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What is Jazz and Why Does It Matter?
Sayreville Public Library

Thursday, Aug. 9, 6:30PM
or call 732-727-0212.

Branford Marsalis once said, “What is jazz? It, It’s almost like asking, What is French? Jazz is a musical language. It’s a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.” Sometimes called “America’s Classical Music,” the tradition and history of the genre embodies the essence of freedom and democracy. From its origins within the slaves songs, to the advent of the blues, Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, and other styles, jazz exhibits how each individual (through his/her independence) must function within the framework of a group to better serve the entire community. In this session, through music and discussion, participants will explore jazz and why it matters.

Sponsored by the Public Scholars Project, which  brings the humanities to locations throughout our state, allowing participants to exchange ideas and explore challenging subjects with nuance and complexity. At NJCH, we believe in the power of the humanities to strengthen our communities and welcome you as a partner in bringing engaging humanities experiences to New Jersey residents.

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