Randy Weston performs February 4 at the American Jazz Museum. The recording career of the 83-year-old pianist has covered a lot of ground. It includes Monk-like bop, Afro-centric spirituality and CTI's patented pop-funk.
I'm geeked for his appearance, although the billing- "Jammin' For Wellness: Jazz as an International Catalyst for Medical and Spiritual Healing"- is less than promising. The event's description is similarly baffling:
Mr. Weston will perform and discuss elements of his celebrated Uhuru Africa Suite (now celebrating its 50th anniversary) and its role as a spiritual healer within the context of his work in Central Africa.Alas, the album in question is out-of-print.
Interested parties are instructed to "RSVP by February 1, 2010 to Glenn North at (816)474-8463 ext. 221 or email@example.com." I've sent an email and left a voice mail. I have yet to receive any sort of confirmation. I've resorted to the power of positive thinking.