Bobby Watson and The I Have A Dream Project with Glenn North

This is the editors pick from Downbeat Magazine !


BY FRANK ALKYER


Bobby Watson & The “I Have A Dream” Project, 

Check Cashing Day

 (Lafiya)


On 

Check Cashing Day

, saxophonist Bobby Watson is at his best, tackling the issue of inequality in the most positive, powerful and uplifting way possible. This album was recorded in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Watson focuses on a key line from that speech, in which Dr. King told the audience of 300,000 that they had come to Washington to cash a check—a check written in the Declaration of Independence stating that all men are created equal. The album opens with the bouncing “Sweet Dreams,” a direct tip of the hat to the words King spoke on Aug. 28, 1963. The title track lays out the premise of the album, with spoken-word artist Glenn North eloquently discussing how the check 

still

 hasn’t been cashed—from welfare mothers to the death of Trayvon Martin to prisons overcrowded with black men. North contributes effectively on several of the album’s pieces, especially when reciting King’s remarks regarding jazz on “MLK On Jazz (Love Transforms),” making 

Check Cashing Day

 one part jazz recording, one part poetry slam and one part essential history lesson. It all works beautifully. Watson’s stellar band includes trumpeter Hermon Mehari, pianist Richard Johnson, drummer Eric Kennedy and bassist Curtis Lundy, plus guest artists Pamela Baskin-Watson (vocals on two tracks), Horace Washington (flute on three cuts) and Karita Carter, who adds trombone to “Dark Days.” The sound of this ensemble is laid-back cool and blue. Watson blows brilliantly on “Seekers Of The Sun (Son).” The band swings at a crisp uptempo pace on “Progress,” with Mehari dishing out a soulful solo. In the liner notes, Watson writes, “We do not have ‘Heaven on Earth.’ However, I believe that there is enough intelligence, understanding, and tolerance in this country to elevate our collective humanity.” Keep preachin’, Mr. Watson. We’re listening.





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  • Darlene Broadway B.

    Got a front row seat early - will not forget this performance.

    July 4

  • James D.

    Absolutely Awesome !

    July 2

  • Sandra M. M.

    I love saxophones.
    Bobby Watson on sax.... a treasure. I really enjoyed his new work, left feeling real GOOD!

    July 1

    • James D.

      Everyone left feeling really good ! Thanks Sandra ! I will add pics soon

      July 1

  • James D.

    Well as much as I love music as a musician I have to be on call to survive in this business. I'm on the road going to Connecticut ! You will have a good time tonight with Bobby Watson we worked hard to make it happen !

    June 28

  • Sherida D.

    Sorry I won't be able to attend folks. I will be out of town. Hope you enjoy the music and the people!

    June 23

  • James D.

    The senior or student discount is available at www.naspaam.org

    June 1

  • James D.

    Hi Judith , The cost of this event is $40 with a senior and student discount of $30 . This is part of a two day national music convention in Philadelphia presented by NASPAAM . www.naspaam.org Discount tickets are not available for online purchase . They are available at the Philadelphia Clef Club [masked] -9912 or call JD at[masked]- 2019

    1 · May 26

  • Judith W.

    By any chance do we know the cost for the event?

    May 26

    • James D.

      Hi Judith , The cost of this event is $40 with a senior and student discount of $30 . This is part of a two day national music convention in Philadelphia presented by NASPAAM . www.naspaam.org Discount tickets are not available for online purchase .

      May 26

  • James D.

    https://soundcloud.com/bobby-watson-jazz If you love Jazz you will really dig this !

    May 20, 2014

  • A. L. M.

    This was a great promotional write up on the event. I'm looking fwd to attending. Will RSVP

    May 16, 2014

    • James D.

      That was a review from the prestigious Down Beat Magazine ! This will be an awesome event ! With many celebrities coming out !

      May 16, 2014

  • James D.

    I cannot wait to post the info for this event ! It's an epic world premier event ! Jazz with spoken word with Bobby Watson and The I Have A Dream Project and special guest author and poet Sonia Sanchez !

    May 8, 2014

  • James D.

    This concert is the culmination of a two day national music conference in PhiladelphIa June 27 - 28
    more details to come .

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • A. L. M.

    What is the cost for this event?

    May 7, 2014

    • James D.

      I will post all details soon !

      May 7, 2014

  • James D.

    We cannot have a day when the news isn't about racism , discrimination and sexism . On June 28th we uplift , inspire and reaffirm the message of Dr . Martin Luther King !

    2 · May 7, 2014

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