Early African-American Composers

June 23rd, 2021 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Early African-American Composers @ Online

This generation of Black composers, largely born to formerly enslaved parents, had a huge impact on music, but often had to make difficult compromises to reach white audiences. In this online program, we’ll feature music by W.C. Handy, father of the blues; Shelton Brooks, composer of “Strutter’s Ball”; James Bland, one of America’s first famous Black composers who had hits as early as 1879; and of course, Scott Joplin and his famous rag, “The Entertainer.” Cherry and Jerry, a piano and percussion duo from St. Louis, will present a lively show featuring ragtime, jazz, blues, and Broadway. You’ll hear some well-known hits as well as some rarely heard gems from back in the day. Registration required to attend; please visit bit.ly/ACLeaac to sign up.