ladies and gentleman of jazz (panel discussion)
Saturday, september 28, 2:00-3:00pm
In the mid-1950s, Jazz in the Alley emerged as a self-organized community gathering in the alley between 49th and 50th and between St Lawrence and Champlain Streets in Bronzeville. The weekly events convened DJs, musicians, and neighbors to enjoy music, food, drink, and community. When Jazz in the Alley was closed down after nearly 30 years, DJs and, later, members of the now inactive "Jazz Junction" started by George Harris (now deceased), began playing records at neighborhood bars and establishments that allowed Alley DJs to continue spinning jazz records. Other iterations of the original concept, most notably Universal Jazz Alley, continue today. For this program, some of the DJs who participated in various DJ jam sessions, including the first women DJs, convene to discuss the history and significance of these much-celebrated convenings. Panelists include DJs EMMA MACHEN, LEDA THOMAS, MAXINE PARSON, MICHAEL EVANS, and JAMES TAYLOR. The panel will be moderated by artist and community historian MAGGIE BROWN.