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Interview

Jacques Schwarz-Bart's Afro-Caribbean Odyssey

Read "Jacques Schwarz-Bart's Afro-Caribbean Odyssey" reviewed by John Chacona


The saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart was born on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe in the shadow of La Grande Soufrière, which is both an active volcano and the highest mountain in the Lesser Antilles. Both aspects of that peak get to the heart of Schwarz-Bart's career, which has been characterized by rapid ascents and explosive creativity. About those heights: Schwarz-Bart, who is 58, didn't take up the saxophone until he was 24 years old. Three years later, he was ...

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Album Review

Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Sone Ka-la 2: Odyssey

Read "Sone Ka-la 2: Odyssey" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The French-Jewish-Guadeloupean saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart--a background and name like that has world music written all over it--presented his Sone Ka-La (Emarcy) in 2007, after stints with D'Angelo's Voodoo touring band, Roy Hargrove's Crisol and Rh Factor, Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, all influences that helped him craft a hybridization of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and melodies inspired by Gwoka traditions of his native island of Guadeloupe. Gwoka is a music born on the western Atlantic Island in response, in part, to the miseries ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Listeners' Favorites

Read "Listeners' Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Time for tunes that moved you from Shows 361-370. Our concerts in Baton Rouge clearly resonated with you. Many of the most commented upon tracks featured artists that performed in Baton Rouge this Winter and Spring. Works for me. Just because you may be out-of-town shouldn't phase you though. We tally all of our listener comments world- wide. So don't be shy. Fire up your email client and drop us a line when the spirit hits you. Enjoy the show. ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Multicultural Identity, Authenticity and Sound.

Read "Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Multicultural Identity, Authenticity and Sound." reviewed by Leo Sidran


In this podcast episode, saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart explains why he never fit neatly into any one category. He says, “I knew early on in my life that I could not go down a regular path. It would be hard for other human beings to totally accept me the way I am." From the very start, Jacques' life was unusual. Born in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe to a pair of writers (his mother the Guadeloupean novelist Simone Schwarz-Bart ...

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Album Review

Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Son

Read "Son" reviewed by J Hunter


Jacques Schwarz-Bart has already achieved the dream that popped into his head over twenty years ago when he picked up a tenor saxophone on a whim during a vacation. He's now got a resume that includes the Berklee School of Music and stints with Roy Hargrove, Ari Hoenig, and Giovanni Hidalgo. But Schwarz-Bart has carried another dream for many years: to combine jazz with Gwoka, the three-hundred year old rhythmic tradition of Guadeloupe, his homeland. Soné Ka-La is the culmination ...


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