Wadada Leo Smith Interview

Source: Qwest.tv.

Raised on the Delta blues in his Mississippi birth place and later a member of the Chicago-based collective Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has driven his stake into the soft earth this past decade as one of the most prolific and creative artists in jazz. He’s had a career collaborating with the diverse likes of Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer and John Zorn. But he upped the ante to renowned composer in 2013 when he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his epic piece Ten Freedom Summers (Defining Moments in the History of the United States of America).

Smith has continued to delve deeply, becoming a brilliant avant-tilting jazz hero with such landmark suites as 2014’s The Great Lakes Suites, 2016’s America’s National Parks and this year’s masterwork, Rosa Parks: Pure Love: An Oratorio of Seven Songs, that was released on February 15 in honor of the Civil Rights activist’s February 4 birthday.