"Press On," composed by Floyd as part of the Frederick Douglass Jazz Works...captures the composer's beautiful voice at its deepest expression. Combining lyricism with insight and yearning, this selection truly made me want to hear more of Floyd's work. She is a composer to watch.
~ Linda Holt, Broad Street Review
Below are select excerpts from a Frederick Douglass Jazz Works performance. Press the PLAY button that appears in the middle of the pictures below to hear the music & oratory excerpts.
Ruth Naomi Floyd and her esemble are set to record the Frederick Douglass Jazz Works in 2019.
“I used to contrast my condition with the blackbirds, in whose wild sweet songs I fancied them so happy! Their apparent joy only deepened the shades of my sorrow. For this young slave the singing of the blackbirds did not lie.”
~ Frederick Douglass