Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio
Randy Weston, piano; Alex Blake, bass; Neil Clarke,
Saturday, June 26 | 8 pm | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $34 general | $20 students | TAKE 5!
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If you love music," says pianist Randy Weston, "you have
to know where it came from." New Orleans may call itself the birthplace
of jazz, but the special alchemy that took place there couldn't
have happened without untold centuries of African musical traditions.
An NEA Jazz Master and "a magnificent, inspired and powerful pianist" (San
Francisco Examiner), Weston creates music that embraces these traditions
and explores the continuity between modern and ancient sounds. By digging
deep into African rhythms to find the roots of jazz - and, ultimately,
the origin of all music and culture - Weston creates music that honors
and illuminates the past while sounding fresh and contemporary.
Randy Weston's fascination with African music and culture dates
back to his childhood in Brooklyn. Several musical tours to Africa
throughout the 1960s deepened Weston's connection to the continent.
After a 1967 tour he relocated to Morocco, where he remained for six
years, running his own nightclub and studying with master musicians.
Cultivated over decades of immersion and careful study, Weston's
deep knowledge and artistic perspective bridge the historical gap between
jazz and the rich traditions of African rhythms. When Weston says that
jazz is ultimately African music, "those who have experienced
Mr. Weston and African Rhythms know he is right by how the music makes
us feel" (New York Times).
Randy Weston – "Ifrane"
Randy Weston – "Earth Birth"
Randy Weston – "Pam's Waltz"
Randy Weston – "Little Niles"
Weston's African Rhythms Trio at the Gent Jazz Festival, 2009
Jazz Oral History: Randy Weston interview at the New York Public Library, 1996
Supported by Susan & Lee David.