Date: June 15, 2015
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (NY)
Review and photos by Keith Brooks and Ann Fawcett Ambia
Thanks to a couple of free tix from Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi, my friend Ann and I got to see the Road to Jajouka performance at Le Poisson Rouge on June 15th. For those, like us, who were not familiar with the Master Musicians of Jajouka, (although Ann and I caught a brief glimpse of their music when they appeared at the Ornette Coleman tribute at Prospect Park a few nights before) perhaps the first question to be addressed is : who are they, and why have so many diverse musicians sought them out to play and record with going back to 1971?
Text by Jim Hoey
Robert Palmer (photo by Cherie Nutting)
On November 16, 2009, musicians, family, friends, and fans of the late Robert Palmer gathered at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC to celebrate the music writer’s legacy. Robert Palmer (not to be confused with Robert Palmer of “Simply Irresistible” fame) was one of the first rock music critics for The New York Times, author of Deep Blues (an examination of the roots of the blues), and an accomplished flute, clarinet and sax player who could sit in with The Rolling Stones, Ornette Coleman, and the Master Musicians of Jajouka.
This night was a celebration of his legacy and also marked the release of Blues and Chaos, Palmer’s collected writings, and The Hand of Fatima, a film documentary by Palmer’s daughter examining his life, their relationship, and his obsession with the music of the Moroccan Master Musicians of Jajouka. The night was also a benefit for the musicians of Jajouka, and all proceeds went to their cause. Continue reading