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A Tribute to Wayne Shorter's Native Dancer
The Anne Sajdera Sextet at Musically Minded Academy
Erik Jekabson, trumpet
Harvey Wainapel, sax
Anne Sajdera, piano
Gary Brown, bass
Ami Molinelli-Hart, percussion
Deszon Claiborne, drums
Wayne Shorter's seminal recording Native Dancer (1974) was a collaborative effort with the legendary Brazilian musician Milton Nascimento and featured a collection of groundbreaking compositions such as Ponta de Areia (Nascimento), Milagro dos Peixes (Brant, Nascimento) as well as Shorter's exceptionally poignant Ana Maria. In this concert, pianist/composer Anne Sajdera and her sextet will perform selections from this recording in addition to original compositions inspired specifically by the depth of Shorter's and Nascimento's masterful music.
This concert will be recorded for broadcast on KCSM and each audience member who makes an additional contribution to the musicians will be thanked on-air for that program. Contributions can be made by clicking here.
Jim Bennett of KCSM's In the Moment presents a new concert series at Musically Minded Academy, dedicated to continuing the legacy of jazz as a living art-form.
For this concert, there will be a short first set featuring a mix of what the Sextet normally presents, followed by a brief intermission, and then a short discussion with Jim and Anne about the importance (historical and personal) of this particular recording. A few questions will be taken from the audience. The Sextet will then perform Native Dancer in its entirely, not as a mere recreation, but with the goal of bringing the music alive for a new audience.