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September 30, 2020 7:00PM


The 21st Annual Bill Russell Lecture: What Is Jazz?


This event will take place virtually via Zoom.
This program is sponsored by The Derbes Foundation. 

Jazz music is universally considered to be America’s most significant original contribution to the arts. Most agree that jazz was born in New Orleans; however, pinpointing its origins, and defining its meaning and musical makeup, is a bit more difficult. In this music-infused lecture, renowned jazz clarinetist, composer, historian, and Xavier University Professor Dr. Michael White will discuss early New Orleans jazz, including its musical influences, instrumentation, song types, and major figures. To help demonstrate the concepts presented—and address the central question, “What is jazz?”—the Michael White Quartet will provide musical interludes throughout the evening. 

Admission to this virtual concert is free, but registration is required.

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