WADADA LEO SMITH

Wadada Leo Smith
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I've been aware of WADADA since the 1970's as one of the most creative composers and trumpeters in Jazz, and he has never been more prolific or critically acclaimed than he is now. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013 for his masterwork about the Civil Rights Movement, Ten Freedom Summers, Wadada is also a 2016 recipient of the coveted Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Recent recording projects include suites in honor of The Great Lakes and The National Parks, and Wadada will debut his new opera for Rosa Parks in September 2016 at The New School in NYC for Dave Douglas's Festival of New Trumpet Music.

Wadada recently expanded his working band, the Golden Quartet (John Lindberg, bass; Anthony Davis, piano; and Pheeroan akLaff, drums) to create a Golden Quintet with Ashley Walters on cello, and their live performances also include mesmerizing visual imagery courtesy of video artist Jesse Gilbert. Besides his work with the GQ, Wadada has also been touring a lot in duo with Downbeat Musician of the Year Vijay Iyer, in support of their hauntingly beautiful 2016 CD for ECM, A Cosmic Rhythm with each Stroke. Regardless of context, Wadada is a unique genius in modern Music. He turns 75 in December, so get in touch to present him in his anniversary year.

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