Music Café: Demetrius Daniel & the New York City Brass Brothers

Friday, November 16, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Members $10, Nonmembers $15, includes snacks and a beverage (wine, beer, soda)

Join us every 3rd Friday for The Music Café at Ethical, a place to unwind and enjoy the music, refreshments, and good company. Get up and dance if the music moves you, or just sit back and enjoy!

"Demetrius Daniel is one of the most innovative and creative young artists I know. He is a wonderfully exciting trombonist and an excellent poetry writer!" - Master Trombonist and artist Miles (Dick) Griffen, the Dick Griffin Organ Ensemble, and composer of "World Vibration Suite" symphony

If you like brass with your blues, check out trombonist Demetrius Daniel. Add New Orleans jazz, more brass, mix in a jazz trio and some very fine song and poetry, and you have Demetrius and his New York City Brass Band at Ethical Culture’s Jazz Café on Friday night November 16, 2018.

Georgia born Demetrius passion and precision comes from his college days in the Marching Southerners at Jacksonville State University. A featured trombonist on Fred Arcoleo's CD, "Seeds," Demetrius has played at Harlem’s legendary Shrine World Music Venue and the Red Room Lounge. As sideman and co-performer, he has played with Phil Harper at St Nick's Pub, Lenox Lounge, and Showman's; with the late Dennis Davis at Paris Blues; and with Patience Higgins and with James Carter at the Smoke Jazz club.

When he arrived in New York City’s Washington Heights, Demetrius joined in the budding artistic renaissance there, “Where boundaries are melting, a place to celebrate differences,” according to a 2009 New York Times article that included Demetrius.

His skill in music was matched by his love of literature, and like many of his co-artists, Demetrius taught in local public schools. He began reading poetry in 1996 at the famed Nuyorican Poet's cafe and the Knitting factory. Since that time, he has featured at Nomad's Choir, Nightingale Lounge, Bowery Poetry Club, and Viviana Grell's Stark. He has a CD entitled “Word's Speak” on, and has been published in Nomad's Choir Poetry Journal, Brownstone Poets 2009 Anthology, and the online magazine, The Cartier Street Review.

Currently, Demetrius is refining his "Tromboetry," infusing trombone riffs and spirited singing with his poetry. He reads and performs regularly at "Word Up" bookstore in Washington Heights, and is an active member of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.

Whether your instrument is made of brass, vocal chords, wood and strings, or flesh and soul, bring it and share it with Steph Walker at the Open Mic, following the performance.

The Music Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks.  Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad. 

The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renowned drummer/percussionist.  He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few.  Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room.  Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter.  “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics).