• Randy Weston Talks Jazz, Africa, and more...

    February 29, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.

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    I've been hosting a new podcast with our News department entitled, We Insist!: Jazz Speaks Out.

    It's a 4-part series that discusses jazz in terms of social political advancement and expression in Black culture.
    We launched it for Black History Month, but it's so much broader than that, and has really become a wonderful experience for me.
    I've interviewed some of my favorite musicians, and favorite people, for that matter.  It's been completely eye-opening for me as well.
    I'm a self-professed "jazz nerd" as some would say.  I simply say a lover and appreciator and a part of the culture (but that's a lot wordier, LOL).
    With all of that said, working on this has been a huge life lesson for me, and I'm discovering so many new ideas and concepts.  And I'm pleased that we're sharing it with all of you!

    Last week, I interviewed the great Randy Weston at his home.  David Cruz, our producer, and I hopped on the train to head to BK (that's Brooklyn, for non-natives) to talk to the man himself.  What an amazing experience.  First of all, when I stepped into Weston's home, it was almost like going to Africa.  His home just FELT like the motherland - and he and his wife have the warmest spirit.  We sat at the piano and talked about Uhuru Afrika, a wonderful piece of work that was one of the earliest intergrations of African and African-American music.  He talked about his first trip to Africa and what led him there, the amazing roster of musicians that were a part of Uhuru Africa, and why Africa is not far at all from Jazz, and how it's really quite central.  I won't give it all away - you'll have to check it out for yourselves.  And please - feel free to send emails with your thoughts, and even input on some albums you think are relevant to the program to weinsist@wbgo.org

    Look for the Randy Weston episode soon.  Before that, Grammy-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard calls in to discuss Miles Davis' A Tribute to Jack Johnson.
    You don't want to miss it...

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