The May 2017 Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month
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Monday, May 1: Being the #1 most influential person on Facebook is just part of the impressive second act of the life of George Takei, whose story runs from an American internment camp in World War II through Star Trek and social justice advocacy. Expect some serious inspiration on stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
Tuesday, May 2: Wander over to this discussion on the female flâneur and how women navigate cities. New-York Historical Society.
Wednesday, May 3: In the context of the nation’s first meme president, catch a talk that looks at the relationships between far-right Internet subgroups, the MSM, and imagery. A performance by MemeFactory will follow, critiquing “the evolution of niche online visual culture.” International Center of Photography.
Thursday, May 4: Have a “tremendous” time at this conversation with writers for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on comedy writing in the age of Trump. The Greene Space.
Friday, May 5: Live out your own night at the museum with an adults-only sleepover among the mummies, mammals, and dinosaurs. American Museum of Natural History.
Saturday, May 6: Invest in Atlas Obscura’s annual Obscura Day with this special behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of American Finance. Cash money.
Sunday, May 7: Leap to see work by one of modern dance’s most iconic choreographers in this performance by the Limon Dance Company. Joyce Theater.
Monday, May 8: Take a tea break in 1920s style with this Tea & Talk event, presented in conjunction with the Cooper Hewitt’s Jazz Age exhibition. Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Tuesday, May 9: Construct a way to hear from architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen, whose new book reveals recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and neuroscience that reflect on the ways built environments impact our memories, emotions, and general well-being. Rizzoli Bookstore.
Wednesday, May 10: Think about attending this conversation on the science of creativity, meditation, and the brain. The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.
Thursday, May 11: Delve into the Onassis Cultural Center’s exhibitions at this special tour and conversation with Simon Critchley and Judith Thurman. Onassis Cultural Center.
Friday, May 12: See the pressing issues of police brutality and racial profiling through a dramatic lens at this performance of All American Boys. The Greene Space.
Saturday, May 13: Review U.S. history at a rapid-fire pace at The Making of Modern America: 150 Years in 150 Minutes. New York Institute of Technology.
Sunday, May 14: Distill your whiskey knowledge on this tour and tasting at the Kings County Distillery. BLDG 92/Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Monday, May 15: Go to the edge of a new frontier at this event exploring Earth’s most extreme environments. American Museum of Natural History.
Tuesday, May 16: Get red carpet-ready at Hal Rubinstein’s discussion of contemporary style and the influence of big night looks. Museum at FIT.
Wednesday, May 17: Fight the patriarchy 19th-century style at this event centered on early American feminists and their influence on modern-day philanthropist Helen LaKelly Hunt. Book Culture.
Thursday, May 18: Travel back in time to ancient Mesopotamia and learn more about the Sumerians and their enduring influence. Prospect Heights Brainery.
Friday, May 19: Join the brigade as the Chinatown Art Brigade lead a session using art as a gateway to political discussion. Whitney Museum of American Art.
Saturday, May 20: Step along with a one-time Bronx resident and the inventor of the detective story with In the Footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe: A Walk From Poe Cottage to High Bridge. The Bronx County Historical Society.
Sunday, May 21: Find a waterside view of Staten Island on this boat tour of the island borough. National Lighthouse Museum.
Monday, May 22: Confront your sense of humor at Confrontational Comedy, a comedy performance and conversation exploring how humor can illuminate uncomfortable topics. The Park Avenue Armory.
Tuesday, May 23: Dig the rhythm at this Jazz 101 session introducing audiences to the vibrant Swing Era. Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Wednesday, May 24: Enter the world of author Peter Szabo’s meaningful relationship with his grandmother at this reading and discussion of Szabo’s book Finding Maria. Book Culture.
Thursday, May 25: Order yourself to attend this talk on the Supreme Court and how this administration’s decisions will influence its continuing future. New-York Historical Society.
Friday, May 26: Get an education at this event on the rise of mass schooling and its perilous effects. The Strand.
Saturday, May 27: Imagine yourself in H. P. Lovecraft’s shoes as a special tour traces the horror fiction master’s residency in Brooklyn, which fueled a spate of dark creativity. Boroughs of the Dead.
Sunday, May 28: Salute New York’s naval history on this tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and its past, present, and future. BLDG 92/Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Monday, May 29: Learn about immigrant life Then and Now on a two-hour walking tour of the endlessly fascinating Lower East Side. Tenement Museum.
Tuesday, May 30: Find inspiration at this examination of how the devastation of World War I impacted the arts in America. New-York Historical Society.
Wednesday, May 31: Control your own destiny by attending this discussion with Dr. Graham Allison and Gen. David Petraeus on a potential future conflict between China and the U.S. 92nd Street Y.
Incredible things to do in NYCity in May
By Jennifer Picht, Time Out New York
Time Out New York does a fine job identifying all the great events happening every day in NYCity. Pick up a free copy of the magazine each week, available all over town. There are other monthly calendar of events out there, but hardly any better than this one. Hats off to Jennifer and to Time Out New York. (I edited slightly for brevity.)
Dynamite things to do
WOW Festival; Apollo Theater; May 4–7; Tickets start at $41
Calling all fierce females: It’s time to celebrate the power of ladies at the Women of the World festival. This year’s lineup includes a tribute concert honoring jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, a teen summit hosted by Harlem native Gabourey Sidibe and a night of storytelling with The Moth.
Night of 1000 Stevies; Irving Plaza; May 5 at 9pm; Tickets start at $52
Hordes of Stevie Nicks devotees descend on Union Square every year for this enormous fan event. Costumes are encouraged, so bust out the curly blond wigs, sequined dresses and fringed leather jackets and prepare to spend all night singing along to covers of “Landslide” and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”
Astor Blaster Silent Disco; Astor Place Cube; May 5; free
Don’t forget the Alamo—the official name of the Astor Place “Cube”—as it turns 50. Celebrate with a free silent dance party. You’ll don wireless headphones (provided on a first come, first serve basis) to get down to three live DJs—or pop on your own headset and dance to the beat of your own drummer before the party continues with specials at local bars.
Frieze Art; Randalls Island Park; May 5–May 7; various prices
Art lovers flock to Randalls Island Park for this dreamy display of works from over 100 international galleries—and the view of Manhattan ain’t bad either. Take the ferry or the bus over to the island (buy advance tickets online if you can), and plan to spend some serious time immersing yourself in the imaginative projects found both indoors and out.
Holi Hai; Governors Island; May 6; Free–$140
This seventh annual family-friendly event by dance group NYC Bhangra gives you a chance to paint your friends. Along with free colors, there are performances of traditional Indian dance and music, plus the chance to learn a few bhangra moves during interactive sessions.
Gotham Girls Roller Derby; John Jay College of Criminal Justice; May 6; $24.95–$30
Haven’t roller skated since elementary school? Well, watch the badasses from Gotham Roller Derby remind you how it’s done! Check the full schedule at gothamgirlsrollerderby.com and show up for some incredible—and aggressive—athleticism courtesy of the Manhattan Mayhem, Bronx Gridlock, Queens of Pain and Brooklyn Bombshells.
Summer Kickoff Yacht Party; Pier 40; May 11; $39–$49
Summer is coming a little early to New York City Harbor this year as Time Out New York teams up with Hornblower Cruises & Events to throw an epic celebration on the Hudson! Wear your flippy-floppies and get psyched for this three-hour party cruise, which includes an open bar (drink up!), delicious hors d’oeuvres and killer local DJs playing across the yacht’s four floors. Let’s not forget about the stunning views of the New York skyline—oh, and did we mention three hours of unlimited booze?
E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert; David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center; May 12, 13; Tickets start at $94
When E.T. says goodbye for the last time, the music swells and our hearts break right along with Elliot’s. Get swept away in John Williams’s incredible score when the New York Philharmonic performs it for a live screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
The Edgar Allan Poe Festival; St. John’s Lutheran Church; May 12–27; Tickets start at $16
Flickering candlelight, ghostly mist, spooky tales: The Edgar Allan Poe Festival has all the makes of a terrifically terrifying evening. Catch readings of some of the master of horror’s best works, including “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat,” plus short stories by newer (but no less scary) authors.
Mad. Sq. Eats; General Worth Square; opens May 13; free to attend
Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 9, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.
Global Day of Discovery; Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel; May 17; various prices
Visiting New York and want a crash-course on how to experience the city like a local? Renaissance Hotel can help! The global lifestyle company is hosting special events at all of its locations on May 17 to inspire guests to go out and explore the best of what each city has to offer. But before you do that, enjoy the stylish programming Renaissance New York Midtown has planned during this special event. Since New York is one of the top fashion capitals of the world, Renaissance invites guests to sip craft beverages and preview creations from local designers Andreeva and Saunder. There will also be a special guest appearance by Christian Siriano. Let this fashionable affair inspire you to pick out the perfect outfit before you go out and hit the town!
Vulture Festival; Milk Studios; May 20–21; Tickets start at $68
The annual pop culture extravaganza is back, and you won’t want to miss any of the panels, discussions or fan events on this year’s stacked lineup. Catch a conversation with Aziz Ansari, a cooking demo from chef Jose Andres and Chelsea Handler and a live recording of the 2 Dope Queens podcast, among other events.
BeautyCon 2017; Brooklyn Cruise Terminal; May 20; $49–$249
If you shop at Sephora just as much as you do at your local bodega, spend hours watching beauty gurus on YouTube and know the difference between contouring and strobing, Beautycon is your motherland. (Welcome home, fellow beauty junkie!) And after the success of the first-ever pamper fest in 2015, the selfie nirvana keeps coming back to NYC for a full-day of glamorous fun. Explore interactive booths featuring new and unique cosmetic, skin-care and hair-care brands, celebrity meet and greets and empowering panels that discuss themes such as entrepreneurship, social media and how the beauty industry is changing for the better. You’ll walk away with free beauty swag, too, of course!
Hilarious comedy shows
BeerProv; Highline Ballroom; May 2; $15, at the door $20
This improv show calls on the audience to provide sketch suggestions and eliminate players after each performance. Improvisers compete between sips of beer, with the last remaining comedian getting to drink from the BeerProv Mug of Champions. BeerProv is an equal opportunity drinking event, so cast and audience members will have plenty to down by the end of the night.
Hari Kondabolu Carolines on Broadway; May 4–May 7; $32
After appearances on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel and pretty much every podcast you’ve ever listened to, the Queens native hits Carolines for four nights of brutally genius political comedy. You can expect attacks on the NRA, the Academy Awards and just about every member of the new presidential cabinet at Kondabolu’s razor-sharp night of roasts.
BoogieManja The Pit Loft; May 5; $7
Actors, writers and improv alumns from UCB, Magnet Theater, PIT and more make up the many comedy troupes of BoogieManja. At each edition, two teams come together to deliver an hour of top-notch sketch comedy.
X Plus One; Peoples Improv Theater; May 22; $7
Take part in a totally improvised 1940s-style sci-fi radio show, complete with war rockets, jet packs and plenty of blimps as the X Plus One crew performs and records their podcast live. Whether you’re down for the square-jawed superheroes of the war years or just want to witness a thrilling podcast come together live, you’re in for a wild night.
The Human Citizen Comedy Show; Art Café; May 13; $8
Ben Totushek and Koshin Egal host this twice-monthly showcase, which brings a stellar lineup of comedians from all over NYC under one roof. This week’s edition features Jeffrey Joseph, Joel Walchowski, Thiago Macklin Lima and Aimee Rose Ranger.
Happy Place Comedy; Q.E.D.; May 18; $6
Sue Funke and Katie Compa welcome both established and up-and-coming comics to the stage at this monthly show. The April installment features the comedic stylings of Myka Fox, Garry Hannon, Lauren Vino, Darin Patterson, Selena Coppock and Scotland Green.
Delicious food and drink opportunities
Chocolate Fest; 92Y; May 7; $35
Sample chocolate-laced food at this sweet 92Y event that features purveyors like Raaka Chocolate, Stick with Me and Chocolate Moderne with Lucy’s Whey providing cocoa goodies, alone with ‘choctails’ and an appearance by Megan Giller (Chocolate Noise) discussing her upcoming book about American craft chocolate.
Food Book Fair; Ace Hotel; May 11-May 14; $5-125
Bookworms and foodies combine forces to celebrate cuisine in the written form during the weekend-long festival in the Ace Hotel. From Thursday to Sunday, guests can listen to lectures or attend workshops about writing and publishing in the food world, networking with literary speed dating, as well as, of course, tastings. Featured speakers include April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig), Mario Batali (Babbo) and Ken Friedman (White Gold Butchers).
CoffeeCon; Metropolitan Pavilion; May 13; $15
Get hyped for the first-ever CoffeeCon in NYC with tastings, seminars led by the experts and hands-on brewing labs. Exhibitors at the Metropolitan Pavilion include big name, NYC-based shops like Birch Coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee, Cafe Grumpy and Toby’s Estate. Seminars include classes on proper bean grinding, the secrets behind Turkish coffee and at-home espresso-making.
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival; Metropolitan Pavilion; May 20-21; $30 Sunday general admission, Sunday and Saturday general admission $50, VIP $75
The seventh annual event celebrates all things non-meat with vegan and vegetarian writers, chefs and personalities, cooking demos, kids’ activities (face painting, scavenger hunts, animal yoga) and food vendors.
Epic concerts and shows
Ron Carter Quartet; Blue Note; May 2–7; $30–$45
The bass icon celebrates his 80th birthday by playing with a variety of side-people, from guitarist Bill Frissell in a duo to a quintet that includes trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxist Javon Jackson and more.
Ty Segall; Warsaw; May 17–19; $25
The California wildman brings his distorted-guitar shredding and glam-pop anthems to Brooklyn for three nights of garage rock raucousness.
Laura Marling; Brooklyn Steel; May 20; $25
Inventive songwriter Laura Marling returns with a big soulful sound on her sixth album, Semper Femina.
The xx; Forest Hills Stadium; May 19, 20; $45
The British band supports its sunny, new third studio album, I See You, with these blowout stadium shows.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Kings Theatre; May 26, 27; $79.50
Cave & co. airs its stark new album, Skeleton Tree, a project written in the aftermath of the passing of the singer’s 15-year old son.
Pacific Overtures Classic Stage Company; through May 27
In 1976, Stephen Sondheim and Jon Weidman chose a highly unlikely subject for their new musical: the “opening” of Japan in 1853 by American naval forces. Now an edited, 90-minute chamber versions open at Classic Stage.
Derren Brown: Secret Atlantic Theatre Company; through June 4
How’s this for a pre-summer treat? The English mentalist and illusionist wows audiences with his act for a limited run.
Samara A.R.T./New York Theatres; through May 7
This bleak but poetic play by Richard Maxwell takes place in an unspecified dystopian landscape. Alt-country singer Steve Earle narrates the semi-mystical action.
The Antipodes Pershing Square Signature Center; through June 4
Annie Baker’s latest play is a fascinating and truly original look at storytelling. A bunch of TV writers sit around trading stories, as they plumb the depths of what makes us spin yarns.
Cagney Westside Theater, through May 28
After a long and successful run, writer and star Robert Creighton’s homage to a Hollywood icon ends Off Broadway. Could a Broadway transfer be in the future?
Fantastic dance performances
Keigwin + Company: Places Please! at Joe’s Pub; May 4–6; $20–$25
Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott enact a light-hearted backstage look at creative collaboration in a duet presented by Dance Now’s Dance-mopolitan Series.
Rocha Dance Theater: Battledress at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; May 12, 13; $20–$25
Choreographer and costume designer Jenny Rocha merges her metiers in an evening-length piece that plays with the perception of women within the protecting and confining structures of armorlike costumes.
Parsons Dance at the Joyce Theater; May 16–28; $26–$66
David Parsons and his company return to the Joyce with mixed bill that includes the New York premiere of Parsons’s Hello World, which deploys custom-built flying drones to help illustrate ideas about technology and the future.
Michelle Boulé: The Monolith at the Chocolate Factory; May 17–27; $20
In her new solo piece, dancer-choreographer Boulé aims to examine and expand our understanding of heroism, feminism, somatics, ritual and mythology.
New York City Ballet at the David H. Koch Theater; through May 28; $30–$175
NYCB’s spring season continues with the eclectic Here/Now Festival, 10 shows that comprise 43 recent ballets, then concludes with a week of George Balanchine’s bewitching A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
DanceAfrica 2017 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House; May 26–29; $25–$60
The African-diaspora cultural festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond. Featured performers include the Guinean-American troupe Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble.
Spectacular art on-view
“Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry” The Jewish Museum; May 5–Sept 24, $15, seniors$12, students$7.50, visitors 18 under free. Sat free. Thu 5–8pm pay what you wish.
Born into wealth, Florine Stettheimer (1871–1944), was a supporter and promoter of a circle of New York avant-garde artists during the 1910s and 1920s. Stettheimer was also an artist in her own right whose uniquely surreal and dreamy paintings often featured friends such as Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. This show presents 50 examples of her work, including her forays into set design.
“Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher” New Museum; May 3–Sept 3, $16, seniors $14, students $10, children under 18 free. Thu 7–9pm pay as you wish with a suggested minimum of $2
A short-lister for the 2013 Turner Prize, British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye channels the European tradition of portrait and figure painting through her West African heritage, populating her dark, brooding compositions with subjects of color, who also serve as fictional characters in her short-story writings.
Robert Rauschenberg Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); May 21–Sept 17, $25, seniors $18, students $14, children under 16 free. For discounts, order tickets in advance at moma.org. Fri 4–8pm free. Film tickets free with museum admission; screenings-only admission $12, seniors $10, students $8, children under 16 free
Like Pablo Picasso, Rauschenberg (1925–2008) was known for his protean output and willingness to experiment outside the box. He was a collagist who used found objects and images in densely packed pictorial compositions and sculptural aggregations that explored the gap between art and life. His work helped to loosen Abstract Expressionism’s aesthetic stranglehold on the New York art scene of the 1950s, and in the bargain, set the stage for Pop Art. His 60-year career is celebrated in this retrospective bringing together some 250 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, sound and video recordings.
“With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies” Elizabeth Dee Gallery; May 2–Aug 12, free
Among Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War, Hungary was the most permissive in allowing cutting-edge art but only up to a point. The testing of those limits is recalled in this show of 30 conceptually-oriented artists from that place and time.
Anish Kapoor, Descension Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1; May 3–Sept 10, free
The renowned British sculptor creates an ink-colored water feature for Brooklyn Bridge Park that’s dramatically set against the Manhattan skyline: a furious whirlpool filled with water that’s been dyed to suggest a black hole as it churns around a void in the center of the piece.
And those that continue from April:
“Irving Penn: Centennial” Metropolitan Museum of Art; Apr 15–July 30, suggested donation $25, seniors $17, students $12, members and children under 12 free
One of the giants of 20th-century photography, Irving Penn (1917–2009) was known for his fashion photography, portraits and still life. His stunning large format, black-and-white images of models and celebrities helped to define the look of midcentury America. This retrospective mounted on the occasion of Penn’s 100th birthday features some 200 examples of his work, which remains as indelible now as when he first began to create it more than 60 years ago.
“The Hugo Boss Prize 2016: Anicka Yi” Solomon R Guggenheim Museum; Apr 21–July 5, $25, seniors (65+) and students with valid ID $18, children under 12 free. Sat 5:45–7:45pm pay what you wish. $25, seniors and students with ID $18, members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult free. Sat 5:45–7:45pm pay what you wish
The raw and the cooked is ongoing theme in the work of this year’s recipient of the fashion brand’s annual $100,000 arts award. Anicka Yi’s sculptural installations explore the boundary between biology and technology, often employing such unorthodox materials as tempura fried flowers, peta-dish grown molds and funguses to create futuristic forms that resemble lab experiments gone wrong.
“Carol Rama: Antibodies” The New Museum Of Contemporary Art; Apr 26–Sept 10, $16, seniors $14, students $10, children under 18 free. Thu 7–9pm pay as you wish with a suggested minimum of $2.
Remarkably, Rama, a self-taught Italian artist, lived to the ripe old age of 103, and the energy that sustained her for so long is evident in the aggressively erotic drawings drawings that were her métier. Much of her long career was spent in obscurity, though in the last decade of her life she received major recognition in the form of museum shows and the award of a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 2003 Venice Biennale. This is her her first major survey in the United States.
“Louise Lawler: WHY PICTURES NOW” Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Apr 30–July 30, $25, seniors $18, students $14, children under 16 free. For discounts, order tickets in advance at moma.org. Fri 4–8pm free. Film tickets free with museum admission; screenings-only admission $12, seniors $10, students $8, children under 16 free
Associated with the Pictures Generation, Lawler was also one of the authors of Institutional Critique, a Conceptualist genre that made museums and other constituents of the art establishment the subject of a deconstructive inquiry. In Lawler’s case, that entailed photos of other artist’s works hanging in museums, storage rooms and the home of collectors. Elegant and cooly composed, Lawler’s images demystified the art object by showing how it lives as a commodity and piece of decor. MoMA surveys her career, which spans nearly 40 years.
Concerts May 21- 31
TONY / “Best NYC Concerts”
Avant-pop MVPs Animal Collective bring their spacey, jammy anthems to town, playing their latest album, Painting With, the group’s first since 2012’s pleasantly perplexing Centipede Hz.
Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Tuesday May 23 2017
Headed by guitarist Max Kakacek and singer-drummer Julien Ehrlich—of Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, respectively—this Chicago indie-rock outfit has been filling bigger and bigger spaces with each NYC visit. No wonder: Its 2016 debut, Light Upon the Lake, is a deeply satisfying album steeped in ’70s country and soft rock and bouyed by Ehrlich’s honeyed falsetto vocals.
Brooklyn Steel , Williamsburg Wednesday May 24 2017
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Over their three decades and counting, Cave & co. have lost none of their fire and drama playing live. What’s more, the band’s new album, Skeleton Tree, demonstrates that Cave’s writing has only intensified its profoundly haunting qualities. Bathed in grief and world-shattering loss, the album was written in the aftermath of the passing of the singer’s 15-year old son.
Kings Theatre , Brooklyn Friday May 26 2017
City Guide NY / Things to Do in NYC: Nightlife
(5/24) Pixies at Webster Hall.
(5/26-5/29) DanceAfrica. Hosted by BAM, DanceAfrica is the country’s biggest festival dedicated to African dance. This year’s festival will be focusing on West African rhythms, exploring the culture through art, film, performance, and a spectrum of community events for those wanting to learn more about African dance. bam.org
(5/26-5/27) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds play two nights at Kings Theatre.
Hot House Jazz / ”Spotlight”
DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA / MAY 29-31
Louis Hayes, the prolific drummer, sideman and small group leader, will celebrate his 80th birthday with a CD dedicated to pianist Horace Silver, Serenade for Horace, his Blue Note debut. Louis was a teenager when he left Detroit for NYC and joined Horace’s quintet. He moved on to Cannonball Adderley’s quintet in 1959 after gigs with John Coltrane, Curtis Fuller and others. One of the most recorded jazz drummers over the past 60 years, he has played with Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, J.J. Johnson, McCoy Tyner and many more. Still the slim, hip dresser you see on Cannonball’s albums, Louis leads a group of relative youngsters: saxophonist Abraham Burton, trumpeter Josh Evans, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist David Bryant, and bassist Dezron Douglas. YE