Music Program
 

Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m.

$18 general admission, $15 students/seniors, $12 members

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David Murray / Kahil El'Zabar Duo

The 9th Ward @Babeville





David Murray - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Kahil El'Zabar - drums, percussion, voice

These two modern music masters have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity over the past four decades. David Murray and Kahil El'Zabar are recognized by their peers to be consummate virtuosos, who possess and carry the history and the future of Great Black Music. This magnificent duo performs freedom music in its noblest sense, meant to heal and release one from the propaganda of fear currently poisoning our culture. Join us for an evening of music, community and celebration!

David Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in the history of jazz, with well over 200 celebrated projects. Murray was one of the founding members of the World Saxophone Quartet and has worked with greats like, Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie, Hamiet Bluiett, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, Amiri Baraka, Randy Weston and Fred Hopkins. He is currently working with Macy Gray as part of his David Murray Big Band. In 2012, David Murray received an Honorary Doctorate Of Music Degree from Pomona College, Claremont, California. He has won numerous awards over his vast career garnering a Grammy Award for the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance, for his Tribute to John Coltrane and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Kahil El'Zabar is revered globally as a cultural visionary and an innovative music conceptualist. He has recorded more than 60 acclaimed projects as the leader, composer and arranger. El'Zabar holds a PhD in Inter/Disciplinary Arts from Lake Forest College and has worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderly, Archie Shepp, Paul Simon, Lester Bowie, Nona Hendryx, Kurt Elling, Billy Bang, Eddie Harris, Neneh Cherry, Henry Threadgill, Roy Ayers and David Murray. In May 2014, Sir Kahil El'Zabar was knighted by the Council General of France, making him a Chevalier Medal De Lettres.