The Spirit of Jazz & Democracy fall residency at St. Mary’s College of Maryland continues on Wednesday, Oct. 11, with the workshop, “Jazz and Democracy and Why.” The workshop is free and open to the public and will be held 4:45 – 6 p.m. in the Aldom Lounge of the Campus Center.
Master drummer and bandleader Paul F. Murphy; jazz historian and drummer Dominic Fragman ’07; and philosopher Sybol Anderson examine the ways both jazz and democracy promote free thinking with the aim of increasing “liberty and justice for all.” Participants will learn how musicians developed jazz to experience liberation in the midst of racial and economic oppression, how and why they practice democracy, and what we can learn from them about how to promote liberation and democracy in challenging political times. Murphy and Fragman will perform. Refreshments will be provided.
The Spirit of Jazz & Democracy is a program of interactive lectures, performances, workshops, and master classes that draw key lessons from jazz music about promoting freedom and inclusive democracy. At the center of the program are fully improvised concerts by Paul Murphy, Larry Willis, Jere Carroll, and Dominic Fragman. The series continues at St. Mary’s College through December. For more information, visit www.SpiritJazzDemocracy.com.
This project was made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities.