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Jazz Faculty Rodney Jordan to Premiere New Work for No Tears Project

The No Tears Project Ensemble to perform new work inspired by the family of Medgar Evers

Since its inception in 2017, the No Tears Project has recognized heroes of the American Civil Rights Movement with a series of free performances. This year’s final performances in Jackson, MS, will feature the world premiere of music inspired by the Evers family, written by Jackson State University alumnus and FSU Professor of Jazz Bass, Rodney Jordan.

By: Oxford American | Published: May 8, 2024 | See original press release at

May 8, 2024—CONWAY, AR—The Oxford American, National Park Service, and Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument are excited to announce No Tears Project Jackson: Be Heard in 2024, a series of civil rights and arts education programs featuring the No Tears Project ensemble taking place in Jackson, Mississippi, on September 27 – 29, 2024.

The events are an evolution of the No Tears Project residency programs that Oxford American has produced since 2017 in partnership with vocalist Kelley Hurt and pianist/composer Christopher Parker. Originally inspired by Hurt and Parker’s musical composition written to honor the Little Rock Nine, No Tears Project has become a touring group that conducts outreach programs through concerts and conversation and engages communities in healing through civil rights storytelling.

During the Jackson residency, bassist and composer Rodney Jordan will premiere a new collection of music with No Tears Project ensemble that he has written in honor of the Evers family. The programs are made possible in part by funding from the National Park Foundation’s ParkVentures program and Jazz Road (a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).

For additional information, visit the Oxford American No Tears Project website or view full press release here.

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