As some of you know, I found out the day of this broadcast that this was to be my last broadcast, due to some cutbacks at the College of San Mateo. Fortunately, KCSM ,for the time being, is able to keep most of their programmers. I will continue to post some of the programs I had scheduled for March and April at Soundcloud,, because I want to promote the five remaining performances of In The Moment Concert Series at Musically Minded Academy. I will do some ticket giveaways on Soundcloud as well.
The last KCSM In The Moment radio show aired Thurs 2/23 at 9PM.
Drummer Max Roach stated in 1960: “We American jazz musicians of African descent have proved beyond all doubt that we’re master musicians of our instruments. Now what we have to do is employ our skill to tell the dramatic story of our people and what we’ve been through.”
To close out Black History Month, from the In The Moment Concert Series: Dr. Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra, with Max Roach's We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, recorded June 18th, 2016. We Insist! Freedom Now Suite was the first overtly political jazz album long-playing (LP) record featuring poetry and songs advocating for equality and justice. Recorded and released in 1960 on Candid Records to critical acclaim, We Insist! remains a landmark musical milestone composed by band leader/percussionist Max Roach, in collaboration with poet Oscar Brown, Jr.
The work has a continued relevance and importance in the United States and globally over half a century later, and the Asian American Orchestra brought this music into the context of what is going on in this country right now, and the day before Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, which is one of the original compositions on We Insist!
Director and percussionist Anthony Brown was joined by poet Genny Lim; vocalist Amikaela; trumpeter Ian Carey; Masaru Koga on saxophones, Shakuhachi and flute; Jasim Perales, trombone; Frank Martin was the pianist, and Mark Izu played bass and sheng. The Asian American Orchestra was joined by the Ojala Bata Ensemble with percussionists Carolyn Brandy, Michaelle Goerlitz, Elizabeth Sayre, and Regina Wells. The orchestra's sound engineer, and a frequent contributor to In The Moment, Lee Brenkman was the recording engineer as well.
We'll hear this amazing reimagining of what I think is one most important works of 20th century and 21st century music. We need this music now more than ever.
The next performance of Freedom Now Suite will be at SFJAZZ, Sunday, April 9th, 6pm as part of Genny Lim's Genevieve Lim jazz poetry program as SFJAZZ Poet Laureate.
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