In our third edition of WHAT’S GOOD(?) we highlight Dan Wilkins: jazz artist, accomplished saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator. His influences range from Dexter Gordon to Pujyashri Deepakbhai Desai. Profile by Griffin Woodard.
If you were to see the titles Transfigured, Ebb and Flow, Of Distant Lands, Unraveled, and Soar, you might think you were about to read the treatises of a world explorer, Buddhist monk, or mystic poet. Although he may have certain qualities from each, Lehigh Valley, PA native Dan Wilkins is first and foremost a jazz artist; an accomplished saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator. His influences range from Dexter Gordon to Pujyashri Deepakbhai Desai, for example. Wilkins’ sound is like a breath of fresh, cold air which carries the distant majesty of ancient, candle-lit castles; his melodies speak like noble tales of warriors and pilgrims, ever on a journey.
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Glad I got a chance to check out the homie Munch Joseph’s (CEO of HedRush Agency) show “Is Separate Ever Equal?” at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ space in their HQ. In fact, it was too important of a show not to miss. The concept was Joseph curating a show centered around the 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education. Five separate cases representing five jurisdictions across our nation were consolidated under one, each calling for gross societal inequities to be resolved.
Munch selected a range of contemporary artists who addressed these and other questions related to this topic. Visual art, public programming, thematic live performances and a series of lectures and demonstrations. To check out some of the works click Read the rest of this entry
Join us as we celebrate the launch of our newest SHAOLIN JAZZ platform, CULTURE SCIENCE STUDIO.com, which will serve as an online platform for SHAOLIN JAZZ that will highlight via photo, audio, and video, the engagements that we conduct, globally. The launch party will take place this Friday June 24th at the Amsterdam Lounge from 6-10 PM. For more info click here.