"The New Thing": Jazz 1955-80 (Course for Fall 2010)
Prof. John Szwed
An examination of the new jazz that emerged shortly after the middle of the 20th century. The seminar will include the work of musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, Carla Bley, Albert Ayler, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago; the economics and politics of the period; parallel developments in other arts; the rise of new performance spaces, recording companies, and collectives; and the accomplishments of the music and the problems it raised for jazz performance and criticism.
and his SYOTOS Band played to a packed house at the Kennedy Center on August 8, 2010. This concert featured percussionist Candido Camero and saxophonist Gene Jefferson. You can watch the webcast at:
Check out the photo and feature on professor Christopher Washburne in the NY Times:
The Center for Ethnomusicology, 701C Dodge Hall, April 13, 5:30 pm
This talk will focus on some of the virtues and problems of writing about the lives of musicians. It will include a quick
survey of the types and uses of life narratives by ethnomusicologists, folklorists, social scientists, and popular writers, with a short discussion of some recent innovative biographical works. Examples will be drawn from a variety of biographies, including my books on Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Jelly Roll Morton, and Alan Lomax
Anne C. Dvinge, University of Copenhagen
Jazz continues to migrate across national, ethnic, and cultural borders, jazz festivals function as physical and symbolic spaces where the dynamics between the vernacular and the cosmopolitan are put into play. On the one hand, these events are thoroughly vernacular affairs, where communities define and celebrate themselves. But on the other, the celebrations are often aimed at both the local culture of a city and at local, national, and transnational articulations of jazz communities, providing contact zones not just between audiences, performers, and those at the fringes of the festivals, but also between different soundscapes and "acoustemologies".
In this talk Anne Dvinge will take a closer look at jazz festivals, and specifically the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, as manifestations of this double sense of the cosmopolitan and the vernacular, where jazz enters into dialogue with local music cultures. Perhaps, in the constant negotiation and renegotiation of these positions, jazz offers a way out of the either/or bind of the global versus the local.
Thursday, April 15, 2010, 8:00 pm
622 Dodge Hall, Columbia University Morningside Campus
Enzo Capua, with Sara Villa, State University of Milan
This conversation focuses on the key figures and events that have characterized the evolution of jazz in Italy, from its origins just before the Fascist era to the present day. Capua and Villa discuss the roles that musicians, critics, festivals, and educational institutions have played in engaging African-American and European musical cultures as a basis for forging a distinguished Italian jazz tradition.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 7:30pm
301 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University Morningside Campus
Campus Map: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/philosophy.html
Free and open to the public