Friday, August 24, 2012

Wanda's Picks August 24, 2012

This morning the plan was to have Karrin Allyson on to talk about her latest CD, nominated for a Grammy, 'Round Midnight. She'll be in town next week at the Rrazz Room, August 29-Sept. 2, but I could reach her (wrong number) so I played a few tunes from the CD and talked about her work. We might be able to reschedule this for next Friday, which will be broadcast early in the morning, as I am headed for Ashland, Oregon, for the Shakespeare Festival. I am so excited, they have a really great season this year.

Muziki Robeson was our next guest. He has a special concert lined up at Yoshi's in Oakland, Monday, August 27, 2012, 8 p.m. He is still jazzed from the tribute he choreographed to honor the late violist, Billy Bang, at the Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival, featuring Michael White, Tarika Lewis, Sandi Poindexter, India Cooke, Kash Killion, and others, he decided to have three violinists, whom all happen to be women from that historic gathering. He says they will be recording for perhaps a Live at Yoshi's later release, that evening (smile). Just coming down after a ten day fast, Muziki was looking great when I stopped by his studio to pick up a copy of his Stealth Jazz, which we feature this morning.

Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, artist and activist from South Florida, a man who honors our ancestors with his life and work, joins us to talk about some significant dates and the postponement of the commemoration planned for Sunday, August 26, in Key West. There is a storm coming.

We close with a prerecorded interview with writer, actor, producer, Derek Ting about his first feature, a Financial Thriller: $upercapitalist--Wall Street Meets Asia, opening at Opera Plaza in San Francisco on Van Ness. Ting and others will be at opening night tonight. Visit

Duane Muziki Roberson

A gifted, inspired pianist, composer and musician, "Muziki' has gained an impressive and respected reputation performing jazz locally, nationally and internationally for more than 30 years. Reared in Seattle, Washington, the Chicago native joined the U.S. Army immediately following high school. It was during a tour of duty in VietNam that he was introduced to jazz. Inspired by the drummer Michael Carvin and others in the Army Band, he returned to the States and taught himself to play piano. Attending college on the G.I. Bill, he studied music theory and composition.

Today, he resides in the San Francisco Bay Area playing piano regularly with The Muziki Roberson Quartet that features Aarron Germain on Bass, Dave Ellis on Reeds and Babatunde Lea or Ranzell Merrtitt on Drums. Vocalist Dwight Tribble performs intermittently as a guest vocalist. Previously he performed 12 years as an award-winning musician and composer with the world renowned San Francisco Mime Troupe.

His composing and keyboard playing helped the brilliant Jazz/Funk/Latin music and poetry group "Mingus Amungus" garner local and international acclaim from 1993 to 2000. Among his other performance partners are inventive jazz violinist Michael White, replete with a trip to Lagos Nigeria's 1977 FESTAC where he performed with Stevie Wonder and members of the band Osibisa. He also has played with saxophonist David Murray, violinist Billy Bang and many others. "Muziki" - meaning music in Swahili - remains heavily involved with The Grassroots Composer's Workshop that he joined earlier this century. The five horn and rhythm section group focuses on composing and arranging for large ensembles. Four years ago he added vibes to his musical instrument repertoire. His favorite musician is Wayne Shorter. (from

Dinizulu Gene Tinnie

I found this really cool video with Brother Dinizulu talking about his work and growing up in Long Island after a stint in the Bronx. “The One Who Makes Thunder.”

It is now confirmed that Hurricane Isaac, being a very wide storm, will bring inclement weather to Key West over the course of the coming weekend, and evacuation orders are already being announced.

Therefore, the Annual Observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition at the Key West African Cemetery, scheduled for this coming Sunday, August 26 (also the anniversary of the arrival of the first of the Key West African refugees in Liberia), has been cancelled.

The next such commemorative occasion will be the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery [which still continues today in many parts of the world] on December 2. The United Nations has also designated March 25 as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Derek Ting

Derek Ting conceived the idea after he moved to Hong Kong in 2005 to work as a producer for CNN. As an expat he noticed that the community has a strong financial community. He was seeing the influx of many newcomers to work in Hong Kong. Many of the first were financial types from New York looking at Asia as a new frontier. As he explored further, meeting more people, he noticed a great deal of the major corporations were run by Hong Kong family dynasties. He thought, what would it be like if these two powers, the expats, and the big families went to war? How would the Eastern and Western cultural and corporate values clash?


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