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Charles Mingus said jazz was a word invented to separate musicians from their money. Music for a Free World brings us together, drawing listeners to the healing power of smooth free jazz. Each week, surprise guests bring their own sides to spin and their instruments of choice to spontaneously jam.
February 27, 2021: Thomas Sayers Ellis co-founded The Dark Room Collective (1989) and Heroes Are Gang Leaders (2014), a Free Jazz literary band of musicians and writers who were awarded the American Book Award for Oral Literature in 2018.
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|Artist||Track||Album||Label||Comments||Approx. start time|
|Heroes Are Gang Leaders||The Avant Age Garde I AMs of the Gal Luxury||The Avant Age Garde I AMs of the Gal Luxury||https://fastspeakingmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-avant-age-garde-i-ams-of-the-gal-luxury||0:00:00 (Pop‑up)|
|The Dead Lecturers||A Table of Conflicts||TSE, poem JBL, tenor sax Risto Ivanov, electric bass||0:07:50 (Pop‑up)|
|The Dead Lecturers||Hip Hop Record Painters Who Rocked the Might Before the Rise of the Disney Military Complex||Basquiat Series||TSE, poem JBL, tenor sax Risto Ivanov, electric bass||0:13:25 (Pop‑up)|
|Thomas Sayers Ellis||Vernacular Owl||The Dead Lecturer||0:27:52 (Pop‑up)|
|Heroes Are Gang Leaders||The Shrimpy Grits||for Amiri Baraka||TSE / poem JBL / tenor sax Janice Lowe / piano Michael Biso / bass Dominic Fragman / drums||0:38:35 (Pop‑up)|
|Heroes Are Gang Leaders||Final VInyl||Highest Engines Near/Near Higher Engineers||https://fastspeakingmusic.bandcamp.com/track/final-vinyl||0:50:09 (Pop‑up)|
|Heroes Are Gang Leaders||MIsta Sippy||Live at Sons D'Hiver / Paris, France / 2019||1:47:11 (Pop‑up)|
|Heroes Are Gang Leaders||Internet Kill Switch||Artificial Happiness Button||https://heroesaregangleaders.bandcamp.com/album/artificial-happiness-button||2:09:01 (Pop‑up)|
|Heroes Are Gang Leaders||Hurt Cult / Beware of the Band Leader||Artificial Happiness Button||2:24:46 (Pop‑up)|
|Thomas Sayers Ellis & Dave Sewelson||Or My Meter is Percussive||Live on WFMU||GTDR Records and Tapes||2:48:45 (Pop‑up)|
|Heroes Are Gang Leaders||It's the End of the Babysitting of Traumatized, Grown Ass men||Artificial Happiness Button||https://heroesaregangleaders.bandcamp.com/track/its-the-end-of-the-babysitting-of-traumatized-grown-ass-men||2:54:31 (Pop‑up)|