Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 8 p.m.
Jazz and The Struggle for Freedom is a concert with conversation presented by PNC Arts Alive and the Jazz Arts Group. Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Byron Stripling will lead a top-flight rhythm section and singers, as well as a conversation with Michelle Alexander, the award-winning New York Times opinion writer and author of the best-selling “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” The event gets underway at 8 p.m. and is FREE with online access available at www.jag.tv/events/struggleforfreedom.
In addition to Byron Stripling on trumpet and vocals, “Jazz & The Struggle for Freedom” features Bobby Floyd (piano), Reggie Jackson (drums), Sydney McSweeney (vocals), Dr. Milton Ruffin (vocals/guitar), Kevin Turner (guitar) and Andy Woodson (bass).
Michelle Alexander will speak with Byron on issues related to race, diversity, civil liberties, and mass incarceration with Stripling and the ensemble adding musical counterpoint through jazz, blues, R&B and gospel styles.