A Sunday Afternoon with
Novelist Wesley Brown, Photographer Dwight Carter & Musician JD Parran

Like you, I’m always on the lookout for a memorable experience, learning something new, or being reminded of all the wonderful artists whose creative genius surrounds us everyday, whether we’re paying attention or not.  So, I hope you’ll join us  Sunday afternoon, February 25 at 2:00pm, when we present three such artists at the Harlem Arts Salon.

Admission:  $35 includes a copy of Dance of the Infidels, new book of  Wesley Brown’s stories.

Events are the Harlem Arts salon are private. Admission is non-refundable.

Biographies

Wesley Brown is a novelist, playwright, and teacher. His most recent book of short stories is Dance of the Infidels (ConcordePress 2017). Born and raised in Harlem, NYC, his work includes three acclaimed novels (Tragic Magic, Darktown Strutters, and Push Comes to Shove) and three produced plays (Boogie Woogie and Booker T, Life During Wartime, and A Prophet Among Them). In 1965, Brown worked with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party on voting registration. In 1968, he became a member of the Black Panther Party in Rochester, New York. In 1972, he was sentenced to three years in prison for refusing induction into the armed services and spent eighteen months in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. He is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, where he taught for 27 years. He  teaches literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and lives in Spencertown, NY.

Dwight Carter began his illustrious photography career as an assistant to Richard Avedon, Hiro, Bert Stern and Helmut Newton and is known nationally for his portraits of iconic figures, Maya Angelou, Leontyne Price, Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Dee, and Nelson Mandela, as well as a host of others.  An award-winning photographer with a B.A. degree in Fine Art Photography from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, his portfolio spans the globe, documenting the Dance Theater of Harlem’s historic opening in Cairo, Egypt, the 10th Anniversary of independence of Zimbabwe, and the growth and expansion of McCalls, Essence, Family Circle, and Black Enterprise magazines.

JD Parran, born in St. Louis, MO, is a founding member of the Black Artist Group (BAG) where he participated in the early artistic statements of Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, James Jabbo Ware, Hamiet Bluiett and Baikida Carroll. An acclaimed woodwind and reeds performer (clarinets, flutes, saxophones),  he has performed with Edward Kidd Jordan, Reggie Workman, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Amiri Baraka, Joseph Jarman, Leroy Jenkins, George Lewis, Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Lester Bowie, Randy Weston, and Douglas Ewart. His most recent recordings are Particle Ensemble and Window Spirits Solo. Other recordings include You Have the Right to Remain Silent, Concerto for Clarinet by Anthony Davis, Andrew’s Hill’s Beautiful Day and Marty Ehrlich’s Trumpet in the Morning. He teaches at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn College Conservatory, Greenwich House Music School and In Performance Music Workshop in Marine Park Brooklyn.

Harlem Arts Salon 1925 7th Ave (between 116 & 117 Streets) suite 7L New York NY 10026 (212) 749-7771 Email: harlemartssalon@gmail.com
Events at the Harlem Arts Salon support The Gloster Arts Project, bringing professional artists as teachers and mentors to rural Gloster (Amite County), Mississippi in an arts enrichment program for kids.