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The Makanda Project

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Saturday, June 2 at 4:00pm


City Hall Park



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A tribute to an unsung jazz master.

The Makanda Project is an ensemble dedicated to performing the previously unrecorded compositions of Makanda Ken McIntyre.  The group is based in Boston, Massachusetts, (Makanda’s hometown) and was formed in 2005.

The Makanda Project was formed so that this music could be explored by musicians and heard by the public.  Pianist and leader John Kordalewski, who studied and performed with Makanda has arranged almost 50 of the compositions for a large ensemble.  With new arrangements, and without the opportunity to hear Makanda’s performances of these pieces, the Makanda Project’s approach differs from that of the “ghost bands” that sometimes form to honor the legacy of a great musician.  Whereas those bands essentially revisit the original, the Makanda Project is extending Dr. McIntyre’s work in new ways, and has developed its own identity with his compositions as a vehicle.


Kurtis Rivers – alto saxophone
Lee Odom – alto saxophone
Sean Berry – tenor saxophone
Jason Robinson – tenor saxophone
Charlie Kohlhase – baritone saxophone
Haneef Nelson – trumpet
Dan Rosenthal – trumpet
Ku-umba Frank Lacy – trombone
Sarah Politz – trombone
Bill Lowe – bass trombone
John Kordalewski – piano
John Lockwood – bass
Warren Smith – drums