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“JAZZ. MUSIC. JAMES BALDWIN. THE INSIDE STORY: “His Place in Provence:” A Project To Benefit Artists/Writers.” Special Guests are Shannon Cain Of “His Place In Provence.” Tom McKenzie, Bassist. Sunday 31 July 2016. (Paris Expat Soirée Dinner. Meet New People)

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Sunday 31 July 2016 at 19h15
“JAZZ.  MUSIC. JAMES BALDWIN. THE INSIDE STORY: “His Place in Provence:” A Project To Benefit Artists And Writers.”
Special Guests Are:

Shannon Cain of
“His Place In Provence”

Tom M Kenzie
Bassist

SHANNON CAIN

Of

“His Place In Provence,”
whose mission is to protect, acquire and renovate James Baldwin’s former home in Provence and to convert it to a residence for artists and writers.

A Conversation about L’Ancienne Maison Baldwin,  

Internationally acclaimed writer and cultural icon James Baldwin found a second home in France, and he was granted the country’s highest order of merit,
the Legion d’Honneur, in 1986.

And yet today, Baldwin’s sole geographic legacy, the house in St. Paul-de-Vence where he lived for seventeen years until his death, is under threat. The land speculation company that owns the house and its ten surrounding acres has plans to install eighteen luxury condos on the property...

James Baldwin’s unflinching analysis of tormented dynamics that continue to plague Western societies, combined with his manifold literary gifts, have made him an increasingly inspirational figure both in the United States and throughout the English-speaking world.

And he deserves far greater stature in France, both as one of the archetypal American expats—in the same pantheon as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Stein—and as a distinctly Black writer whose words speak with more currency than ever to the ongoing struggle for equality in our increasingly fractured societies.. 

The time is ripe for a Franco-American collaboration that would preserve his longtime home, much of which remains salvageable. This estate is the most logical site for a center devoted to promoting the art and ideas that unite us all—a residence for writers, a gathering venue for thinkers and activists, and a place to pay homage and reflect on the achievement that was James Baldwin’s remarkable life.

The time is ripe for a Franco-American collaboration that would preserve his longtime home, much of which remains salvageable. This estate is the most logical site for a center devoted to promoting the art and ideas that unite us all—a residence for writers, a gathering venue for thinkers and activists, and a place to pay homage and reflect on the achievement that was James Baldwin’s remarkable life.

Please visit:

www.hisplaceinprovence.org

TOM MCKENZIE

Says Tom about his instrument:
“La Contrebasse.  La Grand-mère.  String bass.  Bass fiddle.  Double bass.  Bull bass.  Bass viol.

She is called by many names and her function in any musical ensemble is to, “basically”, lay down the groove: provide the bottom (base) of the harmony and rhythm.

But, her melodic range is broad, and she can sing you to tears as well as make you feel that thump in your rump.”

Tom McKenzie is originally from New York and has had an international career for 30 plus years playing in a wide variety of venues: churches, theatres, concerts, festivals, recording studios. He has also been a street musician. He has worked in the US, Europe Africa and the Caribbean.


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