The musicianship is excellent while the presentation adds to the depth of the music. It is very hard to categorize this concert but let it be said you will not soon forget it. The entire experience is mesmerizing and indeed blends the culture lines as only music can do.
Cherokee saxophone player and bandleader Sharel Cassity has a trademark lick. It sounds like the wavering falsetto that starts a powwow song. “I believe that jazz comes from the powwow drum,” said Cassity, who lives in New York. “There are elements from Africa. The harmonic consistency comes from Europe. But you don’t get that thump, that boom, boom, boom in the bass and drums without the powwow.”