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Rod McGaha presents Juneteenth Music and Art Exhibit at ACME and Hadley Park Concert

by Cass Teague
Rod McGaha (photo by Bo May, courtesy Nashville Jazz Workshop)

Rod McGaha, a sound and visual artist, will present a Juneteenth music and art exhibit at ACME in downtown Nashville from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, June 19, 2023. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit, titled “We Stand, We Love, We Play, We Dance,” will feature original images and music inspired by great Black musicians, artists, dancers, thinkers, and activists. These include Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, Nikki Giovanni, Miles Davis, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Lena Horne, James Baldwin, and more.

“These great minds have greatly influenced how I compose and perform music, while also shaping the way I see through the lens,” said McGaha. “The images and music represent how Black people have always used creativity to address issues of inequality. How black people have always worked towards an altruistic community.”

The exhibit will also feature a live concert, dancers, and a video and photography exhibit.

“I hope this exhibit will inspire people to celebrate Juneteenth and to continue to fight for equality,” said McGaha.

Musicians for the event include Don Aliquo-Saxophone, Yosvany Cordero-Percussion, Rob Linton-Bass, Giovanni Rodriguez-Percussion, Roy (Futureman) Wooten-Drums, and of course, Rod (Preacherman) McGaha-Trumpet. The featured Dancers are Shabaz Chijioke Ujima and Thea Jones Brown.

Jazz in the Park is a monthly series of Friday evening concerts at the Hadley Park Bandshell with some fantastic local artists. The next concert is Friday, June 23 at 5:30 pm, and features trumpeter Rod McGaha.

A longtime favorite of jazz fans in Nashville, Chicago native Rod McGaha continues to blaze new creative trails. Mentored by jazz master Clark Terry at DePaul University, Rod went on to perform with such artists as Lou Rawls, The O’Jays, Bebe and Cece Winans, Take 6, and Kirk Whalum, and Max Roach and his Brass Quintet. Jazz artists today frequently cross stylistic boundaries but Rod has done this since the 1990’s, drawing from gospel, funk, and R&B as well as classic jazz. His interests in photography and visual art are often combined with jazz in creative multimedia projects.

Free concerts in the park give everyone in the community the chance to enjoy great music in a family-friendly setting. The Nashville Jazz Workshop is the sponsor. The Hadley Park Bandshell has plenty of park bench seating and large open areas for lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets, or enjoy the ample park bench seating. Rain policy: in case of inclement weather, patrons will be notified by 4:30 pm via the NJW website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Rod is a frequent instructor at the Nashville Jazz Workshop and a frequent performer in the Jazz Cave. He also loves performing for children and has appeared in the NJW’s new Jazz A.M. series. Concerts are from 5:30 to 7 pm and are free and open to the public. Friday, May 19, Emmanuel Echem opened the series, and Friday, July 14, Cord Martin closes it out.

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