Culture Connect Featured Event
While Wesleyan University Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman is a pianist and composer whose primary medium is instrumental jazz, he has increasingly gravitated towards "message music" in the spirit of artists such as Nina Simone, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. His award-winning compositions have tackled numerous topics, with entire albums dedicated to self-discovery (Know Thyself), disability (Patch Kit) and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Soul Force). His current projects include a series of compositions inspired by young people in the foster care system and a collaboration with photographer Carla Ten Eyck depicting survivors of serious illness and other traumatic experiences. Mr. Baerman will be joined by his longtime trio partners bassist Henry Lugo and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza.