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Wednesday, February 28th

trumpet festival
day three

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet (WLS, trumpet, compositions; Anthony Davis, piano; John Lindberg, bass; Pheeroan akLaff, drums), “Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 381 Days,” live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill. (Oak Park Conservatory)

Thursday, September 29th

what’s new

Wadada Leo Smith,* “New Orleans: The National Culture Park USA 1718” (W.L. Smith), excerpt (America’s National Parks, out 10/14/16)


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lagniappe

reading table

Exultation is the going
Of an inland soul to sea –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 143 (Franklin), excerpt

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*WLS, trumpet; Anthony Davis, piano; Ashley Walters, cello; John Lindberg, bass; Pheeroan akLaff, drums.

Monday, May 9th

gathering of birds

Oliver Lake & Alto Madness (Oliver Lake, alto saxophone, compositions; Darius Jones, Bruce Williams, Anthony Ware, alto saxophones; Pheeroan AkLaff, drums), live, New York, 2014


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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Tuesday, November 3rd

More Wadada.

Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) with Brandon Ross (guitar), Lamar Smith (guitar), Bill Laswell (bass), Pheeroan akLaff (drums), live, New York, 2015

Saturday, October 24th

tonight in Chicago

They’ll be playing at the University of Chicago.

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet (WLS, trumpet; Anthony Davis, piano; John Lindberg, bass; Pheeroan akLaff, drums; with Jesse Gilbert, video artist), “Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 381 Days” (W. L. Smith), live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2014


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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), A Red Plum Branch against the Summer Moon
c. mid-1840s

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Sunday, 9/25/11

Don Byron New Gospel Quintet (DB, tenor saxophone & clarinet; DK Dyson, vocals; Xavier Davis, piano; Brad Jones, bass; Pheeroan akLaff, drums), “Precious Lord” (T. A. Dorsey), live, Brazil (São Paulo), 2010

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Last night I heard these folks live at the University of Chicago. Whenever I go out and hear someone, I’m reminded, again, that even (especially?) today, when records and the ’net make more music more available than ever before, there’s no substitute for live music. No recording offers the textures and nuances of a great live performance. (Never, for instance, have I heard a recording that truly reproduces the sounds of a drum kit, much less the interplay between horn and drums.) Not only is there more to hear live, your focus is sharper: you know you won’t have another opportunity to experience these sounds. And when you go to a club or a concert hall, you become, for that night, a member of an ad hoc musical community—something you can’t do sitting in your living room.

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