We all had a fantastic time at the Album Release Party on Friday, March 6, 2020, at the American Folk Art Museum. Vienna Carroll and The Folk played songs from their new album, Harlem Field Recordings, plus older crowd folk favorites. Enjoy the photos and videos!
Newman Taylor Baker
Friday, March 6, 2020,
5:30 – 7:15 pm,
American Folk Art Museum,
2 Lincoln Square (corner of W. 66th St. & Columbus Ave.),
New York, NY,
Take 1 train to 66th St. stop and walk one block east
I’ll be with my string band and we’ll be having lots of fun. Spirituals, work songs, prison blues, and sea chanteys – exuberant, roots and funky. Stanley Banks (George Benson) on bass, Keith Johnston (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Jon Hendricks) on guitar and Newman Taylor Baker (Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Henry Grimes) on washboard.
Come on out. Sing along. Admission is free. CDs for sale!
Gorgeous CD artwork by Ken Daley.
“What a voice!
This evening, awesome Vienna Carroll gave a free concert at the American Folk Art Museum. Accompanied by 2 guitarists [Keith Johnson and Stanley Banks] and a washboard percussionist [Newman Taylor], she got everyone singing folk, gospel, spiritual, call & response, and prison labor songs, and deftly wove in stories of resistance to a range of oppressions (slavery, racist police violence, distortions of history). She gave a shout-out to social media as a tool to expose injustice. Her rendition of the lament-lullaby “Hush Little Baby” was beyond heartbreaking. Intense, informative, inspiring.”
– Review by Pam McAllister
Friday May 1, 2015 7pm
Living Room, 134 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
L train to Bedford Avenue
She is joined by:
Hilliard Greene – Bass. A regular at Minton’s, Greene performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years, serving as his Musical Director from 1995 to 2011. Greene was also Cecil Taylor’s Concert Master for his group “Phtongos.”
Keith Johnston – Guitar. Artistic Director, American Theatre of Harlem. Co-founder, Back-A-Yard Theater. Musical Director, RUINED, Denver Center. Director BET 30 Anniversary Upfront! Program Director, CUNY Creative Arts Team.
Friday May 1, 2015. 7pm Tickets
I Just Want To Make Love To You
Vienna Carroll & Friends, Featuring Henrique Prince, Newman Taylor Baker & Keith Johnston
Before there was jazz or blues or gospel, there was Black folk music, the foundation of American music today. Come enjoy songs from a time when you had to make music to hear it. Songs from your Granny’s country church down South (or the little church you pass by right here in Harlem); songs from the vegetable man every Thursday; songs that helped our ancestors endure prison and escape slavery; songs of joy. Enjoy, join in, sing and dance with us.
Festival Lineup: http://harlemartsfestival.com
Profile, Vienna & Friends: http://harlemartsfestival.com/portfolio/vienna-carroll-friends
Ms. Carroll is pleased and honored to be joined by:
Henrique Prince – Fiddle / Violin. Founder and leader of the internationally renowned Ebony Hillbillies, one of the last black string bands in the US (and NYC’s only).
Newman Taylor Baker – Washboard / Percussion. Best known for Singin’ Drums, his exploration of the washboard, and his work with musicians Henry Threadgill, Billy Bang, Henry Grimes and Leroy Jenkins.
Keith Johnston – Guitar / Music Director. Music Director, RUINED, Denver Center. Music Director, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. Artistic Director, American Theatre of Harlem. Co-founder, Back-A-Yard Theater. Director BET 30 Anniversary Upfront! Facebook.