Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s Life And Music Celebration – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Steve Turre and the Eulipion All-Stars

RAHSAANATHON: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Special Report by Tomas Peña from San Jose, California

Steve Turre and the Eulipion All-Stars at Cafe Stritch

Saw Steve Turre and the Eulipion All-Stars at *Cafe Stritch, where they celebrated the life and music of the late, great Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

In a set that lasted nearly two hours, the group performed selections from Rahsaan’s repertoire with a sense of reverence and swing.

The word, Eulipion, refers to what Kirk called, “Agents of Change” – Poets, painters, musicians, writers and artists who changed the world.

On hand was Betty H. Neal, whose spoken word intro can be heard on the tune, Theme for The Eulipions: “You wouldn’t forget him either if you met im where i met him talkin about desolation desolation isi sraliorad station round about a 2am on week night you walk into desolation like that and suddenly out of nowhere comes a warm song you aren’t about to forget it thisis the first ime i’ve heard him at the airport i know he moves along th epiers he calls himself a journey agent a eulipion syas hi freinds the poets and the artists adn the musicians are eulipions too listen to his tune he calls it the duty free gift for the traveller.” 

Also on hand was Dorthaan Kirk, Rahsaan Roland Kirk alumni and Steve Turre, who joined Kirk’s band when he was an up and coming trombonist, “Trying to figure things out.”

Scan 209Kirk was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously.

He was also an innovator and a  formidable composer, as evidenced by the band’s interpretations of Bright Moments, Serenade to a Cuckoo and Dorthaan’s Walk among others.

The Eulipion All-Stars are: Trombonist Steve Turre, reed players James Carter and James Mc Neal, pianist Matt Clark, bassist Marcus Shelby, drummer Darrell Green, guest vocalist Terri Odabi and Betty Neals, spoken word.

Thank you, Cafe Stritch for the Bright Moments and a Rahsaanathon of epic proportions. The Third Annual Cafe Stritch Rahsaanathon runs through August 9th, 2015.

Photos: Tomas Peña
Artwork: Ramsess

Third Annual Cafe Stritch Rahsaanathon 2015

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A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject.

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