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Jazz + Culture

This course provides a survey of the cultural reaction to jazz from its emergence as a distinct form of music in the first decades of the twentieth century to its inclusion in the intellectual academy as an accepted form of music in the last decades of the twentieth century. Through the study of texts and music, the course hopes to provide students with a sense of how both jazz and its audiences evolved over the century. While some consideration will be given to jazz as it was experienced in Europe and the rest of the world, the main focus will be on how jazz developed in the United States. Because the concern is to connect jazz styles with other contemporary cultural phenomena, coverage will decline after 1970, by which time most of the styles presently maintained had come into existence.
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Bedford Wells, Nov. 28, 2011

A perfect blend of Jazz and Culture? Thursday Night Live at the Dallas Musium of Art…one of my favorite places to chill out with friends!

Bedford Wells

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Bert Breton, Nov. 26, 2011

Henri Matisse’s large format illustrated book titled “Jazz” (1947) was “performed” primarily in 1944 under arduous circumstances during the German occupation of France. Because illness made easel painting difficult, Matisse cut images out of paper and arranged them as collages from which his assistant prepared stencils and then made prints. The twenty images in Jazz are non-musical subjects drawn from everyday life - e.g., The Clown, The Swimmer in the pool. The abstract forms are made accessible by the titles. I find that their freshness and boldness inspire even today.

Here are some collages from the Jazz series by Henri Matisse, plus various paintings, exhibited at the Centre Pompidou.

Bert Breton
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  • Jean Richard Jean Richard Nov. 29, 2011
    Amazing stuff! Fascinating that Matisse was influenced by Jazzs. Vive la France!

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Bert Breton, Nov. 23, 2011

On Friday, Nov. 18th, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall presented modernist jazz veteran, drummer Roy Haynes, whose A-List credits begin with Lester Young and Charlie Parker in late 1940s New York. Haynes’ drumming was supported by Peter King’s hard edged and flowing saxophone.

Haynes, born in 1925, calls his sax-fronted quartet The Fountain of Youth Band and, judging by his introductory frolics, in the video taken by an audience member below, he had just drunk copious draughts.

Haynes is among the most recorded drummers in jazz, and in a career lasting more than 60 years. And he is still going strong.

Bert Breton

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