Christian McBride -The Movement Revisited
Ja-Tun will be part of a group of singers from the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, under the direction of Dr. J. Donald Dumpson and JD Steele, performing with this pre-eminent Philadelphia-born jazz bassist. The Kimmel Center website describes The Movement Revisited as follows:
The Movement Revisited is the culmination of McBride's richly inspired piece lauding four key figures of the Civil Rights Movement:Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, andMuhammad Ali. The Movement Revisited blends a five-part suite for an 18-piece big jazz band, singers from the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale led by music director J. Donald Dumpson, and narrators, to create a powerful evening in which music and famous passages by these historical figures merge to tell the story of the fight for civil rights. The work culminates in a final piece where all four narrators come together to recite President Barack Obama's inauguration speech.