Program Council hosts jazz flutist

Program Council is sponsoring “In the Tradition” featuring prominent jazz flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq at noon on Wednesday in the LSC atrium. “It’s a program Galen has come up with where he plays a little music and talks about jazz history and its origin,” said Rachel Young, Program Council vice president of Public Relations. Galen also incorporates the effect of jazz on black culture and American pop culture, she said.”He plays alternating sets of music with an interlude of a lecture telling the history of jazz,” said Kandice Harris, Black History Committee Chair for Program Council. “It’s going to be a real relaxed atmosphere, he’ll be playing for an hour and a half. “He’s highly recommended. People love him when he comes to their campuses.”Known simply as Galen, the performer is a jazz flutist based in Florida who has played internationally and domestically for more than 30 years. He is known for his intellectually stimulating lectures and powerful jazz performances.Galen is a major entertainment figure on college and university campuses across the nation. In addition to his musical background, he is a riveting speaker on the topic of jazz and its historical significance. He has shared the stage with world-renowned artists such as Billy Taylor, Melba Moore, Sun Ra, John Patton and many others.Galen is a former student of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a graduate of Rutgers University. He holds a master of fine arts degree.”In the Tradition” is a program sponsored by Program Council’s Black History Committee. This semester, the committee brought the Soul Food Kickoff with Pan People Steel Band on Oct. 30. “About 100 people came, some sitting and some standing by the fountain,” Harris said. On the committee’s agenda for next semester are events such as Black History Jeopardy and the Omni Series to celebrate the African-American influence on fine arts. “The Omni Series will show different aspects of African-American contributions to music,” Harris said. The series will occur in February, which is also Black History Month. The series will feature a day of jazz, a day of blues and a day of hip-hop. “Blues performer Dianna Greenleaf will do what Galen is doing, incorporating music with a lecture,” Harris said. A jazz band will play on the day of jazz with a lecture by Professor Cannon.The committee will also show “Monster’s Ball” and “Training Day” to honor Halle Berry and Denzel Washington, who won Best Actress and Best Actor Oscar’s last year.The Black History Committee meets on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the LSC. Meetings are open to all students interested in learning about black culture and sharing it with the campus.Students interested or who have questions can contact Program Council in the LSC at 294-1763 or by e-mail at PC@shsu.edu.

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