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The Apollo Presents
The Blues and Its People

With Russell Gunn and Special Guests
Celebrating 60 Years of Amiri Baraka’s Blues People

Where the music goes, that’s where the people go. The music reflects the people.” – Amiri Baraka

Join us for The Blues and Its People, an electrifying evening-length concert featuring critically acclaimed composer and trumpeter Russell Gunn and his Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra that brings to life poet and author Amiri Baraka’s groundbreaking work, Blues People: Negro Music in White America. Special guests include Weedie Braimah, Davell Crawford, Miles Griffith, Craig Harris, Stefon Harris, Jazzmeia Horn, Oliver Lake, jessica Care moore, and Leon Timbo. This exciting one-night-only exploration of jazz, gospel, and blues, commissioned by the Apollo, traverses Baraka’s text through song and readings curated by Fredara Hadley, Ph.D, ethnomusicologist at The Julliard School of Music.

Don’t miss this special celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Baraka’s revolutionary text and the enduring legacy of Black music as only the Apollo could tell it. The Blues and Its People is a continuation of the Apollo’s 2022-2023 season, The Next Movement, an exploration of what’s new, now and next in music, dance, art and ideas.

A Message from Russell Gunn

Check out the founder, composer, and director of the Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, Russell Gunn’s artistic statement.

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This event is included in our Half Off for Harlem promotion. Harlem residents, employees, business owners, and students can save 50% on tickets to select performances throughout the season.

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For the safety of our artists, audiences and staff, face coverings are optional but encouraged for all attendees while inside the theater. Click here for more information about our COVID safety policies.