About the Artists -2010

                                                                              Hugh Masekela

Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is an innovator in jazz and world music. He is a, composer, producer and activist. He has collaborated with numerous artists in the USA, Africa and Europe including Miriam Makeba, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte and Herb Albert. Renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey chose a piece by Masekela to create a work for his world famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  Masekela’s work as an activist raised international awareness of the South African government’s restrictive Apartheid policies. In the 80s, Masekela’s hit song Bring Him Back Home became an anthem for the Free Nelson Mandela movement.  Articulate and brilliantly musical in a number of genres, Hugh Masekela has been a defining force in music and the struggle for human rights both in Africa and around the world. This iconic artist is best known for his integral role in Paul Simon’s tour behind the classic album Graceland. Masekela’s Grammy award-winning hit Grazing in the Grass sold over 4 million copies and made him an international star.


                                                                                 Craig Harris

When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him.  From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, and into the confrontational expressionism of the ‘60s avant-garde.  The contemporary music world quickly realized that his talents went far beyond his skills as a trombonist.  Here with his Didgeridoo Quartet, (didgeridoo is a wind instrument   developed by  indigenous people of northern Australia at least 1,500 years ago and is still in widespread usage today both in Australia and around the world.)

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