African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston (a John by Randy Weston,Willard Jenkins PDF

By Randy Weston,Willard Jenkins

The pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston is among the world’s so much influential jazz musicians and a striking storyteller whose occupation has spanned 5 continents and greater than six many years. filled with attention-grabbing anecdotes, African Rhythms is Weston’s lifestyles tale, as instructed by way of him to the song journalist Willard Jenkins. It encompasses Weston’s youth in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood—where his mom and dad and different individuals in their new release imbued him with satisfaction in his African heritage—and his creation to jazz and early years as a musician within the inventive ferment of mid-twentieth-century manhattan. His song has taken him worldwide: he has played in eighteen African international locations, in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, within the Canterbury Cathedral, and on the grand starting of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina: the recent Library of Alexandria. Africa is on the middle of Weston’s track and spirituality. He has traversed the continent on a continuing quest to benefit approximately its musical traditions, produced its first significant jazz competition, and lived for years in Morocco, the place he opened a well-liked jazz membership, the African Rhythms membership, in Tangier.

Weston’s narrative is replete with stories of the folks he has met and befriended, and with whom he has labored. He describes his particular partnerships with Langston Hughes, the musician and arranger Melba Liston, and the jazz student Marshall Stearns, in addition to his friendships and collaborations with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Max Roach, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, the novelist Paul Bowles, the Cuban percussionist Candido Camero, the Ghanaian jazz artist Kofi Ghanaba, the Gnawa musicians of Morocco, etc. With African Rhythms, a world jazz virtuoso maintains to create cultural history.

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