Caribbean Jazz Project Island

  Caribbean Jazz Project (CJP) is a Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz group including Dave Samuels, Paquito D'Rivera and Andy Narell. They might be best known for their 2002 album The Gathering. They have recorded seven albums, five for the Concord Jazz label, one for Inak Records and one for Heads Up. Vibraphone and marimba specialist Dave Samuels, having played for a considerable period with the contemporary jazz group Spyro Gyra, always had a love for Latin music. In 1993 he left this group to pursue this love. The Caribbean Jazz Project came into being in 1995 when Samuels teamed with steel pan artist Andy Narell and reed master Paquito D'Rivera to perform a concert in New York's Central Park. The group's appearance drew rave reviews and before long their first album, the self-titled Caribbean Jazz Project, was released on the Heads Up International label. The group has gone through several personnel changes since its beginning. When Rivera and Narell left the group after its second release, Island Stories, it appeared as if the Caribbean Jazz Project would discontinue existence. However, Samuels succeeded in resurrecting a second version of CJP with the addition of guitarist Steve Khan and flutist Dave Valentin. In this format CJP toured extensively and recorded three more releases that eventually resulted in a Grammy Award for the Best Latin Jazz Album with its release The Gathering. The third version of CJP continues to the present and includes trumpet and flugelhorn specialist Diego Urcola along with pianist Dario Eskenazi, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, drummer Mark Walker and percussionist Roberto Quintero. In this makeup, CJP toured with singer Diane Schuur and teamed to produce the singer's 2005 release Schuur Fire

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''Fela was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on 15 October 1938 in AbeokutaOgun StateNigeria[3] into a middle-class family. His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was a feminist activist in the anti-colonial movement; his father, Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, aProtestant minister and school principal, was the first president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers.[4] His brothers, Beko Ransome-Kuti and Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, both medical doctors, are well known in Nigeria. Fela was a first cousin to the Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the first African to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.

Fela was sent to London in 1958 to study medicine but decided to study music instead at the Trinity College of Music. While there, he formed the band Koola Lobitos, playing a fusion of jazz and highlife.[5] In 1960, Fela married his first wife, Remilekun (Remi) Taylor, with whom he would have three children (Femi, Yeni, and Sola). In 1963, Fela moved back to Nigeria, re-formed Koola Lobitos and trained as a radio producer for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation. He played for some time with Victor Olaiya and his All Stars.[6]

In 1967, he went to Ghana to think up a new musical direction.[4] That was when Kuti first called his music Afrobeat.[4] In 1969, Fela took the band to the United States where they spent 10 months in Los Angeles. While there, Fela discovered the Black Power movement through Sandra Smith (now Izsadore), a partisan of the Black Panther Party. The experience would heavily influence his music and political views. He renamed the band Nigeria '70. Soon, the Immigration and Naturalization Service was tipped off by a promoter that Fela and his band were in the U.S. without work permits. The band immediately performed a quick recording session in Los Angeles that would later be released as The '69 Los Angeles Sessions''