Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott is now Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah -- a name change that also inspired the title of his latest album, Christian aTunde Adjuah. "The battle about my name actually started when I was younger," he told us. "I remember being in a Catholic school. I was about nine or ten years old. The teacher asked for Christian Scott and I stood up and raised my hand. And she told me that Scott wasn't a name for a black kid."
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's latest project is an ambitious and sprawling double-record nearly two hours in length that wordlessly reflects on themes of identity and ancestry. It derives inspiration from seemingly far-flung sources such as Scott's childhood in New Orleans, ethnic conflict in Africa and his current home in Harlem.
In an interview with host John Schaefer, aTunde Adjuah discusses the origins of his new album. Then, accompanied by his quintet -- pianist Lawrence Fields, guitarist Matthew Stevens, bassist Zwelakha-Dumah F. Bell le Pere and drummer Jamire Williams -- aTunde Adjuah performs three tracks from the record -- "Jihad Joe," "Who They Wish I Was" and "Danziger."