African American Museum Of Iowa

Milestone Negro Spirituals: When Folksongs Bring Freedom

Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
55 12th Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA

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As part of the African American Museum of Iowa’s Jazz and Blues series, Hilliard Greene presents “Milestone Negro Spirituals: When Folksongs Bring Freedom.”

This performance/workshop in words and music brings to light the significance and beauty of the remarkable songs associated with the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in their efforts to escape to free states and to Canada. 

Hilliard Greene is acclaimed for composing and performing solo contrabass music. His tours have taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Former musical director for jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott, he is the leader of The Jazz Expressions and member of the Zigzag Quartet.