Past Event

Jazz and Social Justice: Samora Pinderhughes – The Price of Incarceration

What does the prison-industrial complex do to those locked away? To us all? As a composer, pianist and vocalist, Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes creates multidisciplinary works that examine social and political issues. In trio with bassist Ben Williams and drummer Mark Whitfield Jr., Pinderhughes will perform songs from projects including “The Transformation Suite” and his work-in-progress, “The Healing Project,” which focuses on the connections between trauma and mass incarceration, and the injustices of the justice system.

Following the music, host Larry Blumenfeld will moderate a discussion with Pinderhughes, including playwright Michelle Jones and Lawrence Dahu Harris (Green City Force), about how the arts can change narratives and reveal truths in the effort to end mass incarceration.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: As a composer, pianist and vocalist, Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center, and has toured internationally with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, Gretchen Parlato, Common, and Emily King. He is the first-ever 2018 Arts for Justice + Soros Justice Fellow, given to him in support of his upcoming project “The Healing Project”. He also recently received a Chamber Music of America New Jazz Works Grant for an untitled work to be premiered in 2019. He is a 2018 artist-in-residence at Joe’s Pub/The Public Theater.

Jazz and Social Justice: A Salon with Music
This series connects the music we love with the social issues that matter to us all. Each salon blends live performance with conversation between artists, activists, and experts. Curated and hosted by journalist Larry Blumenfeld, whose previous NJMIH programs discussed Afro-Cuban influence and HBO “Treme.”