April is National Jazz Appreciation Month as declared by the US Congress and supported and promoted by the Smithsonian Institute.
While we here at the Jazz Arts Project feel that it’s important to appreciate jazz year round, we hold a series of talks by jazz luminaries every spring that serve as a great introduction to jazz for novices or as a wonderful extension of knowledge for connoisseurs.
The lectures take place at the Count Basie Theatre on 4 Monday evenings each April. Stay tuned for this year’s roster of guest speakers.
Here are some of our talks from previous years:
- “The State of Jazz” Dorthaan Kirk and Sheila Anderson, two venerable personalities from WBGO Jazz 88.3
- “Jazz Jokes and Anecdotes” with Master Bassist and author Bill Crow
- “What A Wonderful World” Ricky Riccardi Project Archivist for the Louis Armstrong House Museum
- “Improvisation and Education with venerable saxophonist and Jazz Arts Academy instructor Bruce Williams
- “Mary Lou Williams – The First Lady of Jazz” with Vincent Pelote from the Institute of Jazz Studies
- “Jazz Clubs then and now” with veteran musician and club owner of Cecil’s jazz club Cecil Brooks III
- ‘From Russia with Love” with Russian born trumpet artist Valery Ponomarev
- “A Great Day In Harlem” discussing and showing of that historic film documentary film
- “Ragtime” with specialist and Eubie Blake Protege´ Terry Waldo
- The Quintessential Charlie Parker” with jazz historian, radio personality and raconteur Phil Schaap
- “Jazz and the American Culture” with Musician/ Educator/ Author – Warren Smith.
- The Ellington Mystique” with Duke Ellington’s grandson Edward Kennedy Ellington
- “Listen” with Ed Berger, Associate Director of The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.