Legendary blues, jazz and folk artist Barbara Dane and Bread and Roses Executive Director Cassandra Flipper received the FAR-West Best of the West honors.
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FAR-West is pleased to announce the recipients of its Best of the West honorees for 2014. This year’s recipients are Barbara Dane and Cassandra Flipper.
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View the Best of the West Memory Books for both Awardees here.
The Best of the West awards were established by FAR-West in 2005 to honor individuals who have maintained an enduring presence in the folk and acoustic music scene in the West, and who continue to inspire others by embodying folk values and traditions. The awards will be presented at FAR-West’s conference in Oakland in October.
Barbara Dane has been known for decades as a legendary singer of blues, jazz and folk tunes and for her lifetime of political activism, which was often reflected in her music. Arriving in San Francisco in 1949 from her birthplace of Detroit, Barbara quickly became known as a great interpreter of blues and jazz and she worked with many of the biggest names in those genres throughout the 50s and 60s. Her collaborators included such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Otis Spann and Willie Dixon, among many others, and she often appeared on television and radio shows hosted by the likes of Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson, Steve Allen and even Alfred Hitchcock. Ms. Dane was always involved in political causes for peace and justice. Her activism increased in the tumultuous era of the 60s and 70s, as civil rights and anti-war sentiments came to the national forefront. This activism increasingly led her into the realm of folk music and she expanded her influence as a club owner, record label owner and producer of others' music. Barbara has remained an active part of the music world as well as a champion of social justice well into her 80s and continues to inspire new generations with her talent and activism.
Cassandra Flipper, after a long and successful law career, followed legendary founder Mimi Farina as Executive Director of Bread and Roses, a Marin County, California, non-profit organization that brings free, live, quality music and other live arts to people who are institutionalized or otherwise isolated from society. Bread and Roses puts on over 600 shows per year in more than 125 institutions in eight San Francisco Bay area counties, bringing hope, healing and wellness to a very under-served segment of society, while bringing a sense of community to its over 1400 volunteers. As she guides this honored organization through the new millennium, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bread and Roses' 1974 founding by Mimi Farina, it is altogether fitting that Cassandra Flipper be honored by FAR-West.
Barbara Dane and Cassandra Flipper join previous Best of the West honorees:
The Best of the West ceremony began in 2005.
2005: Lowen & Navarro; Howard & Roz Larman - Folkscene
2006: U.Utah Phillips; Steve Baker - Freight & Salvage
2007: Rosalie Sorrels; Clark & Elaine Weissman - CTMS (and Folk Alliance Founders)
2008: The Kingston Trio; Mike McCormick - Whistling Swan Productions
2009: Joe Craven; Bob Stane - Ice House / Coffee Gallery; Faith Petric: Lifetime Achievement Award
2010: John McEuen; Cloud Moss - Kate Wolf Memorial Festival
2011: Laurie Lewis; Phil and Vivian Williams
2012: Barry McGuire; Chris Strachwitz - Founder of Arhoolie Records
2013: Chris Hillman; Ed Pearl - The Ash Grove