Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, formidable jazz modernist and Big Chief of the Congo Nation tribe of the Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans, is the embodiment of musical multilingualism, as comfortable telling stories in the blues-based dialects of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane as in Eddie Palmieri’s Afro-Caribbean argot, and the vernacular styles of his hometown. Harrison influenced the rhythmic pulse of late 20th century jazz with a homegrown conception that he calls “Nouveau Swing,” first articulated with the Harrison-Blanchard Quintet in the ‘80s, which extrapolates the swinging ride cymbal patterns played by Art Blakey, his primary ’80s employer, onto the funky bass drum rhythms of Congo Square.
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Desert Island Discs
In the fall of 2015, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem debuted its version of Desert Island Discs. It’s modeled on an iconic BBC radio show, extant since 1942, which invites eminences from various walks of life to choose—and discuss—the eight records they would bring for a stay on the apocryphal desert island. For the Jazz Museum’s expanded version, the presenters are jazz musicians, who will present a cohort of music, of any genre, that was essential in the formation and evolution of their musical personality. See the full series schedule here.