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Invisible Man - Arch Stanton Quartet

Invisible Man - Arch Stanton Quartet In-Person

The Arch Stanton Quartet presents a program of original jazz compositions and readings called Shadow & Act: Music Inspired by Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. All ages are welcome. No registration required.

Invisible Man is a classic American novel published in 1952, offering a first-person fictional account of an unnamed narrator’s attempts to navigate complex racial and social relations in the first quarter of the twentieth century.


This program is a companion to our 2024 Saratoga Reads selection: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 

Saturday, April 6, 2024
1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Dutcher Community Room
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ASQ’s program includes three original jazz compositions inspired by scenes or motifs from Invisible Man, along with a rendition of Fats Wallers’ “Black and Blue” – a tune which figures prominently as a literary device in the novel. The performance also includes readings from Ellison’s book.

The program includes:

  1. “Black and Blue” (by Fats Waller)
  2. Reading from the Prologue chapter of “Invisible Man”
  3. “Prologue” (by Roger Noyes)
  4. Reading from Chapter 1 of “Invisible Man”
  5. “Atalanta” (by Roger Noyes)
  6. Reading from Chapter 10 of “Invisible Man”
  7. “Liberty Paints” (by Roger Noyes)

Members of ASQ (Noyes on guitar, Terry Gordon on trumpet, Jim Ketterer on drums, and Chris Macchia on bass) debuted this suite of music in 2015 at the Albany Public Library.

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