Pascal Bokar’s AfroBlueGrazz Band at Port Richmond Summer Music Series

Point Richmond Music's summer-long series kicks off Friday, June 14th with Gator Nation (Cajun/zydeco/New Orleans R&B) and Afro Blue Grazz (blending West African rhythms, melodies and percussion with bluegrass, jazz, R&B and gospel). PRM, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, produces the free series in support of its mission to build community through the unifying language of music.

The summer-long street series runs on the second Friday of each month, June through September, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in historic downtown Point Richmond (Park Place between West Richmond and Washington Avenues). In addition to free music, every concert features an opportunity drawing, arts and education booths, food trucks, face-painting for children and dancing in the streets.

Pascal Bokar’s Afro Blue Grazz

Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz “American Shores”

Throughout his productive musical career, guitarist /vocalist Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam has always understood the connections between West African music and the sounds of the American South. His landmark book Timbuktu to the Mississippi Delta discusses the music of the three empires that dominated the culture of West Africa starting in the 6th century, tracing the music from its role in the culture and daily life of Africa to its eventual emergence in the United States. In his teachings, lectures and music (where he displays his own individual voice), Pascal has consistently paid tribute to his ancestors. “As a musician, I have always tries to synthesize the convergence of African esthetics and appreciate their influence in the music of the African American communities of the American South, from the rural sounds of the Blues and Gospel into this music we call Jazz.”

Pascal Bokar’s American Shores, in the “AfroBlueGrazz” style coined by the album’s producer Greg Landau, is an ambitious fusion of textures and styles that comes from Bokar’s unique cultural perspective. As an accomplished Jazz guitarist and scholar of African music and Jazz he consistently heard clear examples of African musical concepts and instruments throughout his musical explorations. In this project he brought together accomplished musicians from Appalachia’s bluegrass style with Senegalese master drummers, African-American Rhythm and Blues singers, funky keyboards, and the stomp/clap percussion of a gospel choir. This eclectic cross cultural mix brings together long lost musical relatives as a platform for Pascal’s rich guitar and vocal improvisation.

Pascal Bokar’s previous recording “Guitar Balafonics” was selected by Downbeat Magazine as one of the “Best CD’s of 2015”. Pascal Bokar is listed in Jazz journalist Scott Yanow’s Book entitled The Great Jazz Guitarists. Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam is also the owner of the Award Winning Savanna Jazz Club of San Carlos, CA, and is recipient of the Jim Hall Jazz Master Award from Berklee College of Music.

www.pascalbokarthiam.com

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