Wendell Harrison and Tribe

Saturday, April 9, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm$25
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Showtimes are at 7:30p & 9:30p for this performance.

(Doors open at 5pm for dinner/Seating begins at 6:15p for the first show & 9:00p for the second show)


In 1970, the fast paced New York and the road began taking its’ toll on Wendell.  He moved to California for a short period.  While resting and practicing at the Syanon Center, he met vocalist Esther Phillips and saxophonist Art Pepper.  Under the direction of Greg Dykes they recorded an album (reissued  on CD ) entitled The Prince Of Peace which received world wide recognition.  This experience also enhanced his writing and arranging skills.  Harrison headed back to Detroit in 1971.  He began teaching music at a multi arts complex for youth, Metro Arts founded by Dr. Amelita Mandingo.  While teaching at Metro Arts, Wendell met  pianist and composer Harold McKinney and rejoined his friend Marcus Belgrave.  Wendell also met trombonist Phil Ranelin who had moved to Detroit from Indianapolis.  Together they formed the Tribe record label and collective.  Tribe used this vehicle to convey a growing black political consciousness.  The group also included drummer and composer Doug Hammond, pianist Ken Cox and trumpeter Charles Moore.  They performed together live and on each others recordings and releasing them on the Tribe record label.  Tribe also published a magazine, a quarterly  monthly publication dedicated to musical and  political revolutionaries and political issues.  The magazine was published by Harrison’s company,  The Harrison Association.  Tribe had pretty much disbanded in 1975, but Phil Ranelin and Wendell were instrumental and getting all of the Tribe recordings reissued to various internal labels.  

This unique organization packed a strong musical punch on the international scene.  Techno music guru Carl Craig discovered in his global travels that Tribe still was gaining popularity on the underground techno music scene internationally which was unheard of considering they haven’t performed together as Tribe in over 30 years.  In 2007 Carl reproduced the Tribe group with Marcus, Wendell, Doug and Phil.  They released a single on the market entitled It’s A New Day on the C2 Planet E record label and is also touring globally.  The CD Tribe Rebirth is now available. Other Tribe reissues can be found on several websites  including DustyGroove.com.

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Saturday, April 9, 2022
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm