Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers is Pulitzer prize finalist

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Chicago trumpet colossus Wadada Leo Smith has been named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for music, behind winner Caroline Shaw's for Partita for 8 Voices. Leo Smith is a finalist in the music section of the awards, for his 4CD Cuneiform release from last year, Ten Freedom Summers.

The music Pulitzer has been running since 1943, when the first recipient was classical composer William Schuman. It took until 1997 for a jazz record to receive the prize – Wynton Marsalis's Blood On The Fields. Leo Smith has been named as one of two finalists from 157 entries, alongside Aaron Jay Kernis.

Ten Freedom Summers is a 21 part work in three cycles, based on the American civil rights movement, focused around the ten years between the US Supreme Court's 1954 decision to end segregation in schools and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and inspired in part by August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle of plays. It's released by Cuneiform (more details here).

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