Roulette: James Brandon Lewis’ Red Lily Quintet - Jesup Wagon
Event by Roulette.
James Brandon Lewis returns to Roulette to present celebrate the album release of Jesup Wagon—a brilliant appreciation of the life and legacy African-American musician-painter-writer-scientist George Washington Carver. This performance will consists of seven pieces that create a portrait of stunning clarity and depth.
One of the greatest contributions to Cooperative Extension, the Jesup Agricultural Wagon was first used by noted Tuskegee Institute scientist and teacher George Washington Carver in 1906. It was a mobile classroom that allowed Carver to teach farmers and sharecroppers how to grow crops, such as sweet potatoes, peanuts, soybeans and pecans. The wagon’s name originates from Morris Jesup, a New York banker, who financed the project, but it was Carver himself who designed the wagon, selected the equipment and developed the lessons for farmers. (Wendi Williams, Alambama A&U and Auburn Universities)
Lewis’s 9th record, the album’s liner notes are delivered by the great UCLA American historian Robin D.G. Kelley, who in 2009 released the definitive Thelonious Monk biography Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. Printed lovingly on an ochre background, his notes contain much historical detail about Carver, particularly as they relate to the tunes. Kelly calls the album “a revelation.”