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Beauty, Love, Justice – MLK Day

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day with this piece inspired by Dr.King's speech at Barratt Junior High School, Philadelphia on Oct 26 1967. "Finally, in your life’s blueprint, must be a commitment to the eternal principles of beauty, love and justice. Don't allow anybody to pull you so low as to make you hate them. Don't … Continue reading Beauty, Love, Justice – MLK Day

Resisting the changes: Wynton Marsalis vs Hip Hop

 “This is why I say that Hip Hop has made more damage to young African American then racism in recent years.” Geraldo Rivera, Fox News, 2015 
“Rap and hip-hop are more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee”. Wynton Marsalis, The Washington Post, 2018 It’s hard to process what Wynton Marsalis said last week … Continue reading Resisting the changes: Wynton Marsalis vs Hip Hop

2018 All-Star Global Concert – Live Broadcast

The International Jazz Day is broadcasting live from St.Petersburg, Russia. Click here to watch  the 2018 All-Star Global Concert featuring: Herbie Hancock (USA) and Igor Butman (Russia) co-artistic directors, John Beasley (USA) musical director. Additional confirmed artists include: Cyrille Aimée (France), Oleg Akkuratov (Russia), Till Brönner (Germany), Oleg Butman (Russia), Terri Lyne Carrington (USA), Joey … Continue reading 2018 All-Star Global Concert – Live Broadcast

Celebrating the International Jazz Day and the official launch of Improvising on the Changes

Exactly one year ago I was in Mexico in front of a classroom of twenty-five-plus 9th graders, talking about the importance of celebrating the International Jazz Day and how the history of Jazz was directly related to our next topic, the Civil Rights Movement. My kids were everything but excited about the idea of spending … Continue reading Celebrating the International Jazz Day and the official launch of Improvising on the Changes