The “Freedom Now Suite,” written by drummer Max Roach and writer-singer Oscar Brown Jr. in 1960. is perhaps the best-known jazz work with explicitly political content. remains a work of enduring musical and social importance.
Roach was active in the civil rights movement in the US throughout his life and the Freedom Now Suite is a musical history lesson. It starts with the sombre, shocking slave chant of “Driva’ Man” which takes you right into the heart of oppression, and ends back in Africa with “Tears For Johannesburg”. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to here this seminal piece performed by top-tier musicians under the skillful direction of Carr Center Resident Artist, Rodney Whitaker.
Rockelle Fortin - vocalist; Kris Johnson - trumpet; Diego Rivera - tenor saxophone; Michael Dease - trombone; Richard Roe - piano; Sean Dobbins - drums; Rodney Whitaker - bass
Adults $27, Students $15