Joseph Jarman’s Black Case
with Thulani Davis and Brent Hayes Edwards

Friday, September 20th, 2019
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Blank Forms in The Classroom at MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Thulani Davis and Brent Hayes Edwards lead a discussion about Blank Forms Editions’ republication of Joseph Jarman’s Black Case as part of The Classroom’s programming at the NY Art Book Fair.

Joseph Jarman (1937 – 2019) was a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist best known as a founding member of trailblazing avant-garde jazz group Art Ensemble of Chicago. In 1977, Art Ensemble of Chicago Publishing Co. published Jarman’s Black Case Volume I and II: Return From Exile, a collection of writing comprised of Jarman’s flowing, fiery free verse as well as a manifesto for “GREAT BLACK MUSIC”, notated songs, concert program notes, Jarman’s photos, and impressions of a play by Muhal Richard Abrams. While some of the poems contained within Black Case have already been immortalized via performances on classic records by Jarman and Art Ensemble of Chicago, its republication in print form breathes new life into a forgotten document of the Black Arts Movement.

Order Black Case Volume I and II: Return From Exile here.

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