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Jazz Arts Group presents the world premiere perfomance of "Beyond the Blackberry Patch

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by Mark Subel on February 20, 2012

Take part in the rebirth of a neighborhood! The Columbus Jazz Arts Group presents the world premiere performance of “Beyond the Blackberry Patch,” (March 2-3 at the Lincoln Theatre) led by critically-acclaimed trombonist, renowned composer, and jazz ambassador Wycliffe Gordon. Witness the rebirth of the King-Lincoln District along with an all-star cast fashioned around the Bobby Floyd Trio including Aaron Diehl and many more homegrown artists!

The Blackberry Patch is a folkloric name given to the area on Columbus’ near east side where many settled during the Great Migration. Once known as the “Cradle of Jazz,” the King-Lincoln District was a hotbed of African American culture. Inspired by the writings of Anna Bishop, “Beyond the Blackberry Patch” is a new commission by world-renowned trombonist/composer Wycliffe Gordon and based on the research of eight neighborhood schools under the theme “King-Lincoln Distrcit: Then, Now, Next.”

Communities such as the King-Lincoln District are common in America’s largest cities. Columbus has committed significant resources to restore this district and it currently serves as a model for the reclamation of a neighborhood; the reconstruction of the Lincoln Theatre, the cultural centerpiece of the District for nearly eighty years, represents the hope for the future.

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