On the more seasoned side of the musical spectrum, Olu Dara serves up "an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, and storytelling, with tinges of funk, African popular music, and reggae." While he has been making music for more than three decades, during which time he has won numerous awards -- including a 1999 Audelco Lifetime Achievement Award for his theater work -- and while he has been oft compared to the legendary Louis Armstrong, you might not even know his name. For many years, Dara took a back seat to big names like Art Blakey, David Murray, and Henry Threadgill. Just under a decade ago, he finally stepped forward with his record debut, proving himself as a worthy leader, as well. You won't want to miss this trumpet virtuoso.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Secrets of the Day
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