Concert preview: Local jazz community gathers to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela

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From the January 16, 2014 edition

Nelson Mandela died in December 2013 at the age of 95, and now a sprawling collective of local jazz musicians will gather to offer tribute, performing songs that deal with mankind’s ongoing struggle for freedom and equality.

Selections include Hugh Masekela’s “Bring Him Back Home,” John Coltrane’s “Song of the Underground Railroad” and Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Biko,” among others. Admission is free, and donations will be collected for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

Performers include Roger Hines, Roger Myers, Brett Burleson, Ron Hope, Michael Cox, Debra James Tucker, Eddie Bayard, Michael Vander Does, Ron Holmes, Stan Smith, Mark Lomax III, Brian Olsheski, Vicki Saunders, N Michael Goeke, Keith Newton, Kevin Jones, Andre Scott, Tia Harris-Roseboro, Hasan Razzaq and Michael Alan Cundiff, among others. Funk-jazz collective Fo/Mo/Deep (pictured) will also perform a handful of tines as a band. The remainder of the concert will feature a rotating cast of musicians culled from the aforementioned names.

Photo courtesy of Fo/Mo/Deep