If you’ve only ever seen live jazz in small, dingy dives, then you’ve never experienced a jazz show like Jazz is Dead. For the month of February, Art Don’t Sleep brought some of jazz’s greatest living musicians to Highland Park’s Lodge Room for Jazz is Dead. The series serves as a reminder that there’s a dire need for more black-programmed events and that Black History is 365 days a year, 24/7.
The month-long event was curated by Ali Shaheed Muhammad, of A Tribe Called Quest, and L.A. based producer/composer Adrian Younge. Jazz is Dead’s special Black History Month schedule, featured performances by Gil-Scott Heron collaborator Brian Jackson, Miles Davis student Gary Bartz, as well as a host of DJs and opening acts.
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