Pura Fe (the group) with Jim Pepper and Matoka Little Eagle
with Jim Pepper – jazz, clarinet, percussion and singer.
Saxophonist Jim Pepper a Creek and Kaw Indian Jazz musician performes with the group Pura Fe at a benefit at AICH. Among the selection of songs Pepper performed was Pepper's most famous, “Witchi Tai To," which he performed with Matoka Little Eagle.
Jim was an innovative jazz musician who made his mark in the United States and in Europe. His style was unique in that it fused Native American Church music and powwow music with the experimental jazz. Though he was based out of New York for much of his career, like most jazz musicians he had to go to Europe to receive critical acclaim. His best know work, Pepper's Pow Wow, was released in 1971. Jim was a big influence on Muscogee poet Joy Harjo, and collaborated with the Native women's; a cappella group, Ulali. He was inducted into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame posthumously after his tragic death following his battle with lymphoid cancer. Jim is remembered for his contribution to both the Jazz scene and the Native music scene, and for expanding the perceptions and expectations of both genres.
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