The great musician, educator, & music~community leader BYARD LANCASTER has been ARRESTED in Philadelphia, where he lives, charged with PLAYING MUSIC ON THE STREET, & has been ordered to appear on Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 8 a.m. in courtroom #4O4 of the Criminal Justice Bldg., 13th & Filbert St¹s. He faces a possible jail sentence of up to 9O days (in a sad little fax postscript that says it all, he added, ...without my Sax...") &/ or a possible penalty of $4OO.
On separate occasions, BYARD LANCASTER has played for both Bill Clinton & George Bush, as well as three Prime Ministers of Jamaica, W.I. During his distinguished career, he has taught in schools & arts institutions in Chicago, Jamaica (W.I.), Massachusetts (Berklee College & Harvard U.), Minnesota, New Mexico, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Rhode Island (Brown U.), & many other places; he has recorded &/ or played with FELA ANIKULAPO~KUTI/ JAMES BALDWIN/ KENNY CLARKE/ JOHN COLTRANE/ JOHNNY COPELAND/ BILL DIXON/ ABDULLAH IBRAHIM (DOLLAR BRAND)/ RONALD SHANNON JACKSON/ KHAN JAMAL/ LEROY JENKINS/ PHILLY" JOE JONES/ RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK/ BILL LASWELL/ HERBIE MANN/ LEE MORGAN/ SUNNY MURRAY/ ODEAN POPE/ SUN RA/ SAM RIVERS/ SONNY SHARROCK/ JAMAALADEEN TACUMA/ McCOY TYNER/ BARBARA WALKER, & many more; he has toured, played, & recorded in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Frankfurt, Kingston (Jamaica), Lagos (Nigeria), London, Madrid, Minneapolis, Montreal, Nashville, New York, Nimes, Paris, Vienna, Washington (D.C.), Zurich, & many places in between; & amidst all this, he has also found the time & strength to write & publish two books on his music & philosophy. You can read more about his illustrious career at his Web site: www.cyberenet.net/~kbillert/byard.html . BYARD LANCASTER should be appointed Ambassador of Inspiration ~ not thrown into jail.
PLEASE HELP WITH BYARD LANCASTER¹s LEGAL DEFENSE!! If you are in Philadelphia or can get there on Thurs., Jan. 11th, please attend the hearing, as he feels it is important that the courtroom be packed. Whether you can attend or not, please send a letter or fax of support (preferably on letterhead) to his defense attorney, Jules Epstein, Esq., KAIRY RUDOVSKY EPSTEIN MESSING & RAU, LLP, 924 Cherry St., suite 5OO, Phildelphia, PA 191O7, phone (215) 925~44OO, fax ~5365; if you have any credentials of your own that might impress a judge, please indicate them. Or you can fax BYARD LANCASTER at (215) 842~134O or Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping.
Margaret Davis, Editor & Publisher,
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