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Monday, January 17 at 9 p.m. The Music's Gonna Get You Through

(Rochester, NY) Henry Butler is not only a virtuoso jazz and blues artist, but also a passionate educator, photographer and advocate for disability rights. Drawing on his New Orleans heritage, extensive music study and experience making his way in the world as a blind black man, Henry's Creative Music and Jazz camp presents an eclectic curriculum that encourages his students to take themselves seriously and see the lessons in creating music/art as tools for survival against 60-70% unemployment rate in the visually challenged community.

The Music's Gonna Get You Through, airing Monday, January 17 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), is part of WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies' annual Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series. The film explores pianist Henry Butler’s impact on a group of blind and visually impaired teens who gather in New Orleans one summer to train with the master at his week long camp. It begins during the camp's 2003 session and then travels across the U.S. to follow up with former campers and Henry as they use lessons from the camp to navigate life today.

Dialogue on Disability: The Herman & Margaret Schwartz Community Series, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies, is a week-long outreach initiative designed to stimulate community dialogue about the perspectives and abilities of people with disabilities. At the heart of this initiative is programming broadcast on WXXI-TV and AM 1370 that celebrates the amazing lives of people with disabilities. Dialogue on Disability runs January 16-23. Dialogue on Disability is made possible thanks to support from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.