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Jazz at The East

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10 Claver Pl Brooklyn NY 11238 USA

Jitu Weusi, one of the founders of The East, recounts why they started a music program at The East. Then, saxophonist James Spaulding recalls how the first, and only, record was made for The East record label. His group consisted of himself, Michael Ridley on trumpet, Earl McIntyre on bass trombone, Larry Ridley on bass, Lenny White on drums, and Majatu Fraser on congas. You can hear some of the A side of the 45, "Uhuru Sasa" under the audio of James Spaulding. Photos: Facade of The East at 10 Claver Place Flyer; Saxophonist Gary Bartz; Drummer Milford Graves; Saxophonist Pharoah Saunders; Singer June Tyson; Conga player Mtume; James Spaulding holding saxophone; James Spaulding playing flute; Flyer; Flyer; 45 from The East record label; Audience at The East.

Credits: Interview of Jitu Weusi conducted by Elena Martinez, December 2, 1999. Interview of James Spaulding conducted by Elena Martinez March 16, 2006. Photos by Basir M’chawi, Fred W. Kelly and James Spaulding. Music courtesy of James Spaulding. (4:39)