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8- The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Thursday, September 15, 1994

Blues and Jazz Festival - Winston Walls
Winston Walls is one of the few remaining greats of the jazz organ. His style is steeped in R&B, but includes elements of
rock, country and gospel and is on a par with organ masters like Jimmy Smith and Bill Doggett. While he's done everything
from being a professional wrestler (fighting under the name of "The Claw) to running a roller rink, Walls' true talent is
wringing cathartic, blistering sounds out of his modified Hammond organ. Schoolkids' Records has just released a special live
session Walls recorded with his great friend and contemporary Brother Jack Mc Duff in a "dueling organ" style. But it will be
most exciting to see one of the greats of this rare breed perform live on Saturday the 17th at Gallup Park. 1-day passes are $10
for students with ID, $13.50 in advance, and $15 at the gate. Gates open at 11 am; for more information call 747-9955.

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Blues and Jazz Festival - Toshiko Akiyoshi
She's had a career that has stretched over 45 years; she's been called "the
greatest female jazz pianist" by no less than Oscar Peterson; she's played
with Duke, Dizzy, and Mingus - and she's appearing on Saturday the 17th
at the Michigan Theatre for the second day of the Blues and Jazz Festival.
It's Toshiko Akiyoshi and her Quartet. Akiyoshi is one of the major figures on
the jazz scene today, besides being one of the greatest female players of all
time. This woman is seriously cool: she's a multitalented composer-
arranger-pianist-bandleader of Japanese descent who was born in Manchuria
and began playing piano at age six. Many years and 12 Grammy
nominations later, her new album "Desert Lady-Fantasy" is artistically rich,
with intriguing original compositions like the title cut, "Harlequin Tears," and
"Hiroko's Delight." But one of the most moving moments on "Desert Lady-
Fantasy" is her reworking of "Bebop," a homage to the late, great Dizzy
Gillespie, one of Akiyoshi's personal idols. "Into each tune I try to put a little
spice," says Akiyoshi. Her concert at the Michigan is sure to be a real "ear-
opener." Reserved seats are $15 and $20; gold circle seating is available
at $40. For more information call 747-9955.
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their ancestors did to our ances-
The differences between "Black"
and "white" parties are plentiful. The
music played, for example, is so obvi-
ously different, I needn't go any fur-
ther. If "This DJ" by Warren G
"Basketcase" by Green Day are bo
the same to you, then you are prob-
ably a University administrator or
professor who thinks all popular mu-
sic is junk anyway.
However, there are deeper divi-
sions that should be discussed. These
differences are primarily noted in the
atmosphere of parties. As a person
who has attended a variety of both
"Black" and "white" parties, I V
qualified to discuss these distinctions
"White" parties strike me as more
open. At these parties, everyone is
accepted for who they are regardless
of what they can or can't do. Making
new friends is much easier (granted
that's because everyone there is
drunk). At "white" parties, there's no
fear of being shunned when trying to
meet new people, being jeered b
cause one can't dance or being talk
about for not dressing "right."
This is not the case atmost "Black"
parties (of course there are always
exceptions). People at these parties
tend to associate only with those they
already know. Except for a few very
outgoing people, no one attempts to
intermingle fearing being shunned.
The dance floor remains empty a lot
as no one with dancing skills weak@
than Hammer's would risk the public
humiliation that comes with attempt-
ing to dance when one is only medio-
I wish Blacks at the University
would take just a little of the "Broth-
erhood and Sisterhood Unity" rheto-
ric we all spout to heart and become a
bit more accepting and supportive of
each other-both in the dance h
and in everyday life.
I must rag on the white people,
too. They're not gods after all (al-
though a few would beg to differ). I
have always marveled at how much
Budweiser any given white student at
any given party can consume. Hell.
they have paraphernalia to help them
guzzle more brewskies down their
throat in any given period of time.
They even invent party games whe*
the loser is forced to drink beer
(thereby becoming the winner?). It's
amazing the number of whites who
would stay awake and party all night
if they didn't pass out from drinking
so much.
What's worse is the profuse peer
pressure to drink at white parties.
Alternatives to alcohol for those, like
myself, who don't drink are nonexis.
This is not to say that Blacks don't
drink; some of us can throw down
with the best white person. However,
I've never been to aBlack party where
kegs were the main attraction. A t
shirt I once saw worn by a white frat
member best describes alcohol's in-
trinsic nature within "white" parties.
"College," it said, "is a bar with
$15,000 cover charge."
It would be nice to see a time when
no one at a "Black" party is made to
feel self-conscious and beer bongs
aren't the centerpiece of "white" par-

Many may consider it unimpor-
tant to discuss something as trivial as
the blatant differences between
"Black" and "white" parties, and on
the surface these people are right. *
However, different ways of par-
tying between the races underscore
the various, more important facets of
American life where both Blacks and
whites stubbornly separate themselves
when they could be more productive
and learn more about each other, and
themselves, if they were together.
I would encourage all by brothas
and sistas to attend a white part
even if the music doesn't appeal t
Similarly, I persuade whites to
join us at our gatherings at the Union;
I promise you, we won't bite.
Visiting each other's parties may
seem trivial, but every meeting of our
respective races is important. In learn-
ing to keep an open mind about each
other's thoughts and opinions, and
becoming blatantly honest with ou
selves about our own biased, preju-
diced attitudes, we could still make
the University and the world a better
Listening to each other, learning
from each other and working together,

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