Pairing music and lecture to address the impact of jazz on the world, Santa Monica College (SMC) will present “Jazz: The Classical Music of Globalization” Tuesday and Wednesday, February 10th and 11th.
The “informance” event is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 10th in Art Lecture Hall 214, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 11th in the Theatre Arts Main Stage, both located on SMC’s main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
Both presentations are free. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.
Teaming up for the presentation — which blends music, words and images on the history of jazz and its wide-ranging impact on the global community — are Austrian historian and amateur musician, Dr. Reinhold Wagnleitner, and New Orleans-based pianist Tom McDermott.
“Jazz has been the fastest dispersed cultural product in world history,” says Wagnleitner, an associate history professor at the University of Salzburg in Austria who specializes in the relationship between the United States and Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Wagnleitner has had a long and distinguished career in academia, teaching not only in Austria but also in several universities in the U.S. Twice a Fulbright Scholar, he has won several academic honors and has lectured throughout the world.
He is also an avid music lover and, for many years, played bass and sang in rock and jazz bands. His project “Satchmo Meets Amadeus” — which is now the
title of the book he has written — involved academic conferences integrating jazz and classical concerts as well as photo exhibits in New Orleans and Salzburg. The project was awarded the Tolerance and Diversity Prize by the U.S. Embassy in Vienna.
McDermott is an award-winning musician and composer with an eclectic background, including a stint with the Dukes of Dixieland that included a world tour, a concert at Carnegie Hall, and a Grammy-nominated album.
His other albums have received critical praise from such publications as the New York Times and Rolling Stone. Since 2003 he has been touring Europe and the U.S, with Wagnleitner
showcasing the jazz “informance.”
The presentations at SMC are part of the college’s global citizenship initiative and are sponsored by the SMC Global Citizenship Committee, Office
of Public Programs, Title V First-Year Institute, and Music Department.
Information, (310) 434-4303.