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Vision Festival 2024: Davalois Fearon / James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor / Matthew Shipp Trio CMA / Nasheet Waits: Tarbaby

Wednesday, June 19, 20248:00 pm
doors 7pm
Set 1, 7:00 PM: Davalois Fearon – dance
Set 1, 8:00 PM: James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor
James Brandon Lewis – saxophone / Chad Taylor – drums
Set 3, 9:00 PM: Matthew Shipp Trio CMA
Michael Bisio – bass / Newman Taylor – drums / Matthew Shipp – piano
Set 4, 10:00 PM: Nasheet Waits: Tarbaby
Orrin Evans – piano / Eric Revis – bass / Nasheet Waits – drums

VISION 2024: “BRIDGES” – bringing together the voices of hundreds of artists of the vibrant Arts for Art (AFA) community to showcase Multicultural, Black, Improvised Creative Music & Arts. As a community of acclaimed creatives, these artists are showing the way to build a Bridge to PEACE.

In addition to a lineup of performers across six nights, Arts for Art is proud to open the festival honoring the spiritual and creative leader in NYC’s FreeJazz movement, William Parker with the Lifetime Achievement Award on June 18, 20243. We will close out the festival on Sunday June 18 with a grand celebration of the 100 year young, Marshall Allen as he leads the Arkestra. In between we have commissioned works by Matana Roberts, Melanie Dyer’s new large ensemble, and Mendoza/Hoff/Revels. From start to finish this will be a celebration of Hope, Creativity, our Community of Multicultural and Black Creative Artists, and the beautiful audiences, staff, press, and volunteers who participate.


Founded in 1996, Arts for Art (AFA) is a New York City based nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz, which is recognized for its variety of highly developed and personalized improvisational languages. The music, dance, poetry and visual arts that AFA presents holds deep roots in Black and multicultural creativity. Moreover, it derives its energy from the tradition and power of free improvisation that was inspired by the Civil Rights struggle of the 1950’s and 60’s. Spearheaded by the acclaimed Vision Festival, AFA’s programming brings together generations of diverse and highly skilled artists. Additionally, AFA organizes education initiatives that further our goals of diversity and accessibility.

Vision Festival 2024: Davalois Fearon / James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor / Matthew Shipp Trio CMA / Nasheet Waits: Tarbaby

Wednesday, June 19, 20248:00 pm
doors 7pm
Set 1, 7:00 PM: Davalois Fearon – dance
Set 1, 8:00 PM: James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor
James Brandon Lewis – saxophone / Chad Taylor – drums
Set 3, 9:00 PM: Matthew Shipp Trio CMA
Michael Bisio – bass / Newman Taylor – drums / Matthew Shipp – piano
Set 4, 10:00 PM: Nasheet Waits: Tarbaby
Orrin Evans – piano / Eric Revis – bass / Nasheet Waits – drums

VISION 2024: “BRIDGES” – bringing together the voices of hundreds of artists of the vibrant Arts for Art (AFA) community to showcase Multicultural, Black, Improvised Creative Music & Arts. As a community of acclaimed creatives, these artists are showing the way to build a Bridge to PEACE.

In addition to a lineup of performers across six nights, Arts for Art is proud to open the festival honoring the spiritual and creative leader in NYC’s FreeJazz movement, William Parker with the Lifetime Achievement Award on June 18, 20243. We will close out the festival on Sunday June 18 with a grand celebration of the 100 year young, Marshall Allen as he leads the Arkestra. In between we have commissioned works by Matana Roberts, Melanie Dyer’s new large ensemble, and Mendoza/Hoff/Revels. From start to finish this will be a celebration of Hope, Creativity, our Community of Multicultural and Black Creative Artists, and the beautiful audiences, staff, press, and volunteers who participate.


Founded in 1996, Arts for Art (AFA) is a New York City based nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz, which is recognized for its variety of highly developed and personalized improvisational languages. The music, dance, poetry and visual arts that AFA presents holds deep roots in Black and multicultural creativity. Moreover, it derives its energy from the tradition and power of free improvisation that was inspired by the Civil Rights struggle of the 1950’s and 60’s. Spearheaded by the acclaimed Vision Festival, AFA’s programming brings together generations of diverse and highly skilled artists. Additionally, AFA organizes education initiatives that further our goals of diversity and accessibility.