Join the Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate UNESCO International Jazz Day from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in Meeting Room A, with “Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights: Jazz as Activist Music.”
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, the more subtle sonic contributions that jazz musicians made to this righteous cause are often overlooked.
Through a combination of live performance, spoken remark and a visual presentation, “Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights: Jazz as Activist Music” 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. Musicians featured include Dr. Damani Phillips from the University of Iowa on saxophone and vocals; Steve Shanley from Coe College on piano; Blake Shaw, a graduate student at the University of Iowa on bass; and Jim Dreier of the University of Iowa on drums.
This event is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.