Baldwin’s Choice: Miles Davis

UNITED STATES - JULY 02: NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL Photo of Miles DAVIS, Performing live onstage - looking to camera. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)

It’s Black History Month and my choice is Miles Davis. So many things have been said about the man’s brilliance and importance. He’s regarded as one of the 20th century’s top composers. And the reasons for it are chocked full with so much music theory bullshit. I don’t know how to play jazz music, and… Continue reading Baldwin’s Choice: Miles Davis

Slavery and Segregation… In Connecticut?

  While watching the documentary Freedom Riders with my middle school students last week, one of them stumped me with a great question: was there racial segregation in Connecticut? This led the class on a broad fact-finding mission where we learned some positive and negative things about our state’s history. Here are a few of… Continue reading Slavery and Segregation… In Connecticut?