Jazz, writes Village Voice critic Gary Giddins, is something that must "constantly be reassessed, rediscovered, reimagined, reclaimed from the larger musical turf." Building from his award-winning book Visions of Jazz: The First Century, Giddins talks about the state of jazz today and the promises and perils this uniquely American art form faces as it heads into its second century.
Giddins has covered the jazz world for the Village Voice for 25 years. For seven years, he was artistic director of the American Jazz Orchestra, which he founded in 1986. His writings include Riding on a Blue Note: Jazz & American Pop, Rhythm-a-ning: Jazz Tradition and Innovation in the '80s, and Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker. Visions of Jazz received the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, the Bell-Atlantic Jazz Award, and a Ralph Gleason Music Book Award. Cosponsored by Northrop Auditorium and the Dakota Bar and Grill.
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