The Jazz Session #508: Jerome Jennings

On Solidarity, drummer Jerome Jennings pays tribute to the courage of African-American women activists. In this wide-ranging conversation, Jennings talks about the work he did to educate himself on the history of African-American women in struggle; trans activist Marsha P. Johnson; his fascinating approach to the drums on “Bebop,” the album’s opening track; and a whole lot more. Members will get bonus audio. Also, despite what I say at the top of the show, this is indeed episode #508.

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Author: Jason Crane