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KNOXVILLE — The Jazz for Justice Project will host a conference at UT Knoxville on the impact of resource mining in Africa and a benefit concert for the people of northern Uganda this week.

The conference on extractive industries in Africa, titled “Blood Diamonds, Blood Phones and the Devil’s Gold: Africa’s Resource Curse,” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. The conference is free and open to the public.

The benefit concert, now in its fourth year, is a fundraiser to support music and arts in the post-conflict reconstruction of northern Uganda.

The concert will be held Friday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. at Club Catalyst in the Old City area of downtown Knoxville.

This year’s concert lineup:

  • Jeff Sipe Trio
  • Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
  • Kelle Jolly, Will Boyd and Emily Mathis
  • Guy Farmer
  • UT Jazz Student Combo
  • Thad Brown’s Jazz Unit
  • PaperRockScissorKick

Tickets are $10 for students and faculty and $15 for non-students at the door. Advance tickets also are available for $10 in the Honors Office in Melrose Hall.

The Jazz for Justice Project was started in 2006 by UT Religious Studies Professor Rosalind Hackett to raise funds, awareness and support for northern Uganda. Since then, the organization has grown into an ensemble of faculty, students, musicians and religious and community activists dedicated to ending the suffering in Uganda and to exploring the use of music and the arts in peace building.

For more information, visit the Jazz for Justice Web site at

C O N T A C T :

Rosalind Hackett (865-974-6980,

Charles Primm (865-974-5180,