Friday Night Live! We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite

Composer and drummer Max Roach and lyricist Oscar Brown began developing the Freedom Now Suite in 1959, culminating in the release of the album We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite and a 1963 performance on the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Along with Roach’s drumming, this recording features vocalist Abbey Lincoln who was photographed for the album art by Kwame Braithwaite, a vital figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.

This performance will be presented live in the Detroit Film Theatre and features Naima Shambourger on vocals, saxophonist Mike Monford, bassist Marion Hayden and an All-Star group of jazz musicians. Presented in conjunction with the DIA special exhibition Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite on view through January 16, 2022.

Free with online registration.


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