Music & Events

Tues., Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble $15 suggested donation.

"The trio fuses free jazz sensibilities with ancestral spirits...modern solos with ancient rhythms."

Erie Art Museum Director John Vanco states, "This is the only band we bring back every year.  They consistently perform great jazz, always do new material, and are consumate performers."

Origins & personnel.

Initiated by Kahil El'Zabar (percussion and vocals) in 1976 after his graduation from the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians school in Chicago, IL, the band's goal was to combine contemporary African American music with more traditional African instruments and rhythms.

Ernest Dawkins (saxophones) joined the group in 1997,recording the album "Freedom Jazz Dance," which also included Chicago jazz legend Fareed Haque.  In 2006, Corey Wilkes (trumpet) replaced Ensemble percussionist Joseph Bowie, bring additional melodic strength to the group.

The video clip below presents the Ensemble in live performance at Porgy & Bess in Vienna in 2011.  


January 3, 2014