2010 Festival At A Glance
June 16   An Evening with Dick Hyman
June 25   A Night of Brazilian Jazz!
Luciana Souza/Romero Lubambo; plus Alegritude
June 26   A History of African Rhythms & Jazz
June 26   Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio
June 27   Freddy Cole Quartet
July 2   The Music of Billy Strayhorn
July 3   Early Bird Jazz for Kids: Jim Nadel & Friends
July 3   Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
July 9   Fred Hersch: Jobim and More
July 10   Early Bird Latin Jazz for Kids: John Santos Sextet
July 10   Tuck & Patti
July 11   Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady of Song
July 16   Mose Allison Trio
July 17   Claudia Villela Band
July 18   John Santos Sextet
July 19   Khalil Shaheed & the Mo'Rockin Project
July 20   Gerald Clayton Trio
July 21   Kristen Strom Quintet
July 22   The Music of Dave Brubeck Presented by Victor Lin
July 24   Giants of Jazz: Charles McPherson, Junior Mance & Tootie Heath
July 25   Ruth Davies' Blues Night with Special Guest Keb' Mo'
July 26   Dena DeRose Trio
July 27   Junior Mance Trio
July 28   100 Years of Django with Julian Lage, Victor Lin & Jorge Roeder
July 29   Visions: The Stevie Wonder Songbook
July 31   Rebecca Martin featuring Larry Grenadier, Steve Cardenas & Larry Goldings
Aug 1   Dave Douglas Quintet Plus
Aug 2   George Cables Trio
Aug 3   Nicholas Payton with the Taylor Eigsti Trio
Aug 4   Joshua Redman Trio
Aug 6   SJW All-Star Jam Session
Aug 7   Taylor Eigsti Group featuring Becca Stevens
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Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio

Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio

Randy Weston, piano; Alex Blake, bass; Neil Clarke, percussion

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"


Randy 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.



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