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

By Randy Weston,Willard Jenkins

The pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston is among the world’s such a lot influential jazz musicians and a amazing storyteller whose profession has spanned 5 continents and greater than six a long time. filled with attention-grabbing anecdotes, African Rhythms is Weston’s existence tale, as advised by way of him to the tune journalist Willard Jenkins. It encompasses Weston’s adolescence in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood—where his mom and dad and different individuals in their iteration imbued him with delight in his African heritage—and his creation to jazz and early years as a musician within the creative ferment of mid-twentieth-century manhattan. His tune has taken him worldwide: he has played in eighteen African nations, in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, within the Canterbury Cathedral, and on the grand establishing of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina: the recent Library of Alexandria. Africa is on the center of Weston’s song 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 precise partnerships with Langston Hughes, the musician and arranger Melba Liston, and the jazz pupil 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, and so forth. With African Rhythms, a global jazz virtuoso keeps to create cultural history.

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