206 West 118th Street
JAZZMOBILE’S THURSDAY NIGHT RESIDENCY AT MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE – THE NEWEST ADDITION TO – NEW YORK CITY’S NEWEST RUNNING JAZZ FESTIVAL: “JAZZMOBILE’S WINTERFEST!”
HAPPY HOUR 5:00-8:00 PM
NO COVER – A FREE ADMISSION EVENT!!
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR 7:30 PM &/OR *9:30 PM SHOW
THERE IS A $30 MINIMUM FOR FOOD AND OR BEVERAGES
ABOUT THE ARTIST
“Coming to Jazzmobile in NYC is what did it for me. I got involved with Jazzmobile, where we studied jazz theory, harmony, sight- reading, rhythmic training, improvisation and big-band performance. It was just like going to school. I studied with Jimmy Heath, Chris Woods, Ernie Wilkins, Frank Foster, Sonny Red and Jimmy Owens. Thad Jones and Billy Taylor would come by from time to time to give their knowledge and support.”
T.K. also studied at Jazz Interactions with Rashaan Roland Kirk, Yusef Lateef and Joe Newman. He also studied at The Henry Street Settlement with Billy Mitchell and Paul West and at The Muse with world-renowned bassist Reggie Workman.
While living in the East Village of NYC during his undergraduate studies, T.K. took lessons from many elders. An early highlight in his career was when he played with Don Cherry at the famous “5 Spot” jazz club in Greenwich Village. T.K. also studied with Nadi Qamar and learned how to play the African hand piano or kalimba. Jaki Byard hired T.K. to play in a band called The Apollo Stompers.
Abdullah Ibrahim, the great South African pianist formerly known as Dollar Brand hired T.K. ” I was able to develop when I was in Abdullah’s band because he didn’t put any restraints on me in soloing. It’s an honor and privilege to be in the company of masters when they let you stretch out.” Working in this band offered the opportunity for Kibwe to travel to many nations and deliver performances via many media forms, while absorbing the music and culture of people around the world.