No Tears Project
The No Tears Project is a jazz collective that interprets civil rights history through music. Conceived by pianist Christopher Parker and vocalist Kelley Hurt in partnership with the Oxford American, the group formed in 2017 after being commissioned to write music honoring the Little Rock Nine–the heroic Black students to first attend Central High School in 1957. The concert will include the world premiere of a new composition by Oliver Lake, new music by the collective, and dance and poetry created by St. Louis artists.
The multi-day residency includes panels and programs at the Gateway Arch National Park, culminating with two nights of performance at the Ferring Jazz Bistro.