African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston

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Duke University Press, Oct 5, 2010 - Music - 352 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Origins
5
Growing Up in Brooklyn
18
The Scene Shifts to the Pacific
28
Postwar Escaping the Panic
37
Post Berkshires Succumbing to the Irresistible Lure
55
Enter Melba Liston
70
Uhuru Afrika Freedom Africa
82
Festival Blues Then Divine Intervention Blue Moses
194
PostMorocco and the Ellington Connection
206
Compositions and Sessions
218
The African Rhythms Quintet
233
The African Queen
250
The Adventures of Randy Weston
260
Ancient Future
276
Randy Weston Philosophically Yours
297

Making the Pilgrimage
102
Touring the Motherland
114
Making a Home in Africa
135
Connecting with the Gnawa
171
Building a Life in Tangier The African Rhythms Club
183
Discography
303
Awards and Citations
321
Index
323
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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.

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