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10/14-10/15 Babatunde Lea and Friends

Posted by novoscene on October 14, 2008

For the next two nights at Yoshi’s in Oakland, five great musicians come together to pay homage to one of the vocal pioneers of Free Jazz. Vocalist Leon Thomas was a shining light in the free jazz movement. Famous for songs including “The Creator has Master Plan” and “Song for My Father,” Thomas charted new musical territory with his rich, expressive vocals. In his short career he produced monster collaborations with Pharoah Sanders, Santana, Count Basie, Randy Weston, Roland Kirk and Freddie Hubbard while making waves as both a solo artists and a bandleader before his death in 1993.

Veteran Percussionist Babatunde Lea ia another musical innovator with an experimental, spiritual worldview that can take over a venue wherever he’s sets up shop. For the next two nights Lea is joined by Ernie Watts (tenor sax), Patrice Rushen (piano), Gary Brown (bass), and special guest vocalist Dwight Trible for a tribute to a great vocalist.-kwan

Babatunde Lea And Friends-A tribute to Leon Thomas
Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland


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