Four times a year, VISIONS presents free jazz concerts by the acclaimed Boston-based jazz group The MakandaProject, in the community-based setting of the Dudley Library Auditorium in Roxbury, MA. The arts—and the community spirit achieved through these particular events—are an ideal vehicle for the principles that VISIONS represents. Presenting these concerts is another way that VISIONS is involved in the community where we work.
The MakandaProject is a 13 piece ensemble formed in 2005 to play the previously unrecorded compositions of Makanda Ken McIntyre (1931-2001), a Roxbury native who was a significant yet under-recognized jazz innovator in a career that spanned over four decades. The MakandaProject includes several of Boston’s most accomplished jazz musicians. Each Dudley Library concert also features an internationally renowned guest artist. Some of the concerts also include a live painting activity facilitated by Massachusetts College of Art & Design’s sparc! the ArtMobile, and/or performances by community youth.
Starting in fall of 2017, the Dudley Library will be closed for renovations, for approximately two years. During that time, the concerts will take place at the new Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, second floor (also in Dudley Square, two blocks for the library).
Saturday, October 13 7:00 - 9:30 PM The Makanda Project featuring South African Trumpeter Feya Faku
Saturday, November 10 7:00 - 9:30 PM The Makanda Project featuring Ku-umba Frank Lacy (compositions, trombones, vocals) Live painting by MassArt's sparc! the ArtMobile