Thanks to all of my fans and loving community of cohorts – daddios and mommios – for a prosperous and spiritually enriching 2011. Every performance and every note I play is a true expression of my gratitude for your support. I wish everybody a hip New Year!
Special thanks to these critics for their recognition of my work in 2011.
Howard Reich, Arts critic for the Chicago Tribune for recognizing UnTill Emmett Till as one of the best performances in Chicago in 2011.
“UnTill Emmett Till,” DuSable Museum of African American History, March 27. In recent years, Chicagoan Ernest Dawkins has staged several ambitious suites on incendiary social issues, but none has been more searing than “UnTill Emmett Till,” a kind of jazz opera revived here in a concert setting. The harrowing text, by Chicago poet Khari B., tells the tale of Till’s murder from many perspectives, including that of his executioners. To hear Till’s mother, sung by Dee Alexander, praying for the well-being of her son – not knowing he already had been savagely killed – was but one shattering scene among many. This piece deserves to be performed again and again, especially in the schools. [Click here to read the full article.]
Areif Sless-Kitain for selecting New Horizons Ensemble, The Prairie Prophet (Delmark) as #7 album of the year 2011.
“A fond farewell to Fred Anderson that swings as fiercely and fearlessly as you’d expect of any group operating under the AACM credo.” Click here to read the full article.
Josh Weinstein at KDHX, keep on playin’ that independent music my brother. Thanks for selecting Chicago Trio’s Velvet Songs: To Baba Fred Anderson (RogueArt) for your top 10 albums of 2011. Click here to see the full list.