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American Jazz History This presentation, using video and recorded music, provides a cursory look at the major innovators, musical stylists, and representative tunes that define the many periods and styles of jazz. The speaker will discuss the blues, ragtime and other precursors of jazz, big bands and swing, the rise of modern jazz, jazz-rock fusion, the bebop renaissance, and the future of jazz.
Dr. Ted McDaniel, Professor of African American Music at The Ohio State University since 1981, is a specialist in jazz history, jazz performance, and African American music. He retired from OSU after teaching there for 35 years on June 1, 2015. He held faculty appointments in the School of Music and the Department of African American and African Studies, where he served as Department Chair for eight years. His scholarly and creative writings were mostly on aspects of jazz and black music, and he was invited to lecture extensively throughout the United States and to present in Africa, Europe, and China. Full bio here
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