In 2016, Dominic Fragman developed The Spirit of Jazz & Democracy with Paul Murphy, Larry Willis, Jere Carroll, and Sybol Anderson to illuminate key lessons about preserving democracy that can be derived from experiences of jazz music. Jazz is the true American art form and the music of freedom in performance as well as concept. Improvisation, the essential element of jazz, expands freedom and improves the human condition through its reliance upon the dual liberatory powers of listening and self-expression.
The Spirit of Jazz & Democracy is a program of lectures, concerts, workshops, and master classes that engage audiences in experiences of intentional listening and expression in the context of performances and discussions of jazz and democracy. At the center of the program are fully improvised concerts by master musicians Paul Murphy (drums) and Larry Willis (piano), with guest performances by poet Jere Carroll and drummer Dominic Fragman.