Jazz's newest star is named Angel Bat Dawid, a Chicago-based clarinetist, composer and singer. Her free jazz debut 'The Oracle' (2019) - released by the influential jazz label International Anthem - was recorded entirely on her cell phone and showcases a strong sample of free jazz, which rubs up against the cosmic sound of Pharoah Sanders and the Afrofuturism of Sun Ra. On this album, Angel Bat Dawid takes you along in a personal, painful story about racism, solidarity and friendship.
In addition to solo shows, Angel Bat Dawid tours internationally with her septet Tha Brothahood and leads the all-female trio Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty with bassist Brooklynn Skye Scott and pianist Anaiet. As one half of the duo group DAOUI, Angel produced, mixed and released the album "Message from the DAOUI'' with sound artist Oui Ennui. As an educator, Angel teaches her "Great Black Music" course at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center through Old Town School of Folk and is a clarinetist in Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble and hosts a monthly music show on NTS Radio.
Angel Bat Dawid's album The Oracle is grounded in reality, highlighting that black people are still oppressed. It presents a way of dealing with the historical pain of oppression and racism. Just as Sun Ra in his 1974 cult film "Space Is The Place" sought a place in the universe where black people could live together without discrimination or persecution, so too Angel wants to carve out a place where everyone is connected.
The album is also a reflection of contemporary racism. The emotional centerpiece of the album - "What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black" - is Angel's adaptation of a 1963 poem by writer Margaret Burroughs.