Jazz Research Roundtable
The Institute of Jazz Studies
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers - Newark
- January 18: Aaron J. Johnson: Jazz and Radio in the United States: Don't bother looking for jazz on commercial radio, it's not there. How and why did it all get squeezed into the bottom of the FM band? Come join trombonist, composer, musicologist, and former college radio DJ A. J. Johnson as he gives a multimedia presentation on the structure of jazz radio.
- February 15: Leonard Brown: John Coltrane and Black Spirituality: Mr. Brown will discuss some of his work on saxophonist Coltrane including the John Coltrane Memorial Concert and the Oxford book on his spirituality, his work on Boston jazz history and his work in the Caribbean with the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project.
- March 7: Eunmi Shim: Lennie Tristano: Ms. Shim, Associate Professor of Music at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and author of the award-winning book, Lennie Tristano: His Life in Music, discusses the music of the pioneering jazz pianist Lennie Tristano, illustrating his innovations in extending the concepts and practices of jazz.
- April 4: Radam Schwartz: Organ Jazz: The organ jazz scene was popular in urban America from the mid 50s through the early 80s: this presentation will examine the history of this jazz sub-culture, the attributes that made this genre unique, and address the question why there is practically no representation of this music in jazz academia. Radam Schwartz is a jazz organist and pianist, recording artist, composer, arranger, educator, and is currently a student at the Rutgers Newark Jazz History and Research Program.
- September 19: Chris Washburne: Latin Jazz: "Latin Jazz, Afro-Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Cubop, Caribbean Jazz, Jazz Latin, or just… Jazz: the politics of locating an intercultural music." This talk explores music that combines music from the Latin America and the Caribbean with jazz and explores the questions: Does it matter what label we use? What is at stake in naming music styles?
Chris Washburne is Associate Professor of Music and Founding Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University. He has published widely on the topics of jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. He is a trombonist who has performed with TitoPuente, Ruben Blades, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Jackie Byard, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Marc Anthony,Anthony Braxton and leads the highly acclaimed Latin jazz band SYOTOS and the jazz group FFEAR.
- October 24: Bob Belden: Transparent Heart: A Multi-media Portrait of Manhattan: Bob Belden says, "Transparent Heart is my story. It’s also a story for anyone who has ever landed with excitement, wonder, fear and hope on this tiny island off of the coast of the United States.” With pieces dedicated to 9/11, the Occupy movement, and others, this CD reflects his method of using music as a tool to get people to think about social issues. In addition, when the related videos are viewed online,it is also a demonstration of his unique multi-media approach which involves what he calls a "convergence of sound and light" in the state-of-the-art techniques of composition, orchestration, sound design, digital video, etc.
Belden is a noted saxophonist, composer and record producer. He won a Grammy for his jazz orchestral recording titled The Black Dahlia. He has also won Grammy awards for the boxed sets he produced of the music of Miles Davis on Columbia. His recent works include Miles from India and Miles Español.
- November 14: Gregg Akkerman: Johnny Hartman: The Voice of Romance Revealed: Dr. Akkerman, author of The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story, traces the enigmatic vocalist's journey from his big-band origins with Earl Hines to his storied solo career with the likes of John Coltrane.
Akkerman is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina Upstate and also performs as a pianist-vocalist specializing in the Great American Songbook.
- December 5: Anders Griffen: The Archival Abbey Lincoln: IJS Archivist Anders Griffen, who is working on a two year grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources(CLIR) to process five women in jazz collections at IJS, will talk about some of the gems he has discovered while processing the collection of singer, composer, actress, and civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln.
Since 1995, IJS has hosted its monthly Jazz Research Roundtable meetings, which have become a prestigious forum for scholars, musicians, and students engaged in all facets of jazz research. Noted authors, such as Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch, and Richard Sudhalter have previewed their works, as have several filmmakers. Musicians who have shared their life stories include trumpeter Joe Wilder, pianist Richard Wyands, guitarists Remo Palmier and Lawrence Lucie, trombonist Grachan Moncur III, and drummer/jazz historian Kenny Washington.
All programs are free and open to the public, and take place
evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Dana Room, 4th floor, John Cotton
Dana Library, Rutgers University, 185 University Ave., Newark, NJ. For further information, please call (973)353-5595.
Note: Financial support for the Roundtable is provided by the Rosalind & Alfred Berger Foundation.
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Institute of Jazz Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
John Cotton Dana Library
185 University Ave.
Newark NJ USA 07102
Tel: (973) 353-5595
Fax: (973) 353-5944