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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Opening Address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival:
God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create—and from this capacity has flowed the sweet songs of sorrow and joy that have allowed man to cope with his environment and many different situations.
Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.
This is triumphant music.
Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.
It is no wonder that so much of the search for identity among American Negroes was championed by Jazz musicians. Long before the modern essayists and scholars wrote of racial identity as a problem for a multiracial world, musicians were returning to their roots to affirm that which was stirring within their souls.
Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from this music. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down.
And now, Jazz is exported to the world. For in the particular struggle of the Negro in America there is something akin to the universal struggle of modern man. Everybody has the Blues. Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to love and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody longs for faith.
In music, especially this broad category called Jazz, there is a stepping stone towards all of these.
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A Tisket A Tasketlla Fitzgerald
Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums
Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself~~~Miles Davis
Sold some 4 million copies by 2008
Miles Davis album commended by US politicians and is considered one of the most influential musicians of his era
A landmark album by jazz musician Miles Davis has been commended by the US House of Representatives, 50 years after its original release.
Politicians voted unanimously to honour Kind of Blue's commercial success and artistic contribution, and reaffirmed jazz music as a national treasure.
Lionel Hampton gave him the stage name of "Little Jimmy Scott"
Dr. Russell Harrison
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Passed by the 100th Congress of the United States of America
Introduced by the Honorable John Conyers Jr.
CEDRIC HENDRICKS, Attorney at Law - Jazz advocate with a history of successful action in the federal legislative arena. Works closely with Congressman John Conyers.
Thanks! I love what Washington DC Jazz network is doing to promote and preserve the legacy of Jazz. You got my continous support. See you in DC during early Spring.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody~~~Bill Cosby
Clarence Lusane - Associate Professor & Author
Dr. Clarence Lusane is the program director for Comparative and Regional Studies at American University.
"The Black History of the White House"
The Black History of the White House is a book by Clarence Lusaneconcerning the history of the African-American community's relationship to government and the White House as a symbol as well as a place of employment. The book begins with the founding of the United States and continues to the first few years of the Barack Obama administration
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“People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.”
"The Art and Science of Visual Presentation"
His compelling lectures are based on 30 years of historical expeditions in Africa, covering Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana. 14 of those were spent as an apprentice to the renowned scholar, Dr. Yosef ben Jochannan.
Notice the resemblance. It's not a coincidence!
Invasion of Egypt. What did he see in the Pyramids to make him want to destroy them? On his deathbed he said "There is no point. You wouldn't believe me if I told you."
The theatre opened in 1910 at the corner of 7th and T Streets NW, in the area known as “Black Broadway.” It featured vaudeville, live theatre, talent shows and two performing companies, the Lafayette Players and the Howard University Players.
620 T Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
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Keep up with Rev. Jackson and the work of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition at www.rainbowpush.org.
George Zimmerman Shot me in Cold Blood. What are you going to do???? What I was your Son?
Martin Luther King
Slain Civil Rights Leader
“What is the quality of your intent?
Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes through. We cannot sugarcoat the feelings in our heart of hearts. The emotion is the energy that motivates. We cannot ignore what we really want to create. We should be honest and do it the way we feel it. What we owe to ourselves and everyone around is to examine the reasons of our true intent.
My intent will be evident in the results.~~~Thurgood Marshall
Harriet Tubman was born in 1820 as a slave in Dorchester, Maryland. She led a lot of slaves to freedom.
Harriet Tubman was the "Moses of her people." She helped slave get from Dorchester, Maryland to the free states in the North. Her and her "passengers" used the Underground Railroad.
The Underground Railroad was a line of houses where the runaway slaves hid during the day. They traveled by night, moving from hiding place to place, until they reached a safe destination.
"She grew up like a neglected weed- ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it." Even though she had never been free, Harriet cared so much about freedom that she made it her mission to free other slaves. She wasn't selfish; she thought about everyone but herself and helped others. Harriet overcame many dangers and never got caught as she led many slaves to freedom. She once said, "I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger." Read more...
Sojourner Truth and President Abraham Lincoln in 1864;
discussing Abolition of Slavery and the State of Blacks in America
Chocolate City Tour
Black History in Washington DC as You've Never Seen It!
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"Hidden Colors 2" is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This installment of goes into topics such as the global African presence, the science of melanin, the soul, the truth about the prison industrial complex, how thriving Black economic communities were undermined in America, the hidden truth about Native Americans, and much more
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December 12 - January 4, 2015
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L'Ife: The Debut Album by Olayamika Cole Submitted for Nominations by 57th Grammy Awards, Artist in Music Awards & 29th WAMA Awards!
Atlanta's Lutalo "Sweet Lu" Olutosin creates a 'Sweet' Sounding Vocal Jazz experience wherever he goes.
After gaining critical acclaim in Industry standard publications like JazzTimes, All About Jazz, Jazz USA with his Freshmen release "Tribute To Greatness" Sweet Lu is at it again.
In his New Release “Sweet Lou’s Blues”, Sweet Lu teams up with an accomplished crew of New York’s Jazz Experts including; Jeremy Pelt (Trumpet, courtesy Highpoint records), Multi-Grammy winning Saxophonist Tivon Pennicott (Tenor Sax & Flute), Master drummer Jerome Jennings (Earnestine Anderson, Hank Jones, Sonny Rollins), Double bassist Mike Karn (Jimmy Heath, Ray Charles) and former Wynton Marsalis musical director Antonio Ciacca (Piano, Arrangements).
The dynamics of this Sextet allow their offerings of Soul-Jazz, and Vocal renditions of tunes like 'Theme for Malcolm' to Groove with a retro-modernistic style that is simply Priceless. One of the highlights of the project is Lu’s lyrical interpretation of Dexter Gordon’s solo on Herbie Hancock's ‘Driftin’ recorded in 1962. Read more...
The US saxophonist Kenny Garrett, this year’s highlight at the Brosella folk and jazz festival, has made music with the likes of Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Brad Mehldau and has won an array of prestigious awards and prizes, including a number of Grammys. His formula for success: “Always hold fast to the essential, pay attention to the groove and the spiritual, and remain true to yourself.”
When he was just eighteen, Kenny Garrett went on tour with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Soon afterwards, he was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. The eye-catching names on his CV include Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Herbie Hancock. He was a member of the legendary Five Peace Band with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, and Vinnie Colaiuta, and he also played on Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality. In short, the saxophone player who was born in Detroit in 1960 learned his trade from artists who wrote key chapters in jazz history, but was also around when jazz took new directions. And by now, he in turn is a model for later generations. On recent albums such as Seeds from the Underground and Pushing the World Away, Garrett has shown that he takes that key role seriously. Read more...
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The Washington DC Jazz Network welcomes the phenomenal multi-instrumentalist WAYNE LINSEY, to the family. Currently the pianist on American Idol.(Shadd Piano). Has performed with Whitney Houston, Earth Wind & Fire, Baby Face, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Chaka Kahn, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige, Ray Charles, Lionel Richie, Halle Berry, Frankie Beverly, Wayne Brady Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey Show, Steve Harvey, Arsenio Hall Show and the list goes on.
Keyboardist for American idol - The consummate musician, producer, arranger, songwriter and artist in his own right, Wayne Linsey’s list of credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary music. Legendary names like Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder are among the plethora of artists with whom the L.A.-based maestro has worked on stage and in the recording studio. Super producers like Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and hitmakers like Whitney Houston and Earth, Wind & Fire always call Wayne to work on their projects; as a touring musician, Wayne spent many years with the ever-popular band Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, lending his distinctive and soulful touch as the primary keyboardist to the group’s energetic live show.
While he maintains a non-stop schedule of touring and studio work, Wayne’s focus in 2009 is his first solo project: “As a professional, I’ve been blessed to work with every artist of my dreams. I also see the purpose of my gift to provoke thought and enjoyment through my own music.” In keeping with an array of personal musical influences – which include Duke Ellington, Parliament, Oscar Peterson, Donny Hathaway, Wonder, Beverly and Davis – Wayne’s new project runs the gamut from jazz and R&B to world music and rap: “The album is not based on one dimension stylistically,” he notes. “Diversity is important to me. There’s enough material on the CD for the smooth jazz market: as an instrumentalist, that can be your only outlet for radio. But I didn’t approach this album the way the industry usually does by favoring one musical style…” www.waynelinsey.com
Every few generations there are people who come along that change the way we look at the world, for musical enthusiasts Mon is one of these individuals.~~~John Conyers
The article "Modern Drummer Magazine" Refused to Publish
Alfred Nobel and the invention of the microphone.
Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of twelve GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.
Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. He eventually went on to premier several works by notable Cuban composers with the same orchestra. Additionally, he was a founding member and co-director of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere. With its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music never before heard, Irakere toured extensively throughout America and Europe, won several GRAMMY nominations (1979, 1980) and a GRAMMY (1979). Read more...
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East River Jazz is a “Jazz in the ‘Hoods” Partner of
The 2014 DC Jazz Festival
Jazz legend Miles Davis gets Upper West Side block renamed in his honor. "MILES DAVIS WAY"
Wayne Linsey, pianist, arranger, composer
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Please join us next Saturday Night, April 19th @ 49 West as my Quintet returns to Annapolis. We will be playing shows at 7:30 and 9:30. Come and enjoy a delicious meal while we play, or have a leisurely dinner before the show. 49 West is located at 49 West Street, Annapolis, Md. This intimate club seats 40, has great food and drink, and the jazz will be straight-ahead!
Call 410-626-9796 for reservations. www.49westcoffeehouse.com
Marcus Mitchell, Owner
Judge Curtis Strong-Detroit, Congressman John Conyers, George V Johnson Jr & John Conyers Jr.
JAZZAlive at the University of the District of Columbia presents events featuring students, faculty and guest musicians, authors, educators and scholars.
Once again the powerhouse jazz ensembles from the University of the District of Columbia (directed by Allyn Johnson), Howard University (directed by Fred Irby III), and the University of Maryland(directed by Chris Vadala)
First Wooden Clock by: BENJAMIN BANNEKER
Using as a model a pocket watch he had borrowed from a merchant or traveler, Banneker carved wooden replicas of each piece and used the parts to make a clock that struck hourly. He completed the clock in 1753, at the age of 21. Due to its precision (it struck every hour, on the hour, and continued to do so nearly forty years) the clock brought fame to young Banneker. Thus he began a watch and clock repair business. The clock continued to work until his death. Read more....
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A graduate of the Bologna conservatory with a degree in contemporary music, German born Italian pianist Antonio Ciacca has played with jazz legends Steve Grossman, James Carter, Marcus Belgrave, Larry Smith, Roy Brooks, Lee Konitz Art Farmer, Mark Murphy, Johnny Griffin, James Moody, George V Johnson Jr and Dave Liebman.
Antonio was the pianist for Steve Lacy for his seven years before and has toured extensively throughout the world with jazz legend Benny Golson. With performances in venues such as Pizza express and Ronnie Scott's in London, the Blue Note in Milan, Alexander Platz in Rome, London Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival and the Village Vanguard (with Wess Anderson and Wynton Marsalis), Antonio has proven himself on the world stage.
Ciacca's bebop influenced style coupled with his deep rooted love for gospel music has helped to shape his sound and has given birth to a refreshing new voice in jazz.
Celebrated drummer Winard Harper, a lauded member of the late Billy Taylor's trio, returns to the Kennedy Center with his newest band, the Jeli Posse. "A drummer of huge presence and virtuosity," (The Chicago Tribune), Harper is known for his African-inspired percussion as a balaphone player, as well as his jazz and R&B influences. Jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) is another name for griot, a combination of storyteller, historian, poet, and musician. Winard sees this band as an extension of that tradition: "Jazz has always been social commentary and expression. THE JELI POSSE" represents different ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds transcending differences for a common cause."
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013
Two Shows: 7:30 & 9:30 pm
WPFW radio host and jazz historian Rusty Hassan, Winard Harper & George V Johnson Jr., @ Kennedy Center between sets of a stellar performance with his group "JELI POSSE". The Artistry of JazzHorn is one of the most exciting young singers on the jazz scene today... She blew everyone away! Thank you Winard for your insights and beautiful music... Washington DC Loves you madly~~~George V Johnson Jr
Washington, DC – Rep. John Conyers, Jr., of Michigan, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, will once again serve as the Honorary Host of the 28th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Jazz Issue Forum and Concert. The events will take place during the Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), September 18-21, 2013, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WEWCC), 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC 20001.
MIDWEST JAZZ LEGENDS
Bobby Watson (born Lawrence, Kansas, August 23, 1953) is an American post-bop jazz alto saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator. Watson now has 26 recordings as a leader. He appears on nearly 100 other recordings as either co-leader or in a supporting role. Watson has recorded more than 100 original compositions and his long-time publisher. Read more..
Headlining the concert will be alto saxophonist/composer/arranger/bandleader/educator Bobby Watson and his quintet, featuring Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; Richard Johnson, piano; Curtis Lundy, bass; and Eric Kennedy, drums.
Blessed with sizzling and sinewy sound that Jazz: The Rough Guide described as “a highly individual, extraordinarily fluid style imbued with powerful feeling,” Watson was born in Lawrence, Kansas, and grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. He started playing piano at ten, the clarinet one year later, took up the saxophone in the eighth grade, played in various concert and R&B bands in high school. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1975, moved to New York City. Watson joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, serving as his Musical Director from 1977 to 1981. He has recorded over one hundred recordings as a sideman and has worked with an impressive array of artists including Max Roach, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter and Lou Rawls. He was also a co-founder of the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet.
Watson formed the group, Horizon in 1980. Horizon’s six recordings include No Question About It, Midwest Shuffle and Post-Motown Bop. Watson’s nearly thirty CD’s as a leader include Appointment in Milano, Round Trip, The Year of the Rabbit and his Kansas City opus, The Gates BBQ Suite. Watson’s compositions, “In Case You Missed It,” “Love Remains,” and “E.T.A,” are considered modern jazz standards. Prof. Watson taught at William Patterson University in the mid-eighties, and at the Manhattan School of Music from 1986 to 1999. He returned to Kansas City in 2000, where he was selected as the recipient of the first William D. and Mary Grant
Missouri Distinguished Professorship in Jazz Studies, the first endowed chair at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he continues to serve as the Conservatory’s Director of Jazz Studies. Watson received Howard University’s Benny Golson Award earlier this year.
LARRY RIDLEY & PERFORM
AT THE 28th ANNUAL CBCF JAZZ CONCERT ON SEPTEMBER 19,
IN WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
The Jazz Issue Forum, entitled, "Jazz Preservation and Education: The Kansas City Connection,"will be held on Thursday, September 19th, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, in Room 145A of the WEWCC. The panel discussion will focus on contemporary jazz preservation and education initiatives in Kansas City, MO and what implications those might have for the proposed National Jazz Preservation and Education Act, H.R. 2823.
Dr. Ridley’s numerous honors and awards include the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation's Living Legacy Jazz Award (1997), Howard University’s Benny Golson Award (2001) and the Don Redman Society’s Don Redman Heritage Award (2011). He has also been inducted into The International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame (1998); Down Beat Magazine’s Jazz Education Hall of Fame (1999) and received the Rutgers University/Livingston College Legacy Award (2011).
Cedric Hendricks, Executive Prodcer
The panelists will include Moderator Cedric Hendricks, ALC Jazz Executive Producer; Ms. Anita Dixon, Vice-President, Mutual Musicians Foundation-Kansas City; Gregg Carroll, Chief Executive Officer, American Jazz Museum – Kansas City; Dr. Larry Ridley, Jazz Education Consultant; Dr. James Hardy Patterson, Professor of Music, Clark Atlanta University; and Bobby Watson, Director of Jazz Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The Issue Forum will also include Josh Kohn, Program Officer for Jazz & Traditional Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), making a special presentation on the MAAF Project “Jazz.NEXT: Using Technology to Build A Healthy Sustainable Jazz Environment.”. Cedric Hendricks will set the framework for the Forum with an update on H.R. 2823. Rep. John Conyers will also deliver remarks.
The Jazz Concert will be held from 8:00 to 10:30 pm, in Ballroom A of the WEWCC. Doors for the concert open at 7:00 pm. Legendary bassist, Dr. Larry Ridley and saxophonist extraordinaire Bobby Watson will be honored and presented in concert. Rep. Conyers will present 2013 CBCF Jazz Legacy Awards to Dr. Ridley and Prof. Watson
Charlie Parker was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz, and a central figure in the development of bop in the 1940s. A legendary figure in his own lifetime, he was idolized by those who worked with him, and he inspired a generation of jazz performers and composers.
Parker was the only child of Charles and Addle Parker. In 1927, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, an important center of African-American music in the 1920s and 1930s. Parker had his first music lessons in the local public schools; he began playing alto saxophone in 1933 and worked occasionally in semi-professional groups before leaving school in 1935 to become a full-time musician. From 1935 to 1939, he worked mainly in Kansas City with a wide variety of local blues and jazz groups. Like most jazz musicians of his time, he developed his craft largely through practical experience: listening to older local jazz masters, acquiring a traditional repertory, and learning through the process of trial and error in the competitive Kansas City bands and jam sessions. Read more..
During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. Read more...
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Guess Who I Saw Today is Nancy Wilson's signature song. The song became an anthem in the 50's and 60's for women across the world. Nancy literally has sung , " Guess Who I Saw Today" every night of her 60+ year career. Click this link and recommend Song Stylist Nancy Wilson for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors!
I am the drum, you are the drum, and we are the drum. Because the whole world revolves in rhythm, and rhythm is the soul of life, for everything that we do in life is in rhythm.....
"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery.
And today? Today is a gift.
That's why we call it the present".
Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist..
Born in the small village of Ajido, Nigeria, about forty miles from Lagos, the capital of the country. This small fishing and trading town amplified the ebb and flow of the seasons through the sounds of drumming that echoed through the nights.
As a child, Olatunji accompanied his great aunt Tanyin to hear the drums - hollowed out from trees and covered with the skin of goats - punctuate the lives of his people. The drummers celebrated every occasion, proclaimed the coming of local politicians, evoked the dreams and aspirations of their people. The drumbeat of his childhood became the life blood of his adult experience as Olatunji grew and traveled throughout the world popularizing the music of his Yoruban heritage.
The Life of world-renowned musician Dr. Babatunde Olatunji is celebrated with his Drums of Passion dance and drum troupe with special guests. Over the course of his life, Dr. Olatunji worked with such luminaries as James Brown, John Coltrane, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Kitaro, Bill Lee, Herbie Mann, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Joan Baez, Zakir Hussain, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and The Grateful Dead, to name a few.
Babatunde Olatunji was a virtuoso of West African percussion. He earned his bachelor's degree at the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he began performing informally, entertaining fellow students.
In 1959, Columbia Records released Olatunji's first album, "Drums of Passion" that became an unprecedented, across-the-board smash hit. It was the first album of African music to be recorded in stereophonic sound and to bring African music to America.
Babatune Olatunji's record album Drums of Passion proclaimed that the time had come for America to recognize Africa's cultural contributions to the music world. Through his many albums and live performances, the Nigerian drummer popularized West African traditional music and spread his message of racial harmony. In this long-awaited autobiography, Olatunji presents his life story and the philosophy that guided him. Olatunji influenced and inspired musicians for more than forty years--from luminaries to music students and the many ordinary people who participated in his drum circles. He writes about rhythm being "the soul of life," and about the healing power of the drum. Ultimately, The Beat of My Drum shows why at the time of his death in 2003, Olatunji had become, according to The New York Times, "the most visible African musician in the United States."
The Olatunji Center of African Culture in the heart of Harlem
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world~~~Nelson Mandela
Once again the powerhouse jazz ensembles from the University of the District of Columbia (directed by Allyn Johnson), Howard University (directed by Fred Irby III), and the University of Maryland(directed by Chris Vadala)
In the 1950s, Benny Golson emerged as one of the best around on the tenor saxophone. His powerful approach helped define hard-bop jazz when he played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Shortly after his arrival in New York, Golson was one of 57 jazz greats asked to pose at a mass photo shoot for an Esquire magazine feature. The famous Art Kane photo from 1958, known as "Great Day in Harlem" or simply "Harlem 1958," places Golson alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Thelonius Monk and a host of other musicians.... read more
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Inauguration 2013: President Obama,
The President will participate in a small private swearing-in ceremony.
Monday, Jan. 21 – Inauguration Day
11:30 a.m.: The oath of office will be administered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Following the oath of office, the President will give his inaugural address. Tickets are required, but not for those who wish to watch the swearing-in ceremony on large screens that will be set up along the National Mall.
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A saxophonist, composer, producer and educator, Bobby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. He trained formally at the University of Miami, and he proceeded to earn his doctorate on the bandstand -- as musical director of Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers. After completing his tenure as a Jazz Messenger (1977-1981), the gifted Watson became a much-sought after musician, working along the way with drummers Max Roach and Louis Hayes, fellow saxophonists George Coleman and Branford Marsalis, celebrated multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis who joined the Jazz Messengers at least in part at the suggestion of Watson. All told, Bobby Watson, the immensely talented and now seasoned veteran has some 26 recordings as a leader.
Many jazz musicians will tell you that they prefer not to work with singers, because most jazz singers lack the ability to improvise, have no understanding of musicianship, nor any of the other traits associated with making jazz music - one of the most interesting and exciting musical genres today.
Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. In addition to performing with his own group, the Dwight Trible Ensemble, Dwight is the vocalist with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet and is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples’
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