Legendary jazz performer and song composer, native Chicagoan Oscar Brown, Jr. will perform on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Theatre Northwest in Tamarack Hall. This performance is free and open to the public as part of the Diversity Programming Group and in honor of Black History Month.
A prolific playwright and poet as well as a political activist, as a musician he is remembered for such songs as "Work Song" and "Straighten Up." For the better part of half a century, Brown Jr. has composed several hundred songs and more than a dozen full length theater pieces including, "Journey Through Forever," which deals with aging and "Great Nitty Gritty," that depicts the plight of youth in Chicago' s low income housing developments. In 1962, he was the emcee on the legendary Jazz Scene USA television series. After recording steadily, he was off records altogether during 1975-1994, until returning with Then & Now for the Weasel Disc label in 1995, a disc full of both fresh remakes and new material.
He continues to work with gifted younger performers, including two of his seven offspring, son Oscar Brown III and daughter Maggie Brown, both of whom will join him on Sunday.
This event is sponsored by the Diversity Programming Group of the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the Student Activities Board at IU Northwest. For more information, please call (219) 980-6802.