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Mulatu Astatke

Julian Joseph presents concert music from Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke recorded at this year's Glasgow Jazz Festival. Mulatu Astatke, commonly referred to as 'the father of Ethiopian jazz', has performed with Duke Ellington, Mahmoud Ahmed, the Heliocentrics and his music has featured in cult film maker Jim Jarmusch's movie 'Broken Flowers'. During the late 1950's Astatke studied engineering in Wales but subsequently earned a degree in music. In the 1960s, he became the first African student at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music where he studied vibraphone and percussion. Tonight's concert set features contributions from a host of players from the UK's vibrant jazz scene including trumpeter Byron Wallen and drummer Tom Skinner. Recorded at the Platform Arts Centre in Easterhouse as part of this year's Glasgow Jazz Festival in front of a packed home feature brand new compostions alongside his classic tracks from the 60's and 70's. Julian also talks to Kevin Le Gendre, with another 'Now Is The Time' featuring the album 'In This World', by Mark Turner.

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1 hour, 30 minutes

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Sun 14 Aug 2011 23:30