Channel 4 protest anthem themed jazz show to be screened next week

Part of the Black and Proud Season Channel 4 in partnership with jazz club Ronnie Scott’s celebrate British jazz musicians in Sing it Loud: Black and Proud to be shown on Channel 4 on Wednesday 28 October at 11.10pm. Sunil Patel of Whisper who made …

Published: 22 Oct 2020. Updated: 13 months.

Part of the Black and Proud Season Channel 4 in partnership with jazz club Ronnie Scott’s celebrate British jazz musicians in Sing it Loud: Black and Proud to be shown on Channel 4 on Wednesday 28 October at 11.10pm.

Sunil Patel of Whisper who made the programme told The Guardian: “We’re very aware of the narrative of trauma that often surrounds Black History Month programming and we wanted to use our platform to promote diversity as well as celebrate black culture, especially in Britain. Most of these musicians haven’t had the chance to play at all in 2020 so, hopefully, this will be a fantastic showcase of their work, as well as bringing a wider audience to jazz.''

Maya Jama presents with Zara McFarlane, Ashley Henry, Poppy Ajudha, Reuben James and Ayanna Witter-Johnson taking to the stage to perform their own interpretations of black protest anthems from Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye and James Brown.

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Benjamin Boone, The Poets are Gathering

An intense and hard-hitting jazz music and poetry collection of imaginations at play in the third in a series of recordings from saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone. Contributors include Tyehimba Jess, Juan Felipe Herrera featured on the title …

Published: 22 Oct 2020. Updated: 13 months.

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An intense and hard-hitting jazz music and poetry collection of imaginations at play in the third in a series of recordings from saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone. Contributors include Tyehimba Jess, Juan Felipe Herrera featured on the title track, Patricia Smith, T.R. Hummer, Edward Hirsch, Donald Brown II, Kenny Werner, Ben Monder and Ari Hoenig. Stirring, socially and politically conscious, often beautiful, work that will make you think and that never shirks from challenging and confronting societal wrongs in a way that transcends the polemics of the newspaper opinion writers and the power grab of politicians. If like me you agree with Shelley that ''poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world'' then you will certainly appreciate the powerful impact delivered and achieved by all. Boone's vision surpasses all expectations. SG