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(Published: February 09, 2011)

Long regarded as one of the world's foremost jazz pianists and composers, and fresh off last year's release of his autobiography, "African Rhythms," and disc, "The Storyteller," Randy Weston, who has also forged a reputation as a world music visionary, brings The African Rhythms trio and two expert African percussionists to The New Jersey Performing Arts Center's (NJPAC) Alternate Routes series on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7:30pm in the Center's Victoria Theater. Weston's music encompasses the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa and the influence the continent has had over jazz, blues and the whole of African American culture.

All tickets are $39 and are available by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark, or at www.njpac.org. Alternate Routes is made possible, in part, by American Express, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company.

Randy Weston was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926. Weston's first recording as a leader came in 1954 with "Randy Weston plays Cole Porter - Cole Porter in a modern mood." In the subsequent 50-plus years, albums, and world tours, Weston has never failed to make the connections between African and American music. In the late 60's, Weston left the country, but instead of moving to Europe like so many of his contemporaries, he traveled to Africa. Though he settled in Morocco, he traveled across the continent, learning from and listening to the cultural and musical styles of the other counties.

Randy Weston: www.randyweston.info

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is the sixth largest performing arts center in the United States. As New Jersey's Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over 6 million visitors (more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit www.njpac.org for more information.

Programming has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

NJPAC is a wheelchair accessible facility and provides assistive services for patrons with disabilities. For more information, call 888-GO-NJPAC.

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More Information: https://www.njpac.org

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