An Evening of Parisian Jazz

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Rhodes will present an Evening of Parisian Jazz including a lecture by Making Jazz French author Jeffrey H. Jackson and music performed by local band Le Tumulte Noir. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 6 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall on campus. French themed hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Jackson, who is the J.J. McComb Professor in the Rhodes Department of History, will discuss "How Parisians Made Jazz Their Own." Jackson also is author of Paris Under Water and Music and History: Bridging the Disciplines. "When jazz arrived in Paris, it shocked audiences, but over time, it became an important part of the city's entertainment scene," says Jackson. "I think this lecture/concert will reveal both the sense of surprise listeners felt and also show why jazz is now still so popular in France today."

The band will play music based upon what might have been heard in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s by French musicians Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and their famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Says John Bass, a member of Le Tumulte Noir and director of Rhodes Mike Curb Institute for Music, "It is fascinating to see what happens when jazz lands in Europe and becomes what is sometimes referred to as 'hot jazz.' You can feel the passion those musicians had for this new style of music in the energy of those great recordings."

The event is co-sponsored by the Alliance Francaise de Memphis and Rhodes' Mike Curb Institute of Music, Department of Music, Department of History, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and Africana Studies.