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Guildhall Big Band

Harlem Renaissance

Black and white image Kevin Le Gendre

A night celebrating the vibrant and eclectic music of the Harlem Renaissance; an era that marked a major turning point in the cultural and artistic history of the New York African American community.

Author and journalist Kevin Le Gendre (pictured) guides our journey through the sounds of the Harlem Renaissance, narrating as we take a step back in time and imagine ourselves transported to the jazz clubs and cabarets of the 1920s and 1930s.

Guildhall Big Band and Jazz Choir with special guest clarinettist Giacomo Smith lead a musical exploration into a time when jazz, blues, and gospel music flourished and became emblematic of the era. The music of the Harlem Renaissance spoke to the struggles and triumphs of the African American experience, and provided a platform for artists to express themselves creatively.

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