Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights: Jazz as Activist Music

When: April 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Iowa City Public Library , 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, Iowa, 52240

Celebration of UNESCO International Jazz Day 2017. During the Civil Rights movement, many musicians joined African-Americans in using their musical voice as a catalyst in demanding change in America. While popular artists such as Aretha[...]

Celebration of UNESCO International Jazz Day 2017.

During the Civil Rights movement, many musicians joined African-Americans in using their musical voice as a catalyst in demanding change in America. While popular artists such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and James Brown were more overt in voicing their opposition to the status quo through their music, many overlook the more subtle sonic contributions that jazz musicians made to this righteous cause. Through a combination of live performance, spoken remark and a visual presentation, this unique program will highlight three of the more prevalent examples of jazz music’s alignment with the African-American fight for civil rights and the backstory behind their creation.

Featuring musicians: Dr. Damani Phillips – Saxophone/Vocals (University of Iowa) ; Steve Shanley – Piano (Coe College) ; Blake Shaw – Bass (Iowa Grad Student) ; Jim Dreier – Drums (University of Iowa).