Professional flutist and music educator Galen Abdur-Razzaq highlights prominent artists, their music, and their influence on the evolution of jazz. The program begins with a flute prelude performed by Galen and continues with pre-recorded musical examples that illustrate how the genre became an advocate for the Civil Rights Movement. Music lovers and history buffs alike will enjoy the entertaining and enlightening program sponsored by Granby Public Library, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Essex Library Association, Goshen Public Library, and Mansfield Public Library.
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About the performer/presenter:
Galen is an extraordinary flautist with an extensive performance career. He is also a riveting speaker on the topic of jazz and its historical significance. Galen has performed at colleges and universities for over thirty years and more recently, has offered his performances and lectures via virtual programming. His goal is to offer an understanding and appreciation of jazz and its historical importance - a true American heritage.
He holds a Master's Degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey in Education and Performing Arts, and studied music at Berklee School of Music in Boston. A recording artist, composer, arranger, and educator, his performance portfolio includes such greats as Billy Taylor, Sonny Phillips, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Heath, Melba Moore, and Sun Ra.