Monthly Archives: December 2009

The TV documentary “The Night James Brown Saved Boston” (1968).

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

When James Brown died almost exactly two years ago, I still lived in Tokyo, Japan. His death was a shock for me because he was one of the few musicians I loved to play with.

Other musicians were Elvin Jones (John Coltrane’s drummer) whom I met in Tokyo where he invited me and my sax to his birthday party at BB KING’s. However, due to my mother’s illness, I was unable to attend. The next year, Jones left the world unexpectedly.

Another musician I wanted to meet and play with was the Malian “desert” blues guitarist Ali Farka Toure. I missed my chance to meet him in Mali in 2004, when Salif Keita invited me to appear with him at a concert – commemorating his appointment as UN ambassador for Culture and Sport. Unfortunately, I was so busy with Keita that I had no time to make the trip to see Ali Farka Toure in Timbuktu. Two years later he died too – in the same year as James Brown.

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A new book from Robert Crumb – The Book of Genesis Illustrated.

Robert Crumb book cover THE BOOK OF GENESIS Underground comix icon Robert Crumb paints the Bible in a new light with his illustrated version of the entire book of Genesis.

Sex, scandal, and subtle satire abound, but with each carefully rendered detail — and the inclusion of every word from the five opening chapters — Crumb has given a new frame to one of the most widely known stories in history. Sure, he’s been under fire since the book’s release, but when has Crumb not been under fire for something or other?

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Dawoud comes to Brecht Forum: Dawoud’s final performance in 2009.

DawoudDate: Sunday, December 20th, 2009
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Brecht Forum (451 West St. between Bank & Bethune, New York, NY 10014-2041, 212- 242-4201)
Ticket: $10.00

Dawoud on sitar

Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (tenor sax)
Ravish Momin (percussion / laptop)
and others

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