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Jazz at Lincoln Center Virtual Concert, ‘Freedom, Justice, and Hope’ with Bryan Stevenson, to Premiere on May 21

Frank Hammel • News • May 19, 2021

On May 21, at 7:30 pm (and available on demand through May 26), Jazz at Lincoln Center will feature a virtual concert titled “Freedom, Justice, and Hope.’ A creative collaboration with founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, the concert will feature new music by Endea Owens on the life and work of Ida B. Wells and Josh Evans inspired by the terrible events of 1919’s Red Summer.

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Witness the world premiere of new music by emerging composer/trumpeter Josh Evans as well as guest performer and bassist Endea Owens (Jon Batiste’s Stay Human). In collaboration with Bryan Stevenson—a globally acclaimed activist, public interest lawyer, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative—the band will perform works that address freedom, justice, and hope.

Though the program asks the composers to consider some enormous questions, the musical outcome will be as compelling and personal as anything in the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis’s oeuvre. Witness this important new body of work come to life, as Stevenson recounts the historical significance of these new pieces of music. Join us in the ongoing search for truth and unity through art.

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