Randy Weston (solo)
Saturday, September 24, 11:00-midnight
Langston Hughes wrote, “When Randy Weston plays, a combination of strength and gentleness, virility and velvet, emerges from the keys in an ebb and flow of sound seemingly as natural as the wave of the sea.” Celebrating his 90th birthday this year, the “magisterial” and “brilliant jazz artist,” composer and pianist, RANDY WESTON continues to mesmerize audiences around the world as he infuses his music with the rich rhythmic sounds of Africa. Stanley Crouch has written that “Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest most inventive beat, but his art is more than projection and time; it’s the result of a studious and inspired intelligence . . . that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique.” In the 2016 Annual Critics Poll, Randy was inducted into the DownBeat Hall of Fame. He has been the recipient of awards all over the world, including but by no means limited to NEA Jazz Master, ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame, Doris Duke Artist Award, Guggenheim Fellow, Jazz Journalists (JJA) Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, Chevalier in France’s Order of Arts & Letters, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s Honor, and honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory of Music and Colby College among others. And, Marian McPartland has described him as "one of the world's great visionary pianists and composers." He will give a solo performance.