Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Randy Weston lands major Doris Duke Charitable Foundation award

(photo credit: Alan Nahigian) NEW YORK, NY, April 22, 2014 — The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) announced today the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. … Continue reading

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Jane Bunnett’s Cuba immersion expands

Sometimes referred to in print (lovingly or sarcastically) as Havana Jane because of her passion for Cuba and its musicians, one of the most tireless advocates on behalf of Cuban jazz and folkloric musicians in North America has been soprano … Continue reading

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Revive Big Band @ KC

REVIVE BIG BAND Last Saturday (April 5) at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club the Revive Big Band made its DC debut. The gig essentially represented the KC Jazz Club component of the KC’s expansive series One Mic: Hip Hop Culture … Continue reading

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A select who’s who on the contemporary DC area jazz scene

A select Who’s Who on the contemporary DC area jazz scene By Willard Jenkins Along with colleagues Blair Ruble, Prof. Maurice Jackson, Rusty Hassan and others I recently had the pleasure of participating as one of the writers in a … Continue reading

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Catching up with Omar Hakim

The signature electric jazz band Weather Report certainly experienced more than a fair degree of flux in its drum chair, from the brief tenure of their first drummer the kinetic Alphonse Mouzon and for a short spell including the pioneer … Continue reading

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