jazz studies colloquium, March 4-5, 2004
and Open to the Public!!!
with the 27th Annual KU Jazz Festival, March 3-6 2004 University of Kansas,
swing, jump, bebop, modal, free, fusion, hip-bop: dissimilar musics in
many ways, yet all called "jazz" by some people (though usually not without
a fight) until absorbed (or not) by what Krin Gabbard calls "the jazz
canon." Yet, if there's one thing we can learn from this vast collection
of musics known at different times as "jazz" it's this: jazz changes.
Historically, jazz has proven to be a flexible category that crosses musical,
social, political, cultural, commercial, technological, and geographic
borders. At the same time, "jazz," or what Scott DeVeaux has called the
"jazz tradition," signifies for its supporters fiercely guarded notions
of which specific sounds and meanings belong in the category of "pure
jazz." The "jazz wars" between traditionalists and modernists that Bernard
Gendron has tracked in revivalist/swing debates and over the swing/bebop
split, now appear as debates over whether new forms--electronica, for
instance, or hip hop inspired styles--count as "real jazz." In spite of
a history of jazz changes, the discourses of jazz reception, criticism,
marketing, education, and historiography are permeated with notions of
purity and authenticity--not of hybridity and difference.
"Jazz Changes" is
an all-day colloquium organized by the newly formed KU Interdisciplinary
Jazz Studies Group, that will explore jazz, not as a logical march from
style to style, but as a history of often drastic change and debate. The
colloquium will be held in conjunction with the 27th Annual KU Jazz Festival,
directed by Dan Gailey, at the University of Kansas, a series of concerts
and workshops that will also explore jazz as a dynamic and changing field.
Featured artists include Theo Bleckman and Bob Mintzer. In addition to
panels and concerts, there will be an exhibit of Aaron Siskind's photography
at the Spencer Art Museum, and the opportunity to explore jazz studies
resources at University of Kansas, including the Dick Wright Jazz Archive
and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Keynote speakers include
Ingrid Monson, Harvard Professor and author of Saying Something: Jazz
Improvisation and Interaction and Travis Jackson, Associate Professor
of Music, University of Chicago.
"Jazz Changes" is
organized by the KU Interdisciplinary Jazz Studies Group, whose members
include: Chuck Berg, Professor, Film/Video; C.C. Herbison, Instructor, Department of African and African-American
Studies; Dan Gailey, Associate Professor
and Director of Jazz Studies; William J.
Harris, Associate Professor of English; Clarence
Henry, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology; Paul
Laird, Associate Professor of Musicology; Roberta
Freund Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Musicology; and Sherrie
Tucker, Assistant Professor, American Studies. Sponsored by the KU
Center for Research and KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In conjunction with
"Jazz Changes" a group of fifteen photographs by Aaron Siskind
will be on view from February 21 to March 21 in the fourth floor Study
Gallery of the Spencer Museum of Art. These photographs trace Siskind's
transition from images that reflect a reportorial stance toward the jazz
scene in New York City in the 1930s to works that themselves seem to explore
the rhythms and improvisations of jazz music.
The Spencer Museum
of Art is located at 1301 Mississippi Street, across from the Kansas Union.
Gallery hours are Tues.-Sat. 10-5; Thurs. 10-9; Sunday 12-5; closed Monday.
for "Jazz Changes: An Interdisciplinary Jazz Studies Colloquium"
University of Kansas, March 4-5, 2004
March 4, 2004
Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union
Associate Professor of Music, University of Chicago
"All the Things You Are: The Changing Face(s) of Jazz Studies"
Changes" Panel Chair, Chico Herbison
Steven Pond, "'Jazz-rock,' 'Fusion,' or 'Fusion Jazz': What's in a
Kevin Fellezs, "When Joni Met Charles: Joni Mitchell's Mingus"
Stevan R. Jackson, "'Mama, I''ll Be Home Someday': The Life and Influence
of Charlie Byrd"
Places" Panel Chair, Roberta Freund Schwartz
Christina Baade, "The BBC's 'Radio Rhythm Club' and Performing 'Americanness'
Philip Barnard, "Cultural Formations and Generic Boundaries in Western
Andrew Scott, "'Things Ain't What They Used to Be': Paul Desmond in
Changes" Panel Chair, Paul Laird
Jeffrey Taylor, With Lovie and Lil: Rediscovering Two Chicago Pianists
of the 1920s"
Tony Bushard, "Conversation in Blue: Towards a Model for Conversation
Analysis in Jazz Improvisation"
Julie Smith, "Disrupting Freedom: European Women Improvise"
Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, Harvard University
"On Sound Stereotypes: Social Construction and Jazz"
Friday, March 5, 2004
Spencer Art Museum Auditorium
Forms" Panel Chair, Chuck Berg
Garnette Cadogan, "Reframing the Margins, Widening the Angles: Reading
Jazz Photography into the Hermeneutics of Jazz Studies"
Cheryl Ragar, "Jazz Form: Visual Artists Step Into the Circle"
Chelsea Schlievert, "Bop Prose, Bop Poetry: Jazz's Influence on Jack
trip to American Jazz Museum,