EVIDENDCE; the baldwin suite


EVIDENCE; the baldwin suite

conceived by William Hooker

presented by The Moving Beauty Series


Monday & Tuesday

February 23 & 24th, 2015. 8 PM

at The Secret Theatre

Tickets: $15.00


James Baldwin spoke truth to power as he saw it and as he experienced it. Be it a stinging rebuke aimed at the church that he loved or a disarming blow against those who argued for the disenfranchising status quo, James Baldwin suffered no fools- daring even to infuriate his closest allies with painfully eloquent critiques that rejected progress disguised as complacency and hypocrisies wrapped in sanctimonious postures.

Conceived by the astounding drummer William Hooker, EVIDENCE; the baldwin suite is a stirring multimedia tribute to the ferociously daring novelist and social critic, James Baldwin. Featuring the talents of Mr. Hooker and his quintet (Tor Snyder, Jesse Henry, Taylor Ryan, Michael Attias), rapper AKU STYX, and dancer-choreographer Juan Michael Porter II, this hour long concert celebrates ‘The Year of Baldwin’ with references to Baldwin’s great works and adherence to his number one conviction: speaking truth to power, regardless of how painful. An informal discussion and reception will follow the performance.

With EVIDENCE; the baldwin suite, William Hooker pays homage to the multifaceted James Baldwin during his year. ‘The Year of Baldwin’ is especially important because many remain unaware of what Baldwin accomplished in ‘bearing witness’ to a particularly turbulent time in this country’s history. Truly ahead of his time, much of what Baldwin spoke presaged today’s hyper politicized reality with an acuity that borders on the supernatural. EVIDENCE serves not only as a reminder of what Baldwin knew to be true but for what he saw as the path to transcendence: self acceptance.



“Recognized as an iconoclast, and one of the most innovative musicians and drummers of his generation, William knows no genre bounds and ceaselessly searches for new forms of music, always with the intent to inspire.”

WILLIAM HOOKER (drummer, composer, and poet) has created works that range from jazz and “new” music to experimental genres. He has released over 60 CDs as a leader. Mr. Hooker has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Atrium at Lincoln Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Walker Art Center, MTV, The Kitchen, Roulette, Real Art Ways. He has also presented his work at the JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Festival, Vilnius Jazz Festival, Experimenta Argentina, The Knitting Factory and the Victoriaville Music Festival.

William Hooker has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Tokio Marine Insurance Company and colleges and universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia,New York University, Boston University, Princeton, Dartmouth and many more. Accompanying musicians have included Billy Bang, David Ware, William Parker, Thurston Moore, David Soldier, Roy Campbell, DJ Spooky, Steven Bernstein, Zeena Parkins, Lee Ranaldo, Jason Hwang, Sabir Mateen, Elliot Sharpe, David Murray,Ted Daniel, JD Parren and many more.


Did somebody say “bring it?” Must have, because the combination of muscleman drummer William Hooker and Lithuanian saxophonist Liudas Mockūnassurely delivers the goods in this 53-minute duo improvisation performance at the Vilnius Jazz Festival in October 2013.

Mark Corrotto; ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Drummer William Hooker is a lifelong iconoclast… he has the mad chops and humanistic empathy to play with any musician on the planet. Hooker’s latest recording, Mindfulness, is a brilliant audio-diorama.

Tom Terrell; JAZZ TIMES

…rhythmically there is no other music as fascinating as free jazz, and William Hooker is one of the most exciting drummers out there.

Martin Schray; FREE JAZZ