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"Another Kind Of Funky Drummer", A Tribute To Ronald Shannon Jackson On WPFW This Friday Night

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Tune in to WPFW radio’s Overnight Jazz Part I, this Friday beginning at 12AM (midnight) for “Another Kind of Funky Drummer”, a tribute to Ronald Shannon Jackson, who passed into ancestry this past weekend. In addition to the varied Jackson music to be heard as presented by program host Bobby Hill, the program will also feature a rare, never before heard 1983 interview with the gifted drummer, as conducted by university professor, archivist, and legacy WPFW programmer Art Cromwell. Art’s conversation with Jackson covers a range of topics, including:

Jackson’s Ft. Worth, Texas upbringing;

College associations with roommate pianist John Hicks, as well as classmates Lester Bowie
Lester Bowie
Lester Bowie
1941 - 1999
trumpet
, Oliver Nelson
Oliver Nelson
Oliver Nelson
1932 - 1975
arranger
, Oliver Lake
Oliver Lake
Oliver Lake
b.1942
saxophone
, and Julius Hemphill
Julius Hemphill
Julius Hemphill
1938 - 1995
sax, alto
;

Early work with singers Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington
1924 - 1963
vocalist
, Arthur Prysock
Arthur Prysock
Arthur Prysock
1929 - 1997
vocalist
, and Betty Carter
Betty Carter
Betty Carter
1930 - 1998
vocalist
;

Early work with instrumentalists such as Kenny Dorham
Kenny Dorham
Kenny Dorham
1924 - 1972
trumpet
, Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
1934 - 2000
sax, tenor
, Jackie McLean
Jackie McLean
Jackie McLean
1932 - 2006
sax, alto
, McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
b.1938
piano
, and Ray Bryant
Ray Bryant
Ray Bryant
1931 - 2011
piano
;

The impact of Trane’s death on his music;

Meeting pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs and embarking on his spiritual growth;

Playing with Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
and Cecil Taylor
Cecil Taylor
Cecil Taylor
b.1929
piano
;

Forming the Decoding Society, and more.

Again, that’s “Another Kind of Funky Drummer”, a tribute to the late Ronald Shannon Jackson, on WPFW radio at 89.3FM and streaming at wpfwfm.org, this Friday at 12AM (midnight), on the Friday Part I edition of Overnight Jazz…where reaching out is a habit.


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