Monthly Archives: December 2009

An evolving, intrepid Artist: MATANA ROBERTS

               Fiercely independent aptly describes MATANA ROBERTS     One of the more compelling young artists to have arrived on the scene the last few years is saxophonist-composer and AACM member Matana Roberts.  She wrote recently to express her appreciation for the Ain’t … Continue reading

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Ain’t But a Few of Us: Black music writers telling their story #13

                                                            RAHSAAN CLARK MORRIS   RAHSAAN CLARK MORRIS (center) with Amiri Baraka and William Parker     I first encountered Chicago-based writer Rahsaan Clark Morris a few years back when working with the Jazz Journalists Association to establish fellowships to a journalist conference … Continue reading

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Interview: The multi-faceted Douglas Ewart

DOUGLAS EWART: in a rare moment of relaxation for a man who seems never to sleep    The group photo of modern day renaissance men should include Douglas Ewart.  A saxophonist & all-round woodwind specialist and composer from Jamaica who emigrated to Chicago as … Continue reading

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The Mastery Arc

Do Jazz Artists enjoy longer artistic lives?                 AHMAD JAMAL            SONNY ROLLINS            Years ago when Suzan Jenkins was the exectutive director of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, which at the time was based in DC, their major annual … Continue reading

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Ancient Future – the radio program 12/3/09

The Ancient Future radio program is produced & hosted by Willard Jenkins for WPFW 89.3 FM, Pacifica Radio in the Nation’s Capital at 50,000 watts.   Thelonious Monk Four in One Big Band and Quintet in Concert Columbia   Sonny … Continue reading

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