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Live at NPA '99

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Cornetist, vocalist and singer Charles Jones III, known as Olu Dara Jones, was born January 12, 1941 in Natchez, Mississippi.

In 1963 he moved to New York, where he played with Charles Brackeen and Art Blakely, and later David Murray, Henry Threadgill, and others in the avant-garde scene.

The solo albums Dara recorded in New York were a mix of jazz, blues, funk, and African popular music.

His name Olu Dara means "God is good" in Yoruba language, and was given to him by a Yoruban priest.

Dara is the father of rapper Nas, who he has recorded with.

Olu Dara performs live at NPA with his band during February 1999.

Olu is the father of the rapper known as Nas, who is an avid supporter of his work.

In 1989 he released "In the World: From Natchez to New York", his first album under his own name.



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