Wadada Leo Smith Brings Ten Freedom Summers to Georgetown Day School

Wadada Leo Smith

Source: Washington City Paper.

The great tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter once said, “Jazz musicians take solos to demonstrate equality in a constant and not temporary way.” If there is one musician who has devoted his body of work trying to demonstrate equality through the music—through what he would call “creative music”—it’s trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians co-founder, who was named Artist of the Year and Composer of the Year in the most recent JazzTimes critics poll, is known for writing music that challenges aesthetic and socio-political norms with an ethos of extreme urgency paired with an almost brutal compassion; hearing him for the first time is a shock to the system. And the newest group of Beltway residents to be electrified in this experience will not be D.C.’s artistic insiders or cultural elites, but the students of Georgetown Day School.