Jazz & The Creative Influence of Islam: Improvising for Liberation: Jazz, Faith and Revolution
Improvising for Liberation: Jazz, Faith and RevolutionDr. Richard Brent Turner Dr. Hisham Aidi Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer From Harlem to Algiers, Malcolm X to John Coltrane, Etta James to Archie Shepp, the intersection of revolutionary Black Islam and Jazz between the 1940s and 1970s have a had a global impact on popular culture today. This session explores the connections between Jazz, Faith and Revolution and how it continues to shape perspectives and music today.
This ongoing series highlights the contributions of Islam and Muslims in the birth and continued growth of jazz. These discussions and concerts are fundamental to changing conversations and attitudes about “belonging” in the history of jazz for Muslims and for other marginalized groups.
Our fall 2022 Jazz & Islam series is curated by Asad Ali Jafri and made possible with support from the Humanities New York SHARP Action Grant.
About The Curator:
Asad Ali Jafri is a cultural producer, community organizer and interdisciplinary artist. Using a grassroots approach and global perspective, Asad connects artists and communities across imagined boundaries to create meaningful engagements and experiences. Asad has over two decades of experience honing an intentional and holistic practice that allows him to take on the role of artist and administrator, curator and producer, educator and organizer, mentor and strategist.