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Jazz Concert to Feature A Modern Revue on Bebop

Jazz Concert to Feature A Modern Revue on Bebop

Long before hip-hop, the jazzy sounds of Bebop dominated the musical landscape of African American communities from the 1940s to the 1950s. Much like hip-hop today, the distinct genre of music influenced dress and jargon, with musicians and club goers, alike, donning dark shades and black berets and using phrases such as “Hey Baba Rebop.”

Though the time of Bebop is long gone, music lovers and jazz enthusiasts can enjoy a live performance of the fast tempo music in an upcoming concert on Allen University’s campus. On Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., the Allen University Jazz Ensemble will blend the era of Bebop with present day culture in “Manteca: A Modern Bebop Revue.” The concert is free and will be held in Chappelle Auditorium (1530 Harden St., Columbia).

Inspired by author Horace Mungin’s “Swing, Hard Bop, Bop & Bebop,” the performance will feature poetry, narration and dance. Mungin’s book, a historical jazz resource book, profiles the musicians who created Bebop and contributed to that magical era. The music of jazz legends, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and more will light up the stage.

Dr. Alvoy Bryan Jr., assistant professor of music and music department coordinator, and Kenneth Green, director of the Allen University Jazz Ensemble and instructor of music, created the live on-stage adaptation, which is designed to expose a new generation to Bebop.

Though free to the public, reservations are highly encouraged. 

Elizabeth Mosely-Hawkins
ehawkins@allenuniversity.edu