The Jazz Session #313: Wadada Leo Smith

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s newest album is Heart’s Reflections (Cuneiform Records, 2011). In this interview, he talks about his Ten Freedom Summers project, inspired by the Civil Rights Movement; how each ensemble is a model for a universe; and how meaning is communicated even without words. Learn more at

Author: Jason Crane

2 thoughts on “The Jazz Session #313: Wadada Leo Smith

  1. After listening to you being interviewed, I continued raking the leaves and finished listening to this excellent conversation. I used to see Mr. Smith when he was living in New Haven over 3 decades ago. He’s an example of a person who stays with his vision long after others changed course to suit the times and we listeners still try to catch up (Mr. Braxton is another, the late Bill Dixon, etc.) That he has turned his sights on the Civil Rights Movement is quite important in this time of sanctioned incivility. Much of what he says is quite relevant and, sadly, still true.

    Thanks as always,

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