The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 13, 2014

‘Freedom in the Air’ concert celebrates Civil Rights

LEWISBURG — The Barry Long Quartet will use freedom songs and historic photography as source material for an interdisciplinary collaboration Wednesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg.

Trumpeter Barry Long’s “Freedom in the Air” project gives modern witness to the courageous work of Civil Rights activists: ordinary men and women who accomplished extraordinary change amidst unimaginable tumult.

Responding to themed sets of photographs, reactive improvisers recall music’s vital contributions to the Movement and draw aural attention to the enduring power contained within these moving images. The improvised soundtrack includes jazz standards, freedom songs, and spontaneous reactions set to iconic photography depicting transformative social and cultural moments.

Long will be joined by David Pope, jazz saxophone; Joshua Davis, bass, and Phil Haynes, percussion.

The inaugural Samuel Williams Professor of Music at Bucknell, Long directs the jazz ensemble and teaches coursework in jazz and music theory. He was the first to receive a doctoral degree in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music and has performed with such artists as Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, John Clayton, Eliane Elias, Benny Carter, and Jim McNeely.

Projects include a jazz appreciation textbook for Prentice Hall and research on jazz activism during the Civil Rights movement. His recent CD, “Freedom in the Air,” incorporates iconic Civil Rights photography by Charles Moore, James Karales and others with spontaneously improvised reactions to their powerful images.

Video of the project is available at

Professor of saxophone at James Madison University since 2000, Pope is an active concert and jazz saxophonist who has presented performances and clinics throughout the United States and Europe. In 2011, he was featured on two recordings: Ted Wiprud’s “Fire In Heaven and Earth” (Albany Records) and Matt Smiley’s “Quartet Art” (Dazzle Recordings).

Davis joined the Susquehanna University faculty as their new director of jazz studies in 2006. His performance credits include Vardan Ovsepian, Tim Miller, Ben Monder, Peter Erskine, Mark Ferber, Jordan Perlson, Sean Rickman, Marcello Pellitteri, Dan Weiss, Ted Poor, Ari Hoenig, Ole Mathisen, Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Taylor Haskins, Dave Ballou, Greg Hopkins, Randy Brecker, Timucin Sahin, JD Walter, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Band, and The Ritz.

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