Tony and I had fantastic afros as children. They weren’t the perfect, tight globes, like the ones that sat atop the confident students who populated Umass’s African Studies building, near where we grew up. Ours were lighter in color and looser in curl.
(EXCERPT) In the 1970s, saxophonist Alan Braufman was part of a collective of musicians who transformed a vacant building in Lower Manhattan into a hub for New York City's free jazz scene. As Braufman and his nephew, Nabil Ayers tells WNYC host Jami Floyd, his recently reissued album "Valley of Search" provides an alluring glimpse into the small, but thriving, downtown free-jazz scene of the time.
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