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Randy Weston

Nestled in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood, Randy Weston’s house is a tribute to the roots that feed him as an artist. Inside the 78-year-old composer and pianist’s home, Brooklyn gives way to Africa and comes back again. His gracious living room is filled with the objects that inspire his own creativity, from African artwork to books to his Bosendorfer piano.

Weston grew up in nearby Bedford-Stuyvesant, and his father purchased this house in 1945. “We were the first black family in the neighborhood,” Weston recalls. One of the living room’s walls features portraits of Weston’s mother and father that look down over their son as he works. “Those are the king and the queen,” Weston chuckles. “They make sure I do right!”

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