Jazz at One: Jerome Jennings + Naomi Extra

Jazz At One: Naomi Extra + Jerome Jennings


Naomi Extra is a multi-disciplinary artist and scholar. In both her creative and scholarly work, she explores the themes of agency and pleasure in the lives of black women and girls.  Essence Magazine has described her as “the comical, culturally sensitive, feminist scholar we wish we were taught in freshmen lit.” She is the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cave Canem Poetry Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and the African American Intellectual History Society. Her chapbook, RATCHET SUPREME, was selected by poet Tiana Clark as the winner of the 2019 BOAAT Chapbook Prize. You can find her writing and comics in the Boston Review, Zora, The New Yorker, Washington Post’s The Lily, and elsewhere.  Currently, she teaches jazz poetry at Rutgers University, Newark.


Jerome Jennings is a drummer, activist, bandleader, sideman, and Emmy Award winning composer. Jerome earned a masters from the Juilliard School of Music.  His debut recording ‘The Beast’ was named one of the top three Jazz releases by NPR, received a four star rating in Downbeat Magazine, and was nominated for the prestigious French ‘Grand Prix du Disque’ award for Album of the Year in 2016. Jerome’s sophomore recording, ‘Solidarity’, released November 2019 was recognized by NPR as best music that spoke truth to power of that year. He has performed, toured and recorded with legendary musicians like Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, Gerald Wilson, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, Large Professor, Ron Carter, George Cables, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and countless others. He has taught and given clinics at dozens of universities both in the US and abroad such as John Hopkins Peabody Institute, Rutgers University, The Juilliard School, Jazz Music Institute JMI (Brisbane, AU), University of Ghana-Legon, The National Taiwan University of The Arts, and others. Currently, he teaches jazz history at Montclair State University.


As part of Trinity Church Wall Street’s commitment to jazz, a uniquely American art form and uniting voice for our collective story and experience, Trinity presents Jazz at One in collaboration with JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. Jazz at One is a part of Trinity’s renowned Concerts at One series and is curated by our very own Ted Chubb. Through access, learning, career development, and community building, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS cultivates tomorrow’s global citizens so they may build vibrant communities.