Newport at 60 - A Jazz Symposium
Saturday, August 2, 2014 Fort Adams State Park
Band/Personnel: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Nate Chinen| John Sved| Ingrid Monson
Back in 1954, at the first Newport Jazz Festival, we had Marshall Stearns and John Hammond organize a symposium of musicologists, sociologists and several other 'ologists' who were giving jazz the intellectual and cultural discussion that it deserved (and which had been rarely exercised at that time). Those early symposiums did a lot to focus the academic world on jazz and provided the impetus for so many universities and conservatories to present courses on jazz.
A symposium planned for the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival will be held at 11 o'clock on Saturday morning at the Harbor Stage and will be hosted by the New York Times' jazz critic (and co-author of my book), Nate Chinen. Nate says "what we will do is take a look at jazz in context with 1954 and 2014 as a study in contrasts" - such as the aspirations of jazz in 1954 and the relevance of jazz in 2014.
Two of the panelists represent the influence of the last 60 years of jazz. Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, who is a good friend, has agreed to participate. It's a privilege to have Skip Gates and Ingrid Monson - who works with Skip and was instrumental in bringing Vijay Iyer to Harvard as a tenured professor and in bringing on Herbie Hancock as a Norton lecturer. John Szwed will be the third panelist and has long been an academic and mainstream scholar and is director for the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. This panel will be interesting and when it's over, maybe you'll have learned something and you'll say: "enough of that talk, let's go hear some music!
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