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Jazz Legend Randy Weston Passes Away at 92

Monday, September 03, 2018


Randy Weston

NEA Jazz Master and Doris Duke Impact Award winner Randy Weston passed away at the age of 92 on Saturday.

"We lost a true musical giant, innovator and a warrior for the elevation of African-American pride and culture. Randy's compositions disseminating the richness and beauty of the African aesthetic are unparalleled,” said TK Blue, Weston’s musical director.

The death was announced by his wife and business partner Fatoumata Weston.

Arrangements are forthcoming and will be announced soon.

About Weston

Weston was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 6, 1926, to a Panamanian father and a mother originally from Virginia.

He has been laying down his music since his first CD, Cole Porter in a Modern Mood, in 1954 right up to The African Nubian Suite, released in 2016, and Sound in 2017.

Throughout his prolific 65-year recording career, Weston drew connections between the jazz and blues that surrounded him while growing up in Brooklyn and the music of Africa, his ancestral homeland.

Weston held honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Colby College, Brooklyn College and the New England Conservatory of Music. He served as artist-in-residence at New York University, the New School and Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York. In 2010, Duke University Press published African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, written by Weston and arranged by Willard Jenkins.

He was honored by King Mohammed VI of Morocco and was presented the Legacy Award by the Institute of the Black World. His decades of work are now archived at Harvard University.


2018 Newport Jazz Festival - Saturday Highlights

Day two of the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival brought another day of outstanding jazz at historic Fort Adams State Park on Saturday. 

Trio 3

Charenee Wade

Jon Batiste

Laurie Anderson & Christian McBride

Jose James celebrates Bill Withers

Andra Day

URI Big Band

Roy Hargrove

Mary Halvorson's Code Girl

Grace Kelly

Pat Metheny

Anat Cohen & Marcello Goncalves

Louie Cole Big Band Blowout

Charles Lloyd New Quartet

Photos By Rick Farrell, Mojo Photography


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