Monthly Archives: November 2009

Ancient Future – the radio program 11/26/2009

The Ancient Future radio program airs on WPFW 89.3 FM, Pacifica Radio in Washington, DC at 50,000 watts; produced & hosted by Willard Jenkins.                           THANKSGIVING DAY CELEBRATION OF SONNY ROLLINS   Sonny Rollins God Bless The Child The … Continue reading

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Ain’t But a Few of Us: Black jazz writers tell their story #12

Like most of the participants in our ongoing dialogue with African American music writers, Gregory Thomas, has both feet and hands in several camps.  Greg’s byline has been featured in numerous publications, including, Guardian Observer (London), American Legacy,, … Continue reading

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What Amiri Baraka taught me about Thelonious Monk

Robin D.G. Kelley, author of the exhaustively-researched and superb new Thelonious Monk biography Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of An American Original (Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster), contributed the following piece to the recent 75th birthday … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Digging”

New York-based writer Ron Scott, past contributor to our ongoing dialogue with African American music journalists Ain’t But a Few of Us, weighs in here with his take on the recently-released compilation of Amiri Baraka writings.   Digging: The Afro-American Soul of … Continue reading

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More… on the audience development tip

We continue a dialogue we began on these pages, a fire that was further stoked by a thoughtful Facebook post by trumpeter Sean Jones and Greg Osby’s subsequent, typically pointed, follow-up.  The last two weekends have revealed other young artists who … Continue reading

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