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Percussionist, composer, ethnomusicologist, educator and Smithsonian Associate Scholar Dr. Anthony Brown is a seminal figure in the contemporary California creative music scene, directing the Asian American Orchestra in addition to performing with some of the foremost musicians in jazz today. Since 1998, his Orchestra has received international critical acclaim for blending Asian musical instruments and sensibilities with the sonorities of the jazz orchestra. The Asian American Orchestra's recording of Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn's Far East Suite received a 2000 GRAMMY nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance. The late jazz saxophonist and MacArthur Fellow Steve Lacy joined as guest artist for the Orchestra's next recording, Monk's Moods

ARTICLE: RADIO

20 Years of One Man’s Jazz

Read "20 Years of One Man’s Jazz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This show marks the 20th anniversary of One Man's Jazz which began its radio journey on May 1, 1999 at CKUW 95.9 FM in Winnipeg, eventually shifting to extraterrestrial Taint Radio in 2012. Rather than just play something from my favourite recording list for each of those twenty years (that was too easy), I decided to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Beats and Pieces Big Band: Ten

Read "Ten" reviewed by Ian Patterson

You'd be hard pressed to find a similarly sized big-band with the energy and spark exhibited by Manchester outfit Beats and Pieces Big Band. The fourteen-piece ensemble began life in the Royal Northern College of Music in 2008, when Ben Cottrell gathered thirteen of his fellow musicians to give life to his compositions. Ten years on, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: I'm A Dreamer

Read "Wadada Leo Smith: I'm A Dreamer" reviewed by John Sharpe

As dreamers go trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith lies at the more serious end of the spectrum. Not for him dreams that fade with the daylight, as evidenced by the realization of his epic Civil Rights inspired Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform, 2012). Smith actually composed the first piece of what developed into a 21 piece magnum opus ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers at London Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers at London Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by John Sharpe

Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers: London, England, November 21-23, 2013 Wadada Leo Smith Café Oto London November 21-23, 2013 As part of the London Jazz Festival, over three consecutive evenings, Dalston's Cafe Oto presented the European premiere of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers magnum opus. ...

NEWS: EVENT

Washington, DC Premiere Of Pulitzer Finalist Trumpeter/Composer Wadada Leo Smith’s Civil Rights Masterpiece Ten Freedom Summers

Washington, DC Premiere Of Pulitzer Finalist Trumpeter/Composer Wadada Leo Smith’s Civil Rights Masterpiece Ten Freedom Summers

Full Multi-Media Presentation of Three-Performance Work Friday and Saturday, October 25 & 26 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, D.C. Smith is 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Music for Ten Freedom Summers In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Atlas Performing Arts Center presents the Washington, DC premiere of Ten Freedom Summers, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Grammy-Nominated Trombonist, Composer and Arranger Wayne Wallace Performs Throughout California

Grammy-Nominated Trombonist, Composer and Arranger Wayne Wallace Performs Throughout California

August 12—October 22 Appearances in San Jose, Redwood City, San Diego, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Mateo, and Oakland Recent CD To Hear From There Earned 4 Stars in DownBeat and International Acclaim “An accomplished arranger, educator, and composer." —Maria Hinojosa, Latino USA “No matter what or where he plays, Wallace brings not just musicianship but also ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra: India & Africa: A Tribute to John Coltrane Live at Yoshi's

Read "India & Africa: A Tribute to John Coltrane Live at Yoshi's" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

India & Africa offers a surprisingly accessible performance tribute to some of saxophonist John Coltrane's most knotty and deeply spiritual music, a tribute wondrously heavy on drums and percussion, beginning with orchestra leader Anthony Brown. Taken into standalone context like this, Coltrane's exploratory jazz probes into the music of India and Africa--including “India," “Africa," “Liberia" and ...

Mama Africa

Read "Mama Africa" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

If you wanted to travel to--oh, let's just say--Tanzania and then from Tanzania to India, then to Puerto Rico, to England, then Spain, to Peru, then to South Africa, to personally experience their musical varieties both garden and exotic, you could do it by cashing in, with rounding, about 28,690 frequent flier miles. Or ...

Wayne Wallace: The Thrill of the Grammys

Read "Wayne Wallace: The Thrill of the Grammys" reviewed by Wayne Wallace

I have had the honor of performing on four Grammy-nominated recordings. Mister E, by Pete Escovedo, S.F. Bay, by the Machete Ensemble, Then Some, by Steve Berrios, and Far East Suite, by Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra. This was my second time being a part of a Grammy presentation, but my first as the ...


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