Monthly Archives: June 2009

Ain’t But a Few of Us: Black jazz writers tell their story pt2

Modern Music Man JOHN MURPH John Murph has channeled his voracious appetite for modern music — particular that which falls into the creative contemporary category.  In his case that includes an encyclopedic sensibility when it comes to modern jazz, the leading … Continue reading

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The Sampling Game: Bonding the Generations

Jonathan Kaslow Reverses the Sampling Equation I’ve known Jonathan Kaslow since he was a youngster growing up in New Orleans.  He comes from a musical family with particularly strong influences from his late mother Allison Minor, one of the founders … Continue reading

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Ancient Future – the radio program: 6/11/09 playlist

Ancient Future the radio program airs Thursday mornings on WPFW 89.3 FM (, Pacifica Radio serving the Washington, DC metro region at 50,000 watts.  Here’s the playlist for Thursday, June 11, 2009:   ARTIST TUNE ALBUM TITLE LABEL   Duke … Continue reading

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Salim in South Africa: From Bahia to Durban

A residency in South Africa, following a similar stint in Brazil, has given Salim Washington some interesting perspectives on the music of those two culturally-rich nations.   Salim Washington in performance   I had the pleasure of first meeting the … Continue reading

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The Tip: To Label or Not to Label

Last Sunday a remarkable concert of new compositions was presented by DC-based drummer-percussionist Nasar Abadey as part of the in-motion Duke Ellington Jazz Festival (now through June 15; check  Nasar preceded his "Diamond in the Rough" suite, which displayed his first … Continue reading

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