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Help Bring This Weldon Irvine Documentary to Life

As bandleader for Nina Simone, session pianist and composer for Donny Hathaway, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Al Muirhead and the gamut of music giants across genres and eras, Weldon Irvine has been integral to foundational moments in jazz, funk, r&b and soul.

 

 

Watch A Trailer For Digging for Weldon Irvine, A Documentary About An Unsung Pioneer Of Black Music

Weldon Irvine, jazz musician, playwright, pioneer of liberated black artistic expression, and mentor to rappers like Q-Tip and Mos Def, is the subject of an upcoming film Digging For Weldon Irvine.

 

 

New Documentary Will Focus On Weldon Irvine, Jazz Legend And Pioneer

It’s a shame to see a legend’s story go untold. Enter Weldon Irvine, the jazz-funk superstar who helped create the careers of Mos Def and Common, and who is now the subject of a documentary titled Digging for Weldon Irvine.

 

 

New Documentary 'Digging for Weldon Irvine' Explores the Life of the Much Sampled Black Music Pioneer

A new documentary film is set to chart the life of pioneering pianist/keyboardist, composer and poet Weldon Irvine. Having written music for and performed alongside greats including Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, Irvine was persistently forward thinking, turning his attention to less accessible jazz fusion sounds in the 1970s and working alongside Hip Hop artists including Q-Tip and Mos Def in his later career.

 

 
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Documentary 'Digging for Weldon Irvine' On the Enigmatic Life of Nina Simone, Q-Tip Collaborator

Though he committed suicide in 2002 at the age of 58, Weldon Irvine racked up an impressive musical resume that included collaborations with Nina Simone, Q-Tip and Mos Def. Filmmaker and musician Victorious DeCosta (“Love Seat”) sees these accomplishments not as stand-alone snippets, but points of a decades-long fight for Black freedom of expression. He explores them further in “Digging for Weldon Irvine,” a feature-length documentary for which DeCosta set up an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

 

 
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Weldon Irvine Influenced Black Star, KRS-One, JAY-Z, Common & Q-Tip. His Story Is Being Told (Video)

Best-known perhaps as the songwriter of the unofficial Civil Rights anthem, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” (popularized by Nina Simone), the late Weldon Irvine bridged the generations as a key mentor and collaborator to Hip-Hop icons during the ’90s and beyond.

 

 
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We Move 13 • Weldon Irvine Special ft. Victorious DeCosta (Digging For Weldon Irvine Documentary)

We Move 13 • This edition of We Move is dedicated to the legacy of Weldon Irvine, prolific musician, composer, playwright, activist and so much more. We started the show off with some fresh music via our own imprint then dived into conversations with Filmmaker & Director Victorious DeCosta, who is in the midst of wrapping up his documentary, "Digging For Weldon Irvine". More info on the project here : www.weldonirvinefilm.com/. Followed up the interview with an all Weldon mix, and finally, to close, another IN30 from head honcho Funk Bast*rd.

 

 
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New documentary on Weldon Irvine

Weldon Irvine, jazz musician, playwright, pioneer of liberated black artistic expression, and mentor to rappers like Q-Tip, is the subject of an upcoming feature length documentary. 'Digging for Weldon Irvine' is about the "musical genius whose legacy, time has obscured", and is crowdfunding to cover post production costs for the project. 

 

 
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Upcoming documentary will focus on the life of Weldon Irvine

Jazz musician, playwright, pioneer of liberated black artistic expression, and mentor to hip hop artists like Q-Tip and Mos Def, Weldon Irvine, is the subject an upcoming documentary titled Digging for Weldon Irvine.


 

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