Jodi L. Merriday is one of the most provocative, innovative and colorful writers and vocalist to emerge in her generation. She is noted most commonly as a scholar of African-American culture and aesthetics and as a phenomenal avante guarde jazz vocalist. More recently her combinations of spoken word, jazz, soul, and crunk have pivoted her to the forefront of new discourse in music. She identifies her music and performance ethos as jazz and aspires to provide social and human justice narratives that provoke a high level of consciousness, deliberation and love.
Her first CD, Sundance independently released in 1999 was asserted by jazz and poetry enthusiasts to be, one of the most innovative projects of the new millennium. More recently, her contributions to twice Grammy nominated Russell Gunns Ethnomusicology 3 performing Stranger Fruit and her original, Stranger Fruit were described by Kelly Vance as a stark, bitter condemnation of lynching with superb contemporary spoken word.
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 – 9:30pm & 11:30pm Show
Where: Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe
660 Peachtree Street
In what area of studies did Jodi receive her doctorate?
Deadline: Fri., April 27, 2012