This free jazz pioneer was Ornette Coleman’s original trumpeter, eventually recording on Science Fiction and Broken Shadows. Bradford carried the torch for decades out in Los Angeles, co-leading a ferocious quartet with Texas clarinetist John Carter. A former local who graduated from Huston-Tillotson College, he’s also the father of onetime Count Basie vocalist Carmen Bradford. This Epistrophy Arts show finds Bradford fronting an international, intergenerational quartet.– Jay Trachtenberg
Homegrrrown punk femmes.
From my 2013 Montreal Jazz Fest log: South Africa’s 20-strong Soweto Gospel Choir put on a performance as epic as Nelson Mandela. Eleven men and nine women in rainbow garb bundled Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) – together with Peter Gabriel’s “Biko,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross,” and Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” into a divine song. We all walked into the light after SGC’s closing cover of “Oh Happy Day.”– Raoul Hernandez
Austin harp, fiddle summit.