Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"Jazz and the Global Imagination" on Sept 29

Jazz Journalists Association annoucement:
The day-long symposium "Jazz and the Global Imagination," produced by the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia U next Saturday (Sept. 29) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. puts about 30 of our colleagues -- including two dozen from outside the U.S. - onstage to talk in panel discussions. But it offers ***all*** members of the JJA and curious jazz journalists everywhere the opportunity to get involved in this first international gathering of our profession in the U.S.

First there's the JJA's welcome reception for our visitors, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, free for all members (plus ones ok -- by rsvp, please, to hman@jazzhouse.org) at the Lenox Lounge, 288 Lenox Ave (between 124th and 125th St.) Food (thanks to Boosey & Hawkes music publisher), cocktails and music by pianist Roberto Rodriguez's trio (courtesty ASCAP). Afterwards, a large party of us will go to hear Steve Coleman and a heralded South African saxophonist at Museo del Barrio, also in Harlem.

Saturday are the panels -- starting at 9 pm., five of them (with some meal breaks) lasting until 6 p.m., then a final blowout discussion revisiting topics of the day from 7:30 - 9:30 -- panelists for that one include the NY lineup of Gary Giddins, Ben Ratliff, Stanley Crouch, Francis Davis, Greg Tate, with Gwen Ansell (South Africa), Seda Binbasgil (Turkey), Christian Broecking (Germany), Alain Derbez (Mexico), Alex Dutilh (France), and Kazue Yokoi (Japan).

And then there's Sunday -- Jazz at Lincoln Center throwing a grand brunch for the JJA at Dizzy's Club, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Very good menu, includes mimosas, and music by Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca's quartet with saxophonist Ralph Bowen, bassist Carlo DeRosa, and drummer Henry Cole.

The previously advertised walking tour of Harlem is in some doubt, but we're hoping to find a tour guide -- details on success of that will follow, too.

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