Music Series
2014 UMOJA Music Series
Funded by the Evelyn Preston Memorial Grant

Friday, June 20, 2014 – 6 pm - FREE
Charter Oak Cultural Center - 21 Charter Oak Ave – Hartford, CT
Jay Hoggard + UMOJA
Jay Hoggard - Vibraphone
Yunie Mojica - Alto Saxophone
Raynel Frazier - Trombone
Josh Evans - Trumpet
Jen Allen- Piano
Stephen "King" Porter - Bass
Jocelyn Pleasent - Drums /Percussion
Jonathan Barber - Drums

Friday, June 27, 2014 – 6 pm - FREE
Pump House Gallery - Bushnell Park - 60 Elm Street – Hartford, CT
Rain Location: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts - 15 Vernon Street - Hartford
Ralph Peterson & the Unity Project | Jovan Alexandre Group
KUJICHAGULIA | Self-Determination & UJIMA | Collective Work & Responsibility 
Ralph Peterson - Drums
Myron Walden - Tenorn Saxophone
Josh Evans - Trumpet
Pat Bianchi - Organ/Hammond B3

Friday, July 11, 2014 – 6 pm - FREE
Pump House Gallery - Bushnell Park - 60 Elm Street – Hartford, CT
Rain Location: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts - 15 Vernon Street - Hartford
Rene McLean & the Cosmic Brotherhood | Shenel Johns Quartet
UJAMAA | Cooperative Economics & NIA | Purpose
Rene McLean - Saxophones/Woodwinds
Nat Reeves - Bass
Alan Palmer - Keyboard
Ronnie Burrage - Drums
Neil Clarke - Percussion

Friday, July 18, 2014 – 6 pm - FREE
Pump House Gallery - Bushnell Park - 60 Elm Street – Hartford, CT
Rain Location: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts - 15 Vernon Street - Hartford
Kris Allen Quintet Feat. Duane Eubanks | Alex Tremblay Quartet
KUUMBA | Creativity & IMANI | Faith 

What is the UMOJA Music Series?

Through the creation of the UMOJA Music Series Raynel Frazier and Yunie Mojica inspire the spirit of community in Hartford with creative concerts that represent the seven principles of Kwanzaa. This seven-week concert series features outstanding musicians who all have a unique connection to the Hartford community.  Previous concerts include the UMOJA Sextet, the Abraham Burton and Eric McPherson Quartet, the Steve Davis Quintet the Josh Evans Sextet & Trumpet Ensemble, Jimmy Greene, Nat Reeves and several more. The goal in selecting musicians to perform is to choose artists who are not only connected to the Hartford Community, but also embody the spirit of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Frazier and Mojica, UMOJA, believe that the principles, Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith can and should be applied year round.

The first concert series in 2012 featured the UMOJA Sextet lead by UMOJA Music Series curators Raynel Frazier and Yunie Mojica. This ensemble was created to celebrate the principles of Kwanzaa through jazz music. Umoja meaning Unity is not only the name of this group but is also the first principle of Kwanzaa. Most of the concerts take place at the Pump House Gallery located in Bushnell Park. This outdoor concert experience is inviting to the entire community, from avid jazz listeners to everyday people who just so happen to pass by.
As a kick off to the UMOJA Music Series the UMOJA Sextet performed music that spoke to the audience and they embodied the spirit of unity.

In following the theme of the UMOJA Music Series each of the remaining concerts will represent a principle of Kwanzaa. The goal is for the musicians to briefly talk about the principle and play music that reflects that principle of Kwanzaa. All of the concerts will take place in various venues throughout the city of Hartford.

Raynel Frazier and Yunie Mojica believe that this concert series is important and is something the Hartford community needs. Not only does it showcase great musicians but is also engages the community by challenging them to reflect on the principles Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and responsibility, Cooperative economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. Yunie Mojica and Raynel Frazier’s vision is to uplift their audience through enjoyable concerts that inspire the community to come together.



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The UMOJA Music Series is fiscally sponsored by the Charter Oak Cultural Center a 501(c)3
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Past Dates:

Thursday, June 7, 2012   – The UMOJA Septet
Thursday, June 14, 2012 – The Abraham Burton/Eric McPherson Trio
Thursday, June 21, 2012 – The Steve Davis Quintet
Thursday, June 28, 2012 – The Josh Evans Septet
Thursday, July 5, 2012    – Alan Palmer & The New Soil Ship
Thursday July 12, 2012   – New Jazz Workshop
Thursday, July 19, 2012  – Zaccai Curtis and Message

Thursday, June 20, 2013 – Yunie Mojica Quintet Feat. Camille Thurman 
                                              Jimmy Greene Quartet

Thursday June 27, 2013 –  Jonathan Barber Group
                                              Nat Reeves Quintet

Thursday, July 11, 2013  –  Stephen Porter Trio Feat. Abraham Burton
                                              Josh Evans Trumpet Ensemble Feat. Brian Lynch & Darren Barrett

Thursday July 18, 2013  –  Jen Allen Trio
                                             New Jazz Workshop


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