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Jefferson Center Presents: Javon Jackson with Nikki Giovanni

  • Dates: September 23, 2022
  • Times: Show begins at 8pm
  • Admission: TBA
  • Jefferson Center
    541 Luck Avenue SW
    Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Phone: (540) 345-2550
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Javon Jackson has a lengthy history as a leathery-toned and warm tenor-sax man, yet it’s his role as an educator that steered him toward the hymnal, holy roll of his newest album. As faculty at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and director of its Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, Jackson invited Nikki Giovanni to speak to his classes. Her work lit a fire in the saxophonist, prompting him to ask the poet to curate an album of her most deeply revered gospel hymns. 

Giovanni — the poet, the activist, the muse — and Jackson — the educator, the quartet leader, the saxophonist — both bring a deep sense of history to go with this fresh association on Bible verse.

Tickets go on sale to the public on August 11th at 10am.

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Jefferson Center Presents: Javon Jackson with Nikki Giovanni