Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith



Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (born December 18, 1941) is an American trumpeter and composer, working primarily in the fields of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation.[1] He was one of three finalists for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Ten Freedom Summers, released on May 22, 2012.[2]



Ten Freedom Summers
Ten Freedom Summers is a four-disc box set by American trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith.
Procession of the Great Ancestry
Procession of the Great Ancestry is an album by American jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith which was recorded in 1983, first released in 1989 on the English Chief label licensed by Nessa Records and reissued in 2009 on Nessa.
Divine Love
Divine Love is an album by American jazz trumpeter and composer Leo Smith recorded in 1978 and released on the ECM label.
Tao-Njia is an album by American jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith which was recorded in 1995 and released on the Tzadik Records' Composer Series.

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Christian McBride says audiences will be wowed by 2017 Newport Jazz Festival
  –  July 28, 2017
Friday, Aug. 4 Béla Fleck & The Flecktones; Maceo Parker; Cécile McLorin Salvant; Naturally 7; Leslie Odom Jr.; Joey DeFrancesco + The People; Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith; Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound Orchestra; Christian Sands Quartet; One for All ...
The Keys And Strings Hour Featuring Gary Peacock + New Music
  –  July 23, 2017
New music to be presented will include a trio of Jack Dejohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison, a duo of Dominique Eade and Ran Blake, the Tom Kohl Trio, the Mats Holmquist and Hyeson Hong Big Bands, Wadada Leo Smith saluting our National Parks ...
Litchfield Jazz Camp Faculty All Stars to perform July 29 at Torrington Historical Society
  –  July 20, 2017
He has anchored the trios of Paul Bley (1968-72), Bill Dixon (1980s), and the late Thomas Chapin (1990-97), and co-led a variety of notable ensembles with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, and Marty Ehrlich. Unlike most artists whose careers span five ...
FREE Outdoor Concert: Oscar Noriega Trio, Montclair Library, 7/25
  –  July 19, 2017
Seed Artists founder Pheeroan akLaff became a major figure in the 1970s jazz avant garde, and has played with masters from Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers and Andrew Hill to Pulitzer nominee Wadada Leo Smith and fellow Montclairians Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille.
Wadada Leo Smith At Firehouse 12
  –  May 11, 2017
I love jazz because of its infinite variety. I was first exposed to jazz at 16 (Cannonball Adderley's Something Else) by my roommate. The best show I ever attended was Sarah Vaughan at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. The first jazz record I bought was Native ...

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