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Category Archives: Thoughts and Reflections

One Minute Plays: Every 28 Hours and Our Response at Trinity Repertory Company

The Every 28 Hours Plays Monday, October 17 at 7:30pm. Free and open to the public. Dowling Theater at Trinity Repertory Company. The Every 28 Hours Plays is a national collaboration inspired by our current Civil Rights Movement. The title focuses on the widely shared and contested

RPM Voices Of Rhode Island: Precious Memories 2

My daughter Lian has been singing with RPM Voices of Rhode Island for the past five years now; what an emotional triumph to watch her perform with our beloved local gospel chorus group, and what an intelligent, compassionate, competent and amazing young lady she has

Omar Thomas Of Our New Day Begun

Hailed by Herbie Hancock as showing “great promise as a new voice in the further development of jazz in the future,” educator, arranger, trombonist, and award-winning composer Omar Thomas has created music extensively in the contemporary jazz ensemble idiom. It was while completing his Master of

Joe Wilson Jr. and Every 28 Hours at Trinity Repertory Company

  It was originally a plan to chat with Joe about his new coming play on Billy Strayhorn; after all, I’ve heard so much Duke and Trane from my late father. Joe was heading back from Ferguson and this play was in progress; Every 28 Hours

A Talk With Paul Combs

Paul Combs had been living in the Boston area since 1972, moving here from Philadelphia. I grew up in Camden, New Jersey, right across the river from Philly, coming to Boston in 1968. In conversation years ago we discovered that we had listened to the

The Imagine Orchestra Premiered in a Storied Space at MAAH

The Museum of African American History and JazzBoston joined forces for the first time for this Jazz Week Kickoff weekend special presentation with premiere of The Imagine Orchestra. Boston WGBH’s popular jazz radio host, Eric Jackson, of Eric in the Evening, introduced the new chamber jazz orchestra

Thoughts and Reflections – The Power of Black Music

In July of 2013 I was asked to speak at the African Meeting House. The title of my talk was “The Power of Black Music.” Thanks to Beverly Morgan-Welch, the Museum of African American History‘s chief executive officer and Lynn DuVal Luce, the Museum’s Director