Asian American Jazz: Past, Present, Future

Friday, February 17, 2023 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Asian America Jazz: Past, Present, Future

Friday, February 17 | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

In Faculty House, Garden Room 2

Sponsored by The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

The Center for Jazz Studies presents a day-long symposium devoted to the histories, current activities, and possible futures of Asian American involvement with jazz.

For more information visit the Center for Jazz Studies website or the Eventbrite link.


Welcome and introductory remarks
Kevin Fellezs, director, Center for Jazz Studies

Panel 1: Jazz Routes with Asian Roots
Taylor Atkins, Northern Illinois University
Fritz Schenker, St. Lawrence University

Panel 2: Music and Im/Mobility: Migration, Incarceration, Remembrance
Susan Asai, Northeastern University
Eric Hung, The Music of Asian America Research Center
Alex Murphy, Kenyon College

Panel 3: “We All Don’t Sound Alike” – Jon Jang, Francis Wong, and 35 Years of Asian Improv Records
Jon Jang, musician
Loren Kajikawa, George Washington University
Francis Wong, San Francisco State University

Panel 4: Whither Asian American Jazz?
Hafez Modirzadeh, San Francisco State University
Jen Shyu, musician
Kevin Fellezs, Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University

Keynote: “No Standards”
Deborah Wong, University of California, Riverside