Up-coming Discussions on Jazz, Justice and the Real World

Look out for the following events at the Manchester Jazz festival 2012, full details from the links below to the specific events pages:

6pm-8pm, Tuesday 17th July 2012, Matt and Phreds Jazz Club
Is Jazz free to reach out, speak out and represent its black roots?
A musically illustrated discussion about the relationships between Jazz, Black History and current racial dynamics, by a particularly strong panel of speakers representing both musicians and researchers. This may be the most important event about Jazz in the UK this year.
With Prof Alan Rice (historian of radical slavery narratives and cultural work), Juliet Kelly (singer-songwriter who has worked with Courtney Pine), Jason Toynbee (director of the Black British Jazz Research Project), Myke Wilson (leading black British drummer from Manchester), Jaheda Choudhury (Bangladeshi vocalist from Beating Wing Orchestra) and Serge Tebu (from Musicians Without Borders).

6pm-7.30pm, Wednesday 18th July 2012, Band On The Wall
How have jazz musicians connected with movements for change?
Jazz critic and educationalist Chris Searle provokes a stimulating dialogue with recorded music about jazz and its struggles over the decades to coincide with the publication of his new book, “Red Groove”.
“Chris Searle provides the reader with the social and political background to the music, which alas all too many of its listeners choose to conveniently remain ignorant of … Searle’s narrative is spellbinding, and his observations and analyses are astute and piercing.” (Rainlores World Of Music)
Chris is currently director of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust.

Thurs 19th July 2012, RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music)
Songs Of The Caged Bird
An after-show discussion in association with Lifting The Lid and including Manchester-based historian Washington Alcott.
The musical piece ‘Songs of the Caged Bird’ sets poems, speeches and historic sermons connected to the civil rights period in African-American culture in the form of a song-cycle.
The critical historian Washington Alcott from Lifting The Lid will join the panel discussion after the show and discuss the ways in which this jazz piece resonates with the racialised past in the USA, and what it means for us in the UK today.

Presented as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival 2012  www.manchesterjazz.com

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