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FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR JAZZ AT THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY
October 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pmFree
FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR JAZZ AT THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY, 847 CHAPEL STREET, NEW HAVEN
The Institute Library and JazzHaven are holding informal jazz listening and discussions on Fridays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Institutes third floor music and listening room, twice each month this fall. The public is invited, to learn about jazz’ history and community while listening to, and discussing important, often rare, recordings. The Institute is a membership library and depends on its membership and donations from its partners and the public. BYOB.
October 11, 2019. MODERN BIG BANDS. Bands of ten or more musicians developed in the 1930s as dance bands, but after WWII both declined in popularity and evolved to become more like concert bands, following many different muses. Jazz processes, musicians and instruments proved remarkably flexible, and the recording industry caught on as well. In this session we will listen to selections from Oliver Nelson’s Aftrican American Sketches, Randy Weston’s Uhuru,Africa, and Toshiko Akiyoshi and others.
October 25, 2019. YUSEF LATEEF AND ROLAND KIRK. Two of the most creative explorers of jazz’ connection with related musical traditions and practices each played multiple wind instruments and exposed their audiences, delightfully, to the broader perspectives they had explored. And both kept exploring and changing over lengthy careers. We’ll choose which selections to play on the spot.
November 8, 2019. NEW HAVEN’S OWN. Our city has often been home, or the starting point, or an important way station for jazz musicians, and it remains a vibrant center of the music. And its a huge variety from Artie Shaw to Leo Smith and including alto saxophonists Charles McPherson and Dickey Meyers,, pianist-composers Anthony Davis and Bill Apollo Brown, bassists Mario Pavone and Jeff Fuller as well as this year’s JazzHaven “Unsung Hero”, Jesse Hameen. Not all have been recorded, but some did and we’ll play a bunch of them.