Highland park - city of ogun

Presented by Marion Hayden

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Highland Park - City of Ogun is a 6-part musical composition that will explore how life has changed over the years for the residents of Highland Park. Narratives from residents will be recorded at the Highland Park Music Festival and excerpted portions will then be interwoven throughout an original musical composition.

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About the Artist

Born in Detroit, MI, Marion Hayden is one of the nation’s finest proponents of the acoustic bass. Steeped in the jazz tradition and mentored by Detroit’s jazz royalty- trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, pianist/composer Kenn Cox and saxophonists Wendell Harrison, Donald Walden and Charles Gabriel. She has performed with such luminaries as Geri Allen, Bobby McFerrin, Regina Carter, Steve Turre and Nancy Wilson and is co-founder of the groundbreaking women- led jazz ensemble, Straight Ahead.

As an artist, Hayden works in the areas of jazz and creative improvisation, informed by the black music traditions of gospel, blues and R&B. Her compositions are narrative driven and include work on the poet Phyllis Wheatley, the biblical book of Ruth and a Solo Bass Score for “Eulogy for Detroit 1967” by poet Melba Joyce Boyd.

Hayden received a 2018 Knight Arts Foundation Grant to encourage young women as jazz artists. She holds teaching positions at Univ. of Michigan, Oakland Univ., Michigan State Univ. Community Music School and the Detroit International Jazz Fest. In 2016 she received the Kresge Artist Fellowship in Music.