Jazz at Columbia

 
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There are many opportunities to study and perform Jazz at Columbia.  Below are some key online resources to learn more about Columbia's vibrant Jazz scene.

Student Jazz Programs

For information on the Jazz Concentration, Jazz in the Music Major and in Music Humanities, and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, directed by Prof. Christopher Washburne.  

Jazz Studies Online Website
Digital resources for studying and teaching Jazz, maintained by Prof. John Szwed.

Music, charts, and study materials for students in Jazz courses. (Restricted content for logged in users only.)

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The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

 

 

 

 

 

The Center for Jazz Studies
An interdisciplinary research Center.  Prof. John Szwed, Director
http://www.jazz.columbia.edu


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Jazz News and Events

 

Jazz at Columbia -- News and Events

PhD Alumnus Aaron Johnson Appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Aaron Johnson (Ph.D., Historical Musicology, 2014) will be joining the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh in fall 2015 as Assistant Professor of Music in Jazz Studies. In 2014-15 he was Visiting Assistant Professor at Bates College. 

After a career as an electrical engineer with Telcordia and a jazz performer (low brass) in New York, Johnson returned to academia and completed a degree in musicology with a dissertation entitled "Jazz and Radio in the United States: Mediation, Genre, and Patronage" (Columbia University, 2014). He was the reviews editor for Current Musicology, has presented papers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and has published an article in Musical Quarterly on Duke Ellington's radio broadcasts. While at Columbia he won the Meyerson Award for excellence in teaching Music Humanities.

MPP Spring 2015 Concerts (4/2-5/3)

Music Performance Program at Columbia University
Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, Director

Presents

Spring 2015 Student Concerts

 

April 22nd - World Music Concert, Union Theological Seminary, Social Hall
Bluegrass Ensemble directed by James Kerr, 7pm
Klezmer Ensemble directed by Jeff Warschauer, 8pm
Middle Eastern Ensemble directed by Amir Elsaffar, 9pm

April 22nd - "Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano," featuring Magdalena Baczewska- piano, Marti Newland - soprano, and Paul T. Kwami - organ. Panel discussion to follow.
St Paul's Chapel, Columbia University, 7-9pm

Professor George E. Lewis to receive honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Edinburgh

 

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Professor George E. Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, who will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Edinburgh on June 27, 2015.

You can read more about Professor Lewis's work and accomplishments on his faculty bio, and see the full list of University of Edinburgh honorary graduates here.

 

DMA Alumna Courtney Bryan's "Sanctum" Premieres at Jazz at Lincoln Center

DMA Alumna Courtney Bryan's American Composers Orchestra commission, Sanctum, will have its world premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center in "Blues Symphony & Beyond" on April 9th!

As the Jazz event listing describes it: "The world premiere of Sanctum by Courtney Bryan, a New Orleans-based composer, pianist, organist, and band-leader, and alumna of ACO's Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, explores improvisation in Holiness-preaching traditions."

You can read recent interviews with Dr. Bryan about this premiere: ACO Sound Advice blog and All About Jazz magazine.

Current Musicology turns 50: A New Website and Conference! (CDRS Blog)

Cross-posted from the blog of the The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS)

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Current Musicology turns 50: A New Website and Conference

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) is pleased to have partnered with Current Musicology, a leading journal for scholarly research on music, to launch their new website at currentmusicology.columbia.edu.

PhD Student Whitney Slaten Organizes IASPM-US Panel of Columbians

Columbia was well repesented in the panel discussion orgaized by Ethnomusicology PhD Student Whitney Slaten at the 2015 annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US) in Louisville last week.  The title of the panel was "Representing Labor in Digital Media: Radio, Records and Live Performance" and it represented an extension of Slaten's research on the relationships between music and labor, sound engineering and reproduction technologies, and popular music.

Spring 2015 Colloquia in the Department of Music (all events public!)

Spring 2015 Colloquia - Columbia University Department of Music

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February 13: Joel Sachs (the Juilliard School)

"Weighing the Evidence: Problems for the Cowell Biographer." 

622 Dodge, 2 pm

 

February 13: "Tomorrow is the Question: Afrofuturism, Sound, and Spirit": panel discussion: http://ircpl.org/event/tomorrowisthequestion/

Union Theological Seminary, James Memorial Chapel, 7-9 pm

Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life Life; and co-sponsored by Columbia's Department of Music; Columbia University's Edwin H. Case Chair in American Music;  the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; and the Department of Africana Studies at Barnard.

February 20: Stefano Lorenzetti (Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America)

Prof. George Lewis Interviewed in "I Care If You Listen" Magazine

Prof. George Lewis is featured in an interview in Issue 10 of I Care If You Listen magazine, entitled "The Past is Prologue," and written by Arlene and Larry Dunn. 

Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Appointed as Lecturer and Director of Music Performance!

The Department of Music warmly welcomes Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska to our faculty.  Dr. Stern-Baczewska has been appointed as a Lecturer in Music and as the new Director of the Columbia Music Performance Program. 

Biography:  Pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (pronounced BaCHEVska) joins the faculty of Columbia University as Director of the Music Performance Program. As an award-winning soloist and recording artist, she performs internationally. Her performances, hailed as "eloquent and technically flawless" (The Washington Post), have been broadcast on radio stations across America, including WQXR, NPR, Voice of America, and on European Radio and Television. This season's highlights include piano lecture-recitals on the music of Chopin's teachers, performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, harpsichord performances of Polish keyboard music from the time of Copernicus (1543) to Kosciuszko (1777), Bach's Triple Concerto BWV 1044 with the West Chester Baroque, concert of 17th-century Italian sonatas with the members of Dorian Baroque, among others.

Her CD "A Tribute to Glenn Gould" (2008) contains J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and R. Strauss' Sonata op. 5, the first and last piano works ever recorded by Gould. The three subsequent albums, "Music for Dreams" were released in collaboration with BlueSleep(r), a medical team specialized in research and treatment of sleep disorders. She continues to create music for health and wellness as Artistic Director at BlueSleep Music.

Baczewska worked with the Columbia students in 2012, teaching Fundamentals of Western Music. She returns to Columbia having served on the faculty of the Mannes College New School for Music, John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, Manhattan School of Music's Pre-College Division, and the Concordia Conservatory. Every summer she joins the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and the New York Piano Festival. Her guest teaching appearances also include remote master classes using Yamaha Disklavier and the Remote Lesson technology. She is a published music critic, having written for the New York Concert Review. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture.

As an administrator, Magdalena brings her corporate experience to Columbia, having worked in the Artist Relations division of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (a subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation of America).

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