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Wadada Leo Smith Plans 70th Birthday Gigs in Brooklyn

Dec. 15-16 shows will feature trumpeter in several configurations

Wadada Leo Smith, photo copyright Lyn Horton

Trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith will celebrate his 70th birthday on December 15 and 16 at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, each evening at 8 p.m. The concerts will feature Smith in a variety of configurations.

Performing on Thursday, December 15 are Smith with String Quartet plus (with Smith, Thomas Buckner, voice, quartet players TBA), Mbira (Smith, Min Xiao Fen on pipa, and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums) and the Golden Quartet (Smith with Angelica Sanchez on piano, John Lindberg on bass and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums).

Friday, December 16 will feature Smith with the Silver Orchestra (players TBA), Golden Quintet (Smith with John Lindberg on bass, Pheeroan AkLaff on drums, another drummer TBA and Davis Virelles on piano), and Organic (players TBA).

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 members, students, seniors. For tickets and information, call 917-267-0363 or visit Roulette.

For more information on Smith, go to Wadada Leo Smith.

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