Grover Washington ~ Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sax

Grover Washington Jr. (December 12, 1943 – December 17, 1999)[1] was an American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist. Along with George Benson, John Klemmer, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Dave Grusin, Herb Alpert, and Spyro Gyra, he is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre.[2] He wrote some … Continue reading Grover Washington ~ Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sax

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Shango: The African Orisha of Thunder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3vr20xp8Ro On this date, from 1800, we celebrate the Shango religion, one of many African inspired religions practiced in the Americas. Practiced primarily in Trinidad, Grenada, and Recife (Brazil) where it is known as Xango, it was developed in the 19th century. Shango was brought from the African Yorba tribe during slavery. The deity, orisha, … Continue reading Shango: The African Orisha of Thunder

Martin de Porres

Martin de Porres Velázquez, O.P. (December 9, 1579 – November 3, 1639), was a lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial … Continue reading Martin de Porres