Jazz Into Africa/Africa Into Jazz: Richard Bona & Randy Weston
We have the pleasure of co-hosting the incredible Cameroonian bassist, vocalist, and composer, Richard Bona, as well as the visionary pianist and composer, Randy Weston, at the closing event of the Jazz Festival on Sunday, April 23. This final concert is organized by the Yale Department of Music as part of the Africa Into Jazz/Jazz Into Africa series.
Concert starts at 8pm. All Jazz Festival events are free and open to the public. This event will be taking place at Toad’s Place (300 York St., New Haven, CT).
Richard Bona has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “an artist with Jaco Pastorious’s virtuosity, George Benson’s vocal fluidity, Joao Gilberto’s sense of song and harmony, all mixed up with African culture.” A Grammy Award-winner, Bona has collaborated with top jazz artists such as Pat Metheny and Bobby McFerrin. Randy Weston has been said to have “the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest most inventive beat.” His long list of honors and awards include NEA Jazz Master (2001) and a spot in the “DownBeat Hall of Fame.”
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The Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective seeks to promote a community of music education on Yale’s campus and in New Haven. We serve as the hub of Yale’s jazz community by organizing concerts, talks, and events throughout the year, lobbying for a formal jazz curriculum at Yale, and of course, by hosting our fast-growing annual Jazz Festival.