Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band
August 9 @ 7:00 PM
Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band is an exciting powerhouse band of eleven musicians that features the West African sabar drum, the balafon (ancestor of the xylophone), the banjo, the fiddle and a rhythm section.
Bandleader/guitarist/vocalist Pascal Bokar Thiam Is the recipient of the Jim Hall Jazz Master Award from Berklee College of Music and an “Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award” in 1984 from Dizzy Gillespie and James Moody. Bokar’s CD entitled “Guitar Balafonics” received Downbeat Magazine’s “Best CD of 2015”. Bokar’s Afro Blue Grazz Band has appeared at more than 60 Jazz & World Music Festivals worldwide.
Bokar lectures internationally on the topic of Jazz and its relationship to African culture. A fascinating multi-media presentation on the profound influence of West African music on the evolution of jazz will be included in the program.
This is truly an evening of exhilarating music and cultural enrichment that is not to be missed!
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$25 General Admission
This program is made possible by South Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.