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Recap Of Amiri Baraka’s 75th Birthday Jazz Concert

// October 5th, 2009 // Comments Off on Recap Of Amiri Baraka’s 75th Birthday Jazz Concert // Amiri Baraka, Bethany Baptist Church, Newark, NJ, Recaps & Reviews

Bethany Baptist ChurchThe hall of Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church buzzed with excitement on Saturday, October 3, 2009, as we awaited the start of a Jazz Vespers program honoring legendary poet, playwright and activist, Amiri Baraka.

Like the tiled mosaic of a storm-tossed boat decorating the front of the altar, this controversial artist is thought by many to be a troubled man instead of a celebrated trailblazer. However the members of his lifelong church endeavored to alter this negative image. Truth be told, they succeeded. (more…)