Sun Ra and Henry Dumas, Recorded in Conversation

Source: Literary Hub.

Poet and writer Henry Dumas and poet and pianist and mythscientist Sun Ra were allies and friends, a kind of kin. Dumas revered Sun Ra, trusted his streams of otherworldly testimony as prophetic, knew that he was not spewing rhetoric when he revealed beliefs like people don’t have any business being sick; people don’t have any business dying. Without fetishizing the past or turning it into an impossible dream, we must acknowledge that the intimacy of elective affinities within the Black Liberation Movements of the 1960s was deeper, more urgent and more rooted in the physical world than it is today in similar efforts. Black poets, musicians, and actors had to build their connections on encounter alone and every encounter seemed part of the gestation of aesthetic, moral, and political rebellion.

5049 Records Podcast Episode 210 – Melvin Gibbs 

Source: 5049 Records.

Melvin Gibbs is an extraordinary bass player who for the better part of the last four decades has been a key figure in the worlds of rock, jazz, funk and the New York avant-garde. An original member of the Black Rock Coalition and a veteran of bands led by Ronald Shannon Jackson, Sonny Sharrock, Henry Rollins and others, Melvin has led an incredibly varied and colorful career. Ahead of his appearance this Wednesday at the 2019 Vision Festival, Melvin stopped by to talk about his new project the God Particle, a collaboration with physicist and musician Stephon Alexander.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago – Lineup Announced for September

Source: Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Highlights include:

Angel Bat Dawid’s Requiem for Jazz
Saturday, September 28
Logan Center Performance Hall

Ari Brown Quintet
Saturday, September 28
Wagner Stage at Midway

Karuna: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet
Saturday, September 28
Augustana Lutheran Church

David Boykin: Abeeku
Saturday, September 2
Little Black Pearl

Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson Duo
Saturday, September 28
Logan Center Performance Hall

Ambrose Akinmusire Trio featuring Kris Davis and Nasheet Waits
Saturday, September 28
8:00-9:00 & 9:30-10:30pm
Logan Center Performance Penthouse

Amir ElSaffar’s Ahwaal featuring Ksawery Wójciński, Waclaw Zimpel, Lutosławski Quartet
Saturday, September 28
Rockefeller Chapel