From the New Haven Advocate, previews tomorrow’s Firehouse 12 show.
To describe Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith as a musician with a holistic vision is an understatement. From his earliest days performing blues and R&B in Mississippi to his late-’60s stint as a member of the Chicago organization the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, to his mid-’70s tenure within the nucleus of an improvised music scene in New Haven and in his current position as director of the MFA program in African American Improvisation at Cal Arts, Smith has actively pursued a theory and practice of music that embraces nearly every conceivable element of human life.
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