This year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the first Great Migration, the movement of millions of African-Americans from the rural south to other parts of the U.S. that promised greater social and economic justice and opportunities. The migration included many excellent jazz musicians, some of whom became household names. For these artists, the Great Migration also provided inspiration for their creative expression.
In WRTI’s original series The Great Migration, Bob Perkins explores the life and times of jazz artists who participated in this mass movement. The 16-part series continues into September 2016 when we celebrate what would have been the 90th birthday of John Coltrane, who left North Carolina to become one of the most distinctive voices in jazz.
For more information on activities celebrating the Great Migration and jazz, visit the Philadelphia Jazz Project's website.