An NEA Jazz Masters on Tour Event with special guest Abdou Mboup
Steeped in the vibrant musical cultures of Africa, NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston remains one of the world's foremost pianists and composers. The Village Voice hails Weston for possessing "the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest, most inventive beat." As Langston Hughes once said, "When Randy plays, a combination of strength and gentleness, virility and velvet, emerges from the keys in an ebb and flow of sound seemingly as natural as the waves of the sea." As part of NEA Jazz Masters on Tour, he performs with his quintet African Rhythms featuring acclaimed trombonist Benny Powell, plus special guest percussionist Abdou Mboup, a Senegalese kora master.