"Another Kind Of Funky Drummer", A Tribute To Ronald Shannon Jackson On WPFW This Friday Night


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Tune in to WPFW radio’s Overnight Jazz Part I, this Friday beginning at 12AM (midnight) for “Another Kind of Funky Drummer”, a tribute to Ronald Shannon Jackson, who passed into ancestry this past weekend. In addition to the varied Jackson music to be heard as presented by program host Bobby Hill, the program will also feature a rare, never before heard 1983 interview with the gifted drummer, as conducted by university professor, archivist, and legacy WPFW programmer Art Cromwell. Art’s conversation with Jackson covers a range of topics, including:

Jackson’s Ft. Worth, Texas upbringing;

College associations with roommate pianist John Hicks, as well as classmates Lester Bowie, Oliver Nelson, Oliver Lake, and Julius Hemphill;

Early work with singers Dinah Washington, Arthur Prysock, and Betty Carter;

Early work with instrumentalists such as Kenny Dorham, Stanley Turrentine, Jackie McLean, McCoy Tyner, and Ray Bryant;

The impact of Trane’s death on his music;

Meeting pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs and embarking on his spiritual growth;

Playing with Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor;

Forming the Decoding Society, and more.

Again, that’s “Another Kind of Funky Drummer”, a tribute to the late Ronald Shannon Jackson, on WPFW radio at 89.3FM and streaming at wpfwfm.org, this Friday at 12AM (midnight), on the Friday Part I edition of Overnight Jazz…where reaching out is a habit.

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