The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and his quintet in concert at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center on Saturday, Dec. 12. There will be two performances, at 8p and 10p. WWOZ will be broadcasting the 8p show and livestreaming video on our website.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah has had a whirlwind career that has brought him to the forefronts of jazz, hip-hop and pop. He is a leader rooted in the traditions of his hometown, New Orleans, who also pushes boundaries in his music and the music business.
Scott, now 32, graduated from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and then the Berklee College of Music (on full scholarship). His uncle is the saxophinist Donald Harrison, Jr., and his grandfather was the late Donald Harrison, Sr., the legendary Mardi Gras Indian chief who ushered young Christian into the tradition when he was six years old.
Building on that foundation, Scott has eagerly looked forward with hsi music, with stellar results. Following his 2006 debut album, "Rewind That," Billboard called the record "“arguably the most remarkable premiere the genre has seen in the last decade.” NPR said Scott "ushers in new era of jazz," and JazzTimes magazine called him "the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion."
He has worked with a wide range of collaborators, including McCoy Tyner, Prince, Marcus Miller, Eddie Palmieri, Mos Def (Yasin Bey), Thom Yorke and Solange Knowles. He has also been active as a composer for film, including several movies by his identical twin brother, Kiel Adrian Scott.
Christian is half the inspiration for the Delmond Lambreaux character on the HBO TV series, "Tremé." Lambreaux is a hybrid of both Christian and his uncle Donald.
Always one to resist strict genre labels, Scott has said: "Using the term jazz to describe my work is fine by me. However, just because it can be said that my work is inherently jazz does not mean that it is exclusively jazz."
Scott embraces a term that is frequently applied to his sound: "stretch."
"I have heard some describe our approach as 'stretch,' or calling what we play, 'stretch music.' It’s true that we are attempting to stretch—not replace—Jazz's rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass as many musical forms/languages/cultures as we can. My core belief is that no form of expression is more valid than any other. This belief has compelled me to attempt to create a sound that is genre blind in its acculturation of other musical forms, languages, textures, conventions and processes. This is done as a means of extending the dialogue of the human condition across the lines of cultural and genre based barriers."
Taking that concept further, Scott has named his latest recording "Stretch Music." He is releasing it via his own independent label, also called Stretch Music, in partnership with Ropeadope Records. And the release will be accompanied by the interactive Stretch Music app, which Scott calls "the first interactive offering for this generation of young improvisors."
The Tribute to Allen Toussaint to be held at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, will be broadcast live on WWOZ radio, 90.7 FM, on Friday, November 20 starting at approximately 11 a.m. For fans unable to listen via the radio, the tribute will be available on the internet at WWOZ.ORG.
“We are all still shocked by the loss of a great man, musician and New Orleanian. WWOZ is honored that the Toussaint family is giving us the opportunity to share the tribute to Allen with those who loved him, yet were unable to attend today’s ceremony,” said Dwayne Breashears, Program Director of WWOZ.
Allen Toussaint Tribute
Friday, November 20
Visitation 8 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Tribute 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the Toussaint Family asks that donations be sent to New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness (NOAAHH) at noaahh.org.
At 11:30am on Thursday, November 12, students from Trombone Shorty Academy will play live in a special Membership Drive edition of WWOZ's Cuttin' Class.
The Trombone Shorty Academy is a partnership program between the Trombone Shorty Foundation and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University. The Trombone Shorty Academy combines education in the region’s rich musical history with immersion in a performance ensemble under the guidance of musicians Erion Williams and Edward Lee, both of New Orleans’ own The Soul Rebels. The Academy provides aspiring underserved high school musicians mentorship and experience in music performance, reading and writing while teaching New Orleans musical traditions like brass-band, traditional Jazz, Blues and gospel, Mardi Gras Indian funk, Hip-Hop, and Shorty’s own hybrid sound of “SupaFunkRock.”
Check this WWOZ exclusive in which Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews takes you behind-the-scenes at an Orleans Avenue rehearsal at the Saenger, plus a look at Andrews' musical upbringing in the Treme and the work he's doing today to keep the flame alive with his Foundation.
On Wednesday, October 28, we'll be broadcasting a performance from the TBC Brass Band, live from the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans' (YLC) "One Book One New Orleans" finale party.
The YLC is a nonprofit organization for young professionals; their motto is "Fostering Leadership through Service." The YLC believes that future leaders of our community must first learn in order to serve it. One of the YLC's projects is a community literacy project, "One Book One New Orleans" (OBONO). Each year, OBONO chooses one book and encourages everyone in New Orleans to read the same book at the same time. We also work to make that book accessible to those in New Orleans who would typically be excluded from a community of readers. Learn more about the project here: https://www.facebook.com/onebookoneneworleans.
This year, OBONO chose New Orleans Boom and Blackout: 100 Days in America's Coolest Hot Spot by Brian Boyles. The book, which chronicles the 100 days leading up to Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013, reveals a little-known side of New Orleans and raises questions about how we as a city want the world to perceive us as the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. New Orleans Boom and Blackout also encourages New Orleanians to think critically about what has changed and what has remained the same in this city that we are all proud to call home. An entire chapter of the book is dedicated to the TBC Brass Band. You can learn more about them in this 2013 article from OffBeat: http://www.offbeat.com/articles/still-to-be-continued-tbc-brass-band-talks-bourbon-street-exile/
On October 22, we'll be doing a live broadcast from The Jazz Foundation of America's annual gala, "A Great Night in Harlem," at the Apollo Theater.
This year's event will include...
A lifetime Achievement Award for Sonny Rollins.
Featuring Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan), Jimmy Heath, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Randy Brecker, Clifton Anderson, George Cables, Alex Blake, Kenny Garrett, Ravi Coltrane, Al Foster, James Carter, Wallace Roney, Cecil Bridgewater Big Band
The first annual Clark & Gwen Terry Award for Merry Clayton
Featuring Sara Dash & Nona Hendryx from LABELLE, Darlene Love & Lisa Fischer (your favorite stars from 20 Feet From Stardom), Bernard Fowler, and more...
A Musical Tribute to Civil Rights Hero Julian Bond Featuring Danny Glover, Keb' Mo' and Randy Weston And many surprises to come!
Musical Director: Steve Jordan