The Leavings Project Biographies


Larry Neal ~ Author

[AS] The author Larry Neal was one of the motivating forces behind the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. The Glorious Monster in the Bell of the Horn is recognized as a seminal piece of literature, defining the aesthetic of that period in black literature. All the ingredients of the Black Arts Movement are expressed - social concerns, political themes, music, spiritual observations, dance, and language which explored the use of sound and the interpretation of sound through the spoken word.

Anthony J. Sloan ~ Director

[AS] The director of The Leaving(s) Project is Anthony J. Sloan, a highly respected practitioner of the fine art of live radio drama. He has taught, produced, directed and pushed live radio drama to new frontiers in the United States, Mexico, Central America, Europe and Africa. Anthony is a member of AMARC (World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) and of NFCB (National Federation of Community Broadcasters). He has been producing live radio drama in New York City since 1987 and has broadcast stage productions written for radio from The Joseph Papp Public Theater since 1991. He has recently stepped down as the Director of Arts and Cultural Programming at Pacifica Radio, WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City, a 35-year-old non-profit radio station dedicated to the arts and community affairs, in order to pursue his dream of travelling and teaching live radio drama around the globe.

maskThe Cast

Ahmondylla Best ...Vera Robinson
(Shekere/African Vibes)
[AB] Ahmondylla Best is a composer, flautist, percussionisst, vocalist and dancer. She was a member and co-founder of Lady Gourd Sangoma. A graduate of FIT, where she earned her degree in jewelry design, she is a craftswoman and designer, making shakeres, clothing, and accessories. She was featured percussionist in the musical The Warrior Ant by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson and has performed with jazz artists Horacee Arnold, John Blake and Rachelle Farrell. She was a member of Women of the Calabash for five years, where she also composed for the group, thus receiving the Monarch Merit Award. Ahmondylla has performed in Europe, Africa, the French Caribbean and across the United States of North America.

Arthur T. Wilson ...Chris Henson
[ATW] Along with Nefertete Rasheed, Mr. Wilson is in the midst of putting together an arts-in-education program titled RIP (Repertory Interdisciplinary Program), at New Dance Group Arts Center, located at 254 West 47th Street. The 9-week "pilot program" will take place in May and June of 1996, followed by the full 4-year program commencing in the fall of 1996. Mr. Wilson is also Education Director of New Dance Group Art Center, Inc.; President of Dance Giant Steps, Inc.; and Co-Publisher/Editor of Attitude magazine. He is a member of ASSITEJ U.S.A., through which he has conducted workshops in London, England; Warsaw, Poland; Adelaide, Australia; and the One Theatre World Symposium in Seattle.

Bernard White ...Sonny Boy Smalls
[BW] Bernard White co-hostsWake-up Call, The Morning Show on WBAI. He is the force behind the Emanations Collective, also on WBAI.

Bobby Watson ...Alto Saxophone/Flute
[BW] Reed man extraordinaire, with a new release: Urban Renewal on Kokopelli Records, Inc.
PO Box 8200, Santa Fe, NM 87504.

Cooper Moore ...Diddley (bow/instrumentations/piano)
[CM] Cooper Moore is a composer and musical instrument designer-builder. He is the resident storyteller at Prospect Park, and holds down the Piano Chair in William Parker's The Little Huey Orchestra, and the In Order to Survive Ensemble. He is the percussionist with poet Martha Cinader, and a multi-instrumentalist with Dr. Bill Cole. He has recorded with William Parker, David S. Ware, Alan Braufman, and the George Carver Band. He has performed with Tiye Giraud, Diedre Murray, Robin Becker, Jill Becker, Joseph Jarman, Judith Jackson,and radio producer-director Anthony Sloan. As a composer, he has collaborated with Arthur T. Wilson, Red High Heels Strike Back, Byron Johns, Solo, and Fred L. Price. For the past three years he's been a musical consultant for the Harlem Interfaith Counseling Service. Cooper Moore was born in the Piedmont area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Craig Harris ...Trombone/Conductor
Craig Harris sometimes leads the David Murray Big Band; all the time plays his butt off. Critical acclaim has followed Harris throughout his career. In a review of his work in The Circle Unbroken Is a Hard Bop, The New York Times described him as
"surprisingly adept in his role of anchoring the play's delicately woven structure. At once fierce and subtle, Harris shines in an interlude detailing the evolution of black music."
The New York Times also said that
"his trombone might contain his entire uproarious soul; it never lets him pause for breath as it surprises the audience into admiring laughter or silences it with deep cries of rage and rapture."
The New York Amsterdam News called his work
"the height of improvisatory genius, and the perfect marriage of the word with music."

Dean Bowman ...Voice Chorus Captain/Vocalizations
Dean Bowman is lead singer for the extraordinary band Screaming Headless Torsos and vocalizer in the Tracy Morris band Words and Muzic. Dean is musically so very mean....Huh, don't hurt us brother!

Don Byron ...Clarinet
[DB] Since 1985, Don Byron has been a regular participant in the NY jazz scene. He is a leader of Semaphone, an ensemble for new music whose repertoire includes the works of Messaien and Schubert. He is about to release a new recording, Music for Six Musicians, on Nonesuch Records, compositions - some even having their genesis in the score for The Scar of Shame - with a distinctly Latin influence. Did we mention that Don was born and raised in the Bronx? Did we mention the klezmer playing he does fronting his band, The Music of Mickey Katz?

Darrell McNeill ...Dr. Richard Davenport
[DM] Darrell McNeill is a freelance writer/journalist. He has written for The Village Voice, BRE magazine, and GRP records. He is Chairman of Creative Unity, and producer on the Creative Unity Collective Show on WBAI. With Creative Unity, he has written for Apollo Comedy Hour, and Townsend Television. McNeill also works as a musician.

Douglass Turner Ward ...Wally Robinson
[DTW] Douglass Turner Ward is a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company. With so many producing, directing and acting credits behind his decades of theater experience... let's just say he's a great force in American Theater.

Henry Afro Bradley ...Captain Dabney
[HA] Henry Afro Bradley is the actor/musician who created the role of the old man in Juan Shanisul Alam's Purple Paradise. He also created the role of Small Times in Joseph Papp's production of Lock In. Other credits include: Ishmael Reed's Savage Wilds and Julius Ceasar Set In Africa, directed by Rome Neal at the Nuyorican Cafe. Mr. Bradley has performed as a member of the Blues Duo in numerous clubs, festivals, schools and libraries, and has appeared in many productions in the New York City area.

Hesou Coue ...Additional Foley
Hesou Coue co-hosts the Friday Morning Show on WBAI, along with Laura Flanders and Matthew Finch.

J.D. Parran ...Tenor Saxophone
[JD] Check out his band Spirit Stage, which includes the poetry of Shirley LeFlore. Mr. Parran is the director of the Harlem School of the Arts Institute of Jazz and African American Music Studies (HSAJAAMS). Long time collaborator with James "Jabbo" Ware, Anthony Davis, Anthony Braxton and so many others, Mr. Parran is a teacher and a doer.

Jake Glanz ...Technical Director
Jake Glanz has been working in radio since 13 years of age. He is simply the best Technical Director that money can't buy.

Jared Harvey ...Madame Blue (Kali)
[JH] Jared Harvey has performed for theatre, television and radio. Regional theatre credits include: For Colored Girls,House of Blue Leaves, Tango, and Agnes of God. Commercial and print ads include: IBM, Sears, Gottex and Southwestern Bell Telephone. Greatest accomplishment to date: the birth of her son, Christopher. Thank you, heavenly Father.

Jasper MacGruder ...Shammy (Phillips/Harmonica)
[JM] Jasper MacGruder is an actor and director. His regional work includes Yale Rep School For Wives, Studio Arena Caucasian Chalk Circle. NY performances include Imperceptible Mutabilities by Suzan Lori Parks, Cellophane by Mac Wellman, and Let Me Live by Oyamo. Jasper was featured as the old judge and bus driver in the 1992 world tour of Einstein On The Beach by Phillip Glass and Robert Wilson. Director credits include Monk and Bud at Theater for the New City and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Jasper, a LaMama baby, also plays blues harp with The Blues Duo.

Jeff Ward ...Foley ( Live Sound Effects )
he does it all....and like Matthew, his fellow Foleyer, Jeff Ward also has no spare time. If he did have spare time, he would work with his group Union Signal, doing radio drama for WBAI, and maybe even National Public Radio.

Kurt Lamkin ...Dickie Davenport
[KL] Kurt Lamkin is a poet from Philadelphia. His film, The Foxes Manifesto, aired on PBS. The recording My JuJu is currently on the Jambaco record label and is available. Mr. Lamkin teaches at The New School for Social Research in New York. He performs Kora with a band called The Believers.

Matthew Finch ...Foley ( Live Sound Effects )
[MF] Matthew Finch learned the fine art of Foley (live sound effects) as a part of Shelf Life - WBAI's radio drama collective. Currently a producer at the station, he specializes in drama and literature. In his spare time ... forget that; he has no spare time.

Michael Wimberly ...Piano/Compositions/Conductor
[MW] Classically trained percussionist and composer, Michael Wimberly holds both a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music from the exclusive Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and a Masters Degree in Music from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. But it is his study of West African percussion that makes his compositions most unique and sets both audiences and critics on fire. Michael has defied categorization by mixing textures, integrating European, ancient African rythms, and modern American music, creating a muse of sound that is as electrifying as it is multicultural.

Nefertete Rasheed
[NEF] Along with Arthur Wilson, Nefertete Rasheed is in the midst of putting together an arts-in-education program titled RIP (Repertory Interdisciplinary Program), at New Dance Group Arts Center, located at 254 West 47th Street. The 9-week "pilot program" will take place in May and June of 1996, followed by the full 4-year program commencing in the fall of 1996.

Sheba Riley ...Rose Norwood
[SHE] Sheba Riley is a New York based actress, stage manager and director, whose next production is as an actress in Black Metropolis, opening February 1st at the Raw Space, 529 West 42nd Street.

Tom Mitchelson ...Herbert Lee Robinson, Sr.
[TM] Tom Mitchelson is a writer. Currently he is working on a stage play entitled Innocens. He will have a short story of the same title published by Viking Penguin Press.

Vincent Chancey ...French Horn
[VC] Vincent Chancey has studied under Julius Watkins - pioneering french horn player. Mr. Chancey played with the Sun Ra Arkestra. He currently plays with the David Murray Big Band, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, and leads his own quintet. Vincent records for DIW, part of the Sony music family. He has recorded over 70 projects throughout his young career. Chancey has travelled extensively in Central and South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Look for him all over the place.

Victor "Nommo" McCadd ...Trumpet
[VNM] Victor "Nommo" McCadd is currently working with the Jay McGovern Quintet, the Creative Arts Ensemble, and Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy & the Hip-Hop Fee Harmonic. "Nommo" has toured extensively throughout Europe with the Gershwin Gala. Catch him sometime...he plays all over town. Martin

Wade Barnes ...Drums/compositions
[WB] Wade Barnes has been playing for all his remembered memory. Currently you can catch him on the 360 Degrees record label release of The Sounds The Show Us. Mr. Barnes has a Masters Degree in Music Education and is deeply involved with Open Horizons, a multicultural arts and technical education program.

Yusuf Lamont ...Peter Iverson
Yusuf Lamont is a writer, producer, director and actor on The Creative Unity Collective Radio Show as well as being a writer and cast member of television's Apollo Comedy Hour. He has acted in various live productions such as Creative Unity's Media Circus at The Comic Strip, and in live radio dramas such as The Palm Wine Drinkard, and Life Sea Treasures, at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York. He is also a graphic designer/illustrator and studied at The School of Visual Arts.


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