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V21 Celebrating Henry Grimes For his Lifetime of Achievement

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Circling Henry Grimes from left to right; Andrew Cyrille, Tomeka Reid, Imani Uzuri, Graham Haynes, Geri Allen, Marc Ribot Lisa Sokolov, Chad Taylor, Meshell Ndegeocello, Karma Mayet Johnson, Charles Gayle, Dwight Trible, Nicole Mitchell

Circling Henry Grimes from left to right; Andrew Cyrille, Tomeka Reid, Imani Uzuri, Graham Haynes, Geri Allen, Marc Ribot Lisa Sokolov, Chad Taylor, Meshell Ndegeocello, Karma Mayet Johnson, Charles Gayle, Dwight Trible, Nicole Mitchell

Vision 21 is celebrating the legendary Henry Grimes June 7 to June 12 at Judson Memorial Church, located at 55 Washington Sq. South, NYC. 

In 1958, when Henry Grimes was 22 years of age he performed at the Newport Jazz Festival with six different groups led by such diverse artists as:  Sonny Rollins, Benny Goodman, Lee Konitz, Tony Scott, Gerry Mulligan and Thelonious Monk; such was the breadth of his talent and the respect in which he was held by a diverse community of artists. 

In 2003, after a disappearance of 33 years, he returned in a triumphal appearance at Vision 7 performing in William Parker’s tribute to Jeanne Lee as well as the Rob Brown Trio. 

This launched him back into the limelight. Since then he has performed in 600 concerts in 30 countries, with artists such as Kidd Jordan, David Murray, Marshall Allen, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Marc Ribot, Sekou Sundiata, and many many more.

In November 2015, Mr Henry Grimes turned 80 and his achievements are undeniable.  On June 7, 2016, his achievements will be recognized with Vision Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He will perform in three different groups with artists from a range of backgrounds who are united in the spirit of improvisation as well as respect for Mr Grimes.

Performing June 7 with Mr Grimes: Geri Allen, Andrew Cyrille, Graham Haynes and vocalists: Karma Mayet Johnson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lisa Sokolov, Dwight Trible, Imani Uzuri; And Charles Gayle, Melanie Dyer, Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Marc Ribot, Chad Taylor.

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