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Howard Wiley & the Angola Project 

When: Mon., Jan. 14, 8 & 10 p.m. 2008
Price: $10-$15

Howard Wiley grew up in the EastBay and has been playing sax since he was thirteen, when he fell in love with the instrument. He's well known to local audiences for his work with Lavay Smith, but his new group, the Angola Project, explores the roots of African-American folk music -- blues, rags, field hollers, work songs -- using the recordings made by John Lomax at the Angola State Prison in Louisiana in the late '50s. The prison is, in fact, a plantation and many of the songs the inmates sung dated back to the days of slavery. Wiley's adventurous band includes violins, two basses, a sizzling horn section, and local jazz and blues legend Faye Carol on vocals. The set will also include some of Wiley's own compositions as featured on his new CD The Angola Project. Howard Wiley and the Angola Project play Monday, Jan. 14 at Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland) at 8 and 10 p.m. $15, $10.

— j. poet


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