Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2020 B’Town Jazz Fest had to be cancelled this year. However, B’Town Jazz has taken up the challenge of producing a series of virtual performances that you won’t want to miss!
A new video will premiere on the first Saturday of each month @ 8pm Eastern Sept. 2020 – Aug. 2021
Feb. 6, 2021
Tom Walsh & Luke Gillespie
Episode 5 will feature Tom Walsh, the chair of the Jazz Studies program at the IU Jacobs School of Music and professor of saxophone, and Luke Gillespie, professor of jazz piano. They will be interviewed by longtime Bloomington High School North band director and co-author of the book “Jazzwomen” (IU Press), Janis Stockhouse. Don’t miss it!
B’Town Jazz makes a statement of support for racial equity and diversity and announces the commissioning of two compositions
At a time when our country is reeling from the impact of a global pandemic, impatience with the racial injustice that continues to permeate our society has also exploded.
The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and ongoing police brutality directed at Black individuals epitomize a gross, persistent prejudice that we as a community and as a nation must address.
B’Town Jazz stands in solidarity with the Black community, acknowledging the existence of systemic racism in the United States and the need to work toward its eradication.
B’Town Jazz is committed to using its resources to support the fight for racial equity and celebrate diversity through the performing arts. Jazz music has deep roots in Black culture and has played a central role in civil rights movements that demand equality and justice.
As a visible sign of support, B’Town Jazz is proud to announce that it has commissioned Wayne Wallace and Greg Ward to each compose a new work for jazz ensemble that reflects on the racial crisis in our nation and underscores the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Join with us by donating toward the commission fees – go to Support-Donate/Sponsor (specify that your contribution is for the commissions during checkout).