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Pure Jazz Magazine Special Women's/Jazz Month Issue

PJM celebrates women's month and Jazz month with this special issue

Founded in 1964 by

Founded in 1964 by National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, composer, pianist, educator, jazz legend Dr. Billy Taylor and arts administrator Ms. Daphne Arnstein, Jazzmobile’s mission is to present, preserve, promote and propagate America’s classical music Jazz. We are the oldest not-for-profit organization founded with this as it sole mission. jazz “The concerts are FREE but we pay the musicians.” Dr. Billy Taylor mobile Robin Bell Stevens Executive Director 154 West 127th Street New York, NY 10027 Tel: 212-866-4900 Fax: 212-666-3613 www.jazzmobile.com Iconic jazz seniors bearing halos of spiritual gravitas sometimes go more for gravitas than music as the years pass – but not Randy Weston. Weston is the fine, Thelonious Monk-influenced jazz pianist who became captivated by the music and culture of North and West Africa in the 1960s and 70s. Today at 91 going strong as ever Dr. Weston is world renowned for is distinctive style of music”. His new CD release is a detailed view of his acquired knowledge. The African Nubian Suite Reserve Your Copy Today Page 22 - Pure Jazz Magazine

Archive From the first time I ever heard of Abbey Lincoln she was associated with the struggle for the freedom and dignity of black folks. Since I was a boy I had been a fanatic or her husband Max Roach’s drumming. Growing up in a community where mastering a musical instrument was considered a heroic deed, and playing the drums was a manifestation of manly prowess only slightly less masculine than playing football – which was a civic religion in Florida – Max Roach was both a manly role model and artistic icon, a God-like presence with mythical powers. When Max married Abbey she instantly became something of a Goddess in my mind. And since I had already rejected the God people around me worshipped, I was free to pick and choose my own Gods. So why not them? I had never heard of Abbey before she married Max, but they quickly became the “first couple” of the Black Arts Movement. Teasing brown and strikingly beautiful, she was well spoken, a talented singer and actress, who carried herself like an African warrior Queen prepared to do battle in defense of her own freedom and dignity, and by word and deed that of her people. Although her fame would have been restricted by white racism – a white girl with her attributes would have blown up as big as ice cream – she still could have found commercial success. But Abbey was committed to higher goals, like the liberation and elevation of her oppressed people; once you experience that freedom high nothing can compare with it. Many years later Abbey was still unrepentant about her decision. In a 1992 Essence Magazine interview she told Jill Nelson, “People make Pure Jazz Magazine - Page 23