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Sep 07 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


This lecture will dive into the world of jazz. Barker will discuss the four elements of music and what they mean, what distinguishes jazz from other types of music, and introduce some listening techniques. You will be able to hear live demonstrations throughout the lecture. Film and audio will also be available for viewing and listening. At the end there will be a chance for a Q and A. Please register as space is limited.

The audience is encouraged to attend a follow-up program on September 9th upstairs at the Jeffersonville Bake Shop at 2:00pm. This will be a live concert demonstration.

Thurman Barker. Blending world-renowned style with refreshing individuality, Thurman Barker is a celebrated percussionist who built his career on innovation. As a professional musician, composer, and college professor, he brings endless passion and decades of experience together to entertain, educate, and expand the horizons of his art. His career has spanned decades, and his talent encompasses and crosses over into many musical genres. From jazz and blues to contemporary, classical, and beyond, his sound blurs traditionally rigid lines to the delight of his audiences. Barker’s wealth of knowledge was built through countless incredible collaborations. He was the house drummer at the Schubert Theater in Chicago for ten years and has played behind the likes of Bette Midler, Marvin Gaye, Billy Eckstein, Vicky Carr, and blues legend Mighty Joe Young. He was a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and is an ASCAP member. He has six recordings under his own label, Uptee Productions, and has recorded as a sideman on 50 albums. He has currently finished a new composition for a jazz quintet and chamber orchestra entitled Pandemic Fever. In 2022 Barker received a NYSCA Grant for his project, Mr. Speed-Str. Thurman Barker is also Professor Emeritus from Bard College. Learn more at upteeproductions.com.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2023
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: Jeffersonville Community Space



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