Sound of History – Part 2: Jazz – The Origins of an American Sound (NYC)

Thursday, June 04, 2020 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Music and history illuminate each other in this brand new series pairing fascinating presentations on important moments in U.S. history followed by performances of notable musical works from those periods with talented students from The Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School.

Individual classes start at $95 and the entire series can be purchased for only $159.

PART 1: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION – Inside the Minds of the Founding Fathers

May 7 | 7:30 pm

PART 2: JAZZ- Origins of an American Sound

June 4 | 2:00 pm


PART 3: WORLD WAR II – Surprising Stories you Never Learned in History Class

June 16 | 7:30 pm


2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jazz: The Origins of an American Sound

Anna Celenza / Georgetown University

This talk, designed for jazz fans and newcomers alike, explores America’s most distinctive music and its impact on global culture. Jazz is a genre broad in scope with the power to cross multiple borders: geographical, political, economic, racial, and religious. This lecture explores the cultural and political stories imbedded in the history of jazz, from its origins in New Orleans, Chicago, and Harlem to its use as a “secret sonic weapon” during the Civil Rights Era and the Cold War.
As Professor Celenza demonstrates in this multimedia lecture featuring film clips, dance steps, historic photos, and recordings, jazz was the first musical genre shaped by modern technology and the first world-wide music phenomenon. From Ragtime and Dixieland to Swing, BeBop, Cool Jazz, and Fusion, the genre offers something for everyone.
Anna Celenza / Georgetown University

Anna Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University. She is the author of several books, including Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra, and her most recent book, Music that Changed America.  In addition to her scholarly work, she has served as a writer/commentator for NPR’s Performance Today and published eight award-winning children’s books, including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. She has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including the BBC’s “Music Matters” and C-Span’s “Book TV.”