Jazz in the Triangle
Eastern Parkway between Washington and Classon Avenues, Brooklyn (directions)
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Ahmed Abdullah’s Diaspora featuring saxophonists Don Chapman and Andrew Lamb, pianist Donald Smith, bassist Radu Ben Judah, drummer Reggie Nicholson and vocalist/poet Monique Ngozi Nri with the leader, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet and vocals in a special tribute to Marcus Mossiah Garvey on his 130th Arrival Day on Planet Earth and as well an acknowledgement of Ronald McNair (whose statue we play next to), Sun Ra (one of the progenitors of Jazz: a Music of the Spirit), and the music of the African Diaspora. We also continue to celebrate and acknowledge one of our great current day warriors, Robert Taylor of the December 12th Movement, son of our leader Viola Plummer!
In these times we live in we must use every opportunity to celebrate great leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Sun Ra and Ronald McNair, who came before us and lived through much more difficult times. Marcus Garvey, in particular, managed to mobilize millions of people throughout the Diaspora to raise up with dignity and pride in their African Heritage and challenge their oppressors. Who are the real revolutionaries of today?