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Juneteenth Celebration of Jazz & Poetry

June 17, 2023

In honor of Juneteenth—a federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans—the celebration will take place on the lawn of The Side Door at the Old Lyme Inn. The event features a quartet led by New Haven jazz legend Jesse Hameen II and new work by Connecticut poets Marilyn Nelson, Kate Rushin, Rhonda Ward, and Antoinette Brim-Bell, who in 2021 created a tribute in verse to those enslaved in historic Lyme. The jazz quartet features the inspirational percussionist Jesse Hameen II; Rodney Jones, guitar; Zwelakhe Bell Le Pere, bass; and Xavier McGeorge, piano.

Saturday, June 17, 2 pm

The event has received generous support from The Side Door Jazz Club.

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June 17, 2023
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The Side Door
85 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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