Vernon Reid founded the rock band, Living Colour, in New York City in the mid-1980s, and piloted the group through a remarkable and influential career. He received two Grammy awards for his guitar work with the band, and in 2003 Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #66 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In addition to Living Colour, Vernon engages in many other musical projects, including Masque, the Yohimbe Brothers, and Free Form Funky Freqs.
A native of Staten Island, Mr. Reid’s work as a composer has led him to collaborations with a diverse array of innovative New York City-based performing artists. His most recent album with Living Colour was 2009’s critically-acclaimed The Chair in the Doorway.
Award-winning poet and actor Carl Hancock Rux revisits Zora Neale Hurston’s celebrated novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" from the point of view of Janie’s love interest, Tea Cake, with an original performance art piece commissioned by The Greene Space. This work will explore Hurston’s narrative through a male lens. Following the ...
Like Gary Marcus, Vernon Reid also plays guitar. But he does have a musical gift – since bursting upon the rock scene with the band Living Colour and founding the Black Rock Coalition, he’s become one of the living legends of the electric guitar. He joins us along with hip hop artist Akim Funk Buddha to talk about a new version of his WNYC-commissioned multimedia work, “Artificial Afrika.”
A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art features about 65 guitars handcrafted by masters living in New York City in the early part of the 20th Century. The show, called “Guitar Heroes,” embodies America’s nascent fascination, and ultimate adoption, of the European acoustic instrument. Jayson Kerr Dobney, associate curator of the Met’s Department of Musical Instruments discusses the show.
Guitarist and Rock music innovator Jimi Hendrix died 40 years ago this week in Kensington's Samarkind Hotel, he was 27.