Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration!

Thank you for Joining Us!

Thank you to those that joined us on Sunday, January 9, 5 pm – 6:30 pm via Zoom. MLK and the Blues: Music of the Civil Rights Movement. Artistic Director Marcus Shelby led this stimulating presentation with special guest Terrie Odabi.

What was the role of blues and swing during the civil rights movement? Who are some of the musicians who used their music to speak out on injustices? What were the freedom songs about? Healdsburg Jazz Artistic Director Marcus Shelby answered these questions and more in a presentation and interactive listening session and discussion on the legacy and role of music during the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Music composed and recorded by Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, and many others were featured including rare videos. The presentation featured freedom songs, spirituals, rhythm and blues, and other forms of black music that was the source of inspiration during the movement. This MLK Presentation will be available in our store soon!