Mini-Global Mashup: Barbados Meets USA African American Spirituals

FRI, NOV 17, 2023
7:00 PM

In-Person Tickets: $15 General Admission / $12 Members 

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Flushing Town Hall's Mini-Global Mashup series continues through 2023! Curated by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Frank London (The Klezmatics), the Mini-Global Mashup series is bringing together two amazing global music artists along with accompanists for an evening of music, conversation and exploration.

On November 17, 2023, Flushing Town Hall will welcome Adrian Clarke, the high-energy Barbadian steel drummer, skilled American keyboardist Richard Henry, and the snazzy, jazzy Hilliard Greene! 

Artist Bios:

Adrian Clarke is a former tennis player who started playing the steel drums one year when he was visiting Trinidad. Always enamored of the instrument, he bought himself one and took it back to Barbados where he was born and at the time residing. As he was teaching himself to play, someone heard him and invited him to join their band, the Soundtech Steel Orchestra. This was where he learned the fundamentals. Adrian lives in New York and has been playing private and public events for years. He plays often for the Barbados Tourism Authority, the Barbados Consulate, and Barbados and Caribbean organizations. He has also opened events for Barbadian calypsonians in NY. A soloist, Adrian played for the Jamaican jazz legend Monty Alexander and recorded with the late Dr Irving Burgie, co-writer of the Harry Belafonte hits “Day-o,””Jamaica Farewell,” “Island in the Sun,” and others.  While he enjoys playing all genres of music, Adrian especially loves playing the calypsos of the Lord Kitchener, whom he calls a genius of steelpan melodies.

Adrian Clarke will be accompanied by keyboardist Richard Henry

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Hilliard Greene has been studying music for more than 50 years and has been playing professionally over thirty-five. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, Tango as well as the music of other continents and US regions, and solo performances.

Greene studied at the University of Northern Iowa and at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been teaching private students and classes for over 25 years. He is currently a faculty member at the Collective in New York City. He is a 2020 recipient of the Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Award (Bronx Recognizes Its Own).

He performs widely in the New York City area: recitals, nightclubs, concert halls (including Carnegie Hall), recording studios, radio and television. Also performs in major cities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe east and west, Asia, the West Indies, and South America.

Greene performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years, serving as his Musical Director from 1995 to 2013. Greene was also Cecil Taylor’s Concert Master for his group “Phtongos”. He was in residence at Minton’s a.k.a. legendary Minton’s Playhouse as the house bassist.

Hilliard Greene has recently formed The In&Out Band, a trio using jazz standards as a vehicle for free improvisation. Also, he is co-leader of the classical crossover ensemble ZigZag Quartet with a co-produced self-titled ZigZag Quartet CD. He produced three CD’s with his own ensemble The Jazz Expressions, a solo bass CD entitled “Alone”, and a recording featuring Negro Spirituals related to the Underground Railroad called Spirituals released through Unseen Rain.

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