Music of Randy Weston
Ken Schaphorst conducts the NEC Jazz Orchestra, joined by pianist/ composer Randy Weston, concluding Weston's residency at NEC.
The concert will include many of Weston's most well-known compositions including "African Village/Bedford-Stuyvesant," "African Sunrise," "Bantu," "Blues for Africa," "Hi-Fly," "In Memory Of," "Little Niles," "Sweet Meat," and "The Last Day."
Throughout much of his career, Weston collaborated with trombonist/arranger Melba Liston. All of the compositions featured on the concert are Liston arrangements, drawn from some of Weston's most notable recordings: "Uhuru Africa" (1960), "Highlife" (1963), Tanjah (1973), and "Spirits of Our Ancestors" (1991).
Weston is renowned as one of the world's foremost improvising pianists and is widely credited for his pioneering work in bringing African and Middle Eastern roots music to the world of American improvisation.