For 100 years, Jazz has provided a model of diversity. People of different races, cultures, countries, and ethnicities, sourcing ideas from each other and each others’ traditions to improve themselves as players and to create new, innovative sounds.
Jazz: An American Model of Diversity is a presentation Perry conducts with a live quintet. Using music, lecture, and personal stories, Perry and his Quintet show how their playing, and jazz music as a whole, have benefited from working directly with people different from themselves.
According to audience members of the presentation at the Federal Reserve Bank, the presentation was “a fun, fresh way to look at diversity.” This presentation is fantastic for any organization that wants to promote a positive message around diversity and expose their employees to a proven, one hundred year old model that remains vibrant today.