Baby, last night I lived Jazz in it’s most sincere form. I engulfed myself into it, drowned in it, danced through it for what felt like a lifetime. In a land where breads connected, black boy joy radiated and all the men on stage were fine ( yes, the whole band); I was able to rediscover my love of Jazz expressionism with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. He was our Chief and we were his people.
Creating the powerhouse ensemble was:
- Christian Scott himself on trumpet
- Braxton Cook– Alto saxophone,
- Joe Dyson– Drums
- Corey Fonville – Drums
- Lawrence Fields – Piano
- Kristopher Funn – Bass
- Logan Richardson– Alto Sax
Each member has had long-standing participation in the band, some for up to 7 years, while continuously building beautiful solo jazz careers. As Christian went around the room to introduce each member, every single one had a fond memory of them touring the world as family and his appreciation for their individual contributions to jazz music. In an intimate space like Electric Ballroom in Camden, it was a great energy to be a part of even though I wish it lasted much longer.
Last but certainly not least, the opener of the ceremony; Maisha. A 7 piece band that didn’t even need to speak into the mic, instead from the moment they touched the stage they let their instruments sing. Leading saxophonist Nubya Garcia, took us on a marathon of music that really set the tone for the show. Can’t wait to see them at their own show!
Overall, I had an OUTSTANDING time and would do it all over again if I could.
#TBT When I knew the fandom was real: