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Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra: Far East Suite

The Asian American Jazz Orchestra-or percussionist Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra; take your pick-is arguably the flagship ensemble of a surging, politically charged Asian American jazz community. Under Brown’s artistic direction, the orchestra brings together such standard bearers of the movement as pianist Jon Jang, saxophonist Francis Wong, and bassist Mark Izu. Their agenda, and subsequently their music, is both celebratory and solemn, as evidenced by Brown’s retooling of Ellington-Strayhorn’s Far East Suite.

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