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General Public

Jazz Presents | Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite | Directed by Cecil Bridgewater

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

School of Jazz Performance Space, Room I531, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

In honor of Black History Month, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music presents a very special performance of legendary drummer and composer Max Roach's We Insist! Freedom Now Suite. Co-written by Oscar Brown, Jr., and considered by many to be Max Roach's most important composition, the Suite was a pivotal work in the African-American protest movement during the Civil Rights era.

Since it was first recorded in 1960, the piece has remained relevant and has continued to grow in stature. Critic Michael G. Nastos writes "Every modern man, woman, and child could learn exponentially listening to this recording -- a hallmark for living life". 

Led by Roach's longtime trumpeter and New School faculty member Cecil Bridgewater, this concert will feature a stellar group of world-renowned musicians. 

 - Cecil Bridgewater*, Musical Director, trumpet

 - Reggie Workman*, bass

 - Billy Harper*, tenor saxophone

 - Andrew Cyrille*, drums

 - Brianna Thomas**, vocals

 - Clifton Anderson, trombone

 - Neal Clarke, percussion

*= New School Faculty
**= New School Alumna

Event Type

Music Performances


General Public


Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Performing Arts


Mannes School of Music, School of Jazz


History, Social Justice, Music, Jazz


jazz, Civil Rights, Black History, freedom


$10 general public. Free ticket for students and seniors with valid I.D. MUST be picked up in advance through the New School Box Office, 66 W. 12th St., 212.229.5488 No reservations, first come first seated.



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Getting Here

Detailed Directions

By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.