African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston

African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston

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African Rhythms is the autobiography of the important jazz pianist, composer and band leader Randy Weston. He tells of his childhood in Brooklyn, his six decades long musical career, his time living in Morocco, and his lifelong quest to learn about the musical and cultural traditions of Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822393108
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Series: a John Hope Franklin Center Book
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Randy Weston is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, and bandleader living in Brooklyn, New York. He has made more than forty albums and performed throughout the world. Weston has been inducted into the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame, designated a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, and named Jazz Composer of the Year three times by DownBeat magazine. He is the recipient of many other honors and awards, including France’s Order of Arts and Letters, the Black Star Award from the Arts Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana, and a five-night tribute at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Willard Jenkins is an independent arts consultant, producer, educator, and print and broadcast journalist. His writing has been featured in JazzTimes, DownBeat, Jazz Report, Jazz Forum, All About Jazz, Jazzwise, and many other publications. He contributed two chapters to Ain’t Nothing like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment.

Table of Contents

Arranger's Preface / Willard Jenkins xi

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction 1

1. Origins 5

2. Growing Up in Brooklyn 18

3. The Scene Shifts to the Pacific 28

4. Postwar: Escaping the Panic 37

5. Post-Berkshires: Succumbing to the Irresistible Lure 55

6. Enter Melba Liston 70

7. Uhuru Afrika: Freedom Africa 82

8. Making the Pilgrimage 102

9. Touring the Motherland 114

10. Making a Home in Africa 135

11. Connecting with the Gnawa 171

12. Building a Life in Tangier: The African Rhythm Club 183

13. Festival Blues, Then Divine Intervention: Blue Moses 194

14. Post Morroco and the Ellington Connection 206

15. Compositions and Sessions 220

16. The African Rhythms Quintet 235

17. The African Queen 252

18. The Adventures of Randy Weston 262

19. Ancient Future 278

Conclusion: Randy Weston . . . Philosophically Yours 299

Discography 305

Awards and Citations 323

Index 325

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