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Dred Scott and Freedom Jazz

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Dred Scott's Freedom Jazz: songs of rebellion, resistance and rabble-rousing with a short history of each song delivered by Bruce Barthol.

Dred Scott, piano
Miles Wick, bass
Rob Sudduth, tenor saxophone
Beth Custer, clarinet and bass clarinet
Tom Hassett, drums
plus special guests

About the repertoire:
American fighting forces illegally travelled to Spain between 1936-1939 to fight Franco and the rising tide of Fascism that would soon take over Europe. They were called the 15th Brigade. The most famous song of the Republic has two lyrical versions, "El Paso del Ebro" and "Viva Quince Brigada." The first one is related to the Battle of the Ebro and the second mentions the Battle of Jarama, two of the main confrontations of the Spanish Civil War. The melody, however, dates back to the Peninsular War in the early 19th century.

In 1970, the working-class united and elected Salvador Allende to lead them in a socialist transformation of Chile. Their anthem was "El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido," or "The People United Will Never Be Defeated." When Pinochet took over in a U.S.-backed coup in 1973, this song became the anthem of the resistance.

In 1957, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus sent the National Guard to prevent the integration of Little Rock Central High School. Charles Mingus wrote a song in protest, "The Fables of Faubus."

"Rally 'Round the Flag" was written in 1862 during the American Civil War. It was also known as "The Battle Cry of Freedom" and was pro-union and anti-slavery. It became so popular the Confederacy adapted it - with alternate lyrics, or course.

Originally sung by migrant workers in the rice paddies of the Italian valley of Po in the 19th century to protest working conditions, "Bella Ciao" became famously repurposed as an anti-Fascist anthem in 1943.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!