The Old Forge Library will offer a free Zoom talk with master flautist Galen Abdur-Razzaq on March 31 –

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Old Forge Library will offer a free Zoom talk with master flautist Galen Abdur-Razzaq on March 31

The Old Forge Library will host a free live online performance with an evening of learning about female jazz musicians. On Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m., speaker and master flautist Galen Abdur-Razzaq will highlight the influence of women on the evolution of jazz and their important contributions to this art form.

Women have been involved in jazz since the early 1920s, not only as singers, but also as instrumentalists, composers and arrangers. An understanding of jazz would not be complete without highlighting the influence and contributions of women such as Bessie Smith, Valaida Snow, Mildred Bailey, Mary Lou Williams, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. The objective is to provide a particular understanding of their personal life, their ability to read music, to play and to survive at a time when jazz was considered “a man’s world”.

Abdur-Razzaq is a fascinating speaker with an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz history. He will help attendees better appreciate women’s contributions to this musical genre through a combination of lectures and musical pieces performed by him as he shows off his talents on the flute.

Abdur-Razzaq studied at Berklee College of Music. He holds a Masters in Education and Performing Arts from Rutgers University and has collaborated with some of jazz’s greatest musicians.

Those who want the free Zoom link can call (315) 369-6008 or email [email protected]

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Top photo: Lecturer and master flautist Galen Abdur-Razzaq. Photo courtesy of Old Forge Library.

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