Past Event

Jazz and Deep Democracy

Jazz and Deep Democracy

Jazz is music made by people free to combine their distinct voices in common cause, modeling democracy as it ought to be. But jazz also demands democracy in the world beyond music.  Using Cornel West’s idea of “deep democracy” and recently published epic poem by Louis Reyes Rivera, Jazz in Jail,  Clark and Gilyard will discuss moments when jazz steps out to defend democracy in the United States.

$10.00 Suggested Donation



Greg Clark is University Professor of English at Brigham Young University, author of Civic Jazz: American Music and Kenneth Burke on the Art of Getting Along, and a Fellow of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.


Keith Gilyard is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and African American Studies at Penn State. A poet, fiction writer, and scholar, he has written and edited 20 books, including Louis Reyes Rivera’s Jazz in Jail.