Lucky students at New York City’s New School will get to study with jazz legend Randy Weston this fall when Weston joins the university as an artist in residence. Weston is eager to connect with students. “In many cases, students aren’t taught the history of Africa or African music,” he told New School reporters. “I always say, if you want to learn the language, you have to learn the alphabet.”
A pianist, composer, and bandleader, Weston published his autobiography, African Rhythms, with Duke University Press in 2010. This year it came out in paperback. The book, widely praised in the media, chronicles a career that has spanned five continents and more than six decades.
Members of the public will get to enjoy hearing Weston while he is in residence at the New School at several upcoming events. On Thursday, September 10, he will join Robin D.G. Kelley for a conversation followed by a performance. On Tuesday, October 13 he will perform Moroccan Ganawa music with Abdellah El Gord. And on Tuesday, November 17, he will pay tribute to the late Senegalese drummer Doudou N’Diaye with a concert featuring n’Diaye’s sons.
If you can’t make it to any of Randy Weston’s events, you can still order his book directly from Duke University Press. Use coupon code E15WESTN to save 30%.