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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary Tour @Redwood Theatre

Friday, February 16 @ 8:30 pm

Celebrating 50 Years of The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble’s Legacy

Dr. Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, in conjunction with the legendary group’s 50th anniversary, announces announces their 50th annual February North American Tour in honor of Black History Month with new album, Open Me, A Higher Consciousness of Sound and Spirit, out March 8th, 2024 via Spiritmuse Records.

Internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El’Zabar is one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation. He is a multi-award winner and Grammy-nominated artist who has played with likes of Archie Shepp, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon, Nona Hendryx, Pharoah Sanders, Cannonball Adderly, Donny Hathaway, Billy Bang to name only a few of the many giants in music, as well as recording with rock bands like Sonia Dada and Poi Dog Pondering.

The EHE was founded by El’Zabar in 1974 as a quintet but was soon paired down to its classic form — a trio, featuring El’Zabar on multi-percussion and voice, plus two horns. With El’Zabar at the helm, the band’s line-up has always been open to changes, and over the years the EHE has welcomed dozens of revered musicians including Light Henry Huff, Kalaparusha Maurice Macintyre, Joseph Bowie, Hamiett Bluiett, and Craig Harris. The current line-up has been consolidated over two decades — trumpeter Corey Wilkes entered the circle twenty years ago, while baritone sax player Alex Harding joined seven years ago, after having played with El’Zabar since the early 2000s in groups such as Joseph Bowie’s Defunkt.

The Ensemble:

Kahil El Zabar :: Percussions, Voice
Corey Wilkes :: Trumpet, Percusions
Alex Harding :: Baritone Saxophone

@ The Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard Street East

$45 Early Bird (Until January 19, 2024)
$50 Adv.
$60 Door



Friday, February 16
8:30 pm


Redwood Theatre
1300 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON M4L 1Y7 Canada
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