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Mansa K. Mussa
artist and curator 


with artists: 

Luis Alves

Antonio Porcor Cano

 Gerry Castro

 Maria Luis Estrela

Ricardo Osmondo Francis

 Victoria Marin-Harrison 

Carlos Mateu

William W. May

Beverly McCutcheon

Qaasim Munoz

Michael Pared

Ron Powel 

Danielle Scott 

Nitza Tufino 

 In partnership with the
NJ Performing Arts Center's
TD Moody Jazz Festival,
Cong. Ahavas Sholom in Newark and
The Jewish Museum of New Jersey 



About the exhibit:  There are two prerequisites for This Music We Call Jazz. When it is performed it must swing, compelling the listener to move or dance, and it must have that quintessential element of improvisation, the ability of the musicians to move from formal written musical notes to stylized personal interpretations.  The roots of jazz can be traced to the percussion ensembles of Africa, representations of which were documented at Sunday performances at Congo Square in New Orleans during the early 1800s. The music’s various incarnations as Dixieland, swing, bebop, big band and fusion have been instrumental in the sound track of the American musical experience.

On September 29, 1947, African-American trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie presented his big band in a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  On the bandstand that evening was Chano Pozo, a Cuban conga player whose traditional Cuban rhythms, in collaboration with Gillespie’s bop style, introduced a new style of cultural cross connection that was dubbed “Afro Cuban”, and later became known as Latin Jazz.

The exhibit utilizes visual art: photographs, paintings, drawings, collages and mixed media to examine some of the major historical and contemporary figures of the medium. Most of the artwork has been designed specifically for the exhibit, and  our goal is to demonstrate the manner in which music, the most universal of all art forms, connects Jazz lovers, artists, and performers of disparate backgrounds on an intercultural level that goes beyond nationality and ethnicity - Mansa K. Mussa.