Music to Touch, Move, and Inspire!
Jackson Caesar is one of the most inspiring vocalist I had the pleasure of working with."- Willie Jolley, Award-Winning Singer, Best-selling author and National Television & Radio Personality.
Your performance of my father, was the best representation I have ever had to witness! - Afrika Lambe (Daughter of Roland Hayes)
Friday, February 23rd, 2024
702 UNIVERSITY DR.
Winchester, VA 22601
Armstrong Concert Hall
Jackson Caesar, who has studied vocal pedagogy (contemporary and commercial music) at the graduate level at Shenandoah, will perform a one-man concert from the audio documentary project, “Spirituals: Celebrating the Music, Life, and Legacy of Roland Hayes.”
The event is open and free to the community in partnership with the City of Winchester Black History Month committee and the Shenandoah Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity.
Piano Accompanist, Erin Petrella
Percussion, Matthew Lofton
Saturday, February 24th, 2024
Chevy Chase Public Library
8005 Connecticut Ave,
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Jackson Caesar presents:
Lil Boy Ro' Sings the Spirituals
The program offers children a unique opportunity to delve into the origins of religious folk songs and their pivotal role in aiding African Americans in overcoming adversities. Presented through the lens of a twelve-year-old protagonist named Lil Ro. Narrated tales of triumph through songs of hope, featuring the Spirituals. This immersive experience combines storytelling, musical performances, and active participation.
In commemoration of Black History Month, Jackson Caesar will curate a children's program, imparting knowledge and entertainment to families regarding the music and legacy of America's inaugural African American international concert singer, Roland Hayes. Historically, the Negro Folk Songs stand as the melodic expressions of African American slaves. These compositions are characterized by the infusion of African rhythmic idioms, Blues influences, and hymn-like melodies. Commercially, they undergo a rebranding, being referred to simply as; The Spirituals. The Spirituals, in myriad ways, served the African American community—(1) providing psychological resilience amid their tribulations, (2) functioning as codes and double entendre to facilitate communication and escape from the shackles of slavery, and (3) offering spiritual solace.
Featuring: Piano accompanist- Maxwell Brown
Thursday, February 29th, 2024
Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff
5401 South Dakota Ave NE,
Washington, DC 20011
Jackson Caesar presents:
In observance of Black History Month, Jackson Caesar will share excerpts from his Audio Documentary Production (Lecture form). Spirituals Celebrating the Music, Life, and Legacy of Roland Hayes.
Roland Hayes was born on June 3, 1887, in Curryville, Georgia, less than a quarter century after the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Indeed, his parents were tenant farmers on the same plantation where Roland’s mother had once been a slave. Moreover, despite facing tremendous political and economic inequality and disadvantages, Hayes would go on to become a world-renowned soloist who helped change the national music scene.
This program is designed to be (E.R.I.E.) Educational, Resourceful, Inspirational, and Entertaining.
This event is free and open to the public.
Q&A to follow
This is one of the most memorable and top favorite songs of my childhood. The history of this song isn’t clear but what is mutually understood is that children would sing and play games to this song. This arrangement has a fun Funky Rock feel. The concept was to arrange a familiar song with a different flare. A flare that includes an all-male chorus, a jazz-rock band, and a fun brass ensemble. The fun can be heard throughout this song and is guaranteed to keep you entertained.