Concert is a bookend to Black History Month

Trumpet professor plays in front of assembled student musicians in a horn section.

Music professor Aaron Vandermeer leads the UNCP Jazz Ensemble in jazz standards such as “Take the A Train,” a Duke Ellington favorite.

A concert celebrating literary and musical achievements of the Harlem Renaissance capped off Black History Month on campus. The program was put together by history and English classes. There were poetry performances mixed in with music faculty and students performing choral works and jazz classics. The concert was free and open to the public. Planning was led by Dr. Jaime Martinez of the Department of History. She said the concerts theme is an appropriate complement to Black History Month. “The Harlem Renaissance  is a movement of African-American artists and poets and musicians and political activists all operating in Harlem, New York, between the 1920’s and the 1940’s.  So it’s a crucial part of African-American history,” she said.

 

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