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‘Salon Sundays’ – Celebrating Black History Month – Hilliard Green
February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Negro Spirituals Performance – “Milestone Negro Spirituals Until The Civil War:
When Folksongs Bring Freedom
A performance/workshop in words and music associated with the Underground Railroad” – during BLACK HISTORY MONTH JUNETEENTH 2023.
Hilliard Greene has been acclaimed for composing and performing solo contrabass music since 1984. His solo bass tours have taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Formerly musical director for jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott, and he is the leader of The Jazz Expressions.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and Black History Month, Hilliard Greene presents “Milestone Negro Spirituals: When Folksongs Bring Freedom.” This performance/workshop in words and music brings to light the significance and beauty of the remarkable songs associated with the Underground Railroad., a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in their efforts to escape to free states and Canada. These uniquely American heritage songs are recognized as a distinct musical genre. Hilliard Greene is acclaimed for composing and performing solo contrabass music. His tours have taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Former musical director for jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott, he is the leader of The Jazz Expressions. The music that will be featured is based on the coded Negro spirituals that runaway slaves used to elude capture. Selections will include:
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Wade In The Water
Go Down Moses
Michael Row De Boat Ashore
I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray