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Sista’s Place: A Jazz & Cultural Beachhead in Brooklyn (Part Two)

In part two of 2-part series, Willard Jenkins interviews people behind the scenes at the cooperative music and cultural center in Brooklyn

Writer and radio host Willard Jenkins introduces Jason Moran & Bandwagon at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Sista's Place in Brooklyn, NY

Our conversation with Viola Plummer, Roger Wareham, and Ahmed Abdullah of Sista’s Place, Brooklyn’s vibrant Saturday night jazz series, continues…

The last time I visited Sista’s Place, to hear a rough & ready band featuring Hamiet Bluiett, D.D. Jackson, Andrew Cyrille, Billy Bang, Bob Stewart, and Sista’s artistic director Ahmed Abdullah, I was struck by the energetic synergy between audience and musicians. There was a constant amen corner from the audience and that in turn seemed to feed the musicians to higher heights, and a palpable raised energy level that was apparent not only in their playing but even on their faces. Part two of our conversation begins with that audience/artist relationship fostered at Sista’s Place.

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