Hidden within the notes that will echo throughout Greenville this weekend is a history lesson.
Beyond the sheer entertainment value provided by the Billy Taylor Jazz Festival, which reaches an acme today and Saturday, the event provides a learning opportunity about the roots of a key part of American culture.
This year’s event — the 10th annual under the Billy Taylor name, but which has been in existence for more than 20 years — will feature guest artists Kenny Garrett, a Grammy-award winning saxophonist and flutist and Arthur Dawkins, former director of jazz studies at Howard University. Both have played key roles in furthering the genre while keeping its history alive.
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