MP3 Frank Wilkins [piano], Leonard Brown [sax], Keith Copeland [drum - The 12th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert
". . . this is clearly a heartfelt tribute to Coltrane. ''A Love Supreme''. . .will be the highlight of the recording" Steven A. Loewy, Cadence Magazine, October ''98
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JAZZ: Big Band, JAZZ: Jazz Fusion
"The wildly enthusiastic audience clearly enjoyed the evening. . . . this is clearly a heartfelt tribute to Coltrane. The first numbers are from Trane''s earlier period, before he launched his rockets. The last four numbers are from "A Love Supreme" and for many will be the highlight of the recording" Steven A. Loewy, Cadence Magazine, October ''98
This band came together for the love of the music, committed to keeping John Coltrane''s music alive. Led by Leonard Brown, some of Boston''s finest musicians are invited to join the John Coltrane Memorial Ensemble. Each year, hosted by Northeastern University, the ensemble pays tribute to the master and hosts a weekend of concerts featuring Coltrane''s music.
Thanks go to WGBH-Radio for producing this twelth tribute to John Coltrane by the Boston-based ensemble which initiated these annual concerts and keeps the Coltrane spirit alive. This is a rare and unique find.
BAND_MEMBERS: Leomard Brown, tenor & soprano sax Keith Copeland, trap drums; Sa Davis, percussion; Tim Ingles, electric bass; Bill Lowe, bass trombone, tuba; Billy Pierce, tenor saxophone; Larry Roland, acoustic bass; Syd Smart, trap drums; Frank J. Wilkins, piano
Dr. Leonard Brown, The 1st through 1998 JCMC, tenor and soprano saxophone is a professional musician (saxophonist, composer, and arranger), teacher, ethnomusicologist and specialist in multicultural education. Over his thirty plus years as a performing musician, he has appeared with many outstanding artists including Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, George Russell, Bill Barron, Yusef Lateef, Alan Dawson, and Ed Blackwell. He has performed nationally with his group "JOYFUL NOISE" and he is Co-founder and producer of Boston¹s annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, the oldest event of its kind in the world which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1997.
Dr. Brown is an associate professor at Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a joint appointment in the Music and African American Studies Departments. He has served as chair of African American Studies and Head Advisor for Music. Additionally, Brown serves as principal consulting ethnomusicologist and cultural historian to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO., the first national jazz museum in the nation, where he also developed and served as director of the Kansas City Institute for Jazz Performance and History, a free summer educational program for youth age 10-18. Brown also functions as developer and organizer for the Charlie Parker Symposium held in March at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO and he was principal contributor to the book "Kansas https://www.tradebit.com All That''s Jazz" (1999), a history of the Kansas City jazz legacy published by Andrews McMeel.
Professor Brown received postdoctoral fellowship support from the Ford Foundation. In 1992, he received a Distinguished Scholar award from the University of Massachusetts/Boston and served as Black Scholar-In-Residence at Fairfield University in CT. In 1994, Brown was an invited member of a research team composed of scholars and musicians that visited Cuba for academic presentations on "Social and Cultural Transformation in Cuba and the United States". In 1998, Brown received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the John D. O''Bryant African American Institute at Northeastern University. He is a member of the Center for Black Music Research, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the International Association of Jazz Educators, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Sonneck Society of American Music.
1994, Brown was an invited member of a research team composed of scholars and musicians that visited Cuba for academic presentations on "Social and Cultural Transformation in Cuba and the United States."
He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Sonneck Society of American Music. He serves on the board of directors of the John W. Coltrane Cultural Society, Inc. in Philadelphia. Brown is also a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts Jazz Advisory Committee and the WGBH (Boston) Jazz Advisory Committee.
Bill Lowe is a performer, composer and educator whose recordings include work with Muhal Richard Abrams (Heringa Suite); Henry Threadgill (Rag, Bush and All); Frank Foster (Shiny Stockings and Manhattan Fever); Trudy Silver (heroes/heroines); CMIF Orchestra (The Sky Cries the Blues); Andy Jaffe Sextet (Manhattan Projections); The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (Psalms and Elegies) as well as the debut album of JUBA (Look On The Rainbow) and the debut albums of James Jabbo Ware and the Me, We and Them Orchestra, (TODAY''S MOVE and HERITAGE IS). As co-leader of the Bill Lowe/Philippe Crettien Quintet, Lowe is co-producer and principal composer of that aggregation''s debut album, (Sunday Train). The 1991 French tour of the quintet included an engagement at the Sunset Club in Paris. Since 1991, the quintet has served as featured performers and workshop faculty for the City of Toulon Jazz Festival, where Prof. Lowe is the Director of Pedagogy and Instruction. In November of 1994, Prof. Lowe performed in the Jazz Festival in Kyoto, Japan, as a member of the Boston Blazing Jazz Orchestra.
Prof. Lowe is co-producer and featured performer with the John Coltrane Memorial Concert in Boston. As a member of Joyful Noise, the core performance and teaching group of the JCMC, Prof. Lowe continues to lecture and perform in a variety of elementary, middle and high Schools in the greater Boston area, as well as appearing on the debut CD, 12th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert and co-producing the second JCMC recording, COLTRANE''S ASHE!
In 1995, Lowe and other members of Joyful Noise were members of the United States Delegation to the Inaugural Conference, Culture and Social Transformation: Creative Improvisation, held in Holguin, Cuba, January 3-10, 1995. The 12 member US delegation included a group of professors/musicians. As a scholar of African American Studies and as trombonist, tubaist and composer, Prof. Lowe shared music making practices and performance pedagogy in a series of lectures, concerts and research sessions with the assembled group of Cuban intellectuals, writers, educators and musicians. In addition, he extended his on going cultural studies work with the literary/musical environments of Nuestras Americas by presenting a paper at the conference exploring the cross referencing of African American musical styles and images in the expressive constructs of Alejo Carpentier, Nicols Guillon, Langston Hughes and Samuel Delany, entitled: towards a musical reading of Alejo Carpenter''s Concierto Barroco and Samuel Delany''s The Deferred Dream books of Tomorrow''s Daily Daily Considered as BeBop Slave Narratives. Lowe is co-founder/co-director of the Atkins/Lowe Boston Jazz Repertory Orchestra.
Prof. Lowe was the recipient of a major commissioned grant from Meet The Composer and the World Music Institute in 1996 in support of another cycle of his SIGNIFYIN'' NATIVES composition project entitled Living Lives, Telling Times: A Trane Trip for the annual JCMC concert.
Lowe''s others credits include touring and performances with Sam Rivers; Dizzy Gillespie; Eartha Kitt; Clark Terry; Thad Jones/Mel Lewis; Slide Hampton; Bill Barron; Collective Black Artists; Onzie Matthews; George Russell; Bill Dixon; Jaki Byard; the John Coltrane Memorial Ensemble; Archie Shepp; Grover Mitchell; Mercer Ellington; and various Broadway and symphonic orchestras.
Lowe''s opera, "Reb''s Last Funeral: Resolution of Invisible Whips", has received commissioning support from the Connecticut Commission for the Arts and Northeastern University.
An Associate Professor of African American Studies, Education, and Music at Northeastern University, Lowe has also taught at Wesleyan and Yale Universities in Connecticut and the City University in New York. Prof. Lowe''s present research activities in American Studies at Yale University include work with contemporary Science Fiction writing, African American Intellectual History, New World Aesthetics and Popular Culture Theory, as well as the Bill Barron Biography Project.
"Bill Pierce, The 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th,17th, and 1998 JCMC, is an excellent saxophonist who also works as an educator. He started off his career in Boston playing R&B with such stars as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. However, he is essentially a hard bop player, as he showed during stints with James Williams (1979-1980 and 1984-1985) and a high-profile association with Art Blakey''s Jazz Messengers (1980-1982); with the latter he shared the front line with Wynton Marsalis and Bobby Watson. From 1986-1994, Pierce was a regular member of Tony Williams'' quintet, somehow making himself heard over the leader''s very loud drumming. He has led several of his own dates for Sunnyside." ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Vincent "Sa" Davis, The 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, and The 20th Aniversary JCMC, is skilled in African, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Brazilian percussive tradition. A native of Boston, he received his formal music training at New England Conservatory.
Davis has performed with Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, the Stanley Turrentine Quintet, Marlena Shaw, and Hillary. A featured soloist on three of Billy Graham''s albums, Mr. Davis has also recorded for CBS records. since 1985, Mr. Davis has participated in seven world tours and nine U.S. tours, and has lectured at the National Center for Afro-American Artists, New England Conservatory, and the Communtiy Services Department for Norfolk Prison. In addition to private solo instruction, he has also given concerts and lecture demonstrations for Boston area public schools.
FRANK WILKINS [Piano], composer, arranger is also a multimedia producer/director and experienced private instructor. He is a jazzmatician and the consummate music director and pianist among national and international venues and ensembles.
"Wilkins'' gorgeous playing on Misty literally leaves the crowd gasping!" Eric Jackson, WGBH-FM.
Recognition and awards include The Artists'' Foundation, Boston, Composition Fellowship, Berklee College Of Music and The Hank Jones Jazz Masters Award. Playing virtually every major jazz and blues venue in Boston and throughout
New England, Wilkins has accompanied Angela Bofill, Tiger Okoshi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Eubanks, Archie Shepp and Rebecca Parris, to name a few. "Mr. Wilkins is a popular recording artist with numerous discography credits.
Syd. Smart, The 1st through 1998 JCMC (excluding the 13th) , began studies in percussion as a child with his father and older brother. Other teachers include: Milford Graves (US), Ken McIntyre (US), Cecil Taylor (US), Babatunde Olatunji (Nigeria), Steve Barrios (Puerto Rico), Ibrahima Camara (Senegal), Jose Luis Quintana, aka Changuito (Cuba), and Juan de la Oliva (Spain). Syd was a Music Education Major at Central State University in the late 60''s and in 1973 recieved a Black Music fellowship to teach and study at Bennington College in Vermont, where he completed his B.A. Degree. He holds a Masters Degree in Education and Elementary Teacher Certification.
Syd founded the Friends of Great Black Music, an organization in support of local artists involved in the musics of the African/American Diaspora. He is also the co-founder of the Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert Series. Syd has had extensive experience composing for dance, and with Joan-Green Co., founded the Children''s Dance Project, which expanded to become the Cambridge Performance Project, a city wide perfoming arts program. Annually, Syd co-conducts "Sound and Movement in Nature," a workshop offered by the Expressive Therapies division of Lesley College.
In 1992, Syd was a resident performing artist at the World Exposition, "Expo ''92," in Seville, Spain. While there, on leave from his position with the Cambridge Public Schools, he began curriculum development of an Integrated Thematic Unit of Spain, for third and fourth graders. In 1997, he was a recipient of the prestigious "Dance Belt Award," awarded by the City of Cambridge, MA, for his long-standing support of the arts community. Recently, he joined a team of developers for a soon to be published curriculum that integrates African drums and algebra.
Performance experience includes: Karamu House, Art of Black Dance and Music, Rod Rodgers Dance Co., Boston Art Ensemble, Sam Rivers, Jimmy Lyons, Bill Dixon, in Spain with Juan Oliva, Angel de Jesus and presently with Stan Strickland & Ascension and Action Painter, Nancy Ostrovsky.
"Tim Ingles, electric bass is brilliant, particularly shining on "What You Want Me To Do?" Bill Mitchell The Blues Bytes Web Site
Bassist, Larry Roland, has been a steady performer on the Boston/Roxbury jazz scene for over twenty years.
Keith Copeland, trap drums: