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The story of jazz saxophonist-composer-scholar-activist Salim Washington paints a harlequin voyage in search of one’s roots. His parents were born and raised in the sharecropper plantations of Mississippi, met in Caperville, Tennessee, got married and moved to Detroit with hopes of a better life. His mother sewed at the Levi’s Jeans factory, and his father worked in construction and labor jobs. Although his mother prematurely passed away when he was twenty-one, Salim has careful memories of a selfless, courageous spirit who was fearless for her family. The gracious resilience of his father, who persevered to complete his education while working and raising a family, gave Salim the inspiration that he would later follow. As the first generation in his family to be born outside of the plantations, Salim was born in the housing projects in Memphis, Tennesee

Dogon Revisited

Label: Passin' Thru
Released: 2018
Track listing: To KnowYahweh; New Invasion of Africa; Bitter Sweet; You Can Fly; Jamila; Self Love/Revolutionary Ontology; Uh Oh!; Dogon, AD; Four In One.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Yakhal' Inkomo: A South African Masterpiece at Fifty

Read "Yakhal' Inkomo: A South African Masterpiece at Fifty" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

On July 23, 1968, a now-legendary recording session took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, one that would ultimately prove a defining moment in the country's Jazz history and development. Led by tenor saxophonist Winston Mankunku Ngozi, a quartet that included pianist Lionel Pillay, bassist Agrippa Magwaza, and drummer Early Mabuza would record the album Yakhal' Inkomo. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mandla Mlangeni: Born to Be

Read "Mandla Mlangeni: Born to Be" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Mandla Mlangeni has been engaged. The South African trumpeter, composer, and bandleader oversees three groups, notably the Amandla Freedom Ensemble and the Tune Recreation Committee. Additionally, his works are marked by an intense effort to explore and connect with social discourse in the country today. Indeed, from the Tune Recreation Committee's naming nod to South Africa's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak

Read "Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To audiences in Boston or New York, Salim Washington is not just a great musician, he is a community builder. Having first established the Roxbury Blues Aesthetic, then the Harlem Arts Ensemble, Washington has throughout his career carefully nurtured collectives of musicians who in turn generated irreplaceable music scenes at venues like Connolly's in Boston and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Nduduzo Makhathini: Jazz Is a Shared Memory

Read "Nduduzo Makhathini: Jazz Is a Shared Memory" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

It can be overwhelming to keep up with the artistic growth, creative reach, and constant development that marks the career of Nduduzo Makhathini. In the past four years, he has released eight solo albums, all exploring remarkably different territories and demonstrating a ceaselessly probing mind and inventive creative urge. In addition to that, he has emerged ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations

Read "Further Explorations" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Un settetto di ottimi musicisti provenienti dalle più diverse esperienze, per sviluppare cooperativamente un repertorio che unisca il jazz con la musica da camera: questo è l'Alchemy Sound Project, qui al debutto disccografico. In realtà la formazione originale è un quintetto, singolarmente -ed è una buona notizia -compsoto da tre donne e due uomini, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Kosi: Onwards and Upwards

Read "Kosi: Onwards and Upwards" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Akosua Gyebi, known as Kosi, has a voluptuous, mesmeric voice and has just released her first solo album One More Cup Of Coffee on her own label which received positive reviews. Kosi is a songstress who tells stories through her music. In her songs, you find tales of the seedier side of New York, the darker ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Kosi

Read "Take Five With Kosi" reviewed by Akosua Gyebi

Meet Akosua Gyebi: I am a songwriter born and raised in New York City. Instrument(s): Vocalist. Teachers and/or influences? Salim Washington, Katchie (Katchie) Cartwright, Miles Griffith, Abbey Lincoln, Jill Scott, Gregory Porter, and Nina Simone. Your sound and approach to music: I've ...

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October 5th thru 8th, the Tri-Centric Foundation presents a 4-day festival "Energies, Ideas, Intuitions: The Tri-Centric Music of Anthony Braxton" at Roulette's new venue

October 5th thru 8th, the Tri-Centric Foundation presents a 4-day festival "Energies, Ideas, Intuitions: The Tri-Centric Music of Anthony Braxton" at Roulette's new venue

This is the most comprehensive portrait of Anthony Braxton ever presented in the United States, with Braxton himself performing or conducting every night, leading a total of 60+ musicians. There will be world and U.S. premieres every evening. Prior to the event, we have released a FREE special sampler CD of Braxton's works, spanning over 3 ...


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