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Jazz Great Kenny Barron '78 and President Alan Davis Interviewed for WBGO FM; Link to Broadcast Here

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

March 5, 2012

Kenny BarronPresident Alan Davis and alumnus Kenny Barron ’78, at left, a renowned jazz pianist who has been described as “one of the top jazz pianist in the world” by the Los Angeles Times, were interviewed during an hour-long segment on WBGO FM (Jazz88.3 FM) (click to listen) by host Joshua Jackson on his music magazine program “The Checkout,” which airs every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Metropolitan mentor David Fullard arranged the interview as part of Black History Month events set for this month.

Barron’s recordings for Verve have earned him nine Grammy nominations. Barron spoke about his illustrious jazz career, while Davis talked about the Metropolitan Center’s programming for black history month, which included, “Made in America: the Depth and Breadth of Jazz Performance,” on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Dweck Center for Contemporary Arts at the Brooklyn Public Library. The event featured a reception with performances by The Mansoor Sabree Jazz Ensemble and the Marcus McLaurine Trio, and discussions about African-American contributions to jazz, the relationship between jazz, society and politics, the impact of the black movement in implementing change and other topics of historical interest in black arts and culture.

In addition, the Heritage Award given on certain milestone occasions to recognize and honor individuals who have given of themselves, their energy and their ideals to make SUNY Empire State College a distinctive and exemplary institution within American higher education was presented to former Metropolitan Dean Nancy Bunch, professor emeritus; community activist and artist Dorothy Burnham; and Rudy Cain, Ph.D., the first faculty mentor and also unit coordinator at the Bedford Stuyvesant Unit.

Barron received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

A multimedia art exhibit, “Breaking Boundaries,” with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at the Livingston Street Gallery in Brooklyn, will be held in recognition of Black History Month. Metropolitan Center mentor Raul Manzano is organizing that event.