I grew up as a privileged white Jewish Boy in South Africa during the apartheid era.I have played and loved jazz from my teens till now in my mid 60\'s when I find myself recording this album in Massachusetts,USA.In South Africa, jazz musicians flouted the color bar and used music as a bridge.
I experience playing with my beloved Jazz musicians as creating,expressing and being a picture of how I imagine the universe can be at it\'s big-hearted best. A blend of rigor,freedom,individual striving,sacrificial group mutuality,public love making built on our private musical self-knowledge and instrumental mastery.
Every one of these hand picked musicians came to the Club 39 studio to make something true and beautiful,funky and mutual.
We listened to each other drawing on our inspirational ancestors of the African Jazz tradition and the moment of our communion in that studio.
So now I offer it to you,our audience of listeners who will allow us to complete the circle.
* B.M., Berklee College of Music
* Performances with Gary Burton, Dance Umbrella, Donal Fox, the Fringe, Eddie Harris, Johnny Hartman, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Dave Liebman, Joe Maneri, Tate Montolia, Makoto Ozone, Joe Pass, Danilo Perez, Pharoah Sanders, Carol Sloane, Clark Terry, Kenny Werner, James Williams, and others
\"I basically learned on the bandstand. I got called for these gigs that I shouldn\'t have taken, I suppose, looking back. People just proceeded to shout and scream at me, and that\'s how I learned. Piecing things together. So when I teach it\'s the same thing. A student walks in, I teach them the tune, and—bang—we\'re off. It\'s pretty much playing all the time. Once we get into it there\'s sheets and things like that, but it\'s mainly playing and then talking about concepts. To me, it\'s the best kind of learning. You learn fast.
\"I want them out there working and playing actively, the sooner the better. If they have problems, they can always come back to me with them. But my goal, more than showing them a lot of different stuff, is to get there out there so they can experience performing in a professional setting. I never think it\'s too soon to do that. You\'re never really ready. You\'ve just got to dive in and hope for the best. You\'re going to sweat; you\'re going to get scared, but you don\'t learn if you\'re playing with people who are less than you. I\'ve been thrust into situations—I don\'t even know how I got into them—that were way above me. But that kind of pulls you up. You sink or swim.
\"When I\'m on the road, a lot of my students come to my gigs. We hang out; it\'s kind of loose. The great thing is that they\'re pretty flexible, so I can make up lessons at any time. Even twelve o\'clock at night sometimes. It\'s crazy, but it works. Some want more structure, but some like the off-the-wall stuff.\"
Rakalam Bob Moses
Drummer, composer, artist, poet, dancer, visionary, nature mystic: Bob Moses\'s life has been a continuous quest for vision, spirit, compassion, growth, and mastery in a multiplicity of art forms. A partial list of stellar musicians Bob Moses has worked and/or recorded with both as a leader and a sideman includes: Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jim Pepper, Larry Coryell, The Free Spirits, Dave Liebman, Gary Burton, Keith Jarrett, Steve Swallow, Michael Gibbs, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Paul Bley, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Jaco Pastorius, Hal Galper, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Steve Kuhn, Sheila Jordan, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Sanborn, Bill Frisell, Eddie Gomez, Don Alias, John Scofield, Terumasa Hino, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, Hermeto Pascoal, Jovinos Santos Neto, Danillo Perez, David Sanchez, Chucho Valdes, Jimmy Slyde, Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Stan Strickland, Tiger Okoshi, Nana Vasconcelos, Obo Addy, John Medeski, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, Badal Roy, Ravikiran, Master Anand, Raqib Hassan, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, Tisziji Muñoz, and many others. Moses\'s first recording as a leader was the 1968 album Love Animal, with Jim Pepper, Larry Coryell, Steve Swallow, and Keith Jarrett. The albums Bittersuite in the Ozone and Love Everlasting, the later recorded with spiritual master and guitar genius Tisziji Muñoz, both received five stars in Downbeat. The album Love Everlasting, recorded September 23, 1987, features Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Medeski, and John Lockwood, while the album Drumming Birds, also 1987, features percussion duets with Billy Martin.
Biographical Notes on Stan Strickland
Singer, saxophonist, flutist, actor Stan Strickland has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. In addition to numerous radio and television appearances, Stan has performed in many clubs and concert halls, including Jordan and Symphony Halls in Boston, Carnegie Recital Hall and Town Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His work has been featured on recordings by Bob Moses, Marty Erlich, Webster Lewis and Brute Force. Stan has performed with jazz greats Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Danilo Perez, Shirley Scott and Marlena Shaw. Love & Beauty, Stan\'s new jazz vocal CD, featuring new arrangements of great jazz classics as well as original material, was released by Hawkline Records in 2005.
Stan has opened for Jazz greats Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, and for Barenaked Ladies. He toured South Africa with The Village People, and was a featured soloist with Take Six and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.
His acting experience includes the leading roles in the Boston Art Group\'s production of Harlem Renaissance, NotheasternUniversity\'s production of Crossing John, and Dr. Sax in a production of Jon Lipsky\'s play about Jack Kerouac, Maggie\'s Riff, produced by the Vineyard Playhouse.
Stan has performed and collaborated with over a dozen choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, and Bill T. Jones.
Stan is profiled/featured, (along with Blair Underwood and Lamar Burton), in a new film documentary that was filmed this past spring, entitled Black Man Up.
He has performed at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of Academy Award winning documentary Born into Brothels and at three exclusive fashion/fragrance events for fashion icon Donna Karan
Stan has a M.A. degree from Lesley College in Expressive Arts Therapy where he is an adjunct professor. He also teaches at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University and Longy School of Music.
Stan is Co-Executive Director of Express Yourself, a multidisciplinary team of professional artists, working in partnership with adolescents in public mental health residential facilities to produce multimedia performances that celebrate the restorative powers of serious art making.
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