After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world’s foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary.
Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global creations musically continue to inform and inspire. “Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest most inventive beat,” states jazz critic Stanley Crouch, “but his art is more than projection and time; it’s the result of a studious and inspired intelligence…an intelligence that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique.
The culmination of Weston’s rich musical offerings has resulted in the following awards:
2009 – Added to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame
2006 – Honorary degree “Doctor of Music” from Brooklyn College
2003 – two weeks artist-in-residence and tribute concert at NYU
2001 – Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts
2000 – Arts Critics and Reviewers Ass. of Ghana, Black Music Star Award
1999 – one- week residency and tribute concert at Harvard University
1997 – French Order Of Arts And Letters
1995 – Montreal Jazz Festival five-night tribute.
1999, 1996,1994 – DownBeat’s Composer of the Year