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LSC-Kingwood’s Black History program to feature distinguished jazz musician

Intertwining live music with poetry equals a good educational and entertaining experience that the entire family can enjoy.

As part of Black History Week, Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Office of Student Life (OSL) and the African American Student Association (AASA) invite the community to attend “Langston Hughes Ask Your Mama 12 Moods for Jazz” concert on Monday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The free event is in the Student-Conference Center.

“This event is our chance to celebrate a different culture with students, faculty, staff and the community,” said Tracie Ring, OSL program manager. “OSL’s goal is to produce enlightening programs that will prepare all students for a multicultural environment and encourage students everywhere to study, learn and share different experiences with others.”

“Langston Hughes Ask Your Mama 12 Moods for Jazz” by Dr. Ronald McCurdy is a multimedia presentation that features a jazz quartet, spoken-word, and images from the Harlem Renaissance. The 12 Moods for Jazz that will be performed are Shades of Pigment, Ode to Dinah, Blue in Stereo, Horn Of Plenty, Gospel Cha Cha, Is it True?, Ask Your Mama, Bird in Orbit, Jazztet Muted, Show Fare, Please; and Ride Red, Ride.

“We are hosting this event to highlight the African-American culture. This particular event will allow people to come out, hear the music and get a visual introduction to some of our culture, entertainment and activities,” said Virginia Moreaux-Thompson, AASA president.

McCurdy is a professor of Music/Jazz Studies and artistic director in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. During his lifetime, he has worked with notable musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Terence Blanchard, Leslie Uggams, and Mercer Ellington.

For more information on “Langston Hughes Ask Your Mama 12 Moods for Jazz” or on McCurdy, visit http://www.ronmccurdy.com/about_hudges_project.htm. To get additional details on the event, call 281-312-1794.

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