Retracing ‘Footsteps of Peace’

“Footsteps of Peace” is all about good music for a good cause.

Now approaching its second year, the concert meshes melody and philanthropy for a refreshing evening of inspiration and talent.

Presented by The Klein Memorial Auditorium Bridgeport in collaboration with musician Joel Martin, the two-hour performance on Friday, April 28, will feature jazz, classical, rap and gospel music while honoring Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court and a civil rights activist who helped to end legal segregation.

Dubbed “Woodstrock with a master’s degree,” the concert serves as an initiative for peace and the eradication of racism through music, art and the spoken word.

“‘Footsteps of Peace’ has become an annual concert event that The Klein is proud to co-present with the multitalented musician Joel Martin,” Laurence A. Caso, executive director of The Klein, has said. “The roster of talent he assembles is outstanding and the potential to bring the community together for such an inspiring experience is truly rewarding.”

Martin – a pianist, composer and producer, as well as the creator of Jazzical, a marriage of classical and jazz – will kickoff the performance. Along with Martin, the roster includes cellist Eugene Friesen; gospel jazz singer Jolie Rocke Brown; jazz singer Sharon Clark; special guest artists Roshay and AJ, an 18-year-old rap duo from Massachusetts with a “Stop the Violence” message; and singer-songwriter Rick Reyes of Bridgeport, a local favorite. During the concert, visual artist Jose Nadeau will join the musicians onstage to paint a portrait of Marshall.

The Klein Memorial Auditorium is located at 910 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Tickets can be purchased at the box office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, by calling 800-424-0160, ext. 2, or by visiting

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— Danielle Renda

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