Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #63

Contents

ROSEWOMAN AT UNION UNITED

DIAMOND BRINGS NEW PLAY TO COMPANY ONE

MFA’s DIVERSE ACQUISITIONS

FILM BY LENA HORNE’S GRANDAUGHTER

CLASSIC “MIRACLE WORKER” A HIT AT RCC

“CHANGELING” IS TOP NOTCH

BEES TELLS A SWEET STORY OF LIFE IN 1964

APPIAH WINS!

MAKANDA COMES HOME

GOING ORGANIX SOUL

UP-COMING EVENTS


ROSEWOMAN AT UNION UNITED

by Kay Bourne

f16104fd3d1599e085dd8783d39cc92d.124.121 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #63Pianist, composer, educator MICHELE ROSEWOMAN, praised by “Downbeat” magazine as “a star of American music,” has a dueling pianos duet in mind that would be a sight for the eyes as well as a treat for the ears.

An admirer of master pianist Randy Weston, whom she describes as attacking the keyboard “at a high level with his two handed approach instead of those endless bebop runs, his rhythmic approach” is the jazz artist she’d like to be paired with someday. “I feel legitimized” by his playing in my similar approach to the piano, Rosewoman says. That Weston is a giant of a man, 6’8″ while Rosewoman is a diminutive 5’2″ Rosewoman adds “would be a treat! He comes down with a big paw on the keys, while I have to throw my whole body into my approach to get as big a sound. It would be a sight!”

In the meantime, Rosewoman brings her rhythmic style, a uniquely “New Yor-Uban” sound (chants sung to the orishas in the Yoraba spiritual tradition) to Jazz @ Union‘s second annual “WOMEN IN JAZZ” concert Saturday, NOVEMBER 1, at 7 pm. The solo appearance at Union United Methodist Church‘s highly regarded presentation of important jazz artists will showcase her fusion of Afro Cuban styles with intelligent and modern post-bop that integrates Cuban spiritual music (Santaria) into the mix. Rosewoman can also be counted on to swing. This concert is Rosewoman’s first significant appearance in Boston. “I’m looking forward to this,” she said in a recent phone conversation.

Rosewoman was given the name she uses as a last name now, as a nickname when she was a teenager by the cornet player and band leader Butch Morris who said the Native American appellation was her “rightful name.” A native of Oakland, California, she started playing piano at age six and began her studies of the jazz tradition with pianist/organist Ed Kelly. When Rosewoman relocated to New York, she began playing with Cuban bands and soon formed an important association with the Cuban master drummer/vocalist Orlando “Puntillo” Rios, a bata and conga player who became a mentor and a member until his recent death of her 14-piece ensemble New Yor-Uba, which reflects the progression of the music of the ancient Yoruba people from Nigeria through Cuba to present day New York.

The acclaimed Jazz@Union concerts, produced by T. Brooks Shepard, draw sizeable audiences to the church at 485 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury. Rosewoman will have her CD’s on sale following the concert, including her most recent album “The In Side Out” which fuses jazz with Afro Cuban rhythms, R&B, and funk, and features Michele’s ensemble Quintessence. For samples of Rosewoman’s music visit her website. For more info about the concert or to buy tickets, you can phone 617-536- 0872.

Michele Rosewoman’s website


DIAMOND BRINGS NEW PLAY TO COMPANY ONE

by Kay Bourne

(Kortney Adams as Sara Washington with Nathaniel Taylor as James Bradsford.)

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