The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the batá rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santería. Martinez, an original member of the Latin fusion band Yerba Buena, learned percussion in Havana street-jam sessions, and continues practicing Santería as a batá drum ringleader and singing with charisma.  Ned Sublette is a composer, musician, record producer and musicologist. As a performer, Sublette is probably best known for fusing country-western and Afro-Caribbean styles, including salsa, cumbia and...

New Orleans native Victor L. Goines is a world-renowned clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and educator. A member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, Goines has toured the world and recorded over twenty-one releases including Wynton Marsalis’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Blood on the Fields.” Francesco Martinelli is Director of the Centro Nazionale Studi Sul Jazz Arrigo Polillo in Siena, Italy, one of Europe’s most important centers for the study of jazz in a global context. Jessica Teague...

Re/mapping Jazz: Concerts and Talks - Fall 2015

The map of jazz extends beyond the US borders: all over the world. The Center for Jazz Studies’ Fall 2015 event series “Remapping Jazz” combines scholarly presentations and musical performances to explore some of the transnational forces driving jazz, and their effects. We ask how for over a hundred years these expressive forms have circulated the planet to shape the music we hear, play, dance to, and study today. We also take a fresh look at Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, US-born jazz masters who were highly receptive to these global artistic forces, and who in turn shaped art across the categories and helped define what it means to be a global citizen in our time. Ancient map showing New Orleans and the Caribbean

Wednesday, September 23rd, 7 pm 

"How Cuba Changed Everything"
Lecture & Discussion by Ned Sublette & John F. Szwed
Performance by The Pedrito Martinez Group
Earl Hall Auditorium, Columbia University Main Campus
Thursday, October 15th, 7 pm
"New Orleans: Opera and Jazz Together"
Lecture & Discussion by Francesco Martinelli and Jessica Teague
Performance by the Victor Goines Quartet
Buell Hall, East Gallery, Columbia University Main Campus
Thursday, October 22nd, 7pm
"Bird's View: Blues, Bebop & Beyond"
Book Talk on Charlie Parker by Wolfram Knauer
Performance by the Leroy Williams Quartet Featuring Charles Davis Buell Hall, East Gallery, Columbia University Main Campus
Wednesday, November 4th, 7pm
"Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth"
Book Talk by John F. Szwed. Introduction by Farah Jasmine Griffin
Performance by Catherine Russell and her Trio
Teatro, Casa Italiana, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue and West 117th Street
Wednesday, November 18th, 7pm
"Louis Armstrong and the Jazz Trumpet Legacy"
Jon Faddis: Interviewed by Krin Gabbard
Performance by the Jon Faddis Quartet
November 20th, 8pm
Miguel Zenon with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program Ensembles
Symphony Space Theatre (Broadway at West 95th Street)

All events are free and open to the public