It is no secret: from the continent of Africa, to the Mississippi Delta and back up to the Cotton Club, pan-African people have danced and danced, throughout every era.
Called “the most imaginatively supple drummer in jazz” (The New York Times), drummer Brian Blade (Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell), began playing at Shreveport’s Zion Baptist Church, where his father — the spine-shaking Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. — has presided for … Read More
King Sunny Ade is the undisputed king of juju, the high-energy, highly danceable hybrid of Western pop and traditional African music with roots in the guitar tradition of Nigeria. Boasting a diverse roster of collaborators including Youssou N’Dour and Stevie … Read More
This seminal New York City funk and disco band, now in its fourth decade of performing, is responsible for driving hits like “Backstrokin’,” “Gotta Get My Hands on Some (Money),” and “King Tim III (Personality Jock),” which is considered by … Read More
Seven-time Grammy Award winner Maurice White was the mastermind behind multi-platinum funk band Earth, Wind & Fire. BAMcinématek pays tribute to the late bandleader with two phenomenal vintage shows from the height of their powers: a live-in-the-studio performance on January … Read More
Baltimore-based drummer George Gray is a versatile beat-making machine, having toured with the likes of Stevie Wonder; Earth, Wind & Fire; Cassandra Wilson; Chuck Berry; Abdullah Ibrahim; and Janet Jackson. Singer Jazzmeia Horn won the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International … Read More