Amayos Fu•Arkist•Ra Performing the FU-Lion Trilogy at Meridian 23 October 9, 2015 10PM

 This Friday October 9th!!!

                                         This Friday October 9th!!!

Under the leadership of  Sifu Duke Amayo of Antibalas and Fela The Broadway Musical fame, this ensemble is a fellowship of spiritual, soulful players devoted to Fela and his music but also devoted to liberation through music. I feel blessed to be among these excellent performer/musicians and all around great souls and I urge you to come out and experience this for yourself. October 17th we will be performing at Felabration. and in November we are back at Meridian 23 to conclude our residency there. I’ll keep you posted on this and more.

What Happened Miss Simone?


The Nina Simone documentary currently airing on NETFLIX is a bittersweet depiction of Eunice Waymon, the woman trapped inside Nina Simone, and a celebration of the sweet genius of The High Priestess of Soul. Many times you want to turn your face or cover your ears during scenes of our own history that make even a grown man cry. While many black artists funded the revolution and the civil rights movement Nina Simone was one of those artists who wrote the songs about the struggle and got chest deep in it, at great personal expense . For those who love her, the live music footage of the Goddess is never enough. Her playing? Impeccable! Her command over the material, the audience and the band, far and above any you will ever see. If you love glorious,  beautiful, heart wrenching music and if you think that the struggle for inequality in this country is obsolete, watch this documentary.

Ornette Coleman and Gunther Schuller



It’s easy to map a bridge between the two men and call it Jazz. But under the surface we see that what makes these two great artists the authors of their own canon is their ability, nay their drive, to communicate to an audience. The impatient listeners won’t hear it. Under seemingly complicated forms and polyrhythms lies a statement projected back onto ourselves, themselves. They are holding up a panoramic image up to our face and have stepped in right next to us as if to pose for a selfie and all the while we see them as distant and separate from ourselves. In awe of them we create an impassable abyss between us and them. Embrace the beauty, therein lies the simplicity.

Gunther Schuller interviews Ornette Coleman 1960 beginning with Ornettes Giggin. Interview starts at around 5:04.

Happy Birthday Joe Henderson!! We miss you dearly!!


To say that Joe Henderson was an enormous influence on saxophonists everywhere would be an understatement. He is a larger than life figure in the history of the tenor saxophone and is credited as a major influence by most of todays greatest musicians. His jazz approach to brazilian music and the contributions he made to the careers of Chaka Khan, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard et al made history, but almost pale in comparison to his solo work and the recordings he made with Alice Coltrane and of course with Jobim’s Double Rainbow Quartet, which I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing first hand during the San Sebastian Jazz Festival in the early 90’s in Spain’s Basque country.Thank you from the bottom of my heart Joe.

One of my favorites with McCoy Tyner, Bob Crenshaw and Elvis Jones from 1964’s Inner Urge.

A look back at the best selling Jazz album of all time.

Click  the link above for the full article.

Every music fan touches Kind of BlueIt is the best-selling jazz album of all time.Kind of Blue was recorded over two days, the first of which, March 2, 1959, was 56 years ago today. Miles Davis convened his sextet—Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Wynton Kelly—at Columbia Records’ 30th Street Studio in New York City. The first cut, “So What,” would go on to become one of the most familiar pieces of music in all of jazz. In a BBC documentary about jazz in the year 1959 (below), author Ashley Kahn likens Davis’s opening solo to a whispered confession. More than anything, Kind of Blue remains a gateway to potential jazz listeners of all ages. Some finish side two and immediately dig deeper into the rest of Davis’s catalogue. Some hear it and start exploring the various players on the record, like Bill Evans or John Coltrane (who may lead you to Thelonious Monk). Before you know it, you’re crate-digging for names like Coleman Hawkins, Wes Montgomery, Ornette Coleman, then going back toward Duke Ellington or Louis Armstrong. It just goes and goes and you’re never quite satiated, not since Kind of Blue whet your appetite.

But even if none of that happens, even if Kind of Blue is the only jazz record you ever hear or care to hear, you will have at least touched it, and you’re better off for it in the end.

50 years A Love Supreme

Tune in today at 6PM or hear the archived version of this special anniversary celebration of John Coltrane’s masterpiece recording; A Love Supreme. Featuring excerpts from Coltrane interviews also we’ll hear from Branford Marsalis, Mos Def, Amiri Baraka and McCoy Tyner. I’ll be playing music from Branford Marsalis, Robert Glasper and Miguel Anga Diaz as well as pieces of A Love Supreme.