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Talking Art with James Culver

The 7th annual Bill Bell Jazz & Heritage Festival will be held this weekend, August 21-22, 2021 in two separate locations which honor our local musical heritage. This is a free event that celebrates the indigenous music and culture of the Quad Cities.

Sat Aug 21: Hereford Park, 400 13th Street, East Moline, IL; 3-10 PM
The Brothers Lopez
The Polyrhythms Trio
The Pippy & Daniel Experience

Sun Aug 22: Skylark Studio, 4401 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL; 5-8 PM
James Culver & the Kuchina Jazz Collective
The Polyrhythms Trio

Sun Aug 22: Post-festival jam session at The Spot, 1611 2nd Ave, Rock Island; 9 PM

Percussionist James Culver has lived in Germany since 2002 but grew up in Kewanee, IL, utilizing his master’s degree in Education-Human Resources/Development as a communication and intercultural skills trainer. A truly multifaceted individual, he has returned to the Quad Cities to headline Sunday’s performance with his band James Culver & the Kuchina Jazz Collective.

Listen to our conversation here about the duality between his professional and musical careers, the innate ability of music and dance to facilitate communication, and the evolution of Latin Jazz from both African and Cuban rhythms and percussion instruments.

All performances are free of charge. Stop by and join the celebration!

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 2017. A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.