By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Local jazz musicians will present "Moving Pictures: Civil Rights Imagery and Improvisation," on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. The event is free and open to the public.
The musicians — Bucknell faculty members Barry Long (flugelhorn) and Phil Haynes (drums) join Susquehanna faculty Joshua Davis (bass), and guest saxophonist David Pope (James Madison University) — for an evening of improvised jazz portrayed against the backdrop of moving imagery on the big screen.
"Music provided unity, strength and inspiration throughout the Civil Rights Movement while iconic photographs and their moving narratives aroused awareness and solidarity on the evening news and in the morning paper," said Long, assistant professor of music at Bucknell. "With this event, we want to honor Black History Month and illustrate how the arts worked together to bring about change through our 'interaction' with the images in the theatre.
Long was the first to receive a doctoral degree in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in May of 2007. He has studied and performed with such artists as Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, John Clayton, Eliane Elias, Benny Carter, Jim McNeely and Dave Stahl; his compositional credits include honors from the Jazz Composers Alliance and commissions for Clark Terry and The Kandinsky Trio. As the Samuel Williams Professor of Music at Bucknell, Long has instituted the Williams Colloquia on Jazz and Culture, a series of talks focusing on the areas of intersection between jazz and society.
Haynes served as Bucknell University's Kushell Jazz Artist-in-Residence from 2007-10 and continues to teach courses in jazz history, directs the Bucknell Improvisation Intensive Ensemble, and coaches the University Jazz Band rhythm section and soloists. A 20-year veteran New York-based artist, he is featured on more than 50 releases by numerous American and European record labels. His regional trio, Adams/Stetz&Haynes, features works by great pianists of the history of jazz. He performs regularly throughout the state with Harrisburg pianist Steve Rudolph, The Hammond Brothers with organist Steve Adams and guest performers such as David Liebman, Herb Robertson, Paul Smoker, Tim Warfield and Jim Yanda.
Davis joined the faculty at Susquehanna University as their new director of jazz studies in 2006. His performance credits include Vardan Ovsepian, Tim Miller, Ben Monder, Peter Erskine, Mark Ferber, Jordan Perlson, Sean Rickman, Marcello Pellitteri, Dan Weiss, Ted Poor, Ari Hoenig, Ole Mathisen, Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Taylor Haskins, Dave Ballou, Greg Hopkins, Randy Brecker, Timucin Sahin, JD Walter, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Band and The Ritz.
Professor of saxophone at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., since 2000, Pope is an active concert and jazz saxophonist who has presented performances and clinics throughout the United States and Europe. A composer and author, he has penned the regular column, "Creative Jazz Improvisation," in Saxophone Journal since 1995. In 2011, he was featured on two recordings: Ted Wiprud's "Fire In Heaven and Earth" (Albany Records) and Matt Smiley's "Quartet Art" (Dazzle Recordings). || Related Bucknell news story: Feb. 22 concert
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