Baba David Coleman

Baba David Coleman, drummer, teacher, priest, and founding member of the Afro-Semitic Experience is suffering from stage IV cancer that has spread throughout his body. 

He is being cared for by his family in Ohio.  

They don’t…

Remembering Stacy Phillips

  What a musical year it has been.  There were some high points and real lows.  The hardest moment this year came on June 4 when I got a call the day after playing an Afro-Semitic Experience concert and learned that…


New video, MLK service and jam session

Just a few weeks ago I had the honor of playing with the Afro-Semitic Experience at the opening plenary session of the Biennial conference of the URJ, the Union of Reform Judaism. We played a brief set just before the…


September Services and Sundry Soirees

One thing I enjoy as a musician and a creative person is developing/creating works that are spiritually and musically moving and satisfying. I enjoy the intricate challenges of merging my religious/spiritual life with my musical life and I have thrived…


Late July musical soirees

This last week of July is filled with music of all kinds and I’d be thrilled if you came out for one or more of these upcoming performances. I am basically having gigs with almost of all of my various…


Mardi Gras 2017

Hey friends, 

Just a little Mardi Gras reminder note and a rescheduled snowed out performance.    

This coming Tuesday, February 28 is Fat Tuesday and that means that I will be directing  my annual Mardi Gras conc­­ert at Southern Connecticut


the next few weeks in music

Hey friends, 

The next few weeks for me are going to filled with some really interesting music and most of it is happening locally. I would be remiss if I didn't let you know what I am up to.  


At Eldridge Street

Last Sunday several band members were invited to accompany Cantor Jack Mendelson at a baby naming. Jack was in great voice and we all had fun making music together.

Here are some candid shots from the day.
Jesse Chevan


The Afro-Semitic Experience is saddened by the events in Ferguson, Missouri. We mourn the killing of Michael Brown and we are troubled by the violence that has been inflicted upon the community.  We are reminded once again that the Civil…