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2003 ERNEST DAWKINS LIVE THE SPIRIT BAND
*(as of 05/17/2003)

CONDUCTOR
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins (some percussion)

SAXYs, etc
Aaron Getsug (baritone)

Kevin Nabors (tenor)

Jabari Powell (alto) *

Will Porter (alto) *
Douglas Rosenberg (tenor sax, flute, piccolo) **

* Greg Ward filled in at Green Mill – because of over 20-year-old requirement

** Ari Brown guest artist at Green Mill

 

BONES
Julius Brooks

Tony Herrera

Norman Palm


TRUMPS

Maurice Brown
Marquis Hill

Ryan Nyther

Corey Wilkes

David Young**
 did not appear at Green Mill

RHYTHM SECTION
piano: Bryon Nichols

bass: Kurt Schweitz

drums: Isaiah Spencer


A few of the concerts:
Saturday

 

Saturday May 17, 2003 GREEN MILL 8PM/9:30PM/11:00PM 4802 N. Broadway
Ernest Dawkins Live the Spirit Band


Saturday, February 1, 2003 8PM

Sunday February 2, 2003 4PM

Ernest Dawkins and Muntu Dance Theatre Chicago
Two Chicago forces in African-American arts come together for this new epic collaboration.
Saxophonist/composer
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and Muntu’s artistic director Aminyea Payne
Trans-migration: Triumph of the Tragedy
traces the roots of music and dance through the history of African peoples from industrial Chicago,
back to the rural south, and through the middle passage to Africa.
This project culminates the MCA’s three-year stewardship of Dawkins
Meet the Composer Resident activities in Chicago’s Englewood community.
With First Night post-show discussion--Tickets $18, MCA members $14

Museum of Contemporary Arts, 220 East Chicago Ave, Chicago http://www.mcachicago.org/

 

Sunday December 15, 2002 2PM
DANCES FOR THE SOUL

‘Rootin Blue’ Choreographed by Mickey Davidson with Special Guest Artist Oscar Brown, Jr.
‘Transmigration’ Choreographed by Amaniyea Payne. Original Composition by Ernest Dawkins
Guest Musicians – LIVE THE SPIRIT of Englewood Jazz Band Artistic Director: Amaniyea Payne
Kennedy King College International Hall, 6800 S. Wentworth Chicago, 773-661-7563

Sunday November 10, 2002 7:30 to 9:30 PM

CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL XIII – Brains & Beauty CLOSING CONCERT:
From Armstrong to the Avant-Garde  

as performed by Ernest Dawkins' LIVE THE SPIRIT band.
Celebrating Chicago’s heritage of innovative black music –
from Louis Armstrong's groundbreaking 1920s bands,
to the inventive Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, to the daring sounds of today –
 
Dawkins
also led movements from his suite "The Eagles and the Castle: A Vision of Englewood."
Field Museum, Simpson Theatre 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

 

Saturday, September 7, 2002, 1 to 7pm
3rd ANNUAL ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY JAZZ FESTIVAL
-KAHIL EL' ZABAR & the RITUAL TRIO
featuring MALACHI FAVORS & ARI BROWN
-TATSU AOYI & THE MIYUMI PROJECT BIG BAND
-MALACHI THOMPSON & THE FREEBOP BAND
-DEE ALEXANDER
-LIVE THE SPIRIT band under the direction of ERNEST DAWKINS
with special guest OLIVER LAKE
 

Hamilton Park 513 West 72nd Street, Chicago, Call 773-651-7563, for info.  In case of rain, inside

Continue in the spirit of experimentation
SAT SEP 7 9:30pm-1am VELVET LOUNGE
ERNEST DAWKINS & OLIVER LAKE SUMMIT

http://www.meetthecomposer.org/works.html

Saturday, June 8th 2002: NOON
The concert kicked off at brunch by New Residencies composer Ernest Dawkins' The Eagles and the Castle: A Vision of Englewood, Mr. Dawkins' recent paean to his native community of Englewood, on Chicago's South Side. The piece was performed by his Live the Spirit Band, a 15-piece ensemble made up of student musicians from the Englewood area. Of the piece, Mr. Dawkins says: "It's a tribute to the enduring courage, sacrifice, and triumph that has characterized the community of Englewood and those countless youths and residents who had to battle to claim a space in which to survive."


Zebra Libra’s first “in their entirety” experience of LIVE THE SPIRIT band:
Saturday, February 9, 2002

"Jazz 'n' Hip-hop forum: The continuum of Jazz in Hip-hop Music
Ernest Dawkins & Live the Spirit Band, Family Tree Crew

Kennedy King College International Hall, 6800 S. Wentworth Chicago, 773-661-7563

 

Saturday, September 22, 2001 8 pm
WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL: Chicago 2001
The MCA marks the third annual citywide World Music Festival with six spirited programs of great double bills,
Chicago debuts, and a special focus on artists of Africa and the African diasporas. 
Gangbé Brass Band (Benin) + LIVE THE SPIRIT Community Band (Chicago)
Gangbé’s high-energy pulsations are an astonishing fusion of jazz and traditional West African songs.
This double bill features a new work inspired by the cultural history of the Englewood community
by MCA Composer-in-Residence
Ernest Khabeer Dawkins. 

Museum of Contemporary Arts, 220 East Chicago Ave, Chicago http://www.mcachicago.org/

Saturday, August 25, 2001, 2 to 7pm
SECOND ANNUAL ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY JAZZ FESTIVAL LIVE THE SPIRIT
 Featuring Von Freeman, George Freeman, Maggie Brown,
And the premiere of the
Englewood history composition by Ernest Dawkins
performed by the
Englewood Community Jazz Band with Roscoe Mitchell
Ogden Park, Racine and Marquette, Chicago

 

Sunday, September 3, 2000
Jazz and Heritage Program,
presented its second Jazz City concert in the Englewood community

Sunday, August 26, 2000, 2 to 6pm
FIRST ANNUAL ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Englewood Jazz Residency Links Youth, Heritage
Scores of jazz greats have come out of Chicago's South Side over the last century.
Now an artist-in-residence program aims to research the jazz history of Englewood
while nurturing young musicians and linking them to the community's heritage.
Meet the Composer, Inc., is sponsoring the
"Live the Spirit" Englewood Residency
of saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, president of the AACM -
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians,
the world-renowned avant-garde musicians' collective.
Dawkins is working with community residents to research Englewood's
musical history and plans compositions reflecting historical themes.
A mentorship program for young composers begins next year,
and an Englewood Community Jazz band with young musicians has been formed.
The community band appears; along with Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble
Several top musicians from South Africa, presented rhythmic, gospel-flavored jazz distinctive to that country.
Their appearance at the festival and elsewhere that week was sponsored by the Chicago-Southern African Jazz Initiative,
a cultural exchange program created by Dawkins.

Ogden Park, Racine and Marquette, Chicago


MARCH 2000:  Ernest Dawkins, Chicago, IL

Ernest Dawkins
Ernest Dawkins
Photo courtesy Shuman Associates

A Chicago native, jazz composer Ernest Khabeer Dawkins's New Residencies project will be based in the Englewood community on the south side of Chicago in partnership with four host organizations: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, and the Chicago Park District. Through this residency, Mr. Dawkins will work to develop a community jazz band and a composers mentoring program. He will teach classes for young people throughout the park district; mentor new young artists in Muntu's Performing Arts Institute; and compose a new work celebrating the distinctiveness of the community. Through these activities, as well as workshops and community forums, Mr. Dawkins hopes to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of jazz and to affirm the important role that composers and musicians can play in the life of the community.

Ernest Dawkins has long been involved in the community, both as a resident and as an artist seeking to both better the Chicago neighborhood and broaden his own means of artistic expression. He developed his love for jazz from his father's Lester Young recordings, and at age 19, inspired by the alto sax of Guido Sinclair, he purchased his first saxophone, clarinet, and flute—all for $24. It wasn't long before he earned both his Bachelor's and Masters in Fine and Performing Arts degrees, with an emphasis on Music Education from Governors State University. Mr. Dawkins has received numerous awards and commissions, including a 1999 commission from the Jazz Institute of Chicago's Jazz & Heritage Program in association with the American Composers Forum and the Chicago Park District, to compose a new work in tribute to the historic Bronzeville community. He also received an award from the Chicago Artists International Program to participate in a cultural exchange program in Southern Africa. Mr. Dawkins has performed with many music greats from Lester Bowie and Ramsey Lewis to Aretha Franklin and Muhal Richard Abrams, and has recorded over 11 CDs. In 1978 he formed the New Horizons Ensemble, which has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. This year he will again travel to Southern Africa for performances in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and other cities.

 
2003 ERNEST KAHBEER DAWKINS LIVE THE SPIRIT BAND
*(as of 01/24/2003)

CONDUCTOR
Ernest Kahbeer Dawkins (some percussion)

SAXYs, etc
Aaron Getsug (baritone)

Kevin Nabors (tenor)

Jabari Powell (alto)

Will Porter (alto)

Douglas Rosenberg (tenor sax, flute, piccolo)

 

BONES
Julius Brooks

Tony Herrera

Norman Palm


TRUMPS

Maurice Brown
Marquis Hill

Ryan Nyther

Corey Wilkes

David Young

RHYTHM SECTION
piano: Bryon Nichols

bass: Kurt Schweitz
drums: Isaiah Spencer