Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's critique of the Danziger Bridge shootings

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is an African American trumpeter, composer and producer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He has written compositions and performed improvisations committed to social justice themes. His cultural work is a natural extension of his community service training directed by his grandfather Donald Harrison Sr. His composition 'Danziger' (2012) gives voice to the unarmed citizens injured and killed by police as they crossed the Danziger Bridge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. 'Danziger' extends from his stretch music theory which aTunde Adjuah describes as disassembling and reassembling musical ideas so that his compositions and improvisations can be understood holistically. While aTunde Adjuah's interpretation of the Danziger Bridge shootings is funneled through the ontological cornucopia of his trumpet and references his particular community, the message he sends out through his custom-made trumpet bell is universal because his critique supports everyday human rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-92
Number of pages23
JournalJazz Research Journal
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2019


  • Christian scott atunde adjuah
  • Danziger bridge
  • Forecasting cell
  • Improvised music
  • Stretch music

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music


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