Playing in front of a backdrop of Jodhpur, India, drummer D'Vonne Lewis and a new quartet named Passage played this month's Art of Jazz concert. Passage blended several types of music and cultures in this concert presented by Earshot Jazz at the Seattle Art Museum. The international blend of African, South & Central American music and American Jazz provided additional international flavor to SAM's current exhibition Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India.
The quartet Passage consists of Thione Diop, originally from Senegal on percussion and vocals, Ari Joshua, born in South Africa on guitar and effects, Alex Dugdale, born in Colombia on reeds, piano and tap, and D'Vonne Lewis, born in Seattle of a esteemed musical family. All four musicians are now Seattle residents and the group was formed out of mutual admiration for each one's unique skills.
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