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The Apollo Theater & Harlem Week Honor Music Legend Randy Weston
(Published: August 05, 2010)


Krista N. Saunders, ksaunders@bmcc.cuny.edu, 212.220.1459
Publicity Associate


(New York, NY) ─ This year marks the 50th anniversary of Randy Weston's signature recording session Uhuru Afrika, a tribute to the 17 African countries that gained independence in 1960. Now, half a century after the Apollo Theatre helped launch Weston's accomplished career, this legendary pianist and composer will be honored on Wednesday, August 11 at 7:30PM as part of the 36th Annual HARLEM WEEK festivities in conjunction with The Apollo Theater. Weston has also been named a 2010 Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Inductee - The National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame. This fall, the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center at 199 Chambers Street is very proud to present Randy Weston's Uhuru Afrika - 50th Anniversary Concert Celebration on Saturday, November 13, at 8PM. This musical legend and visionary will perform with a 22-piece orchestra featuring a number of jazz greats including Candido Camero (percussion) and Charlie Persip (drums), who played on the original album. Ticket prices are $25, $35 & $45 (students and seniors save $10). Tickets for Randy Weston's Uhuru Afrika - 50th Anniversary Concert Celebration can be purchased by calling 212-220-1460 or visiting http://www.tribecapac.org/music.htm.

The orchestra includes: Vincent Chauncey on the French Horn; Ron Jackson on guitar; and Charlie Persip on the drums; Eddie Henderson, Eddie Allen and Cecil Bridgewater in the trumpet section; Bob Trowers and Barry Cooper in the Trombone section; and Alex Blake and Essiet Essiet in the base section. T.K. Blue, James Spalding, Billy Harper, Alex Harding, Billy Saxton round out the saxophone section while Candido Camero, Ray Mantillo, Kwaku Obeng and Neil Clarke form the percussion section. The orchestra also features vocalists Jann Parker and Gregory Porter, conductor Paul West and a narrator (TBA) who will recite Langston Hughes' "Freedom Poem. As part of Uhuru Afrika's 50th Anniversary, African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, composed by Randy Weston, arranged by Willard Jenkins and published by Duke University Press, will be released on September 30.

BMCC Tribeca PAC is Downtown Manhattan's premier presenter of the performing arts, reaching audiences from the college community, downtown residential and business communities, local schools, families, and audiences of all ages. BMCC Tribeca PAC strives to present high-quality artistic work in music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts. BMCC Tribeca PAC is located on the Borough of Manhattan Community College campus, 199 Chambers Street. For more information please visit our website, www.tribecapac.org or follow us on Facebook.


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