UNESCO City of Literature International Jazz Day Celebration: “Jazz in the Fight for Civil Right: Jazz as Activist Music” - Iowa City Public Library

Sun. April 30th, 2017| 2pm

Iowa City, IA US

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. Free and open to the public! I'll be joined by Steve Shanley - piano, Blake Shaw - bass, Jim Drier - drums.


Iowa City Public Library, 123 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240