Wendell Harrison – saxophonist, organizer, entrepreneur and keeper of jazz flame – named Kresge Eminent Artist for 2017
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)
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By Ana Gavrilovska
WENDELL HARRISON RECEIVES 2018 KRESGE EMINENT ARTIST AWARD
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Photos by Alvin Loving