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Oscar Brown, Jr. lives again in “Joy” show

 

The music, poetry and social commentary of the late Oscar Brown, Jr. will be revived Tuesday night when Brown’s protege and friend Morris Gearring performs his one-man show, “Joy,” at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court.

Accompanied by Calvin “Koco” Brunson and his band, Gearring will recreate a theatrical and musical piece that originally was created by Brown and Jean Pace in Chicago back in 1966. The new production has been directed by Chuck Smith, an award-winning resident director at the Goodman Theatre.

Brown, who died in 2005, created music that was a blend of soul, jazz and musical theatre that dealt with the joy, anger, love, frustration and humor of Black life in Chicago. At the time of his death, Gearring made a commitment to continue to introduce his words and music to new audiences going forward.

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