Donald Harrison Jr.
Nicknamed the "King of Nouveau Swing," jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. travels to Berklee from his home in New Orleans for this performance.
This year's Africana Studies Music Programming celebrates the richness of America's roots music traditions. The roots music artist is the chronicler of the ongoing story of America, told through song. Roots music is the intermingling of cross-cultural influences. Johnny Cash once said, "Every successful country singer I know has a humble background. . . and the colored blues has been a part of their musical heritage. Every one of them bar none. Elvis will tell you himself that where he got his style is from colored blues singers." From this fusion and sharing of American cultures came spirituals, blues, gospel, folk, country, and bluegrass-the roots all American popular music.