Kwesi Mensah Wali

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Title

Kwesi Mensah Wali

Description

Wali was born in Panama, but moved to Brooklyn with his family at the age of 13. His earliest memories of jazz in his everyday life include living in walking distance from club Continental, the Blue Coronet, Baby Grand, La Marchal, and the Arlington Inn. Around 1967, he met Jitu Weusi & Al Vann around the Oceanhill-Brownsville teacher’s strike, when a new curriculum was created for African-American youth at the East.

It was right around the time that he was in highschool, and he became involved as a book-agent for artists that performed at the East. He also eventually ran the center’s co-op. He talks about some of the artists that he brought in – Leon Thomas, Eddie Gale, James Spaulding, Sam Rivers, and Sun Ra.

Contributor

Willard Jenkins
Weeksville Heritage Center

Coverage

[1950s-2010s]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Creator

Kwesi Mensah Wali

Date

August 23, 2010

Identifier

2010.05.13

Language

English

Publisher

Weeksville Heritage Center

Subject

Panama
Vann, Albert, 1934-
Thomas, Leon, 1937-1999
Spaulding, James
Sun Ra
Gale, Eddie
Rivers, Sam
Washington, Dinah, 1924-1963
Blakey, Art, 1919-1990
Davis, Miles
Dorham, Kenny, 1924-1972
Rollins, Sonny
Roach, Max, 1924-2007
Silver, Horace, 1928-2014
Tjader, Cal
Erasmus Hall High School
Mingus Big Band
Dolphy, Eric
Waldron, Mal, 1925-2002
Blackwell, Ed
Blackwell, Ed
Priester, Julian
Bartz, Gary
Ammons, Gene
Puente, Tito, 1923-2000
Rodríguez, Tito, 1923-1973
Bobo, Willie, 1934-1983
Santamaria, Mongo
Mixon, Danny
Garnett, Carlos
NTU Troop (Musical group)
Sanders, Pharoah
Rollins, Sonny
Hayes, Louis, 1937-
Hubbard, Freddie
Ousley, Harold
Shepp, Archie
Sharrock, Sonny, 1940-1994
Henderson, Joe, 1937-2001
Guyana
Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Jazz
Jazz musicians
African American jazz musicians

interviewer

Willard Jenkins

interviewee

Kwesi Mensah Wali

Location

Weeksville Heritage Center (via telephone)

Duration

35 minutes, 50 seconds

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