SOURCE with Yacouba Sissoko on kora ; was created by Quebecois flutist Sylvain Leroux, pioneer of African music collaborations in NorthAmerica, as an improvisational group with a standard jazz formation ofbass, drums, keyboard and wind, but was soon reborn as an explorativejazz unit with the advent of Mandeng vocalist and guitar great,Abdoulaye "Djoss" Diabate from Mali and Guinean fula flute Master BailoBah.
The current configuration includes Israeli keyboard virtuoso ShaiBachar who imparts jazz sophistication and contemporary atmosphericgroove, and a solid rhythm section held down by Senegalese bassistMamadou Ba and French drummer, Robert Bonhomme. Conga player DanielVilleneuve, also French Canadian, has recently joined the band, addinga sensitive Caribbean touch to the skins.
Abdoulaye Diabate's voice soars with the depth and conviction conferred upon him by his legacy as a griot and his own infectious good nature;Bailo Bah's virtuosi playing of the 3-holed tambin flute combinesphrasing and expression that reach emotional and textural heights. Inaddition to SOURCE's top-notch regular line-up, "Tonight's African JazzBand" proudly features the contribution of Guinea's famed guitar-griot,"Djekorya" Mory Kante, who performed and recorded with the group in2004-05. SOURCE has been delighting audiences at Soho's Zinc Bar formore than three years, holding down the first-of-the-month slot in thiscool hot-spot's long-running series, African Fridays. With "Tonight'sAfrican Jazz Band" the vehicle, SOURCE W/ ABDOULAYE DIABATE delivers amessage of human spirit, of individual and collective creativity,demonstrating how different cultures can meet and communicate throughtheir personal relationship to music.