The Diane Monroe Sextet
Special Guest Paul Jost, Vocalist
“What Is This Thing Called ‘Freedom’?”
The Transforming and Timeless Songs of Protest
Violinist Diane Monroe performs as a leader and side woman of various jazz ensembles while pursuing a career as a classical solo and chamber artist. She has performed with drummer Max Roach and cellist Yo-Yo Ma and has been a featured soloist at the Blue Note Jazz Club and Carnegie Hall. She will premiere her new band and project, (“What is this Thing called Freedom?”), later this year and Paul is honored to be included in her plans.
“Jazz speaks for life,” said Dr. Martin Luther King at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival. “The blues tell the story of life’s difficulties — and, if you think for a moment, you realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph. This is triumphant music.”
Protest songs were created and played in many different genres of music including jazz, folk, and rock. These songs are some of the most enduring of our time, and today have a very new and important relevance. Having grown up in Philadelphia in the 1970’s performing in coffee houses around the City of Brotherly Love as a guitarist/singer/songwriter, these songs are part of the fabric of Diane Monroe’s life. The music of Bob Dylan, Gil Scott Heron, Richie Havens, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell and Billy Taylor (who can forget “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free?”).
Now an accomplished jazz violinist, Monroe looks at these songs with more wisdom, experience and depth, and plays them with renewed passion, looking at them through the kaleidoscope of modern jazz. This project features vocalist Paul Jost and Monroe’s quartet and other guest artists.
“To me, Diane’s playing is so deep in feeling and steeped in the essence of jazz. She’s a joy to listen to.” -Bruce Barth, Pianist
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