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Join RABJ's Black Cinema Series 6/20

Join the Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ) and the Little Theatre for the Black Cinema Series. On Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m., RABJ will present the feature film "A JAZZMAN'S BLUES" at the Little (Theater 1), located at 240 East Avenue.

This film tells a story of forbidden love and family drama in the Deep South. According to the organizers, it takes the audience on a journey through 40 years of secrets and lies, accompanied by the soulful sounds of juke-joint blues.

The screening is particularly significant as it coincides with Black Music Month and precedes the 21st edition of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, which will be held from June 21 to June 29. In honor of this connection, two jazz festival artists will participate as panelists for the Black Cinema Series.

Following the film, RABJ will host a post-screening discussion. One of the panelists will be Jimmie Highsmith Jr., a Grammy-nominated saxophonist who has received critical acclaim for his work.

Moderating the discussion will be Cinnamon Jones, a versatile vocalist known for various music genres including classical, jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B. Cinnamon, who grew up in New York City, specifically in Brooklyn, reportedly developed her love for music through the neighborhood's gospel choirs. She recently released a new single from her album "All Because Of You" in January 2024.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the box office on the day of the screening. The doors will open at 7 p.m. for attendees.

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