The Great American Songbook is the unofficial canon of the most influential musical standards and popular songs from the earlier half of the 20th century, mainly by white composers like Jonny Mercer, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Richard Rogers and more. This canon is stacked with some of the greatest songs of all time, but how can you look at game-changing American music that reverberates throughout cultural and society without recognizing the songs created by the black musicians of the time? To close out AFROPUNK’s Harlem Takeover, we’re paying homage to black protest music and iconic and contemporary artists who have celebrated the power of being unapologetically black. The Apollo Theater Presents Afropunk’s Unapologetically Black: The African American Songbook Remixed, A Celebration of Black Protest Music is Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30, musical direction by Robert Glasper, with Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band. Featuring Special Guests Bilal, Toshi Reagon, Jill Scott, Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Staceyann Chin and more!
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Robert Glasper by Mathieu Bitton