Friday, April 06, 2007

Jazz Appreciation Month at AIT.

We didn't have much of a winter this year, but it doesn't seem to want to let go! If you want an escape from the Soviet-bloc weather we've been having, Jerome Keating informs us that Tuesday, April 10, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), as part of its cultural outreach, is hosting a Jazz Appreciation Month:

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Jazz Appreciation Month
爵士欣賞月
Each April, the United States celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month, an opportunity to savor a major American contribution to world culture. This month we focus public attention on the music, and on the many talented composers, musicians and other contributors to the American Jazz. ... [more]

- Jazz Appreciation Month
Smithsonian Jazz
- Jazz Video

Digital Video Conference
Topic: All About New Orleans Jazz

Date: April 10, 2007
Time: 9:00-10:30 am
Venue: American Cultural Center
U.S. Speakers:
Ben Jaffe, Creative Director, Preservation Hall in New Orleans
Dwayne Breashears, Program Director, WWOZ 90.7 FM, New Orleans

To Reserve Seats, Click Here!


Jazz Photos and Paintings
Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz
Library of Congress

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The meet up tomorrow at 10:00 will also feature a talk on Blues music here in Taiwan.

3 comments:

STOP Ma said...

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I remember having 2 honours in life when I was a high school student.

1. Having a Count Basie Orchestra singer /sax player (from the beebop age), Vernon Issacs playing "Let the Good Times Roll" with our Jazz band.

2. Watching Dizzie Gillespie from 10 feet away playing with the 80's edition of the Count Basie Orchestra in Ottawa.

Two of the most memorable experiences of my life.

Long. Live. Jazz.
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TC said...

Do they have, you know, actual jazz?

Anonymous said...

Favorite Jazz moments? Wow, too numerable to recount them all but here are a few of my favorites:
1. Sitting at a bar about 5 feet away from Victor Wooten who was playing bass in an impromptu jam session at a small and nearly empty bar in Columbus, OH. WOW!!!
2. Watching Allan Holdsworth play a show at small club and then drinking a few beers at the bar and chatting about guitar with him afterwards (Columbus, OH).
3. Standing about 10 feet from Stanley Jordan the finger tapping guitar wizard, who was then virtually unknown, at a small club in Cleveland, OH. Amazing.....
4. Driving alongside a limo on the highway in Cleveland, OH and glancing over to see jazz guitarist Larry Coryell (who had played a show the night before) peering out the window and exchanging waves.
5. Sitting in the front row of an auditorium at Ohio State University listening to Frank Zappa shock the classical music world while delivering the keynote speech to the American Society of University Composers - and then wandering into a small meeting room backstage afterward to listen to him do interviews..... (Zappa was equally at home with jazz, classical, and rock......)

Jazz is the ultimate.

Mark M