March 2007

Kelly Writers House (UPenn)3805 Locust Walk
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Price: Free Admission
Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 6:00pm

From Jelly Roll Morton to Avant-Garde Jazz: John Szwed & Dave Burrell

Ars Nova Workshop and Kelly Writers House welcomes John Szwed and pianist Dave Burrell in a public discussion that hopes to shed more light on the significance of pianist/composer Jelly Roll Morton and the continuum that paved the way for the jazz avant-garde.

John Szwed taught as the University of Cincinnati, Lehigh University, Temple University, and later became the Director of the Center for Urban Ethnography and Professor of Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1982, he began teaching at Yale, where he has served as Director of Graduate Studies and Acting Chair in Anthropology, as well as Acting Chair of African-American Studies. He has also served as Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at Columbia University. In recent years John F. Szwed has published several other books: Space is the Place: The Life and Times of Sun Ra in 1997, So What: The Life of Miles Davis was published in 2002, Jazz 101 in 2000, Crossovers: Essays on Race, Music, and American Culture in 2005, Blues for New Orleans: Mardi Gras and America's Creole Soul in 2006; and Doctor Jazz, a book included with the CD set, Jelly Roll Morton: The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax, for which he was awarded a Grammy in 2006.

Dave Burrell graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1965. He has contributed to nearly 150 recordings including pivotal works such as Archie Shepp's Attica Blues, Pharoah Sanders' Tauhid, Marion Brown's Three for Shepp and Grammy Award-winner David Murray's Lovers and Ballads. A recipient of the Pew Fellowship in Jazz Composition, Dave Burrell's Master Classes include Conservatoire Municipal, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. Recent releases include Expansion (High Two Recordings), with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille, which was nominated as the Village Voice's #2 Jazz album of 2004, as well as the reissue of 1970's After Love (Universal Records) featuring Roscoe Mitchell. His new trio, DB3, includes bassist Michael Formanek (Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Uri Caine, Elvis Costello) and drummer Guillermo Brown (David S. Ware Quartet, Vijay Iyer, DJ Spooky). Their debut studio recording featuring new compositions inspired by Body and Soul, Oscar Micheaux's 1925 silent film starring Paul Robeson, will be released Fall 2006.