4_29_22 Friday Forum

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ICUJP Friday Forum
April 29th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

We Insist! Jazz & Social Justice

Description: A conversation with Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz West Coast Director Daniel Seeff and student Darynn Dean about jazz education, outreach and social justice.



Daniel SeeffDaniel Seeff is the program director of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He also directs the Institute’s Los Angeles public school outreach programming, including Jazz in the Classroom and BeBop to Hip-Hop, and serves as an associate producer of the Institute’s annual International Jazz Competition. Seeff coordinated the Institute’s summer jazz colony for six years and has produced dozens of Institute educational concerts in Los Angeles. He is the host and producer of the hip-hop and jazz radio show ExcursionsRadio on KJazz in Los Angeles. Seeff is also a bassist and guitarist who has toured internationally and performed on many major label albums with artists such as Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Cypress Hill. He co-wrote and played bass on the Billboard hit song “The Man” by Aloe Blacc and wrote music for and played on Grammy-nominated albums by Anderson .Paak, Ledisi, and the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Darynn DeanDarynn Dean was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a B.A. in Jazz Vocal Performance and a minor in Cultural Studies. She hails from a musical family: her father, Donald Dean, Jr., and grandfather, Donald Dean, Sr., are renowned drummers and her cousin, Jamael Dean, is a rising star pianist. Dean participated in the 2019 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency and was mentored by Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jason Moran. She has performed with Freddie Cole, Dave Holland, Dave Koz, Hubert Laws and Aaron Parks. Dean placed first in the National YoungArts Foundation, Dolo Coker and NAACP ACT-SO competitions, and was a finalist in The Music Center Spotlight Awards. She performed at the 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival with The Woodshed Network and sang at the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s “Celebrating the World of Quincy Jones” tribute. Darynn created and taught the "Music and Social Justice" course at the Huntington Avenue YMCA Teen Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

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7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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Reflection: Phil Way
Facilitator: Susan Stouffer
Zoom host: TBD

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** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **

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April 29, 2022 at 7:30am - 9:30am
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