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Playing for Freedom

Presented by Kennedy Heights Arts Center and Juneteenth Cincinnati, Inc. at Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex, Cincinnati OH

Mar 05 2022
Playing for Freedom

Celebrate jazz and its influences with performances by Jazz Renaissance and actor Deondra Means. Part of Voices of Freedom presented by Juneteenth Cincinnati.

Juneteenth Cincinnati presents Voices of Freedom, a month-long visual and performing arts series exploring the promise and reality of “freedom” as experienced by those whose lives and destinies were touched by emancipation.

On Saturday, March 5, join us for a Playing for Freedom celebrating jazz, a music genre created by African Americans, and its influences in African music.

The evening will start with a South African Gumboot musical theatre presentation by acclaimed local actor Deondra Means, followed by a lively performance by Jazz Renaissance. The 8-piece group performs modern jazz in many styles, including bop, swing and Latin.

The event is free, but tickets are required and space is limited. Masks and proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test result required for entry.

This event is made possible by American Rescue Plan funds from the City of Cincinnati, administered through ArtsWave.

Jazz Renaissance is a seven-piece jazz group formed in 2010, playing modern jazz in many styles, including bop, swing and Latin. The group has played in many local venues, including the Blue Wisp, the Whiskey Bar, the Juneteenth Festival, the Black Family Reunion, and others.

Deondra Means is Resident Playwright, teaching artist and performer with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for the past 25 seasons. As a professional actor, he has performed and/or directed for ArtWorks, Cincinnati Opera, Theatre IV, Xavier Players, Future World Productions, Studio Theater, Happy Nia Productions, Kings Productions, Medasi African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Njo jo Family Productions, 144k Artistic Order, Show Biz International, St Louis Black Repertory Theatre, and Congo Square Theatre. A long-time educator in area schools, Mr. Means has the ability to bring to life through drama, historical lessons, world cultures and literature to help students to better understand what is required in the classroom and beyond.


Free admission, but tickets required.
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Additional time info:

Come early to view the Voices of Freedom exhibition prior to the performance

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex

6620 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213

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