Randy Weston – CD Release Party
Join us as we celebrate NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston and the release of his new double CD Solo Piano Sound. There will be a performance, discussion and Q & A with Mr. Weston.
Reflecting on Solo Piano Sound, Weston shared this:
“My very first recording was on Riverside Records in 1954. The album was called “Randy Weston with Sam Gill” and it included several solo recordings, but my first live solo piano performance was during the first tour with my band in Europe in 1974 at the Montreux Jazz Festival. I had just received the message that the high master Duke Ellington had died. That night I played a 10-minute piano solo in his honor. After this particular concert, many people said to me “you have to play more piano solos”.
My first piano solo concert was at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, and my solo career began. In addition, Duke Ellington’s sister Ruth Ellington insisted that she preferred to hear me playing piano solos. ”
After contributing seven decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world’s foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary.
Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global creations musically continue to inform and inspire.
“Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest most inventive beat,” states jazz critic Stanley Crouch, “but his art is more than projection and time; it’s the result of a studious and inspired intelligence…an intelligence that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique”.