|African Artisan Spotlight|
Jazz As A Spiritual Experience.
The W.E.S. Group is a unique and inspirational jazz group led by William E. Smith, professional saxophonist/composer and Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Ensemble Director at American University in Washington, DC.
Echoes of ancestral and native sounds can be heard in this collective of talented musicians, whose folk jazz and acoustic approach create a distinctive sound of peace and beauty. Exceptional musicians in their own right, the collaboration of these seasoned musicians exhibits the passion and spirit of a “great camp meeting in the promised land” of jazz.
On Hold With The W.E.S. Group
Some of you may have enjoyed The W.E.S. Group while on hold (very briefly!) waiting for one of our team members to answer your questions.
We met Will Smith when we wrapped production of our marketing video. It was no coincidence that in the very location that we had just spent hours telling the story of how to trace your ancestry, he and his musicians The W.E.S. Group were launching the release of their CD, Ancestors. We should have listened to the ancestors speaking to us on that evening. However, it took a few more years for our paths to cross again. This time, at a performance of our newest partner, Step Afrika! When the ancestors speak, you should listen. The first time you may get a pass, the second time you have no excuse. As soon as the group played their first note, the partnership came clearly into focus. Gina sent Will an email from her seat in the theater and here we are today.
Here is an opportunity for you to explore and, most importantly, support the musical talents of our latest African Artisans, The W.E.S. Group.
Enjoy The Music
The W.E.S. Group's newest release is Ancestors. You can hear more tracks and purchase the CD here.
To find out more about The W.E.S. Group, visit www.thewesgroup.com.
You can also find Royalty-Free and Licensed Music for your audio, video and Web projects at www.greatmediamusic.com.
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