Conceived by drummer William Hooker, EVIDENCE: The Baldwin Suite is a stirring multimedia tribute to the ferociously daring novelist and social critic, James Baldwin. Featuring the talents of Mr. Hooker and his quintet (Fay Victor, Jesse Henry, Ras Moshe, Eriq Robinson, Mark Hennen and William Hooker), and dancer Goussy Celestin, this hour long concert celebrates Baldwin with references to Baldwin’s great works and adherence to his number one conviction: speaking truth to power, regardless of how painful. An informal discussion and reception will follow the performance (Bob Holman and William Hooker).
About the ArtistWILLIAM HOOKER (drummer, composer, and poet) has created works that range from jazz and “new” music to experimental genres. He has released over 70 CDs as a leader. Mr. Hooker has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Atrium at Lincoln Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Walker Art Center, MTV, The Kitchen, Roulette, Real Art Ways. He has also presented his work at the JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Festival, Vilnius Jazz
Festival, Experimenta Argentina, The Knitting Factory and the Victoriaville Music Festivals.
William Hooker has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Tokio Marine Insurance Company and colleges and universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia,New York University, Boston University, Princeton, Dartmouth and many more. Accompanying musicians have included Billy Bang, David Ware, William Parker, Thurston Moore, David Soldier, Roy Campbell, DJ Spooky, Steven Bernstein, Zeena Parkins, Lee Ranaldo, Jason Hwang, Sabir Mateen, Elliot Sharpe, David Murray, Ted Daniel, JD Parren and many more.