Led by: James Gaiters and Watu Utungo, with special guests
Date: Monday, April 9th
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Fee: Free to the public
Jazz has long served as a vehicle for creativity, personal expression and the quest for social and political justice. Watu Utungo, led by renowned Columbus-area drummer James Gaiters, will perform in an intimate setting at the Jazz Academy, followed by an open discussion with the band along with special guests on the topic of jazz and its role in the civil rights movement – yesterday, today and tomorrow. This program is presented in partnership with the King Arts Complex and their project: “MLK: 50 Years Later”.
WATU UTUNGO is a Columbus-based music collective that brings together Afro-Pop, Soul Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel sounds. WATU UTUNGO, which translates to ‘Rhythmic People’ in Swahili is helmed by drummer James Gaiters. Other members include: Eddie Bayard/Saxophone; Lee Savory/Trumpet & Flugelhorn; Myles Tate/Keyboards; DJ Krate Digga/Turntables, Loops and Sounds; and Dwight Bailey/Bass.
Join us in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month in April! Jazz Arts Group is hosting the 4th Floor Fest, a series of programs throughout the month of April designed to inspire people of all backgrounds and ability levels. From listening parties, performances and discussions for the jazz enthusiast to jam sessions and workshops for aspiring musicians of all ability levels, the 4th Floor Fest is the place to be to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in Columbus! All programs will be held at the Jazz Academy on the 4th floor of the historic Lincoln Theatre.