Mon Sep 24 |The Plaza at 300 Ashland 300 Ashland Place
At the corner of Lafayette Ave & Flatbush Ave
Superstar pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, a revered figure in jazz for over six decades, comes to BAM for one night only to commemorate “South Africa’s greatest bebop band of all time” (NPR). Together for barely a year in the late 1950s, the Jazz Epistles—which included Ibrahim, as well as the great trumpeter Hugh Masekela and several others—were a short-lived sensation, breaking attendance records in Cape Town, channeling jazz giants from the US, and recording the first all-black modern jazz record in the country’s history. Yet the apartheid government, threatened by their progressive message, ultimately shut it down.