This event will begin with a flute prelude performed by Galen, followed by a presentation chronicling the music from the turn of the century to present day and highlights various artists, their music, their influence on the evolution of jazz, and their struggles. In addition, it illustrates how jazz became an advocacy for the Civil Rights Movement, with proceeds from jazz concerts used to finance major events such as the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington in 1963. Lecture is infused with music demonstrations. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.
About Galen Abdur-Razzaq
Galen is an extraordinary flautist with an extensive performance career. He is also a riveting speaker on the topic of jazz, and has performed at colleges and universities for over thirty years. A former educator, he holds a Master's Degree from Rutgers University in Education and Performing Arts, and studied music at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Embracing his love of music and desire to continue educating, he offers an engaging and enjoyable path to music appreciation through his music programs.