Soweto Kinch is not only making waves in the jazz community, he’s a force for good and change in the community as a whole.
In an interview with Nick Booth for the Grassroots Channel, a podcast which highlights the driving forces in our inner city streets of Birmingham, England, he stresses his community credentials.
Of course it is all there in the music, too, with the sometimes hilarious insights he shows into the difficulties and dilemmas facing those living in Birmingham’s B19 area – but for extra insights into the man behind the music, the Grassroots interview is well worth a listen.
Meanwhile, we wait with bated anticipation for the second part of Soweto’s B19 sound picture, due for release in the first half of 2007.
If you have any other examples of jazz musicians pressing the community awareness button, I’d love to hear about them.