September 10, 2018 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Randy Weston’s presence and teaching will be forever remembered! Brooklyn’s jazz community will ensure his spirit lives on, as we pay tribute to his life in the years to come.
Randy Weston was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 6, 1926, to a Panamanian father and a mother originally from Virginia. Unlike many African Americans of his generation who acknowledged little connection between themselves and the mother continent, Weston proudly proclaimed himself an African from an early age, thanks largely to the influence of his father, Frank Edward Weston.
After contributing seven decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world’s foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary.
Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global creations musically continue to inform and inspire. “Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest most inventive beat,” states jazz critic Stanley Crouch, “but his art is more than projection and time; it’s the result of a studious and inspired intelligence…an intelligence that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique.”
HOMEGOING SERVICE – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
VIEWING: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
SERVICE: 4:00 -7:00 pm
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York NY 10025