William Hooker
Photo by Anu Komsi

Feb. 20 at 7:30

William Hooker: Body and Soul by Oscar Michaeux


The kinetically charged, free-time percussionist William Hooker leads his ensemble in an original score accompanying a screening of Oscar Micheaux’s controversial 1925 film Body and Soul. Featuring Paul Robeson in his screen debut, the iconic film addresses issues of race, crime, and sexuality, and will be followed by an audience discussion with Hooker and film enthusiast Chris Sampson.

Working on the periphery of the jazz world since he moved to New York in 1974, William Hooker’s drumming and spoken word poetry have been matched with some of the finest improvising talent across generations and stylistic boundaries.

This Target® Free Thursday performance is generously underwritten by Target.