Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
@ the PizzaExpress Jazz Club
12 November 2011
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The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble was formed shortly
after percussionist Kahil El’Zabar graduated from the school
of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in
1976. He teamed up with tenor saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr.
to play music that combined contemporary African American musical
styles, like jazz, with more traditional African instrumentation
and rhythms. The duo would frequently grow to a trio in these first
years, adding musicians like saxophonist Light Henry Huff and Kalaparusha
Maurice McIntyre. In 1988, they added trombonist and conga player
Joseph Bowie, who is the leader of the jazz-funk group Defunkt.
In 1997, Wilkerson was replaced by Ernest "Khabeer" Dawkins
who is the leader of New Horizons Ensemble.