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Stories of how passion and craft take us to different corners of the world.@alongwayfromtheblock@dialoguesofjazz

A long way from the block Anthony Thomas

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

Stories of how passion and craft take us to different corners of the world.@alongwayfromtheblock@dialoguesofjazz

    Ep. 96-Food, Family, Music—my conversation with DJ Nu-Mark

    Ep. 96-Food, Family, Music—my conversation with DJ Nu-Mark

    In this episode, I talk with DJ Nu-Mark, world-renowned producer, turntablist, and member of the legendary hip-hop group Jurassic 5. He has a brand-new cookbook/memoir out, called Amu Nu. In describing the book, he offers some stories about his beloved mother and extended family, and we talk about how it all came together. He also touches on his time in Jurassic 5, and we bond over our love for comedy and our favorite comedians.

    https://djnu-mark.com

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 95-Show them that light—my conversation with Sanah Kadoura

    Ep. 95-Show them that light—my conversation with Sanah Kadoura

    Prior to her performance at Dizzy's Club, I had the pleasure of talking with Lebanese-Canadian drummer, composer, producer, and educator Sanah Kadoura. This week's episode encompasses that conversation. We discuss the Arabic and popular American music that was prevalent during her growing up in Calgary, Canada. Sanah talks about her role as an artist and musician, and how she came to understand that her work involves more than just playing music. Her jazz journey was informed by masters of the craft. She discusses her work as a contribution in the midst of current world events. Lastly, she describes her latest album, "Duality."

    https://sanahmusic.com

    • 19 min
    Ep. 94-The Sun Rises in The East—my conversation with Tayo and Cynthia Giwa

    Ep. 94-The Sun Rises in The East—my conversation with Tayo and Cynthia Giwa

    In this episode, I sat down with Brooklyn’s own Tayo and Cynthia Giwa, the husband and wife filmmaking team and creators of Black-Owned Brooklyn. Their current documentary, “The Sun Rises in The East,” is streaming now on Amazon Prime. We talked in detail about the filmmaking process and the vital role that current elders play in preserving black history and culture. They discussed the standards in place during their upbringings, in their households, and why a film such as theirs is so necessary now: it shows what potential can look like when a group of like-minded people come together to display black excellence.


    The subject of the film, The East, was cofounded by educator and activist Jitu Weusi. It embodied black self-determination, building dozens of institutions, including its own African-centered school, food co-op, newsmagazine, publishing company, record label, restaurant, clothing shop, and bookstore. 

    https://www.sunrisesintheeast.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 93- “My fingers are dancing grassroots”—a tribute to Horace Tapscott

    Ep. 93- “My fingers are dancing grassroots”—a tribute to Horace Tapscott

    In this episode, we celebrate the legendary Los Angeles community leader, mentor, jazz pianist, and composer Horace Tapscott. Among my guests are former members of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, founded by Tapscott in 1961, and others who appreciate his contributions to the culture. Tune in to hear poets Kamau Daáood and Anthony Joseph; saxophonists Abraham Burton, Michael Session, and Steve Lehman; former Eso Won Books co-owner James Fugate; pianist Eric Reed; bassist Roberto Miranda; and author Steven Isoardi. Myka 9 of Freestyle Fellowship delivers the intro. 

    • 3 hr 36 min
    Ep. 92-A competitor like no other-my conversation with Keith Barksdale.

    Ep. 92-A competitor like no other-my conversation with Keith Barksdale.

    For this episode, I sat down with a former Hoover High basketball backcourt teammate. Back then, he went by Keith Williams; later in life, he changed his last name to Barksdale, in recognition of his biological father. Together we reminisced about our time in high school and his stellar career as one of the best overall athletes ever to play at Hoover, following his arrival in San Diego from Kentucky at age 15. He talked about his brief stint in the Army and how he returned to fitness, personal training, and athletics. Keith is a self-taught tennis player who eventually became a full-time tennis coach, teaching and coaching his daughter, a back-to-back CIF Singles champion. His daughter is now a college player, planning to pursue the WTA after graduation. Keith has his own clothing line, Top Bark Apparel, and recently co-authored a book, Behind The Mirror - 24 Exceptional Men Volume 2.   

    • 55 min
    Ep. 91-Drums of Passion-my conversation with Nic Cacioppo

    Ep. 91-Drums of Passion-my conversation with Nic Cacioppo

    While traveling on the East Coast, I stopped by the Jersey City apartment/studio of jazz drummer and composer Nic Cacioppo, to discuss his jazz journey. In this interview, he talks about the influence of his parents, both classically trained musicians. Nic has been blessed to play with jazz greats like Slide Hampton, Gene Perla, Wallace Roney, David Murray, and Tyshawn Sorey. I ask him about his relationship with tenor saxophonist JD Allen, with whom he’s played and recorded for several years, and what it's like being a member of JD’s band. Nic describes his approach to playing the drums and the fire he brings to his live performances. Lastly, he talks about the influence of the legendary jazz drummer Papa Jo Jones, and what his playing style has meant to him.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Heather Matovu ,

Eye opening

Being a single Caucasian mother of teenage biracial boys I have struggled to fully understand and provide for their needs. In listening to Anthony’s podcast I am reminded of the importance of community and the importance of allowing others to help shape and mold our children. Coaches, teachers, and community elders have a profound influence on our young folks and I can see already how each of my boys have been positively influenced by such leaders. The lessons taught and bonds formed will be everlasting. Thank you Anthony for shining light on this beautiful human relationship/connection.

amylohr1111 ,

Special

Anthony brings on fantastic guests and converses with reverence and curiosity. There’s a lot to be learned from these conversations!

Damodar Cordua ,

Important, entertaining & powerful conversations

Love the depth of conversation in these podcasts with important guests - all who have inspiring, challenging & illuminating journeys to share. Ones we need to hear.

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