About the exhibit:
There are two prerequisites for This Music We Call Jazz. When it is performed it must swing, compelling the listener to move
or dance, and it must have that quintessential element of improvisation, the ability of the musicians to move from formal
written musical notes to stylized personal interpretations. The roots of jazz can be traced to the percussion ensembles
of Africa, representations of which were documented at Sunday performances at Congo Square in New Orleans during the early 1800s.
The music’s various incarnations as Dixieland, swing, bebop, big band and fusion have been instrumental in the sound
track of the American musical experience.
29, 1947, African-American trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie presented his big band in a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
On the bandstand that evening was Chano Pozo, a Cuban conga player whose traditional Cuban rhythms, in collaboration with
Gillespie’s bop style, introduced a new style of cultural cross connection that was dubbed “Afro Cuban”,
and later became known as Latin Jazz.
The exhibit utilizes
visual art: photographs, paintings, drawings, collages and mixed media to examine some of the major historical and contemporary
figures of the medium. Most of the artwork has been designed specifically for the exhibit, and our goal is to demonstrate
the manner in which music, the most universal of all art forms, connects Jazz lovers, artists, and performers of disparate
backgrounds on an intercultural level that goes beyond nationality and ethnicity - Mansa K. Mussa.