Friday, May 20, 2011

Daoud-David Williams & the Spirit of Life Ensemble @ Gillespie Auditorium, NY, May 24

Celebrate with us when multi-percussionist Daoud-David Williams & the Spirit of Life Ensemble return to "Jazz Tuesdays" on Tuesday, May 24 in the Gillespie Auditorium at the New York Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). There will be two shows at 8:00 and 9:30. Call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.

This evening's show will be a tribute to the life and music of Kenny Mead: musician, producer, and promoter.

Formed in 1975, Spirit of Life Ensemble (SOLE) is under the leadership of multi-percussionist Daoud-David Williams. The music of this captivating, diversified and a true reflection of the group's name. Their sound is soulful, passionate, and filled with infectious energy, while at the same time inventive and thought provoking in its concept, thereby capturing the spirit of artistic creativity. Although their music is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, it has been strongly influenced by the myriad of musical styles found in the African Diaspora.

The rhythms of Latin America, the Caribbean Islands, Africa, and the African-American musical genres of rhythm and blues, gospel, funk, and the blues permeate the sound of this electrifying ensemble, whose "jazz with a world beat" approach leaves your heart dancing long after your feet have stopped. The collective experience of SOLE members includes performances and/or recordings with icons of jazz such as The Ellington Orchestra, The Basie Orchestra, The Hampton Orchestra, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Barron, John Hicks, Nancy Wilson, Ahmad Jamal, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Buddy Rich, and many others.

Their CD “Planet Jazz” can be purchased in the lobby on Tuesday night, or at or

Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information. Admission is $15, $10 for students.

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