Galen Abdur-Razzaq – Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement
In a one-night-only appearance on Monday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m., master flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq will join us for a lecture and performance: “Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement.” He will discuss and perform jazz pieces by artists who contributed to the formation and progress of the civil rights movement. This program, which will be held at the Cranford Community Center, is sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.
Born in Montclair, NJ, Galen has performed domestically and internationally for over 30 years, traveling to universities, concert halls, festivals, and libraries around the globe. An extraordinary flutist with an extensive performance career, he holds a Masters Degree in Education and Performing Arts from Rutgers University and studied music at the Berklee School of Music in Florida. In his performances and lectures, Galen seeks to provide listeners with an understanding and appreciation of jazz – its theory, its musicians, and its historical significance.
In “Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement,” he addresses some of those who took a public stand against the discriminatory practices of the times, using their influence to speak to the consciences of the American people. This group included Leonard Bernstein, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Harry Belafonte, Sydney Poitier, Charlton Heston, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nina Simone, Charles Mingus, and Ray Charles. Learn more about Galen at flutejuice.net.
Admission is free and all are welcome. For information about the Cranford Public Library, the Friends of the Cranford Public Library, and other upcoming events, visit cranfordlibrary.org. The Cranford Community Center is located at 220 Walnut Avenue and is accessible to all.
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