Celebrated drummer Winard Harper, a lauded member of the late Billy Taylor's trio, returns to the Kennedy Center with his newest band, the Jeli Posse. "A drummer of huge presence and virtuosity," (The Chicago Tribune), Harper is known for his African-inspired percussion as a balaphone player, as well as his jazz and R&B influences. Jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) is another name for griot, a combination of storyteller, historian, poet, and musician. Winard sees this band as an extension of that tradition: "Jazz has always been social commentary and expression. [The Jeli Posse] represent different ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds transcending differences for a common cause."
Performance Timing: 75 minutes, with no intermission.
This event has already closed.
Please use the event calendar to search for current events.