Story Share Project

Collecting and sharing stories about jazz from people around Chicago

In the last one hundred years, jazz has been an essential actor in American history. The stories and sounds of jazz are embedded in the history of socio-political movements: civil rights, black arts, unionizing, etc; in the history of cultural diplomacy, class struggle, racial integration, and the military; in urban development, community building, and the so-called Black Metropolis; in communication strategy and intellectual property questions around appropriation; and in diversity initiatives in academic and institutional development, to name just a few elements. This project seeks to reframe the discussion around 'what is jazz?' by allowing individual stories to illuminate meaning and impact across diverse perspectives.

Join us for these upcoming Story Share collection dates in collaboration with JazzCity 2016 put on by the Jazz Institute of Chicago:

Friday, November 18
Story Share at 6pm, Performance at 7pm
Loyola Park
Ornette Coleman: The Harmony of Freedom


Friday, December 9
Story Share at 6pm, Performance at 7pm
Hamilton Park
Bird to Word: the Vocalese of OBJ-Celebrating Oscar Brown Jr’s 90th


Interested in sharing a story? Contact us below or click here sign up for a spot at one of our events above.

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