History Lecture Series: The Harlem Renaissance: Connections and Creativity – Reggie Quinerly


at the Wilton Historical Society

In this lecture, Reggie Quinerly will address the factors, influences and artistic offerings associated with the unique period in America’s history that was the Harlem Renaissance.

During the 1920s, the African-American enclave of Harlem was the epicenter of a deep cultural transformation. This movement acknowledged and utilized the artistic expression of many brilliant thinkers. The impact of this Renaissance was widespread and became the essential crucible from which a new generation emerged.

Reggie Quinerly grew up in a rich musical environment in Houston and graduated from the Mannes School of Music at New School University where he got to study with three great drummers: Jimmy Cobb, Lewis Nash, and Kenny Washington.  After some time honing his chops on the scene, he returned to school earning his Master’s in Jazz Studies at the prestigious Juilliard School. He has played with such leading artists as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Chico and Von Freeman, and Greg Osby. In 2017, he fulfilled a life-long goal of returning to higher education, this time as a Juilliard faculty member and in the summer of 2019, he joined the faculty at Hunter College. He holds a Supervisors certification and Vice-Principal and Principal certifications in Education. He is a member of Percussive Arts Society and the New Jersey Education Association.

The moderator is Steve Hudspeth.

Register for this lecture here.

In the thirteenth year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, the scholarly lecture series will focus on the theme, “Jazzed Up: The History of Jazz in America.” The series locations are Wilton Library (137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton) and the Wilton Historical Society (224 Danbury Road, Wilton).

The series is sponsored by the Charles Schwab Corporation. The media sponsor is The Wilton Bulletin.  Informal receptions follow each talk. There is no charge, but donations are always welcomed. Registration is required for each lecture individually.