Following brief interviews with Garth Fagan and Wynton Marsalis, the program includes a complete performance of Griot New York. The concept of a griot, a West African storyteller who keeps the cultural heritage of a people alive, is used to depict the non-European culture of New York City, and particularly the African and Caribbean backgrounds of some of its residents.

Notes: Program notes by Jamake Highwater.

Credits: Choreography and concept by Garth Fagan; music composed and arranged by Wynton Marsalis; sculpture (sets) by Martin Puryear; costumes by Garth Fagan and Martin Puryear; original stage lighting design by C.T. Oakes. For Dance in America, produced by Margaret Selby; directed by Matthew Diamond; executive producer, Jac Venza; editor, Girish Bhargava; lighting design, Alan Adelman; music producer, Steve Epstein.

Performer(s): Interviewees, Garth Fagan and Wynton Marsalis; performers, Garth Fagan Dance (Norwood Pennewell, Natalie Rogers, featured dancers) and Wynton Marsalis Septet.

Description: 1 videocassette (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + program notes.

Responsibility: a Thirteen/WNET production in association with Sony Classical Film & Video.

Liner Notes

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Wynton Marsalis Septet
Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Wess Anderson (alto & tenro sax), Victor Goines (soprano sax), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone & tuba), Eric Reed (piano), Herlin Riley (drums), Ben Wolfe (bass).
Also with: Todd Williams (tenor & soprano sax), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Marcus Roberts (piano), Elvin Jones (drums), Reginald Veal (bass), Bob Hurst (bass), Ron Carbo (conductor)

Garth Fagan Dance