Bronx Jazz — A History

WED, SEP 9, 2020

Here is a performance and reading incorporating poetry, rap and music by Mwalim DaPhunkeeProfessor and his son, based upon Mwalim’s novel, “Land of the Black Squirrels.”

Bronx Jazz depicts a conversation between an Afro-Native father and son, who are both storytellers in their own right, discussing the roots of their craft as writers, poets, and musicians in the rich musical and storytelling legacy of their ancestors.The performance runs about 45 minutes and is followed by a dialogue about jazz, street poetry, storytelling and hip-hop.


+ BIO: Mwalim "Daphunkee Professor"

For over 30 years as a performer, teaching artist and curriculum development consultant, Mwalim has taught theater and language arts as well as music for private and public schools, community programs, arts academies, colleges, and conferences throughout the United States and Canada.

His stages and classrooms have included theaters, arenas, nightclubs, schools, libraries, museums, community centers, festivals, street corners, powwows, colleges, temples, jails, and churches. Mwalim is a recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and grants for theater, music, and media arts; including the Ira Aldridge Fellowship, New York Theatre Forum, Osborne Trust Fellowship, Yen Fellowship, and the Healey Grant, He has been the Playwright-In-Residence at New African Company in Boston since 2004. He is the keyboardist and resident songwriter for the 6-time Grammy nominated band The GroovaLottos. Mwalim is a tenured professor of English and the former Director of Black Studies at UMass Dartmouth,

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