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Wadada Leo Smith at Victoriaville avant-garde music festival

Wadada Leo Smith in Jazziz.jpgTrumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith headlines at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle this weekend in Victoriaville.

It's a major showcase for avant-garde and improvised music in North America.

Wadada Leo Smith has had a long career in that field. He's now 70 years old.

Tonight, he performs his "10 Freedom Summers" suite, inspired by the campaigns to end segregation from 1954 to 1964.

We called him up at his home in Ventura, California.

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