Y’All of New York presents 10th Annual Friend of the Family Awards Concert, honoring Warren I. Smith. percussionist, composer, bandleader and featuring James “Jabbo” Ware with the Me We & Them Orchestra at Brooklyn’s Roulette.
“Episodes” by Warren Smith, narration by James “Jabbo” Ware,
slide presentation by Stephanie Walden and “This Is Your Last Move” by James “Jabbo” Ware are performed.
Y’ALL of New York, Inc. mission is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the composition, development, promotion and preservation of creative music. The organization sponsors educational classes and forms, produces concerts and promotes the works of composers of creative music.
Y’ALL of New York is honoring the great percussionist, composer, bandleader and activist of self-sufficiency in the musical community, Warren I. Smith. We are celebrating his contribution as founder and director of Studio WIS, his participation in the ME WE and THEM Orchestra, and role-model citizenship throughout his career of professionalism across all genres of music in New York City and internationally.
Warren Smith has had one of the most varied careers of any improvising drummer, working with artists as diverse as Sam Rivers, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Bill Cole and Harry Partch. Though originally trained in modern classical percussion, jazz and improvised music became paramount after moving to New York in the late ’50s. He was a charter member of Max Roach’s important percussion ensemble, M’Boom. Warren opened (as founder and director) one of the first and longest-running performance lofts, Studio WIS, in 1967.
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