Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's "The Race Riot Suite" w/ Mark Southerland
Brian Haas, piano
Chris Combs, lap steel guitar
Jeff Harshbarger, double bass
Josh Raymer, drums
Mark Southerland, saxophone & homemade horns
Peter Apfelbaum, saxophones
For its 21st album, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey reaches into the dark annals of its hometown's history and emerges with a masterwork: The Race Riot Suite (2011). Written, arranged, and orchestrated by Chris Combs, the album is a long-form conceptual piece that tells the devastating story of the 1921 Tulsa race riot – a real estate-driven ethnocide occurring under the guise of citizen-dispensed justice. The oil-elite, civic government, and local press colluded to take advantage of a racially tense climate in Jim Crow-era Oklahoma, resulting in the death of hundreds of black Tulsans and the destruction of an entire city district.
Tonight, the JFJO will perform selections from the suite – a work The Boston Globe declared "a beautifully orchestrated, melodically rich piece that celebrates Greenwood as much as it laments the wanton violence that destroyed the neighborhood."
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