Woody Shaw III Can't Breathe

Woody Shaw 's Blackstone Legacy: Lenny White Speaks on Pride, Heritage, and Camaraderie in Jazz during the 1960s & 70s from Woody Shaw on Vimeo.

I am currently producing a documentary entitled "Trumpet of Fire," an exploration of the life's work and musical legacy of my late father, trumpeter-composer Woody Shaw (1944-1989).

One of my objectives this year is to utilize elements of my father's work to explore social conditions as lived and interpreted by jazz musicians during the late 1960s and 1970s. As it turned out, my father's debut album, entitled "Blackstone Legacy," has become particularly useful to me in this effort as its theme is focused largely on the issue of social responsibility, cultural awareness, and activism amongst musicians of his generation

Its dedication reads as follows:
This album is dedicated to the youth who will benefit mankind. To the youth who are constantly aware of the turmoil in which the world is and who are trying to right all these wrongs – whether in music or in speech or in any other way of positive work.
This album is dedicated to the freedom of Black people all over the world.  (Woody Shaw,1970)

To learn a bit more about this album and its relevance to the ongoing plight of African Americans towards social justice, please watch the interview above with legendary drummer Lenny White. Mr. White is featured on "Blackstone Legacy" as well as on Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew," both of which were released during the same year, 1970.

Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw III is a 2014-2015 Hutchins Fellow at the Du Bois Institute


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