaged villages in Bo County. It shows her attending a Catholic Mass commemorating her late father who had been a Superintendent of Education in Bo County; participating and negotiating with village chiefs that she will provide monetary support for reconstruction; and attending memorial ceremonies after bringing food and other supplies to the villages. Through music, singing and dancing, the viewer sees these as healing resources after such warring hardships.

The video ends with the five villages receiving the monies from Beatrice after her fundraising efforts in America.

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