Black Music and Social Movements

Howard Wiley

Saxophonist and composer Howard Wiley is presenting a musical trip through the 20th Century, exploring the impact of Black music on American culture, highlighted by The Angola Project, a tribute to the music of Angola State Prison. Wiley and guest speaker, Ethnomusicologist Daniel Atkinson (of the Angola Project and Smithsonian Institute), will explore the songs and styles that influenced and grew out of the major social movements of the last 100 years in this combination performance and lecture. The event will take place 8 p.m., Feb. 18, at the Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St. in Berkeley. The musical performance by the Howard Wiley Quartet and discussion will focus on major artists like Duke Ellington (“Black, Brown, and Beige”), Billie Holiday (“Strange Fruit”), Sonny Rollins (“Freedom Now”), and Stevie Wonder (“Higher Ground”/”Misrepresented People”), as well as freedom and protest songs of the Underground Railroad and civil rights movement. The cost is $15 general admission, $12 students and seniors; and $5 for youth 12 and under. For advanced tickets go to  www.jazzschool.org/concerts/winter12/Howard_Wiley.html  
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