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17th May, 2023

Guildhall Big Band: Harlem Renaissance

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17th May, 2023
19:30 -
Milton Court Concert Hall

A night of celebration of the vibrant and eclectic music of the Harlem Renaissance; an era that marked a major turning point in the cultural and artistic history of the New York African American community.

Author and journalist Kevin Le Gendre (pictured) joins us to guide our journey through the sounds of the Harlem Renaissance and to narrate as we take a step back in time and imagine ourselves transported to the jazz clubs and cabarets of the 1920s and 1930s.

Guildhall Big Band and Jazz Choir with special guest clarinettist Giacomo Smith lead a musical exploration into a time when jazz, blues, and gospel music flourished and became emblematic of the era. The music of the Harlem Renaissance spoke to the struggles and triumphs of the African American experience, and provided a platform for artists to express themselves creatively.

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