Edge of the South

Kabir Sehgal

About this talk

Author and jazz musician Kabir Sehgal believes democracy -- like jazz -- requires a firm foundation but comes to life through improvisation.

About this speaker

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.
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