Carver Hall hosts Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement program

BLOOMSBURG — Flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq will give a performance-based lecture on “Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement” at Bloomsburg University on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium. Admission is open free to the public.

Abdur-Razzaq studied at the Berklee College of Music and holds a master’s degree in fine arts and education from Rutgers University. His multifaceted career has included serving as a music teacher and band director in New Jersey and performed performing internationally and across the U.S. for more than 30 years.

In addition to playing in “Haley’s Comet” and the off-Broadway production “The Lion and the Jewel,” Abdur-Razzaq has performed on recordings with greats such as Billy Taylor, Sonny Phillips, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Heath, Melba Moore, and Sun Ra.

Earlier that day Abdur-Razzaq will lead a workshop, “The Jazz of Poetry,” at 1 p.m. in Gross Auditorium.

The workshop will feature readings by BU student poets T. Clark; Adelina Socouto; Julia Miller and Dan Pintos; and by community River Poets Steven Concert, Linda Dietrichson, and Carol Ann Heckman. The poetry will be underscored by an improvised jazz flute line. This will be the only time this music and these poems are presented together live. The hour-long program is also open free to the public.

BU’s College of Liberal Arts, Celebrity Artist Series, and Multicultural Center are sponsoring the programs.