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AfroSolo Arts Festival XIII
AfroSolo Arts Festival XIII - About the Festival | Visual Art Exhibit: Stephanie Anne Johnson: Art and Theater, Legacy and Testimony | AfroSolo's Jazz in the Gardens | Health Fair Town Hall Meeting | Black Voices Series | The Different Shades of Music: A Tribute to Johnny Land | Living in the Jungle | 
Fundraiser and Birthday Celebration | 
AfroSolo Arts Festival XIII
AfroSolo's Jazz in the Gardens
When:
Saturday, August 5, 1 - 4 pm
Where:
Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between 3rd & 4th Streets
Tickets:
FREE
Featuring:
Idris Ackamoor Ensemble, Avotcja and Modupue, The Carl Winters Quintet and Hosted by Greg Bridges.

In collaboration with Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, AfroSolo Arts Festival presents its sixth free jazz concert in Yerba Buena Gardens. Bring a lunch, a blanket and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of jazz.

IDRIS ACKAMOOR QUARTET: IDRIS ACKAMOOR is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, actor, tap dancer, director, videographer and producer. He is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey. Under his leadership the company has become internationally recognized for artistic excellence. Idris' primary instrument is the alto saxophone. An accomplished tap dancer, Idris' signature performance is his uncanny ability to combine tap dancing with playing his saxophone simultaneously. Idris has also performed with percussionist Don Moye of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Saxophonists Chico Freeman & John Tchicai, choreographer Bill T. Jones, and writer Ntozake Shange.


Avotcja and Modupue: Avotcja is an outright tour de force, poet, musician, and DJ, She is equally at home with Blues, jazz and gospel. Through poetry, she is unafraid to speak of the pain, the pride, the truth of living in troubled times. Avotcja is a member of DAMO (Disability Advocates Of Minorities Organization) & the National Writers Union Local #3. Modupue includes Tammy Hall on piano, Ranzel Merritt on drums, Baba Ken Okulolo on talking drum, Sandy Poindexter on violin, Val Serrant on steel drum and djembe, Eugene Warren on acoustic base and Francis Wong on tenor saxophone and flute. Warren on acoustic base and Francis Wong on tenor saxophone and flute.

Carl Winters Quintet: Carl Winters is a San Francisco-based musician called "The Kalimba King," due to his expertise on the kalimba (African thumb piano). Winters performs locally, nationally and internationally expounding the virtues of this often misunderstood and misinterpreted instrument. He has been inspired to develop an extensive songbook with the kalimba. His repertoire includes gospel, jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, pop, and original songs. He will be backed by Robert Collier on keyboards, David Hardiman on trumpet, Kamau on drums, Lionel Tanner on bass and dancer Benita Barron.




Greg Bridges - Concert Host: Greg Bridges is as an Oakland native who spent 10 years as an announcer / producer at KJAZ, the nation's first 24 hour Jazz station. He is currently at KCSM 91.1 FM, hosting the Jazz Oasis and All Out on Tuesday and Thursday evenings; he is also at KPFA 94.1 FM as host of Transitions on Traditions; for 6 years running, Mr. Bridges been host of the spoken word open mic set called the SPEAKEASY at the Jahva House in Oakland.



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