Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Tribute to Don Cherry
June 15 & 16
  • Performance

Solar Myth
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
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This is a seated show.

Program Info

$25 General Admission
21 & Over


Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

  • Kahil El’Zabar – drums, percussion
  • Corey Wilkes – trumpet
  • Alex Harding – baritone saxophone
  • Dwight Trible – vocals
  • Justin Dillard – piano
Supported by

This program is supported by CMA’s Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Ars Nova Workshop presents a performance dedicated to one globally-focused innovator from another, as AACM percussion great Kahil El’Zabar celebrates the pioneering music of trumpeter Don Cherry.

A leading proponent of the AACM’s “ancient to the future” philosophy, multi-instrumentalist Kahil El’Zabar recently celebrates the landmark 50th anniversary of his ground-breaking Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at Solar Myth. He’ll return this June for two nights with his tribute to the legendary trumpeter-composer Don Cherry. Revered for his foundational tenure with Ornette Coleman beginning in the 1950s, Cherry went on to pioneer the fusion of jazz with what came to be broadly known as “world music,” incorporating influences from African, Middle Eastern and Asian traditions. That work would influence the likes of El’Zabar, who has continued to elaborate on Cherry’s experiments with his work in bands like the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Ritual Trio.