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.