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The pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston is likely one of the world’s such a lot influential jazz musicians and a notable storyteller whose profession has spanned 5 continents and greater than six many years. choked with attention-grabbing anecdotes, African Rhythms is Weston’s lifestyles tale, as informed via him to the track journalist Willard Jenkins. It encompasses Weston’s youth in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood—where his mom and dad and different participants in their iteration imbued him with delight in his African heritage—and his creation to jazz and early years as a musician within the creative ferment of mid-twentieth-century long island. His song has taken him around the globe: he has played in eighteen African international locations, in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, within the Canterbury Cathedral, and on the grand commencing of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina: the recent Library of Alexandria. Africa is on the middle of Weston’s tune and spirituality. He has traversed the continent on a continual quest to profit approximately its musical traditions, produced its first significant jazz pageant, and lived for years in Morocco, the place he opened a favored jazz membership, the African Rhythms membership, in Tangier.

Weston’s narrative is replete with stories of the folk he has met and befriended, and with whom he has labored. He describes his distinctive partnerships with Langston Hughes, the musician and arranger Melba Liston, and the jazz student Marshall Stearns, in addition to his friendships and collaborations with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Max Roach, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, the novelist Paul Bowles, the Cuban percussionist Candido Camero, the Ghanaian jazz artist Kofi Ghanaba, the Gnawa musicians of Morocco, etc. With African Rhythms, a world jazz virtuoso keeps to create cultural history.

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