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Encyclopedia > Olu Dara
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Cover art for Neighborhoods (2001)
Background information
Birth name Charles Jones III
Born January 12, 1941 (1941-01-12) (age 66)
Origin Natchez, Mississippi, United States
Genre(s) Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, cornet

Olu Dara (born Charles Jones III in Natchez, Mississippi[1] in 1941) is an American cornetist, guitarist and singer. He first became known as a jazz musician, playing alongside avant-garde musicians such as David Murray and Henry Threadgill. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Melrose, an antebellum home in Natchez, Mississippi. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... B♭ cornet The cornet is a brass instrument that visually resembles the trumpet. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Melrose, an antebellum home in Natchez, Mississippi. ... A trumpeter may be one of several things: A trumpeter is a musician who plays the trumpet. ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... David Murray (born February 19, 1955 in Oakland, California, United States) is a notable jazz musician. ... Henry Threadgill (born February 15, 1941), Chicago, Illinois, is an American saxophonist, flautist and composer. ...

His first album under his own name, 1998's In the World: From Natchez to New York, revealed another aspect of his musical personality: the leader and singer of a band immersed in African-American tradition, playing an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, and storytelling, with tinges of funk, African popular music and reggae. His second album Neighborhoods, with guest appearances by Dr John and Cassandra Wilson, followed in a similar vein. Blues music redirects here. ... Folk song redirects here. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Neighborhoods is the second solo album by jazz cornetist Olu Dara. ... Dr. John, born Malcolm Rebennack (born November 21, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a colorful pianist, singer, and songwriter, whose music spans, and often combines, blues, boogie woogie, and rock and roll. ... Cassandra Wilson (born December 4, 1955) is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. ...

Rapper Nas (Nasir Jones) is Dara's son. He encouraged his father to record the music he was playing with his band, and guested on a track on In the World. Dara played the cornet on the track "Life's A Bitch" from Nas's debut album Illmatic in 1994. In 2004, his vocals and trumpet were featured on Nas's single "Bridging the Gap", from his album Street's Disciple. For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... Bâ™­ cornet The cornet is a brass instrument that visually resembles the trumpet. ... Illmatic is the debut album by rapper Nas, released on April 19, 1994 through Columbia Records. ... Streets Disciple is a double album by rapper Nas that was released on November 30, 2004 by Columbia Records. ...

He was given the name "Olu Dara" by a Yoruba priest when he returned to America. He has traveled throughout Africa and Europe. The literal translation of the name means God is good. The Yoruba (Yorùbá in Yoruba orthography) are a large ethno-linguistic group or ethnic nation in Africa; the majority of them speak the Yoruba language (èdèe Yorùbá; èdè = language). ...

Mr. Dara is also an accomplished playwright and actor, staging Blues Rooms to strong acclaim in New York City and Fairfax, Virginia during the 1990s. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1805 Government  - Mayor Robert Lederer Area  - City  6. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


  • In the World: From Natchez to New York 1998
  • Neighborhoods 2001

Neighborhoods is the second solo album by jazz cornetist Olu Dara. ...


  1. ^ Carles, Philippe et al, Dictionnaire du jazz, Éditions Robert Lafont, Paris, 1994

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Olu Dara (274 words)
Olu Dara is a multi-talented entertainer who has been performing since he was 8 years old.
Born (1941) in Natchez, Miss, Olu landed in New York in 1963 after a stint in the US Navy which took him all over the world.
In Olu's current repertoire, you will find a true fusion based on the Blues, but containing elements of African, Caribbean, R'n'B, and yes, even Jazz (but he won't admit to that) musical styles.
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