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  • Francis Wong (2002)

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    Few musicians are as accomplished as Francis Wong, considered one of "the great saxophonists of his generation" by the late jazz critic Phil Elwood. A prolific recording artist, Wong is featured on more than forty titles as a leader and sideman. For over two decades he has performed his innovative brand of Asian American jazz/creative music for audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe with such with such luminaries as Jon Jang, Tatsu Aoki, Genny Lim,William Roper, Bobby Bradford, John Tchicai, James Newton, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye and the late Glenn Horiuchi.

    But to simply call the Bay Area native a musician would be to ignore his pioneering leadership in communities throughout Northern California. Wong's imaginative career straddles roles as varied as performing artist, youth mentor, composer, artistic director, community activist, non-profit organization manager, consultant, music producer, and academic lecturer. Key vehicles for his work are Asian Improv aRts, the company he co-founded with Jon Jang and as a Senior Fellow at the Wildflowers Institute. In addition, Wong was a California Arts Council Artist in Residence from 1992 through 1998, and a Meet The Composer New Resident in 2000-2003. In 2000-2001 he was a Rockefeller Next Generational Leadership Fellow. He has also been a guest member of the faculty at San Francisco State University (1996-98) and at University of California at Santa Cruz (1996-2001).
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach Money Jungle Fleurette Africaine (Blue Note)
    # 2 Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus Moritat (Prestige)
    # 3 Olivier Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time Liturgie de Cristal (Deutsche Grammophon)
    # 4 Max Roach, featuring Abbey Lincoln We Insist—Freedom Now Driva' Man (Candid)
    # 5 Wayne Shorter Native Dancer Ponta de Areia (Columbia)
    # 6 Lie Qiang Chinese Traditional Erhu Music Moonlight Reflection (Oliver Sudden Productions)
    # 7 Cecil Taylor Unit Structures Enter, Evening (Blue Note)
    # 8 John Coltrane A Love Supreme Resolution (Impulse)
             
    Book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"
             
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