Free Fowler event examines African influences on American jazz
On Thursday, August 9 at 7 p.m. the Fowler Museum will host a Fowler OutSpoken Conversation between Robin D.G. Kelley and Tom Schnabel
. Kelley is UCLA’s Gary B. Nash Professor of United States History, and he’ll be speaking with KCRW DJ Schnabel about the cross-pollination of African and American musical styles in 1950s and 1960s jazz. Attendees will get a chance to learn about four lesser-known musicians who looked to Africa to enliven American jazz melodies: Guy Warren, Ghanaian drummer; Randy Weston, American pianist; Ahmed Abdul-Malik, American bassist and oud player; and Sathima Bea Benjamin, a South African vocalist. Kelley will remain after the talk to sign copies of his new book, “Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times.” Admission to the Fowler Museum is free.