The Musical Journey of Blacks, Jews and Blues
Hosted By: Moment Magazine
In the early decades of the 20th century, Black and Jewish musicians, often living side by side in the same impoverished neighborhoods, found mutual inspiration from biblical stories in the Old Testament and their shared legacy of oppression. With the music industry one of the few fields open to them both, it’s no surprise that rhythm and blues as well as jazz became crossover genres. Join Loren Schoenberg, Senior Scholar at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Eric K. Ward, executive director of Western States Center and Nadine Epstein, Moment editor-in-chief, for a conversation about these shared musical experiences, the bonds and tensions, the impact on the music industry and the sounds of rhythm and blues.
This program is part of The Wide River Project, a yearlong, joint initiative of Western States Center and Moment that takes a deep dive—and fresh look—into the art, history and issues that both unite and divide the Black and Jewish communities.
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