Jazz in the Fight for Civil Rights: Jazz as Activist Music


Sunday, April 30, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Meeting Room A
Meeting Room B
Meeting Room C

Celebration of UNESCO International Jazz Day 2017.

During the Civil Rights movement, many musicians joined African-Americans in using their musical voice as a catalyst in demanding change in America. While popular artists such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and James Brown were more overt in voicing their opposition to the status quo through their music, many overlook the more subtle sonic contributions that jazz musicians made to this righteous cause. Through a combination of live performance, spoken remark and a visual presentation, this unique program will highlight three of the more prevalent examples of jazz music’s alignment with the African-American fight for civil rights and the backstory behind their creation.

Featuring musicians: Dr. Damani Phillips – Saxophone/Vocals (University of Iowa) ; Steve Shanley – Piano (Coe College) ; Blake Shaw – Bass (Iowa Grad Student) ; Jim Dreier – Drums (University of Iowa).

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Library Contact: 
City of Literature
Iowa City Public Library
Contact Name: 
Jason Paulios


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