Public events in the Institute of Jazz Studies, 2009-2010
Jazz Research Roundtables
- Sept. 23, 2009: Pianist Marty Napoleon and Trumpeter Randy Sandke—Interview and Performance
- Oct. 14, 2009: Allen Lowe: When Did the Blues Leave? Looking at Down From Up
- Nov. 11, 2009: Bassist Chris White: A Life in Jazz
- Dec. 9, 2009: Paul Brady: Django and Dizzy
- Jan. 20, 2010: Sean Lorre: Guitarist Marc Ribot
- Feb. 10, 2010: Alex Rodriguez: White and Blue: The Jazz Legacy of Jack Teagarden
- March 24, 2010: to be announced
- April 21, 2010: to be announced
Since 1995, IJS has hosted its monthly Jazz Research Roundtable meetings, which have become a
prestigious forum for scholars, musicians, and students engaged in all facets of jazz research. Noted
authors, such as Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch, and Richard Sudhalter have previewed their works, as
have several filmmakers. Musicians who have shared their life stories include trumpeter Joe Wilder,
pianist Richard Wyands, guitarists Remo Palmier and Lawrence Lucie, trombonist Grachan Moncur III, and
drummer/jazz historian Kenny Washington.
All events will be held in the Dana Room, on the 4th floor of the John Cotton Dana Library, from
7:00 - 9:00 pm.
NOTE: Financial support for the Roundtables is provided by the Rosalind & Alfred Berger Foundation.
Jazz Dialogues: Intimate Improvisations
- October 14, 2009: Christian McBride
- November 18, 2009: Warren Vaché
- March 24, 2010: Anat Cohen
A concert series involving jazz duos/trios exploring the art of improvisation in an intimate setting,
each performance includes an interview with the artists, conducted by a member of the IJS staff, as
well as an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. This series brings to campus leading jazz
Born in 1972, McBride is one of the leading jazz bassists and bandleaders. While still a teenager, he
recording with some of jazz’s historic figures and has since gone on to become a leading composer and
educator, as well as one of jazz’s most celebrated instrumentalists. Co-Director of the National Jazz
Museum in Harlem, McBride’s extended works have been commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the
NEA. From 2006 to 3009, he was Chair of jazz programming for the Hollywood Bowl and the Walt Disney
A longtime New Jersey, resident, trumpeter/cornetist Warren Vaché, born in 1951, has forged one of the
most lyrical solo styles in jazz. Coming to prominence in the 1970s through his work with swing
veterans such as Benny Goodman, Vaché has defied stylistic labels. His many recordings include a
recent, critically acclaimed release with the Scottish Ensemble; his 2004 CD "Dream Dancing" was
awarded the "Grand Prix du Disc" by the Hot Club of France.
Since arriving in New York in 1999, the Israeli-born artist has established herself as on of the
primary voices on saxophone and clarinet of her generation. A prolific composer, he is conversant in a
wide range of styles, including jazz, Brazilian choro, and tango. She has released four critically
acclaimed CDs as a leader, and has led ensembles at major festivals and clubs worldwide. In 2007 and
2008, she won the Downbeat critics’ poll for rising star on clarinet, and was named "Clarinetist of
the Year" in the 2009 Jazz Journalists Association Awards.
All events will be held in the Dana Room, on the 4th floor of the John Cotton Dana Library,
from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
NOTE: Jazz Dialogues is made possible by a grant from the Rutgers-Newark Cultural
For more information on any of these events, please call the Institute of
Jazz Studies at 973/353-5595.