Peace, Love, and blessings to all of you. I trust everyone is in great health going into the fall season, which is filled with a lot of incredible tributes, concerts, and new recordings. The last few weeks have found me in the final stages of preparing a new website (www.tkblue.com) as well as a new CD release entitled Amour.
My current website is over 15 years old and it is being renovated to fit into today’s mobile climate. I am very excited to have Christopher Mack reconstruct my new website and it will be up and running very soon, complete with new music, photos, updated biography, and schedule page.
Amour is my 11th recording as a leader and my most ambitious project to date. This recording features many great artists who are on the cutting edge in jazz performance and it features some new original music composed specifically for this date, as well as my original arrangements of choice jazz standards. This project reflects the wonderful years I lived in Paris, France and it’s dedicated to the memory of my dear departed mom Lois Marie Rhynie. My goal is for a March 2017 release promoted with various concert performances.
Speaking of recordings, I am extremely proud to be part of a new project led by NEA Jazz Master Pianist and Composer Dr. Randy Weston. Dr. Weston’s new double CD recording is entitled The African Nubian Suite, and I am truly blessed to be an associate producer for this masterpiece. It is slated for release on January 20, 2017. This suite intertwines music and poetry with narration, and takes us on a journey involving the history of African people and its Diaspora, from antiquity to the present. It is dedicated to three giants of the African and African-American community who have transitioned to become ancestors: historian Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, musician Doudou Ndiaye Rose, and poet Jayne Cortez.
I am equally proud to perform with vocalist Joan Belgrave, the widow of jazz master trumpeter/composer Marcus Belgrave. We have two concerts coming up on November 6th and December 9th at the Metropolitan Room 34 west 22nd St in NYC. We will perform one of Marcus’s most iconic compositions called All My Love.
Sunday November 6th is also the date for a tribute to Baba John Watusi Branch, the founder of the African Poetry Theater in Queens, N.Y. Many incredible musicians, renowned speakers, and famous poets will come out to pay their respect to brother Branch who made his transition to become an ancestor last year. All will take place at the National Black Theater 2031 5th Ave and 125th Street Sunday Nov 6th from 6pm to 10pm. I will perform in duo with Dr. Randy Weston.
Lastly Dr. Weston announced sometime ago that his complete personal achieves has been donated to Harvard University. To commemorate this outstanding acquisition, Harvard will honor Randy and his African Rhythms Quintet in concert on Wednesday Nov 9th at 7pm in the Horner Room, Agassiz House, 5 James Street in Cambridge, Mass. I am looking forward to being part of this joyous celebration, which is taking place during Dr. Weston 90th birthday year!
We will keep the spirit of paying tribute to Dr. Weston and his music at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in Jazz At Lincoln Center Columbus Circle in NYC on December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th
Stayed tuned to my website www.tkblue.com for more news on upcoming events. May this fall be filled with positive energy and happiness for all of you!