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Jazz in the Attic: Barry Long & Work Songs


While Jazz played a vital role in the soundtrack to the modern Civil Rights movement, spirituals and freedom songs provided motivation and catharsis during meetings and marches in Montgomery, Birmingham, Selma, and across the South. Joined by leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis, thousands marched while singing “Wade in the Water,” “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round,” “Eyes on the Prize,” and countless others. Work Songs draws upon these to provoke improvised responses in combination with works from Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and John Coltrane.

Barry Long is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Bucknell University where he teaches interdisciplinary coursework in jazz and directs the jazz ensemble. The first to receive a doctoral degree in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music, he has performed with such artists as Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, John Clayton, Eliane Elias, Benny Carter, and Jim McNeely.

David Pope is Professor of Saxophone and a Distinguished Teacher of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Joshua Davis has served as the Director of Jazz Studies at Susquehanna University since 2006 and is currently on the faculty at Penn State University. He has performed with countless artists including Vardan Ovsepian, Ben Monder, Peter Erskine, Ole Mathisen, Donny McCaslin, and Randy Brecker.

A 20+ year veteran New York based artist, drummer Phil Haynes is featured on more than 60 LP, DVD and CD releases by seminal musicians of this generation.

Event Details

February 28, 2020

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The State Theatre

Admission: Adult – $12.50 (includes fee); Student – $8.50 (includes fee)

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