At 91 years old, pianist Randy Weston remains a dynamic and distinguished figure in the world of jazz music.
Weston will visit the University this Saturday for a concert with the World Music Ensemble. Weston will be joined by Kwaku Obeng, teaching associate in music and the director of the World Music Ensemble, who will be playing percussion.
“It is a very eclectic concert. The program has songs from all sorts of traditions,” said Dana Gooley, an associate professor in the music department and one of the principal organizers of the event. But all songs incorporate African influences and percussion, he added.
Weston is distinguished for both his innovative compositions and interest in the connection between African culture and American music, particularly jazz.
Gooley called Weston “an extraordinary jazz pianist” influenced by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. “There (are) a lot of great players who are not well known as composers, but he’s known as both.”
Weston said he was deeply interested in traditional African music and how it has influenced music worldwide.
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