Performance: Idris Ackamoor ☥ and the Pyramids

Programmed by Alix Blevins

Dynamic members of the Bay Area jazz scene since the 1970s, Idris Ackamoor ☥ and the Pyramids perform an evening of their signature intergalactic jazz funk, afrobeat grooves, and hypnotic licks. The lineup features Ackamoor, Sandy Poindexter, Lionel Tanner, Bobby Cobb, Abdul Waheed, and a special guest.

The Pyramids were founded in 1972 when alto saxophonist Idris Ackamoor and original group members traveled to Europe and took a musical-spiritual journey to study with local musicians in northern Ghana, the land of the Frafra of Bolgatanga and the Islam-influenced Dagomba of Tamale. The band’s first chapter concluded with their final concert at the 1977 UC Berkeley Jazz Festival. In 2007, the Pyramids announced their return, and they have since released a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums.