Jazz musicians have often chosen to speak out about issues of race or equality as a way of drawing attention to problems in society. The speakers attending the Brubeck Festival Jazz and Civil Rights Symposium on Saturday, October 17 will each share insights regarding specific artists that took a stand through their music or actions to address inequality.
Speakers will engage in a dialog about jazz and civil rights considering how musicians and their music were and are perceived in the U.S. and overseas. Sessions will include questions and discussion with the audience.
Speakers include Grammy-winning author, educator, music journalist, and concert producer Ashley Kahn; independent arts consultant/producer, writer and broadcaster Willard Jenkins; and Brubeck Scholar and University of the Pacific faculty member Keith Hatschek.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 11 a.m. at Faye Spanos Concert Hall, located at 3511 Pacific Ave at University of the Pacific.