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Imani Winds triumph in New Orleans, tapping jazz and classical styles with soul

Imani Winds triumph in New Orleans, tapping jazz and classical styles with soul


"Imani Winds unleashed a hurricane of creativity in New Orleans on Monday, bringing the 2012-2013 season of the Friends of Music to a glorious climax with snapping fingers, an audience sing-along and an astounding blend of jazz expressivity and classical chops. The concert, at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall, made it clear why this quintet has been tapped to work with superstars like Wayne Shorter and Yo-Yo Ma." 
— Chris Waddington, New Orleans Times Picayune
 

Imani Winds bring genre-bending repertoire and Grammy-nominated chops to New Orleans

Imani Winds bring genre-bending repertoire and Grammy-nominated chops to New Orleans


"Just listen to them play ... whatever. Bassoonist Monica Ellis usually takes the bass line, pumping out undulant rhythms and harmonic ideas. Jeff Scott soars ahead on the French horn. Coleman’s flute, Adam’s clarinet and the oboe of Toyin Spellman-Diaz weave a supple musical fabric.

"As an ensemble, the Imani Winds cultivate the big, rich sound one associates with classical players -- and they also display the daring, respond in-the moment qualities one associates with a swinging jazz combo."

— Chris Waddington, New Orleans Times Picayune