From September 29, 2005...
I'm Greg Bass and tonight on Tapestry, "Unchained Memories: Readings from Slave Narratives". The riveting multi-media presentation opens this week at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Also - author Frye Galliard. His book "Cradle of Freedom" is considered to be one of the best histories on the civil rights movement in Alabama. And - the funk/jazz sounds of Birmingham's Meteorite. First, a round-up of arts news.
More than 100-thousand former slaves were still alive and living in the United States during the late 1930's, when the Federal Writer's Project scoured the country, collecting their stories. The resulting exhibition, Unchained Memories: Readings from Slave Narratives, opened this week at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. There are dozens of photos of former slaves and a searchable database of more than 10-thousand images of original photos and documents. There's also video of famous African-americans like Oprah Winfrey and Ozzie Davis reading from the oral histories collected nearly 70 years ago.
Ahmad Ward is director of Education at the Birmingham Civil Right's Institute.
Ahmad Ward is the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute's director of education. The exhibit Unchained Memories: Readings from Slave Narratives will be on display through the end of November. "Unchained Memories" is the winner of the Silver Muse Award from the American Association of Museums.
The Lillian Smith Book Awards are presented each year by the Southern Regional Council in Atlanta in recognition of outstanding writing about the American South. This year's non-fiction winner is Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America written by Mobile native Frye Gaillard. Gaillard is a journalist with 19 books to his credit and the new writer in residence at the University of South Alabama. He came by our studios recently to discuss his award-winning book.
Cradle of Freedom by Frye Gaillard is published by the University of Alabama Press. You can hear an extended interview with Gaillard on the Tapestry section of our website, wbhm.org.
This weekend, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs another world premier...Eric Ewazen's "Of Sea and Stars" featuring soprano Katherine Pickett Porch. For this Masterworks concert, resident conductor Christopher Confessore leads the orchestra. He talked with WBHM's Michael Krall about the concert and specifically the word premier...
Christopher Confessore is the resident conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The ASO's Masterworks series resumes Friday and Saturday night at the Alys Stephens Center.
What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.
Eight out of ten dentists recommend Birmingham band Meteorite for their patients who listen to music. It's low-carb, makes you look taller and slimmer and there's a one million dollar bill tucked inside 5 of their CDs. Okay - with promises like that, how could you NOT check out this foursome's jazzy funk - or is that funky jazz? Meteorite grew out of a straight-ahead jazz standards group... but as you can hear in the tune "ZeeBop" from their self-titled CD, their current sound is anything but standard. Band founder Sam Shober provides guitar and lead vocals and Michael Glaser plays drums.(AUDIO MONTAGE)
Meteorite is Sam Shober on guitar and lead vocals and Michael Glaser on drum, with Gary Wheat on Sax and Taylor Propp with bass. The song is ZeeBop from the self-titled CD. Meteorite is donating eleven dollars to the American Red Cross for every CD they sell online at CDbaby.com. You can taste-test their music with downloads at our website, wbhm.org. You can also catch them live, tomorrow night, at the 22nd Street Jazz Café and most Wednesdays at danielgeorge restaurant.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell is the point main for featured musicians and Francesca Rosko compiles our community calendar. We had production assistance this week from interns: Jenny Rozen, Jonathan Glass and Tommy James. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us!
Support for Tapestry comes from the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Funds administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.