The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) will host a special event, “Notes 4 Votes,” as a “get out the vote” initiative to be broadcast on its Facebook page on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 8:30 p.m. ET. Featuring prominent jazz musicians such as Terence Blanchard, Vijay Iyer, and Carla Bley as well as guest speakers like Cornel West, the ALJA hopes to capture the spirit of the creative music community and the urgency of this moment, according to a press release received by JT.
“Jazz has always been the perfect example of democracy: everyone having an input on the direction of a musical statement,” Blanchard says. “The key thing is, everyone having to be involved for it to work. So, let’s all get involved and make our statement in November.”
The event will spotlight performances and/or speeches by a long line of special guests, including Blanchard, Iyer, Bley, West, Oscar Hernandez, Simone Dinnerstein, Steve Swallow, Shana Redmond, Matthew Shipp, the Villalobos Brothers, William Parker, Kikirikí Biquéy, Ayodele Casel, Akua Dixon, Jen Shyu, Ganavya Doraiswamy, Crystal Joseph, Tiffany Austin, Mimi Jones, Caridad “La Bruja” de la Luz, and Luis Perdomo. Grammy-winning bandleader Arturo O’ Farrill, jazz writer Larry Blumenfeld, and Tracy Hyter-Suffern, executive director of the National Jazz Museum of Harlem, will emcee.
O’Farrill, who established the ALJA in 2007 to promote Afro-Latin jazz through various performance and education programs, comments in the press release, “Nothing, nothing, nothing is more important than getting your vote in and on time. Too many of us slept on this moment four years ago and we cannot afford to let the process for change given to us by our framers go unused. Musicians from every genre and aesthetic are lining up to show us that we must likewise unite. Let nothing stand in the way of showing the nation and the world that we can take back our destiny as a people governed by the sanity and the fair application of governance that is the basis of the social contract and the foundation of the American ‘experiment’!”