Paycheck Protection Program And Redlining | Jazz Classic 'Zodiac Suite'
The Paycheck Protection Program was meant for underserved communities, but in Kansas City its allocation mirrored the city's history of redlining, and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra performs a new arrangement of Mary Lou Williams' 'Zodiac Suite'.
Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: How the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to help the most vulnerable during the pandemic, fell short in Kansas City.
The Center for Public Integrity discovered PPP lending in Kansas City actually mirrored decades-old patterns of racial discrimination. The new report published in partnership with The Kansas City Star and Mother Jones found that in the Kansas City neighborhoods “redlined” in the 1930s, fewer PPP loans were given last year than in the rest of the city.
Segment 2, beginning at 25:53: Mary Lou Williams was an accomplished jazz pianist, arranger and composer whose work lives on in a new arrangement of one of her major compositions.
Over her life, Williams collaborated with greats like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk. In her 'Zodiac Suite', each movement was inspired by a musician born under the astrological sign. Clint Ashlock and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra are among those contributing to a revival of the suite with a new arrangement.