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Kabir Sehgal

Kabir Sehgal
Jazz bassist, entrepreneur, political aide and author, Kabir Sehgal shares the common edge between jazz, democracy and civil rights.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, the London School of Economics, Kabir is an accomplished jazz bass player, even winning the coveted Most Outstanding Jazz bass Soloist award from Jazz at Lincoln Center, and a producer of a GRAMMY-nominated album. He has performed and toured with GRAMMY winners including jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. In 2008, he published Jazzocracy: Jazz, Democracy, and the Creation of a New American Mythology, a book former President Jimmy Carter said "brilliantly shows us how both jazz and democracy require an environment of free exchange and collective ingenuity." With the actor Jude Law, he co-founded Music for Tomorrow, a nonprofit jazz booking service that benefits New Orleans charities.