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Public Scholars Project

What is Jazz and Why Does It Matter?

August 5, 2018 - January 1, 1970 | Plainfield, NJ | Historical Society of Plainfield (Drake House Museum)
Branford Marsalis once said, "What is jazz? It, It's almost like asking, What is French? Jazz is a musical language. It's a musical dialect that actually embodies the spirit of America.” Sometimes called “America’s Classical Music,” the tradition and history of the genre embodies the essence of freedom and democracy. From its origins within the slaves songs, to the advent of the blues, Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, and other styles, jazz exhibits how each individual (through his/her independence) must function within the framework of a group to better serve the entire community. In this session, through music and discussion, participants will explore jazz and why it matters.

Michael Conklin
Jazz Historian
Venue
Historical Society of Plainfield (Drake House Museum)
602 W Front St
Plainfield, NJ
07060-1004