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The fight between life and death is to the finish, and death ultimately is the victor . . . I do not deplore the passing of these crude old days~~~Jack Johnson
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Askia Muhammad is a poet, journalist, radio producer, commentator, and photojournalist He has been multiply awarded by the National Association of Black Journalistsfor his work on National Public Radio, with first place "Salute to Excellence" awards for his commentaries on "Mississippi and My Memories"and "Mike Tyson: Check Yourself"
and a third place "Salute to Excellence" award for "Ethel Payne Postage Stamp".
He has served as the editor of Muhammad Speaks, and as the head of the Washington office of The Final Call, the official newspapers of the Nation of Islam. He has worked as a commentator for National Public Radio and a columnist for Washington Informer. He is the author of the book Behind Enemy Lines.
Albert Cornelius "Al" Freeman, Jr. (March 21, 1934 – August 9, 2012) was an American actor and director. Freeman appeared in numerous films, such as My Sweet Charlie, Finian's Rainbow, and Malcolm X, and television series such as One Life to Live, The Cosby Show, Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, Hot L. Baltimore, and The Edge of Night..... Read more details here
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
One of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz players in the world..
John William Coltrane (also known as "Trane"; September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967 was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and later was at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his recording career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.
As his career progressed, Coltrane and his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. His second wife was pianist Alice Coltrane, and their son Ravi Coltrane is also a saxophonist. Coltrane influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant tenor saxophonists in jazz history. He received many posthumous awards and recognitions, including canonization by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane. In 2007, Coltrane was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz. Read more...
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JAZZAlive at the University of the District of Columbia presents events featuring students, faculty and guest musicians, authors, educators and scholars. All programs are FREE and OPEN to the public unless otherwise noted.
On April 30, 2012 the Calvin Jones BIG BAND Jazz Festival celebrates International Jazz Day and twenty-six years of world-class jazz at the University of the District of Columbia. Once again the powerhouse jazz ensembles from theUniversity of the District of Columbia (directed by Allyn Johnson), Howard University (directed by Fred Irby III), and theUniversity of Maryland (directed by Chris Vadala) cap off Jazz Appreciation Month with a hand-clapping, finger-snapping, foot-stomping good time.
Produced by the University of the District of Columbia Jazz Studies Program and the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, the festival began in 1987 as part of a citywide tribute to Duke Ellington, and it remains one of the most anticipated events on Washington, D.C.'s jazz calendar. This year's festival joins UNESCO and countries all over the world in celebrating April 30th as International Jazz Day.
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passed away Saturday, August 25, 2012