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From Fred Hersch: An Open Letter re the Outbeat Jazz Festival

Pianist objects to tagline "America's First Queer Jazz Festival"

Fred Hersch

Pianist Fred Hersch has written an open letter to the organizers of the upcoming Outbeat jazz Festival, which has been using the phrase “America’s First Queer Jazz Festival” in its promotional material. The full text of the letter follows.

“I am very pleased to be participating in an historic first: the Outbeat Jazz Festival to take place in Philadelphia from September 18th-21st. The festival is the first in America to explore the intersection between the great universal American jazz art form and its many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) performers, composers, arrangers, and promoters.”

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