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Jazz School: Education News

Oran Etkin’s Upcoming Multicultural LP Introduces Young Children to World Music:Musician/composer Oran Etkin will release his forthcoming album, Finding Friends Far From Home: A Journey with Clara Net, on August 30. This new release is part of Etkin’s Timbalooloo program, which introduces young children to music. The album straddles the line of children’s music, jazz and world music, and was recorded on location in Zimbabwe, Turkey, Czech Republic and China. Tour dates accompanying the release of Finding Friends Far From Home have been announced, and you can find out more about them HERE. You can also find out more about Timbalooloo’s music classes and workshops for children via the player below.


Upcoming T.K. Blue Album Honors Randy Weston: Saxophonist T.K. Blue will pay tribute to his long-time collaborator and mentor, the much-missed NEA Jazz Master Dr. Randy Weston, on The Rhythms Continue, a new album due out November 1 via JAJA. The LP will comprise compositions by T.K. Blue, Melba Liston and Weston, and feature an ensemble including Blue performing saxophones, flute, kalimba, sanza, lukembi and mbira, joined by bassist Alex Blake, percussionist Neil Clarke, drummer Vince Ector, saxophonist Billy Harper and Min Xiao Fen on the Chinese pipa. Filling in for Weston’s vacant piano chair are four young pianists: Sharp Radway, Mike King, Keith Brown and Kelly Green. The ensemble will celebrate the release of The Rhythms Continue with a performance at NYC’s Minton’s Playhouse on October 31.

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