RIT’s 2008-2009 Gannett Series Presents Dual Jazz and Poetic Performance

Canadian writer, poet and playwright on stage with world-renowned jazz musician

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Award-winning poet and playwright George Elliott Clarke and world-renowned jazz composer and pianist D.D. Jackson will perform at RIT as part of the Caroline Werner Gannett Project series on Wednesday, Oct. 15. They will give back-to-back performances entitled “Bebopera” and “Bebopera Too,” followed by a CD and book signing. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Ingle Auditorium on the RIT campus.

George Elliott Clarke is the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto and a poet, playwright and novelist. He has written six books of poetry and won numerous awards and honors including the 2001 Governor General’s Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Achievement Award and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize. He has also contributed to numerous film and drama productions including the acclaimed radio play, stage production and film “One Heart Broken into Song,” which is based on his verse novel Whylah Falls.

D.D. Jackson is a world-renowned jazz musician, performer and composer who has released 12 CDs, composed two operas and toured and performed around the world. His work has earned six Juno nominations, the Canadian Grammy, winning in 2000 for best contemporary jazz album.

For more information about the Caroline Werner Gannett Project, including a full listing of the 2008-2009 schedule, visit www.cwgp.org. All Gannett events are free and open to the public.