AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Time: February 25, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Thunderbird Cafe
Street: 4023 Butler St.
City/Town: Pittsburgh PA 15224
Website or Map: http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Manny Theiner
Latest Activity: Feb 22, 2011
Tickets $15 advance at Paul's CDs, Caliban Books, Dave's Music Mine, The Exchange Downtown, The Exchange Squirrel Hill, or at the Thunderbird Cafe website. $20
at the door. Note this is an early show, it starts on time.
For 35 years, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has carried on the African-American tradition of percussive jazz from a distinctly Midwest-Chicago perspective. They have a long line of stellar recordings, many on the respected Delmark jazz label.
The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble was formed shortly after percussionist Kahil El'Zabar graduated from the school of the Association for the
Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1976. He teamed up with tenor
saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr. to play music that combined
contemporary African American musical styles, like jazz, with more
traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. The duo would
frequently grow to a trio in these first years, adding musicians like
saxophonist Light Henry Huff and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre. In 1988,
they added trombonist and conga player Joseph Bowie, who is the leader
of the jazz-funk group Defunkt. In 1997, Wilkerson was replaced by
Ernest "Khabeer" Dawkins who is the leader of New Horizons Ensemble. Trumpeter Corey Wilkes (also of Art Ensemble of Chicago) was added several years later.