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February 23, 2008 Black History Month Special
Part One

1.  Leon Thomas * Leon Thomas (Flying Groove) * The Creator Has A Master Plan (excerpt)
2.  Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln * We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (Candid) * All Africa
3.  Kamau Daa’ood * Leimert Park (MAMA) * Ancestral Echoes
4.  Archie Shepp * The Cry of My People (Impulse) * African Drum Suite Part 2 (excerpt)
5.  Four pieces about Slavery:                                                                                                       a) Why Slavery Is Still Rampant * Sarah Parker Redmond – ready by Ruby Dee
Born to a free Black family in Massachusetts, Redmond was an abolitionist
and a brilliant orator.  This was a speech delivered in 1859 in England.
b) I Wonder Where My Brother Bone * Annie Grace Horn Dodson (from Folk
Music of Alabama Vol. 2 Religious Music.  This piece illustrates how Afro American
music forms may have evolved to lyrical expression that paved the way for
spirituals.
c) Singing Slaves * Frederick Douglas, recited by Ossie Davis
d) Field Call * Annie Grace Horn Dodson from Negro Folk Music of Alabama
Vol 1 Secular Music.  The call or holler was one of the earliest Afro-American
expressive forms.
(All pieces from Every Tone A Testimony (Smithsonian Folkways)                                                      6.  Rahsaan Roland Kirk * Volunteered Slavery (Atlantic) * Volunteered Slavery
7.  Bertha Chippie Hill * Berthat Chippie Hill 1925 - 1929 (Document)   *   Hard Time Blues
8.  Jay McShann & His Orch. * Jay McShann & His Orch. Selected Favourites Vol 1 * Hootie Blues
9.  Charlie Parker * The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (Savoy Jazz) * Parker’s Mood
10. Langston Hughes/Charles Mingus/Leonard Feather * Weary Blues (Verve) * tracks with Mingus:  onsider Me/The Stranger/Midnight Stroll/Backstage/Dream Montage/Weird Nightmare/Double G Train/Jump Monk

Part Two

11. Shirley LeFlore   *   Po’ Jazz (Jazz Jaunts) * I Am A Black Woman
12. Nina Simone    *   Wild Is The Wind (Phillips) * Four Women
13. Billie Holiday   * Ken Burns Jazz (Verve)   *   Strange Fruit
14. Ornette Coleman * The Shape of Jazz To Come (Atlantic) * Lonely Woman
15. Muddy Waters * The Muddy Waters Anthology 1947-1972 (Geffen) * I Feel Like Going Home
16. Otis Redding * Definitive Soul - Otis Redding (Rhino) * Change Is Gonna Come
17. Langston Hughes * I’ve Known Rivers” from The Voice of Langston Hughes                     Hughes linked the blues and jazz with literature. He wrote this poem
at age eighteen as he was crossing the Mississippi on a train.  From
Every Tone A Testimony (Smithsonian Folkways).
18. SNCC Singers * Sing For Freedom (Smithsonian Folkways) * Ain’t Gonna Let                 Nobody Turn Me Around. 
Recorded in 1962 in Albany Georgia.  The Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee began to use freedom songs to provide
an outlet for protest.  (From Every Tone A Testimony - Smithsonian
Folkways)
19. Archie Shepp/Malcolm X/Bobby Seale
a.) Shepp:  Malcolm, Malcolm, Semper Malcolm from JazzSpeak (New Alliance)
b.) Malcolm X: excerpt from his last major speech in Detroit in February 1965.
c.) Seale: Black Panther Party platform from Every Tone A Testimony (Smithsonian Folkways)
20. Marvin Gaye * What’s Going On (Motown) * What’s Going On
21. New York Art Quartet with Amiri Bakara * 35th Reunion (DIW) * Seek Light At Once (excerpt)
22. John Carter * Fields (Gramavision) * Ballad to Po’ Ben
23. The Last Poets * The Last Poets (Fuel) * When The Revolution Comes

Hour Three

24. Don Byron * The Tuskegee Experiments (Elektra) * Tuskegee Eperiments (poet is Sadiq)
From 1932 to 1972, the US Public Health Service conducted an experiment on
399 poor black men in the late stages of syphilis.  These men were never told
what disease they were suffering from or of its seriousness.  Doctors had no
intention of curing them. The data was to be collected from autopsies.  The men
were left to degenerate and die.
25. David Murray Black Saint Quartet * Sacred Ground (Justin Time) * Sacred Ground
Cassandra Wilson, vocals and poetry by Ishmael Reed.  The track is taken from
Murray’s soundtrack for “Banished”, a documentary film about the banishment
of Blacks from towns in the US south and midwest between 1890 and 1930.
26. Kali Z. Fasteau & Kidd Jordan * People of the Ninth (Flying Note) * Right of Return
(and a little bit of Sweet Honey In The Rock)  Excerpts from personal stories of residents of New Orleans found at www.transom.org/shows/2006
27. William Parker & Raining On The moon * Corn Meal Dance (Aum Fidelity) * Tutsi Orphans
28. Ikwunga with Mr. Something Something * Deep Sleep (World)   * Di Bombs
Ikwunga is a Nigerian poet, now teaching at a college in Virginia
29. Nicole Mitchell & Black Earth Society * Afrika Rising (Dream Time) * Peaceful Village Town
30. Ben Okri with an excerpt from his “Mental Fight”, from Denys Baptiste’s Let Freedom Ring (Dune)
31. Donny Hathaway * Everything Is Everything (Atco) * Thank You Master (For My Soul)
32. B Sharp Jazz Quartet * Searching For The One  - MAMA * The Spirit of Jazz Today
33. A Dream Deferred from “Langston Hughes in Harlem” - unknown vocalist
34. William Parker   * Raining On The Moon (Thirsty Ear) * Raining On The Moon
35. Leela James * A Change Is Gonna Come (Warner Bros.) *   A Change Is Gonna Come
36. Barrack Obama soundbyte
37. Someday We’ll All Be Free - from the soundtrack of Malcolm X (Qwest), featuring
Aretha Franklin.

 
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