Olu Dara

Olu Dara

Olu Dara (born Charles Jones III in Louisville, Mississippi in 1941) is a trumpeter, cornetist, guitarist and singer. He first became known as a jazz musician, playing alongside avant-garde musicians such as David Murray and Henry Threadgill.

His first album under his own name, 1998's In the World: From Natchez to New York, revealed another aspect of his musical personality: the leader and singer of a band immersed in African-American tradition, playing an ecclectic mix of blues, jazz, and storytelling, with tinges of funk, African popular... more