On Monday, March 16th the Student Life Office brought Galen Abdur-Razzaq to the Alexandria campus for a lecture on a History of Women in Jazz and a performance of Notes at Noon. Galen is a talented flutist from Montclair, New Jersey who has performed both domestically and internationally for over thirty years.
He is also an arranger, composer, director, educator, and writer. Galen’s interactive lecture highlighted the significant contribution of women in jazz. Women highlighted included Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Mary Lou Williams and Anita O’Day.
Staff and students were encouraged to participate and were given the opportunity to win jazz CDs for their participation.
After the lecture, staff and students were invited to stay for a performance with local jazz musicians Amy Shook and Frank Russo. Amy plays the upright bass and plays in a Trio with Frank who plays the drums. Together with Galan they played a number of jazz classics.