Jazz concert features Miles Davis music
By Ali Williams
The music of jazz legend Miles Davis echoed through Dart Auditorium, Sunday, Jan. 26.
Well over 100 people attended the matinee event, which was free to the public.
Tim Blackmon and the LCC Faculty Jazz Quartet performed at the 2020 Kickoff Jazz Concert, one of several events LCC is holding for the during spring semeseter honoring Black History Awareness.
The events are sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
The theme for the year is “African Americans and the Vote,” commemorated with a spoken word poem from LCC Professor Ravon Keith, a member of the LCC English Department.
Keith performed “Vote or Die,” a poem commemorating The Voting Rights Act of 1965, written by Margaret Block.
“It explains the ramifications of what happens when people do not vote,” Keith said. “They want to complain about issues and policies, but then they don’t go out to let their voices be heard.”
The concert, which lasted about two hours, consisted of Blackmon on the trumpet, LCC’s Jon Gewirtz on the saxophone, Dennis Therrian on the piano, Ed Fedewa on the bass and Mike Daniels on the drums.
The musicians played songs from many of Davis’s most popular works, chosen by Blackmon. These included “So What,” “Bye,” “Walkin’,” “It Could Happen to You” and “Blue in Green.”
Before and after the concert, guests were able to go to the second floor of Dart Auditorium and check out the books fitting the theme of “African Americans and the Vote.”
There were also essays about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on millennials in 2020.
“As a student or employee, you are available to check any of these books out … in the library,” attendee Annescia Dillard said.
Black History Awareness events will conclude Friday, April 10 with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
For a full list of upcoming Black History events scheduled at Lansing Community College, visit the website at www.lcc.edu/bha.