Wendell Harrison – saxophonist, organizer, entrepreneur and keeper of jazz flame – named Kresge Eminent Artist for 2018
Harrison is the 10th artist to receive the Kresge honor and $50,000 award for her contributions to art form, cultural community, residents of the city.
Detroit-born jazz musician Wendell Harrison has been named the 2018 Kresge Eminent Artist. The lifetime achievement award includes a $50,000 prize.
Harrison, 75, is a tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, bandleader, educator, organizer and entrepreneur. His high-energy and expressive playing sweeps through a range of idioms, reconciling modern jazz roots with excursions into funk, fusion and free jazz. He is widely known as a flame keeper of Detroit’s jazz legacy and the co-founder of Tribe, an influential 1970s collective that produced jazz recordings and concerts. published a magazine and continues to provide a do-it-yourself model for contemporary creative musicians. (Read full articles here)
How Kresge Eminent Artist Wendell Harrison found his tribe
By Ana Gavrilovska
WENDELL HARRISON RECEIVES 2018 KRESGE EMINENT ARTIST AWARD
Photos by Alvin Loving
From Pure Pleasure Records in the UK
A MESSAGE FROM THE TRIBE-Wendell Harrison
VIBES FROM THE TRIBE- Phil Ranelin
VOICES & RHYTHMS OF THE CREATIVE PROFILE-Harold McKinney
REFLECTIONS IN THE SEA OF NURNEN-Doug Hammond
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The Tribe ensemble performs original music of the Tribe repertory of the 70’s, which are the selections of Phil Ranelin, Harold Mckinney, Wendell Harrison and other Tribe members. This music is enjoying a resurges in Europe, Japan, and America, which being reissued worldwide. The current members of Tribe include: Phil Ranelin trombone and vocals, Dwight Adams Trumpet, Patrice Rushen piano, Marion Hayden bass, Kareem Wiggins drums.
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Video of Wendell Harrison's Kresge 2018 Eminent Artist Celebration at the Detroit Institute of Arts on August 27, 2018. Pianist Alexis Lombre is featured during the reception and Pamela and Wendell performing during the program.
Video by Matt Martin and Chekesha Monroe.