The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

Jean-Christophe Cloutier’s talk will uncover the invisible photographic history behind the writing of one of Ralph Ellison’s most influential essays, “Harlem Is Nowhere” (1948). Ellison’s piece was initially crafted as a photo-essay to be accompanied by pictures taken by legendary photographer, writer, and director, Gordon Parks. In collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Gordon Parks Foundation, Cloutier’s research has now finally unearthed the 1948 photographs that were taken for this project. He argues that Parks’ images were so influential that Ellison fashioned around...

Michael E. Veal draws from the discourse of digital architecture to explore the later "free jazz" of John Coltrane, giving us a way of understanding the structures of this unconventional music with a language of spaces, shapes and surfaces, while remaining true to the Africanist heritage at the core of the music.

TONIGHT!: Through the Reluctant Mists of Its Mediated Myth: The Jazz Recording as Sound Object

Michael E. Veal

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 


Michael E. Veal will survey lesser-known recordings of bebop legend Charlie Parker, in order to challenge the jazz understanding of fidelity in sound recordings, and the assumption of the jazz recording as mere documentary artifact. 

622 Dodge Hall, Columbia Main Campus


Time -- 7:00 p.m.


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The Center for Jazz Studies wishes to thank the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation for supporting our public programming and educational activities.