Monday, August 21, 2006

"Sounds Of Liberation" Headlines In Paris

For Immediate Release
August 14, 2006
Post Office Box 38726
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 681-3867


CONTACT: Shenneth Dove-Morse
(215) 681-3867

(Philadelphia, PA - USA) . . . A cadre of virtuoso Philadelphia musicians will perform a reunion concert at the internationally renowned Jazz a la Villette Festival in Paris, France on September 7, 2006. Featured are: vibraphonist Khan Jamal; alto saxophonist/flutist Byard Lancaster; guitarist/vocalist Monnette Sudler; bassist Charles Beasley; percussionist Omar Hill; drummer Dwight James and special guest, poet/spoken word artist Pheralyn Dove.

Abbey Lincoln, Jack DeJohnette, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden, the World Saxophone Quartet, Archie Shepp and Carla Bley are also among the artists appearing at Jazz a la Villette, touted as Paris’s most prestigious annual jazz festival, scheduled to run from August 30 – September 10, 2006.

“I’m looking forward to going to France and representing Philadelphia jazz,” said Jamal, who was at the helm of establishing and advancing the “Sounds of Liberation.”

Founded in 1971, the individual members of “Sounds of Liberation” are all leaders in their own right. From the very start, the group built their reputation as innovative artists, playing gigs everywhere throughout Philadelphia, especially in Germantown’s Vernon Park. They recorded their first album in 1972, the self-titled “Sounds of Liberation,” on the Dog Town label. As their touring schedule expanded, “Sounds of Liberation” appeared at the Miss Black America Pageant, the New York City Arts Festival, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States. The original members included Jamal, Lancaster, Sudler, Hill and James, in addition to the late percussionist Rashid Salime and bassist Billy Mills who has since changed his instrument to the piano.

Through the decades, all of the members have continued to consistently front their own bands and recordings, compose and publish their original music, and conduct workshops, seminars, master classes and lecture demonstrations for students ranging from pre-kindergarten through the undergraduate and graduate levels at universities. Individually and collectively their artistry has become known worldwide, particularly in Europe, Japan and the Philippines. Since their inception the “Sounds of Liberation” have defied classification, choosing instead to create a menagerie of original music that is fresh, free, lyrical, percussive, highly cultivated and spiritually elevated.

This Parisian sojourn is not the band’s first reunion: they recorded a live DVD during a 2004 concert at Philadelphia’s Sedgwick Cultural Arts Center, that is currently in the process of being released. While Dove has performed with Jamal and Lancaster on numerous recordings and concert dates, this will be her first appearance with the “Sounds of Liberation.”

“It is indeed a tremendous honor to be given the privilege to work alongside this stellar line-up of highly esteemed musicians,” said Dove.

In 2005, Jamal, Lancaster, Sudler and the late jazz bagpipist Rufus Harley recorded a series of CD’s produced by Antoine Rajon called “Philly Jazz,” for the Paris-based Isma’a label. Poets Dove and the internationally acclaimed Sonia Sanchez made guest appearances on Jamal and Sudler’s recordings, respectively. The Jazz a la Villette engagement has been booked under the auspices of Pierre Biancarelli, at Zao, also a Paris-based organization. For additional information and to schedule interviews, please contact publicist Shenneth Dove-Morse at: (215) 681-3867; Photos, press kits, CD’s and DVD’s are available upon request. The following websites are also recommended:;;;

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