Celebrate the MLK Holiday Weekend with the Babatunde Lea Quintet
Friday, January 17, 2020
Reception: 6 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
760 Selby Ave., St. Paul
Free and open to the public
If you plan to attend, please call 651-224-2929 or RSVP online.
Walker|West invites you to a free concert by renown percussionist Babatunde Lea and his quintet at 7:30 p.m., Friday, January 17. A reception, with complimentary food and beverages provided by the Twist Davis Group (Revival and In-Bloom restaurants), precedes the concert at 6 p.m.
Babatunde Lea’s vast experience of almost 50 years as a master percussionist, as well as the spiritual depth and resonance he brings to everything he does, has made him one of the most esteemed musicians of the past half century. The list of JAZZ GREATS whom Babtunde has played with include Joe Henderson, Mycoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Bill Summers, Lonnie Liston Smith, Buddy Williams, Ernie Watts, and Patrice Rushen.
His work has been noted for its mixture of styles and influences. Babatunde brings a spiritual jazz steeped in the African tradition … from Afro-Cuban to Afro-Brazilian to Senegalese to Nigerian, as well as straight ahead jazz.
The call to Africa that emerges from the drum, Babatunde says, is about one unifying spirit reaching a higher level of humanity … very much in theme with Martin Luther King’s message to the world.
Babatunde is a Walker|West teaching artist and Co-Founder of EduCultural Foundation, which is dedicated to providing school-age children with music and cultural education.
The Selby Avenue Brass Band, featuring vocalist Thomasina Petrus will perform during the reception.
The concert is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience.
Walker|West creates a music learning community rooted in the African-American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore and grow through music.