January 15, 2018
On this cold Monday afternoon, I'm taking a moment to appreciate the profound impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's work. Jazz is in the air as Siouxland High School bands diligently prepare their contest repertoire for multiple area jazz festivals. As a community music supporter, music retailer and jazz lover to the core, it brings me joy to share the below MLK speech with you-Mike Guntren
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. opened the Berlin Jazz Festival with the speech, "On the Importance of Jazz." The music may have changed over the years, but his words still ring true today.To honor Martin Luther King's legacy and to mark his birthday, we launch Are You Listening? with Bay Area artists presenting this very same speech, which includes readings from Marcus Shelby, Meklit Hadero, Terrence Brewer, and Wil Blades, to name a few.
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