\r"Jazz and Race" has no dearth of topics. There's the injustice of white-owned record companies and white managers exploiting black musicians. There's the seemingly endless stream of pundits ruminating on the definition of jazz and who owns it. There's the question of white musicians: Did they steal an African-American art and profit by it without paying dues to the music's creators?
Over the weekend, UC Berkeley sociology professor and race relations scholar Dr. Harry Edwards presides over a list of names near and dear to the music, including Blue Note Records President Bruce Lundvall, trumpeter and writer Richard M. Sudhalter, sax man Steve Coleman, critic and talking head Nat Hentoff, activist and writer Angela Y. Davis, and thinkers Jon Panish, James L. Collier, James L. Conyers, and Scott DeVeaux. The symposium means to eliminate somethin': the lack of conversation about race.