Jazz suites are the main feature for this Thursday’s edition of Strictly Jazz Sounds. Celebrate Black History Month with “Freedom Suite” by Sonny Rollins, “Freedom Now Suite” selections by Max Roach and Terence Blanchard’s Oscar nominated “Malcolm X Jazz Suite” from Spike Lee’s Malcolm X. Opening with Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” hear prime suite selections featuring Samora Pinderhughes’s “The Transformations Suite” and Gregg August’s “Dialogues on Race” that includes a sonic tribute to slain civil rights icon Emmett Till with the voice of his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, recounting his tragic Mississippi lynching. Jazz, poetry, spoken word and song will ring loudly on Strictly Jazz Sounds Thursday, February 25 as WORT continues to celebrate Black History Month with host Steve Braunginn. WORT 89.9-FM, your place for jazz (streaming at wortfm.org).
(Photo of Mamie Till-Mobley at Emmett Till’s funeral via The Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture)