The Jazz Museum in Harlem recently celebrated the culminating event of its Harlem Speaks Education Initiative, an 8-week program in jazz history sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Over 40 juniors and seniors of the Frederick Douglass Academy participated in the program, learning about jazz culture as it relates to American history via interviews with senior artists whose lives and careers took jazz and history beyond just textbooks, recordings and video clips. Octogenarian trumpet great Joe Wilder, and Jacquie "Tajah" Murdock, Apollo Theater dancer in the 40s and a superb dance historian, engaged the youth during four of the eight sessions, bringing history alive.
The Saturday, January 14, 2006 event ran from 10am-2pm, and featured:
Please visit the following photo gallery.
The Harlem Speaks Education Initiative
In this course, students learned about the
vibrancy of jazz and the magnitude of the achievements of
its practitioners. Through the method of Oral Histories
students gathered and preserved historical information through
recorded interviews with the participants. Students made
connections by gaining a larger understanding of the role
of music and musicians by learning about the music of famous
jazz musicians, different styles of jazz and by tracing
the history by means of interviewing honorees, musicians
and others connected to jazz, through independent and group
research, deepening their historical and cultural understanding
Mr. Sabb, Tajah Murdock guest speaker,
Ms. Bramble, Mr. Thomas at Saturday
Academy, October 15, 2005