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A Life Set To Jazz: A Hundred Years Of Jackie Robinson

Monday, October 21, 2019, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
The Crawford Family Forum 474 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions

Despite winning their seventh consecutive National League West title, the 2019 Dodgers are no longer in the running to nab the World Series crown. One thing is certain, though, no matter who will be in the World Series, KPCC In Person had a lot in store for the night before. KPCC In Person celebrated Jackie Robinson, whose rich history of breaking the color barrier is forever tied to the Dodgers.   

It’s been 100 years since Jackie Robinson was born, and KPCC In Person marked the occasion – and the eve of the World Series – with a tribute to the iconic baseball player and Pasadena’s hometown hero. Audiences joined us for a night of jazz and conversation with “All Things Considered” host Nick Roman, one of KPCC’s resident baseball experts.

Bobby Bradford and his ensemble kicked things off with the Robinson-inspired “Stealin’ Home,” a jazz piece commissioned by the nonprofit Baseball Reliquary. Following the performance, Nick and special guests talked baseball and how Robinson’s influence is still shaping American culture (from playgrounds to the big leagues) today. 

Thank you to all who joined Nick and KPCC In Person in celebration with an evening that will fuse together jazz and baseball, two of Robinson’s inspirations.  

The Bobby Bradford ensemble features Bobby Bradford (trumpet/cornet), Vinny Golia (woodwinds), Chuck Manning (tenor saxophone), William Roper (tuba), Don Preston (piano), Henry Franklin (bass), and Tina Raymond (drums).


Tommy Davis – former Major League Baseball player 
Peter Dreier – author and political science professor at Occidental College
Mark Langill - team historian of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Byron Motley – documentarian, author and singer
Kathy Robinson-Young – niece of Jackie Robinson

Adult and nonalcoholic beverages were available for purchase before and after the program. 

Bar opens at 7 p.m.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m.