Wynton and Yacub Addy rehearsing Congo Square
Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy, who lives in Latham, are collaborating on Congo Square, a new composition that pays tribute to the historic site on Rampart Street in New Orleans where African slaves gathered to perform their own music during the 1700s and 1800s.
Commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center, “Congo Square” will attempt to reunite traditional African rhythms with New Orleans’ specific brand of American jazz. Combining the talents of Odadaa! and Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the new work will have its world premiere in Congo Square in New Orleans on April 23, despite the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.